Edmonton eating places are having to regulate to excessive meals costs with the worldwide provide chain disruption
Some restaurants in the Edmonton area are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chain.
When food prices rise, some restaurateurs are forced to pass those price increases on to consumers.
“It affects us as much as it affects people in the grocery store,” Chartier sous-chef Travis Golbeck told CTV News Edmonton. “We see an increase in prices and we see a decrease in the availability of products.”
The sous chef at French restaurant Beaumont, Alta., Said the cost of flour had increased by 40 percent and that of butter by 12 percent over the past three years. This week alone, the price of buckwheat has quadrupled.
“We use canola oil in our deep fryers, it’s a wonderful, beautiful Alberta product,” he said. “Six months ago we paid $ 33 for 20 liters and now in six months we will pay $ 55 for 20 liters.”
You can find a similar story over at Simply Supper, a frozen food store in Edmonton.
“Sometimes they send me the price increases and I think they’re kidding,” said owner Monita Chapman. “It’s so unprecedented and so extreme that you honestly don’t even believe it, but it’s true.”
Chapman told CTV News Edmonton that the prices are the highest she has seen in 15 years.
“The supply chain just seems so broken that we can’t get our hands on the product we need,” she said. “It goes up $ 10 or $ 15 for a case of something in some cases.”
One expert says that transportation costs, weather events and global staff shortages are to blame.
“We’ll see some of that cost passed on to us as consumers,” said Heather Thomson of the Alberta School of Business.
Raising prices was something Chapman said she didn’t want to do, but she felt like she had no choice.
“For a family of four, our meals will increase by about $ 1 to $ 1.50.”
In the meantime, Chartier has taken a slightly different approach and developed a new menu.
“Be really creative with the ingredients we use and use simple ingredients, but change them up in beautiful, wonderful ways to make the food something you can’t get at home” said Golbeck.
Thomson said consumers can expect the trend of high commodity prices to continue for some time.
“I think this is something we will be looking for well into the Christmas season and into 2022.”
With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Amanda Anderson