America’s Largest Supermarket Chain Limits Meat Purchases

Courtesy of the Champagne Maoist attack on the food supply

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., will impose limits on fresh pork and ground beef purchases at some stores [Since then the limit has been expanded to all stores, and mimicked by Costco and others.] as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts domestic meat processing.

“We feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers,” a Kroger representative told Fox59 in Indianapolis.

“There is plenty of protein in the supply chain,” the representative added. “However, some processors are experiencing challenges.”

The Hill has requested details from Kroger.

Numerous major meat suppliers have closed their doors in recent weeks as the pandemic strikes workers, the TV station noted. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said last week that at least 20 food processing and meatpacking workers have died from the virus. The union said that plant closures have cut pork slaughter capacity 25 percent and beef slaughter capacity 10 percent.

Demand for meat is also up amid the closures, with sales increasing around 40 percent, according to the station [However the demand is down from restaurants so it evens itself out on the whole, but that’s a different supply chain subject to different regulations.],  which cited data from the grocery industry trade group FMI. The increased demand “also makes it difficult to keep the store shelves stocked as they were at pre-pandemic levels,” said a spokesperson for the group.

Walmart, the country’s largest overall grocer, does not anticipate having to set product limitations, according to the outlet, citing a person familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Wegman’s said the company does not anticipate shortages, but “we may not have every product cut or variety available for the next few weeks.”

However, Av Kaner, co-owner of Morton Williams, said the grocery chain’s biggest shortages have been for packaged cold cuts, with pre-packaged products in higher demand than deli meat. “Beef prices have increased the most, followed less so by pork and poultry,” Kaner said.

Nearly 900 workers at an Indiana Tyson Foods plant have tested positive for the virus, according a report last week. On Tuesday, President Trump designated meat processing plants critical infrastructure under the Defense Production Act, ordering them to remain open.

Source: The Hill

The Load Star:

And prices of beef and pork have surged in double digits; the US wholesale price of pork was up 30% last week.

  1. tom greg says

    Go veggie…meat is for schmucks anyhow.

  2. Natural_Texan says

    Were the 900 meat plant employees tested with the same test kits that showed positive infection in African fruits?

  3. cechas vodobenikov says

    wood chips has better taste than the replicated beef, pork, chicken in the USA—a veritable cocktail of steroids, hormones and antibiotics…perhaps this will reduce the amerikan world leading obesity crisis

  4. Jerry Wayne Carver says

    Kudzu is also edible.

    Google-is kudzu edible?

    Pretty much all of it — the leaves, flowers and roots — is edible except the vine. Use the leaves raw, baked in quiches, cooked down like collards or even deep-fried. Go for young kudzu shoots as they’re tender and have a taste similar to snow peas.

  5. Tom M Eagle says

    From a cattle background here.Prices for finish steer for slaughter now are 89 cents a pound.I was at 1.15 a couple months ago.I see milk at class 3 is 11.50 per hundred weigh.So that less a dollar a gallon.People pay more for coffee and soda pop.

    Sorry folks!The wholesalers and brokers are the ones are doing good here.Hell,they import from cattle from Africa to here.From my life time as cattlemen and this world of cheap food is gone now!I have no damn use for the USDA and the Chicago Mercantile exchange.

    Maybe people will wait up now.You have destroyed all the small livestock sector.Now,everyone will paid now.Bigger is not better and people going to find this out fast!Tom M Eagle Eastern Washington State.

    1. Natural_Texan says

      Danged straight.

  6. cechas vodobenikov says

    there r plenty of dogs and cats to eat

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