Floods in Alberta, Canada have interrupted beef processing operations at the High River Cargill plant since June 21, which is starting to affect grocer beef supplies in Western Canada.
The processing facility has attempted to reopen a few times since the floodwaters arose, but a lack of fresh water from the town’s treatment plant has shut down operations.
The Calgary Herald reports beef inventories remain stable for now, but the province’s beef industry faces a more substantial impact as the plant remains closed. If supplies run low, grocers are seeking out beef supplies from alternative sources and prices could increase.
Businessweek reports Canada’s biggest grocer, Loblaw Cos., has purchased beef cuts from smaller processing facilities to minimize the impact and the temporary closing of the Cargill plant has not impacted the supply of beef cuts available to consumers.