THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, March 15, 1973
WASHINGTON () - Orders
from food chains for wholesale
beef have shown a sudden de-
cline in the first hint that con-
sumers may be rebelling -in
large numbers against higher
Supermarket industry spokes-
men said food chains are order-
ing less because consumers are
buying less, but they cautioned
the decline might only be tem-
The Washington, D. C., division
of Safeway, Inc., confirmed
there was lower consumer de-
mand for beef in its 240 stores in
Washington, Maryland, Virginia
"Meat sales are soft," the
spokesperson said. "Prices are
going up and people are looking
for substitutes. The consumer is
definitely looking around."
The National Association of
Food Chains, a trade group, said
that in a telephone survey last
week of 16 food chains, 15 re-
ported they were ordering less
beef than before.
"But the real question is whe-
ther this is going to continue," a
spokesperson said. "A one- or
two-week decline is not going to
have any appreciable effect on
the wholesale market."
T i m o t h y McEnroe, a
spokesman for the National As-
sociation of Food Chains, warn-
ed against jumping to conclu-
sions that the decline in demand
would continue or that it would
result in lower prices.
He noted that choice cattle
were reported as selling for
$45.50 per hundred weight at Om-
aha, a record high, and that
choice beef carcasses were sell-
ing at 70 cents per pound in
Chicago, also a record high.
He said that in order for the
consumer to benefit, the lower
demand, "has to go all the way
back to cattlemen."
A spokesman for a major sup-
ermarket chain noted it is com-
mon for consumers to reduce
their purchases of an item after
the price goes up. But he said
"beef is one item that is unusu-
al in that when the price goes
up on beef, quite often people
still want it even at a higher
At the same time, the Cost of
Living Council said it has pre-
pared a detailed study of how
livestock and meat prices could
be frozen at levels recorded ear-
lier this year.
The food industry's advisory
committee, named by President
Nixon to watch over food prices,
rejected the ide, of a moat tice
freeze after receiving the study,
but a spokesman said the idea
could be revived at any time.
The Nixon administration view
is that' steadily rising consum-
er demands for beef in the Unit-
ed States was the reason for
higher beef prices. The adminis-
tration said it has taken steps to
increase the supply of beef and
has predicted that prices will
begin to do down later this year.
The Cost of Living Council
study on a meat price freeze sug-
gested alternative plans, to freeze
prices at each stage of produc-
tion, beginning with the farmer,
or to freeze them at the packers'
or retailers' stage.
Opponents of farm price con-
trols, including Agriculture Sec-
retary Earl Butz, contend con-
trols would make matters worse
by causing shortages and result-
ing in establishment of a black
market for food.
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