June 16, 2015 – The Avian flu outbreak leading to egg shortages and a shortage of other poultry products including turkey has lead to a special meeting by menu development members and sponsor suppliers coming together at the ICCA Summit in Portland, Maine today. The short meeting included comments from members on what they are doing to find solutions to the massive shortage of liquid eggs. Solutions included replacement with shell eggs, recipes for stretching supply and how chains are looking at the full menu to decide a long-term strategy. We will be working on developing an expert panel to address these issues as a Webinar and other ways to disseminate information to our membership and suppliers effected by this crisis. Please offer advice, solutions or resources by commenting on this post. We will also be communicating our next steps soon as the ICCA staff and board of directors conduct more research into the issue. It is estimated that about 35 million of the more than 300 million egg-laying birds in the country have had to be killed so far and as many as 9 million turkeys. We want to help you by sharing the knowledge of our ICCA members and sponsors. Thanks for any help you can give us and we hope we will be a resource for you and your company with this initiative.
Kevin L. Ryan, CEO International Corporate Chefs Association Kevin@ICCAchefs.com (407)539-1459