Pubblicato in: Agricoltura, Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

New York. Patatine fritte. Non più disponibili perché introvabili. Fast Food in crisi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-12-28.

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L’America è un continente. Alcune zone possono essere ancora rifornite di patate. Questo articolo verte la situazione di New York e quello dei costi di produzione dei tuberi.

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«The message posted to Instagram late Tuesday by J.G. Melon, a revered New York City burger joint, surely came as a shock to its many fans»

«The rumors are true, …. Due to a supply-chain issue, we are temporarily not serving our legendary cottage fries»

«French fries, arguably the most essential menu item for a burger restaurant outside of beef, are at risk of becoming the latest victim of a strained food supply chain that has already led to shortages of cream cheese to chicken tenders to to-go packaging»

«the restaurant was surprised when its long-time potato supplier, Lamb Weston, discontinued the signature product»

«I asked them if they could do a private label for us. We order a lot — 70 cases a week, and there are 180 pounds of potatoes in a case — but they replied that we would need to order a million pounds of potatoes per year,” she said. That would mean about 50% more potatoes»

«McDonald’s has temporarily restricted sales in Japan due to challenges importing potatoes from North America»

«The fast casual chain is actually giving away fries away for free at JFK airport this week to airline passengers whose Christmas travels have been delayed or canceled»

«But because everything we do is fresh, I can’t speak to what might happen weeks from now»

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Alcune grandi catene di fast food hanno dovuto sospendere la vendita e McDonald non le vende più un Giappone.

La causa di questa carenza è stata immediatamente attribuita ad una frattura della catena degli approvvigionamenti, ma codesta parrebbe proprio essere una scusa frettolosa.

I problemi sono ben più a monte.

Su di una produzione mondiale di 368.2 milioni di tonnellate, la Cina ne produce 98.3 e gli Stati Uniti 20.6.

La coltivazione su scala industriale è complessa e costosa.

In termini medi, per paragone, la coltivazione del grano duro richiede circa 120 kg/ha di fertilizzante azotato.

Per le coltivazioni delle patate servono invece in termini medi, 170 kg/ha di fertilizzante azotato, ma abbisognano anche di composti di calcio, boro, ferro, manganese, zinco, rame e molibdeno.

Ma le patate sono soggette anche a numerose patologie, dalla peronospera alla rizottoniosi, senza tralasciare la scabbia comune da Streptomyces ed il virus del mosaico. Diventa quindi mandatorio l’uso di pesticidi, fungicidi e sostanze ad hoc.

I costi dei fertilizzanti sono saliti di oltre il 100% in una anno, così come quelli dei pesticidi.

Fertilizzanti. Anno21. Prezzi all’ingrosso. Fosfato di diammonio +88.43% YoY.

Glicerina. Nov21. Prezzo all’ingrosso aumentato di quasi il 100% anno su anno.

Fertilizzanti. Si prospetta una carestia a livello mondiale. La fame proprio ci mancava.

USA. Crolla il costo di ammoniaca ed urea. Meno fertilizzanti, meno raccolto.

La coltivazione delle patate è vorace di fertilizzanti circa 170 kg/ha di fertilizzante azotato, i cui costi sono raddoppiati nel volgere di un anno.

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French Fry Shortage Hits Some Restaurants in Latest Supply Snag.

(Bloomberg) — The message posted to Instagram late Tuesday by J.G. Melon, a revered New York City burger joint, surely came as a shock to its many fans.

“The rumors are true,” the almost 50-year-old restaurant said in a solemn statement addressed to the J.G. Melon Community. “Due to a supply-chain issue, we are temporarily not serving our legendary cottage fries.”

French fries, arguably the most essential menu item for a burger restaurant outside of beef, are at risk of becoming the latest victim of a strained food supply chain that has already led to shortages of cream cheese to chicken tenders to to-go packaging. J.G. Melon owner Jaine O’Neill told Bloomberg the restaurant was surprised when its long-time potato supplier, Lamb Weston, discontinued the signature product.

“I asked them if they could do a private label for us. We order a lot — 70 cases a week, and there are 180 pounds of potatoes in a case — but they replied that we would need to order a million pounds of potatoes per year,” she said. That would mean about 50% more potatoes.

Within hours of posting on Instagram, offers were pouring in from followers hoping to help find alternative sources. “In the meantime we’re trying different types of fries,” she said.

Lamb Weston didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Local Issues

So far, the fry issues appear limited. McDonald’s has temporarily restricted sales in Japan due to challenges importing potatoes from North America. Shake Shack has heard rumblings of a shortage but hasn’t been affected.

“We’ve worked very hard on our supply chains to build redundancy and are constantly checking every angle to prepare in advance,” Jay Livingston, Shake Shack’s chief marketing officer, told Bloomberg. The fast casual chain is actually giving away fries away for free at JFK airport this week to airline passengers whose Christmas travels have been delayed or canceled.

“We source our fries from multiple suppliers across the United States and have enough inventory to get through the holidays,” he said. “But because everything we do is fresh, I can’t speak to what might happen weeks from now.”