A healthy national and global supply chain is a critical component of a thriving restaurant industry. For restaurateurs to succeed, they need reliable access to ingredients, equipment, supplies, and much more. And access to an efficient and thriving supply chain ensures that operators can establish and maintain their restaurants, which drives business and creates the loyal customer base required for growth and continued success.  

Supply chain constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately continue to wreak havoc on the restaurant industry. In fact, Association research found that 95% of restaurants have experienced significant supply delays or shortages of key food items. 
Simply stated, moving goods from point A to point B is not as efficient and dependable as it once was. Shipping delays, a truck driver shortage, congestion at the nation’s ports, increased international tariffs, and overly burdensome shipping regulations are grinding the supply chain to a hault. 

As a result, restaurants are running out of food and packaging products and are forced to limit menu items and reduce take-out availability, a practice that helped restaurants survive pandemic-related shutdowns and capacity restrictions. Without relief, restaurants will not be able to accommodate increases in consumer confidence and demand. 

The future of the pandemic remains ambiguous, but supply chain challenges are a symptom that’s here to stay. Committed to bolstering the restaurant industry’s recovery, the Association is educating Congress and the Biden Administration on the impact that supply chain disruptions have on restaurants, and we’re proposing legislative and regulatory solutions that will help to streamline and enhance the supply chain in the short- and long-term.