Measures Put in Place to Ensure Egg Supply Meets Guest Demand

SOUTH AFRICA - According to the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) Cape region, member establishments have put measures in place to ensure they are not affected by the egg shortage caused by the avian flu outbreak.
calendar icon 16 November 2017
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Bizcommunity reports that to date around three million birds have already been affected by the H5N8 strain of bird flu, bringing with it an egg shortage. In the Western Cape, in particular, the price of eggs has increased substantially as a result of losing more than 60 per cent of layer hens.

But FEDHASA Cape chairperson, Jeff Rosenberg says there is no need for alarm. He says while members are concerned about the outbreak, every endeavour has been taken to make sure establishments are not hard hit, and that the price of egg-containing dishes, like breakfasts and confectionary items, are not increased, especially as the province’s hospitality industry prepares for a bumper holiday season.

"As an industry, we are deeply concerned about this outbreak and the consequences thereof. However, we can assure everyone that we have measures in place to meet the needs of guests. And we continue to weigh our options for alternatives should this escalate further," Mr Rosenberg says.

He says establishments like the Townhouse Hotel and Events Centre in the CBD; the Vineyard Hotel in Claremont and the Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay have each been affected differently but assures that each establishment is hard at work to make sure the egg supply meets the demand of guests.

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