Even the laws of supply & demand agree that one of the stars of the meat industry (life?) is bacon. The price of pork bellies may have been rising for some time but according to the Wall Street Journal, in 2016 alone pork belly prices rose a whopping 80% while frozen inventories decreased 60%.
The article states, “Some analysts say bacon is becoming a yearlong staple that consumers are eager to procure. That voracious demand has left wholesalers in a squeeze. Retailers “have turned hand-to-mouth, buying only what they need, waiting for production to increase and prices to decline,” said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker at Archer Financial Services in Chicago.”
For companies whose profit margins are impacted in some way by the pork belly market (processors, further processors, retailers, distributors, foodservice) that 80% price increase is likely leading some folks to either a Tums addiction or some sweet bonuses, depending on the company’s position in the market.
Significant price movements raise some questions about managing uncertainty in commodity markets:
These are the types of questions DecisionNext is helping companies wrestle. Increasingly volatile commodity markets make forecasting difficult but finding ways to productively manage that uncertainty while making significant business decisions – like how/when/what price to buy or sell product – is the key.
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