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Menu Alternatives a Key to Success in Foodservice

Krystle Kettman
Krystle Kettman | September 28, 2023

In recent months, whispers of a possible chicken shortage have been circulating, leaving many people curious.

The reality is that the chicken industry, like any other, is subject to occasional fluctuations in supply and demand. These fluctuations can be influenced by various factors, including weather conditions, market trends and even global events. It's crucial to note that these fluctuations are typically temporary and do not indicate a long-term shortage.

In addition, producers and industry experts work diligently to meet the growing demand for products. They implement measures to address any potential disruptions in the supply chain and help ensure a consistent flow of products to supermarkets, restaurants and consumers' tables.

With all that said, there are things that you can do to help in case there ever is a shortage. By expanding your protein options and looking at everything from chicken to beef, pork and seafood, you can provide the flexibility you may need to diversify your menu no matter the situation. It's always a good idea to have options and to be prepared with alternatives!

Alternatives to one center-of-the-plate menu item also mean that you can cater to different dietary preferences and expand your customer base. Whether someone is a meat lover, a seafood enthusiast or a vegetarian looking for plant-based alternatives, for example, having a variety of options ensures that everyone can find something they love.

So, embrace the opportunity to explore new flavors, experiment with different proteins and expand your culinary repertoire. By doing so, you can not only navigate through any potential shortages with ease but also offer your customers an exciting and diverse menu that keeps them coming back for more.

While there may be occasional hiccups in the supply chain, it is essential not to panic or jump to conclusions about a widespread shortage. The industry is resilient and adaptable, and it is crucial to approach the topic with a level-headed perspective.

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