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Global provide chain logjams, prices in focus as restaurant chains report earnings

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Investors hope to gauge the impression of the worldwide supply-chain logjam on restaurant growth plans when McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N), Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) and Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N) report capital expenditures of their earnings this week.

Skyrocketing costs for kitchen gear – in addition to for labor, meals and different items – are prompting some U.S. restaurant chains to curtail opening plans regardless of persistently robust income development. Some chains and their franchisees might postpone transforming or including drive-thrus within the face of rising prices, restaurant advisor Aaron Allen instructed Reuters.

Median capital expenditures as a proportion of income at publicly traded U.S. restaurant corporations dropped to three% in early May 2021 and remained at that degree as of October in contrast with a ratio of 5% from 2017 to 2019, Allen mentioned.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) opened 41 new eating places within the third quarter. CEO Brian Niccol instructed Reuters that aligns with plans to construct 200 new areas in 2021, principally within the United States, however with out delays and better prices for building, labor and gear, it may need been capable of open “well beyond” that.

Domino’s Pizza Inc (DPZ.N) CEO Richard Allison mentioned in an earnings name on Oct. 14 that issues getting kitchen gear have been a key consider numerous retailer openings delayed within the third quarter.

Globally, all sectors are anticipated to spice up capital expenditures by 8.1% in 2021, in accordance with a report from Morgan Stanley’s world economist. Restaurants are paying at the very least 10% extra for some new gear and ready months for it to reach.

SURCHARGES AND LONG WAITS

Italy-based gear producer Ali Group raised costs by 10% to twenty% on some metallic shelving and fridges over the previous 18 months, mentioned Rob August, senior vice chairman of producer Ali Group North America.

When Atosa USA’s subsequent worth will increase take impact on Nov. 1, one in every of its two-door fridges might be priced at $3,249 – 37% greater than in January, in accordance with a seller. Atosa is a division of China’s Yindu Kitchen Equipment Co Ltd (603277.SS).

Ice makers from Ali Group are actually exhausting to seek out, the seller mentioned, and the anticipate sure Pitco fryers from Middleby Corp (MIDD.O) has been so long as seven months, franchisees mentioned.

“We are experiencing unprecedented cost increases in material, freight and labor,” a Middleby spokesperson mentioned, noting that whereas wait occasions are longer than standard, seven months is just not commonplace.

One McDonald’s franchisee instructed Reuters that some franchisees have waited 23 weeks to get a brand new Frymaster Fryer, made by Welbilt Inc .

Atosa and Welbilt didn’t reply to requests for remark.

At sandwich chain Portillo’s Restaurant Group Inc, which went public on Thursday, “we’re budgeting about 10 to 15 percent more for new restaurant builds than we were literally six months ago,” mentioned CEO Michael Osanloo.

John Stack, president of A City Discount gear seller exterior Atlanta, mentioned many of the new and reworked eating places his firm has designed have delayed openings as a result of they can’t get gear on time.

Reporting by Hilary Russ; Editing by Howard Goller

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