Market Forecasts

Produced three times a year, the Lynx Purchasing Market Forecast combines official inflation data with exclusive insight from across the range of food and drink suppliers Lynx Purchasing works with. As well as being sent free to customer the Market Forecast is widely reported in the trade media.

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Autumn/Winter 2021 Market Update

Plan now for a challenging Christmas

The impact of increasing inflation is already a reality for hospitality and catering operators. Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed restaurant prices paid by customers were up 5.9% year-onyear in September, as operators passed on their higher buying costs.

Summer 2021 Market Update

Plan Now for Inflation Impact

There is no escaping the reality that catering and hospitality operators face a very challenging period, with various factors making a spike in inflation almost inevitable across the rest of the year.


Operators Must Stay Alert in a Changing Supply Chain

Hospitality and catering businesses can be forgiven for hoping for as few complications as possible as the sector works towards reopening this spring, after the long shutdown imposed as part of official measures to tackle the COVID pandemic.


Restrictions on Trading are the New Normal

The impact of new restrictions on hospitality to tackle the continued spread of coronavirus, including 10pm closing and more severe measures in some areas under the new three-tier system, shows how fragile the sector remains.

Summer 2020 Market Forecast

Boost Recovery with UK Produce Focus

Now more than ever, operators who can switch up menus to focus on UK produce will enjoy better quality - and better margins. Summer season produce - berries, salad leaves and green veg, and native fish - are widely available and competitively priced.

Autumn 2019 Market Forecast

Keep talking to suppliers!

It’s not an easy time for the UK restaurant and hospitality sector. New research by accountants UHY Hacker Young shows that the number of restaurant businesses going insolvent increased by 25% in the year to the end of June, up from 1,130 to 1,410.

Summer 2019 Market Forecast

Time for a pre-Brexit purchasing check

Even though most catering and hospitality operators don’t need any reminders that the market is currently very tough, there have been some unwelcome indicators of the challenges facing the sector recently.

Spring 2019 Market Forecast

Planting Seeds for a Greener Future

In the current market, it might feel like a challenge to focus on the long term, but that’s exactly what we’re doing at Lynx Purchasing, and what we’re also encouraging our customers to do.

Autumn 2018 Market Forecast

Time to ‘Brexit-proof’ your business

With so much uncertainty still surrounding the details of the UK’s exit from the EU, whenever it eventually happens, it’s now time for hospitality and foodservice to do everything possible to mitigate the impact.

Summer 2018 Market Forecast

Labour shortage creates challenge for UK producers

With the sun shining for much of the time over recent weeks, UK producers are expected to recover relatively quickly from the impact of freezing conditions at the start of spring. Both labour shortages and a late start to the growing season caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ combined to push up the prices of a range of fresh produce.