In the culinary world, we are used to the unexpected. Recently, a new challenge that arose is the brussel sprout shortage. If brussel sprouts are integral to your menu, you may be wondering what’s going on. We’ll tell you all about the shortage, when it should be over, and what to do in the meantime.

The brussel sprout shortage has been caused by a combination of factors, including extreme weather conditions in Mexico that have affected yields significantly. The cool and wet conditions in Salinas has delayed growth by around three weeks, but the quality is still high. As an attempt to expedite, growers are trying to speed up their processes by going into fields early, which leads to smaller harvests. While the Oxnard region is done growing for the season, Salinas and Mexico are trying to catch up.

Supply is expected to be low for approximately the next 2-3 weeks, so hang tight!

If you rely heavily on brussel sprouts, you may feel some stress setting in right about now. However, we have some ideas for how to get by while you wait.

Some ideas for substitutions:

  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Rapini
  • Spinach

While the brussel sprout shortage presents several challenges, it also presents an opportunity to showcase adaptability and ingenuity. As chefs, we must explore alternative ingredients that can deliver similar flavor profiles and textures to maintain the essence of our dishes. By trying substitutions and exploring new flavor combinations, we may even stumble upon new, unique dishes that delight our customers.

Engaging with customers transparently about the brussel sprout shortage can foster understanding and support for possibly unexpected menu changes. We can also take this moment to highlight the importance of supporting local farmers, especially those with sustainable practices, which can help mitigate the impact of future shortages.

There’s one more way to mitigate the effects of food shortages on your hospitality business: inventory and ordering technology! Our web/mobile app, Hospitality Innovations, can help you take care of inventory, ordering, reporting, and team management all on one platform. When shortages inevitably arise, you can simply place an order for an available substitute with just a few clicks.

The product was developed by former and current hospitality professionals with the goal in mind to make hospitality management easier, so you can focus on the fun stuff, like the menu! If you're interested in learning more, check out our website here or schedule a no-stakes demo here to go over the product!

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