Lettuce shortage affects Toronto restaurants

Lettuce shortage affects Toronto restaurants

“Caution: due to the shortage of lettuce. There is no lettuce in our sandwiches today.’

That’s the sign they encountered when they went for a bite to eat at SanRemo Bakery in Etobicoke on Thursday.

The restaurant is one of many in Toronto that are out of lettuce or are removing it from their menus due to supply shortages and high prices for the leafy green.

“If we don’t get the ingredients, it’s difficult. You know, you’ve got to cut back on the products…it’s a balancing game we’re playing right now,” SanRemo Bakery owner Robert Bozzo told CP24 on Thursday.

Fast-food chain Subway also said uraza is temporarily unavailable at some of its restaurants, and Swiss Chalet’s Canadian division said its garden and caesar salads are currently unavailable.

The lettuce shortage is reportedly driven by a supply problem in California.

Canadian restaurant manager Kelly Higginson told the Canadian press that a major lettuce-growing area in the sunny state had been hit by a virus and their crops had been “decimated.”

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, CEO of Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytical Laboratory, said the supply chain problem has caused lettuce prices to rise 30 percent year-over-year in Canada.

“I think a lot of people are noticing that lettuce is a problem right now when we ran out because California really couldn’t produce enough this time of year. But those situations are temporary. We’re looking forward to a very productive December as we get closer to the holidays,” he told CP24 on Wednesday. .

Bozzo has seen prices for leafy greens rise in recent weeks, paying between $125 and $140 for a case of romaine lettuce.

Despite the lettuce shortage, Buzzo said his bakery can’t continue to pay the high cost of the vegetable.

“We want to be careful about what we do and convey things to our customers. Our customer base is very low income and high income and we want to be able to serve everyone,” he said.

Bozzo added that the bakery has no plans to raise the prices of the sandwiches when they bring back the lettuce.

The lettuce shortage comes as Canadians are spending unprecedented amounts on groceries this year as the rate of inflation soars.

according to Statistics Canadathe annual increase in retail food prices hit a record high of 11.4% in September, the biggest jump since 1981. This number remained high in October, at 11%.

However, food prices rose less in October (10.1 percent) compared to September (10.3 percent) year-on-year.

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In October, the product with the highest year-on-year price increase was margarine, by 40.4 percent, while pasta products by 27.4 percent.

Other foods that increased in price from September to October are butter, dairy products and eggs.

Boozo has noticed an increase in the prices of these common products needed in his bakery.

“It’s been really crazy, like flour, shortening, oil. We are a scratch bakery and we use all the ingredients we can.’

Charlebois said the rise in food prices is largely linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and supply chain problems.

“It’s a merchandise story. When you look at livestock like eggs and dairy, it costs more to feed farm animals, energy costs are also driving up prices,” he said.

“The delays are wasting all these things that consumers don’t actually see when they go to a grocery store and it’s costing money to the processors, to the retailers, to everybody, and ultimately, the consumer has to pay for that,” he added.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, according to Charlebois.

He said the Canadian dollar will help lower food costs in the coming weeks.

“It’s about 75 cents to the dollar. That’s going to help importers as winter approaches. We’re going to be importing more food, that’s going to help us. So we’re expecting an easier winter compared to what we’ve seen in the last few months,” he said.

Until then, Bozzo said, he’s trying to make his bakery the best it can be.

“As busy as we are, we’re still in survival mode and we’re still trying to survive and get over this hump because you can feel something coming. You just feel it go in.’

-With files from The Canadian Press

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