September 9, 2013

Shortages? Stores are Fully Stocked with Meats and Poultry this Holiday Season

NEW YORK — It was Sunday, just a few days before Rosh Hashanah, and Esti was ready for the inevitable: learning that she may have to forego the French Roast and who knows even the chicken. Living in Jerusalem, Esti and her family of 6 traditionally visit with her aging parents on Rosh Hashanah in Brooklyn and Esti does most of the cooking. But the shortages that she experienced just two years ago (she skipped last year due to a wedding in the family in Israel) did not materialize. There seemed to be plenty of meat and poultry, albeit at approximately 12% - 18% higher than two years ago, at least at the Flatbush store she shopped in. Much of the increase was due to increases in commodity prices. Production of poultry was at full capacity from sources in the US and Canada, bolstered by the resumption of kosher slaughter at the Birdsboro PA plant (formerly produced the Mehadrin brand) which had reopened several months ago. Sources told KosherToday that there may be somewhat of a shortage after the holidays due to the lack of production during the holiday period but with dropping commodity prices, they also expected prices to come down. Customers also had a choice of some of the best cut meats in such stores as Pomegranate, Gourmet Glatt and Evergreen, to name but a few. Nor were there shortages of other basic holiday staples such as honey. Industry sources say that better planning by manufacturers has largely resulted in a better supply of all products despite increased demand in many markets.