Just like with groceries the price of various beef cuts went up during the week albeit at a more subdued pace. For the first time in a while, we even saw some prices remain the same as those of last week. This will probably change as power issues come into play given that ZESA has been subjecting businesses to intense power cuts again.

BeefOKFood WorldChoppiesPick N Pay
Burgers88.90
Blade Commercial84.00
Blade Super123.99
Blade Commercial99.50
Bones35.9031.47
Brisket Super123.99
Brisket
BrisketCommercial
Commercial Steak
Country Style Garfunkel's 500g
Country Style/Shop kg
Entrecote Super
Economy
Fillet
Forequarter Commercial99.99
Goulash
Guru59.9065.00
Guru Bybles44.90
Liver
Kidney
Liver105.99
Lungs
Matumbu39.90
Melts
Mince Topside127.08
Mince Fat Free
Mince95.5089.99
Prime Ribs Super123.99
Prime Rib Commercial99.50
Shin Commercial
Short Ribs Commercial
Short Ribs Super119.99
Sausage96.9879.00104.99
Sausage Value79.0049.99
Sausage Braii
Sausag BBQ103.94
Sausage Farmstyle
Chakalaka wors109.9486.00
Steak On Bone Commercial97.50
Mixed Beef
Shin Commercial
Shin Super
Stewing
Tongue
Topside steak commercial
Texan T-bone
T bone Commercial
T-bone Super174.99
Value steak88.5070.2784.99
Cleaned Heels
Superlamb

Very low beef stocks in most shops

We have observed that a lot of supermarkets do not carry as much beef as they used to on their shelves. This covers both the quantity and variety of cuts which now tends to be more limited. OK and Pick N Pay still shine when it comes to variety and quantity although, by their standards, they seem to be carrying less beef just like Choppies and Food World.

Food World shops seem to be confining themselves to the affordable economy and commercial cuts instead of carrying everything. Choppies just sells value beef.

In most shops, if you want certain cuts you now have to request them from their in-store butcheries on demand. This could be a cost-cutting measure as few fridges are required this way.

We are not sure what’s causing supermarkets to carry less beef:

  • Is it because demand has gone down due to high prices so they don’t see the point of stocking up on something few people will buy?
  • Or is it the drought finally taking its toll resulting in reduced supply pushing prices up? We know most farmers are now loath to accept RTGS and bond.
  • It could be a complex interplay of the two factors above.

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