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 2019 Market Forecast
2019

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
2019

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
2019

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
2018

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
2018

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.

Spring 2018 Market Forecast
2018

Tackle a tough market with effective buying habits

The trading challenges recently reported by a number of high profile casual dining operators are being reflected across the industry. Hospitality and catering operators will need to significantly improve their buying habits in order to deal with continued consumer caution over the months ahead.

Autumn 2017 Market Forecast
2017

Time to start planning for 2018

Hospitality and catering operators are gearing up to deal with higher prices from food and drink suppliers this Christmas – but very few have started to plan for the challenges of trading in the new year.

Summer 2017 Market Forecast
2017

Keep calm and carry on cooking!

The foodservice industry will be fervently hoping for some economic stability as Brexit negotiations get seriously underway after the General Election.

Spring 2017 Market Forecast
2017

Staying on Top of Rising Prices

Troubles rarely travel alone, they say, and when it comes to rising food and drink prices, a number of factors are combining to cause significant challenges for the foodservice industry in the months ahead.

Autumn 2016 Market Forecast
2016

Suppliers Uncertain As Sterling Drop Continues

Caterers should stay cautiously optimistic as they wait to see the real impact of the move towards Brexit on food and drink prices. With the Government having confirmed that Article 50 will be triggered in the first quarter of 2017, we can start to see the timetable for Brexit, but it’s still not clear what it will mean in terms of our trading relationship with Europe and the rest of the world.