U.S. coffee roasters weigh price increases, cite shipping inflation


2021/03/03 14:00  路透社
By Nivedita Balu and Marcelo Teixeira
March 3 (Reuters) - Coffee processors in the United States, the world's largest consumer of the beverage, are reporting significant cost increases in their operations, mostly related to transportation, and expect to raise retail prices soon.
Mid-sized and smaller roasters, particularly specialty coffee companies, have been hit hardest, company executives said, but even larger companies such as Peet's and JM Smucker Co say they are coping with higher costs.
Other U.S. business sectors also face shipping inflation. Market intelligence provider S&P Global Platts reported that freight may have added nearly $10 billion to corporate costs on U.S. inbound routes in the fourth quarter of 2020, a bill that could grow.
Last week, transportation backlogs helped push coffee prices to their highest in more than a year.
"We're currently signing contracts for delivery in the summer and fall, and those prices have gone up quite a bit, about 15% increases on everything," said Oliver Stormshak, chief executive at Olympia Coffee Roasting, based in Olympia, Washington.
"I'm trying to decide right now whether we eat the costs or restructure our pricing and raise it", he added.
Coffee executives said higher demand for shipping services as more consumers shop online and extra safety procedures during the pandemic are increasing costs in the United States.
"There are supply constraints, not because of production, but simply hurdles brought upon us by COVID-19 and safety guidelines. It is a systemic issue," said Jorge Cuevas, an executive at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers in Portland, Oregon.
"It is now more expensive than in the last five to 10 years to bring coffee to the consumer," Cuevas said.
Coffee companies also said costs on transoceanic shipping are rising due to imbalances in the flow of containers caused by the pandemic. On some routes, demand for containers is increasing, while others are less-traveled, causing an uneven flow and raising costs.
"The container cost is a major issue in the coffee market," said Rabobank's analyst Carlos Mera, adding that routes from Southeast Asia to Europe and the United States are seeing higher prices due to container shortages. "Even if you are willing to pay, you may not find availability."
Commodities including coffee, cocoa, cotton and refined sugar are usually transported in containers, while others such as soybeans, corn and raw sugar use bulk carriers.
Roasters reported delays for receiving coffees from Africa and some South American nations.
Lee Harrison, a senior director at New York-based Joe Coffee Company, said one coffee cargo from Burundi scheduled to arrive at the beginning of the year has been pushed back to March. He said he would likely substitute that origin.
JM Smucker, owner of brands such as Folgers and Dunkin, said in a statement: "Like others in the industry, we have experienced some recent coffee supply chain challenges."
Smucker added: "While we regularly evaluate costs to determine appropriate actions, we do not have any imminent planning to share at this time."
Large coffee companies boosted stocks last year as a precaution during the pandemic.
"We are not worried about supplies, as we have good inventory positions," said Eric Lauterbach, president & chief operating officer at Peet's, who said the company had encountered shipping issues in the United States and Asia.
Starbucks , the largest U.S. coffee retailer, did not respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu and Marcelo Teixeira; additional
reporting by Praveen Paramasivam and Lisa Baertlein; Editing by
David Gregorio)
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作者:Nivedita Balu和Marcelo Teixeira
公司高管表示,中型和较小的烘焙商,特别是专业咖啡公司受到的打击最大,但即使是皮特(Peet‘s)和JM Smacker Co等较大的公司也表示,他们正在应对成本上升的问题。
美国其他商业部门也面临航运通胀。市场情报提供商标普全球普氏(S&P Global Platts)报告称,2020年第四季度,运费可能使美国入境航线的企业成本增加了近100亿美元,这一费用可能会增加。
总部位于华盛顿州奥林匹亚的奥林匹亚咖啡烘焙公司的首席执行官奥利弗·斯托姆沙克(Oliver Stormshak)说:“我们目前正在签订夏季和秋季交货的合同,价格已经上涨了相当多,每样东西都上涨了约15%。”
俄勒冈州波特兰可持续收获咖啡进口商的高管豪尔赫·奎瓦斯(Jorge Cuevas)表示:“供应受到限制,不是因为产量,而只是新冠肺炎和安全准则给我们带来的障碍。这是一个系统性问题。”
荷兰合作银行(Rabobank)分析师卡洛斯·梅拉(Carlos Mera)表示:“集装箱成本是咖啡市场的一个主要问题。”他补充说,由于集装箱短缺,从东南亚到欧洲和美国的航线价格正在上涨。即使你愿意付钱,你也可能找不到房源。
总部位于纽约的乔咖啡公司(Joe Coffee Company)高级董事李·哈里森(Lee Harrison)表示,一批来自布隆迪的咖啡货物原定于今年年初运抵,但已被推迟到3月份。他说,他很可能会用这个原产地来代替。
福尔杰斯(Folgers)和邓肯(Dunkin)等品牌的所有者JM·斯莫克(JM Smacker)在一份声明中表示:“与业内其他公司一样,我们最近经历了一些咖啡供应链挑战。”
Peet‘s总裁兼首席运营官Eric Lauterbach表示,“我们不担心供应问题,因为我们有良好的库存状况.”他表示,该公司在美国和亚洲遇到了船运问题.

(Nivedita Balu和Marcelo Teixeira报道;补充
Praveen Paramasivam和Lisa Baertlein报道;编辑者
David Gregorio)
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