Regulatory, Legislative & Sustainability
Q3 2023 Market Update
SUMMARY: Stable regulatory environment with no new bans to report but growing Operator opinion on about potential business impact of extreme weather events and expectations of suppliers to be prepared and helpful.
No new state or federal legislation pertaining to PFAS in foodservice packaging in the US or Canada has come about since ACR’s Spring edition of the Market Update was published in April.
However, in June, Maine enacted a law delaying by two years the start of reporting requirements for intentionally-added PFAS in certain products until January 1, 2025, this to allow time for consideration of how best to enforce the reporting law. (JD Supra)
Findings of a recent Technomic omnibus survey of foodservice operators about matters of climate and sustainability;
• 55% of those surveyed reported that their business was affected by extreme weather events in 2022. • 54% experienced low traffic and 54% said they incurred staffing issues • 42% dealt with product supply disruption • 38% had to close temporarily • And 32% lost power due to storms
54% of survey respondents are very concerned about future extreme weather events, and 24% are making plans to evaluate how supplier and distributor partners are prepared to support their businesses when extreme weather events happen.
70% of foodservice operators confirm in the Technomic study that sustainability is a priority for their organization.
On the opportunity side of the Sustainability challenge, Quick Service operators see potential for increased earnings from longer patron dwell time as Electric Vehicles are charged, with rates of change in Patron’s median spend increasing from $15 for visits less than 5 minutes to $40 for 60-minute EV charge duration visits. (Technomic Omnibus Operator Survey March 2023)
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