How a Chinese hog epidemic could raise restaurant costs next year
African Swine Fever has decimated the pork supply in China. That could raise U.S. protein prices next year.
A major topic of conversation in the restaurant industry over the past 18 months has been the continued rise in commodity prices, especially for proteins. In 2012, beef prices rose 9.9 percent and chicken prices had a double-digit increase. These trends have continued in 2013, with the beef price pressure continuing a trend that started in 2010.