When asked what issues plague operators the most, among the answers are supply chain disruptions, which affect suppliers and distributors, too, according to Brian Warrener, an associate professor at Johnson and Wales University.
In fact 96% of foodservice operators are reporting delays in supply chains.
Warrener, who teaches food & beverage hospitality and management, shared his insight at the recent National Restaurant Association annual conference.
During a panel presentation, Warrener stated food costs are up 13%, industry wages are up 11% and industry prices are up 8%.
When it comes to food costs, beef is up 23%, eggs 31%, chicken 27% and cooking oil 44%. Many factors go into those price increases, from inflation to supply chain issues and customer demand, he said.