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Rita’s Temporarily Discontinues Frozen Custard Due to Egg Shortage

Rita’s Temporarily Discontinues Frozen Custard Due to Egg Shortage

The frozen custards will be replaced by soft serve for now — say it isn’t so!

Please return soon, frozen custards.

This year’s bird flu-related egg shortage has been affecting restaurant prices, breakfast at Whataburger, and now frozen custard at Rita’s Italian Ice.

The East Coast-based chain, best known for their water ices, will replace frozen custard with soft serve ice cream during the shortage. On their website, they write:

“Due to a nationwide egg shortage we are unable to serve our signature Frozen Custard at this time. We know these are eggs-traordinary circumstances, but please enjoy our creamy soft-serve ice cream in the meantime! It’s just like our signature Frozen Custard only it’s egg-less.”

Rita’s has over 600 stores and uses 1,600 pounds of egg yolks per day, which is equivalent to 24 tons per month, according to their website.

The soft serve will be available in chocolate, vanilla, and twist, and it won’t be on the menu after the nation’s egg supply returns to a stable level.

There’s no exact date for when frozen custard will return, but Rita’s promises that “We’re working hard to bring back custard as fast as we can for our loyal guests, and you’ll be the first to know when custard makes its egg-cellent return!”

Fast-food chains are taking eggs off the menu

More than 48 million birds have been affected with the flu since December.

This outbreak is causing an egg shortage that's forcing restaurants to modify their menus and improvise.

The latest chain to take a hit because of the increase in egg prices is the popular Chinese fast-casual chain Panda Express.

The chain removed eggs from its fried rice and replaced them with corn in June , according to CBS San Francisco.

The eatery was also forced to discontinue its hot-and-sour soup temporarily. It's looking like the eggs will not return to its menu anytime soon.

“We have been informed by suppliers that the egg shortage will last between 18 and 24 months. Egg prices have definitely increase [sic] for those who are able to purchase them," a Panda Express spokesperson told CBS. " In our case, the number of suppliers from whom we can purchase liquid is extremely limited, which jeopardizes our ability to consistently purchase safe and reliable product.”

P anda Express isn't the first chain to turn to alternatives for eggs. Many restaurants simply can't keep up with the high rise in prices.

" In June, producer prices for eggs for fresh use surged 71.7 percent in price from May. Consumer prices are also jumping with one USDA report for daily New York eggs showing large Grade A and USDA Grade A egg prices at major chains rising to a range of $1.99 to $3.49 Friday from $1.99 to $2.79 to a year ago," according to CNBC.

In early June, another company implemented changes. The San Antonio-based fast-food chain Whataburger faced major backlash after it was forced to shorten its breakfast window due to the shortage.

Around three weeks later, the restaurant announced it would resume normal breakfast hours.

"We know it’s been a tough couple of weeks for our customers, but we’re really grateful for their support while we worked to build up our egg supply,” said Whataburger C OO Dino Del Nano in a press release.

Last week another popular chain, Rita's, announced that it was temporarily replacing its frozen custard, which contains eggs, with soft-serve ice cream.

The company does not guarantee that its prices will not be affected as pricing is at individual franchisees' discretion.

The switch has been met with mixed responses on Twitter.

The shortage is even affecting large grocers as many of the stores' items contain eggs, especially those in their bakeries. Publix is expecting cost increases.

" The recent avian influenza outbreak has had a nationwide impact on the supply and availability of both turkey and egg products. Certain items may be temporarily discontinued until we have an adequate inventory," a Publix spokesperson said in an email statement to News-Press.

Last month another Texas-based grocer H-E-B instated a new policy that only three-dozen eggs can be purchased per customer, according to the Houston Press.

Post Holdings, a large packaged-food company that owns popular brands like Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats, announced at the end of June that the company was affected by the flu.

" A third Company owned chicken flock in Nebraska has tested positive for AI. This brings the total affected supply to approximately 35% of the Company's volume commitments as determined prior to the recognition of force majeure," according to a Post Holdings press release.

The company said that it's future remained uncertain because of the outbreak.

Summer treats disappear as egg prices double

The bird flu crisis is causing a national egg shortage that’s leaving many without their favorite summertime foods.

Suppliers of frozen custard, cookies, cakes, as well as mayonnaise and hard-boiled eggs for potato salad, are scrambling to find substitutes--or are just taking items off the menu.

Egg prices now cost more than double what they did two months ago, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The bird flu crisis has eggs costing more than 84% last month alone. That comes after a 56% jump in May. Wholesale chicken egg prices recorded the largest increase since the government began tracking the costs in 1937.

National Italian ice chain Rita's disappointed fans last week when it announced its beloved frozen custard is being phased out. The chain is temporarily replacing it with soft-serve ice cream.

John Lupo, owner of Grandma’s wholesale baker in White Bear Lake, Minn., who supplies baked good to grocery stores, is stockpile buckets of liquid eggs.

"We're trying to get as far ahead as we can," he said. "Buying from every source that is willing to sell to us. We're worried they'll be rationing."

The Chinese fast food chain Panda Express this week quietly started substituting corn for eggs in its fried rice, and discontinued hot and sour soup –also made with eggs.

Texas-based Whataburger recently revised breakfast hours to compensate for the shortage.

More than 49 million chickens and turkeys died or were euthanized in 15 states this spring as the flu virus spread from the Pacific Northwest into Midwest farms.

Some commercial bakers are experimenting with egg substitutes out of fear that the liquid egg shortage could last a couple of years.

Hampton Creek, which figured out how to make egg-intensive products like cookies and mayonnaise using plant-based ingredients, has score some big contracts. Hampton Creek shipped its Just Mix powdered egg substitute to General Mills. It also announced a contract with 7-Eleven to replace all of its mayo in its convenience stores with Hampton Creek's Just Mayo product.

But some bakers and food procedures say substitutes come with their own set of issues. Until then, they'll be stockpiling and hoping the egg supply will be replenished as the virus fades.

Fast food chains are taking eggs off the menu

The avian influenza that’s affecting millions of birds nationwide is also disrupting the fast-food industry.

More than 48 million birds have been affected with the flu since December.

This outbreak is causing an egg shortage that’s forcing restaurants to modify their menus and improvise.

The latest chain to take a hit because of the increase in the egg prices is the popular Chinese fast casual chain Panda Express.

The chain removed eggs from its fried rice and replaced them with corn in June, according to CBS San Francisco.

The eatery was also forced to discontinue its hot and sour soup temporarily. It’s also looking like the eggs will not return to its menu anytime soon.

“We have been informed by suppliers that the egg shortage will last between 18 and 24 months. Egg prices have definitely increase [sic] for those who are able to purchase them,”a Panda Express spokesperson told CBS. “In our case, the number of suppliers from whom we can purchase liquid is extremely limited, which jeopardizes our ability to consistently purchase safe and reliable product.”

Notice anything about the fried rice? #PandaExpress replaced egg w corn due 2 egg shortage. Thoughts? @VeronicaDLCruz

— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) July 15, 2015

Panda Express isn’t the first chain to turn to alternatives for eggs. Many restaurants simply can’t keep up with the high raise in prices.

“In June, producer prices for eggs for fresh use surged 71.7 per cent in price from May. Consumer prices are also jumping with one USDA report for daily New York eggs showing large Grade A and USDA Grade A egg prices at major chains rising to a range of $US1.99 to $US3.49 Friday from $US1.99 to $US2.79 to a year ago,” according to CNBC.

In early June, another company implemented changes. The San Antonio-based fast food chain Whataburger faced major backlash after it was forced to shorten its breakfast window due to the shortage.

Around three weeks later, the restaurant announced it would resume normal breakfast hours.

“We know it’s been a tough couple of weeks for our customers, but we’re really grateful for their support while we worked to build up our egg supply,” said Whataburger COO Dino Del Nano in a press release.

Last week another popular chain, Rita’s, announced that it was temporarily replacing its frozen custard, which contains eggs, with soft serve ice cream.

The company does not guarantee that its prices will not be affected as pricing is at individual franchisees discretion.

The switch has been met with mixed responses on Twitter.

Soft serve is cool but I LIVED for the custard . My main reason to always go to Rita’s
— IG: Mocha_Cocha (@Mocha_Cocha) July 13, 2015

Rita’s changing their frozen custard to soft serve is prob the worst thing that could’ve happened this summer
— اليشا (@ali_dupont) July 11, 2015

$6 eggs could be on the way

Squeezed by limited supply because of the worst avian flu outbreak in three decades, egg prices have already risen sharply this year. But BB&T Capital Markets analyst Brett Hundley said retail prices could surge even higher.

An uptick to more than $6 for a dozen "would not surprise" him if bird flu returns later this year, something he predicts will occur as early as fall.

As of Friday, prices to consumers for New York large shell eggs stood at a range of $1.99 to $4.49 per dozen, USDA data showed.

"It's almost scary to think about what could happen to egg prices," Hundley said.

Meanwhile, Midwest wholesale prices have risen 135 percent to $2.80 per dozen on Monday, up from $1.19 per dozen on April 22, according to prices from market research firm Urner Barry. Retail prices typically run even higher.

"It's really a day-to-day market," said Brian Moscogiuri, market reporter for eggs and egg prices at Urner Barry, in a phone interview. "It's been very volatile and unpredictable, for sure."

While the Midwest has borne the brunt of avian flu's impact, BB&T expects bird flu to hit its next target, the Southeast, this fall. Last detected in mid-June, the flu could crop up again by October or November as wild birds carrying the disease migrate to the area.

"We think that turkeys and egg layers are most at risk," Hundley said. "We think broilers are at risk but considerably less so."

Layers, or chickens raised to produce eggs, and turkeys live longer than broilers, or chickens raised for their meat. Therefore, they have a greater chance of contracting disease, Hundley said.

Already, the decreased egg supply has had ripple effects throughout the food industry. Last month, Panda Express said it was testing a new version of its fried rice that incorporates corn instead of the pricy protein. It also discontinued its hot and sour soup after its suppliers told the chain the egg shortage could last as long as two years. Another restaurant, Rita's, pulled its frozen custard made with eggs in favor of a soft-serve ice cream until it can get more eggs.

If bird flu were to reemerge in the Southeast this fall, several companies could be impacted, including poultry producers Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) and Tyson Foods (TSN), and egg producer Cal-Maine Foods (CALM).

According to its annual report, Cal-Maine Foods has a sizable presence in the South but does not have locations in two of the hardest hit states: Minnesota and Iowa. So far, a lift in egg prices has helped boost its earnings and share price, which has risen more than 40 percent year to date. But if bird flu gets closer to home for the company, this could change.

"The recent outbreak has, to this point, been a positive for the company, helping to raise industry pricing however, its flocks could be infected in the future, adding risk to revenue and profit growth expectations," noted D.A. Davidson analysts in a late July note.

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Katy’s Top Happy Hour Destinations

Katy, Texas – November 25, 2015

Your guide to enjoying Katy’s most tantalizing social-hour specials

Happy hour is a time to relax and unwind after a hard day or kick back with friends and enjoy a drink or two. But happy hour is not just about the drinks. There are a lot of delectable snacks and appetizers to try, making happy hour even happier. No more pretzels and peanuts – these snacks are sure to spoil your appetite for dinner.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
20536 Katy Fwy. | 281-769-1850
At BJ’s happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday, 9 to 11 p.m. This fall, happy hour is also extended to anytime during a pro football game. In addition to drink specials, there are lots of great specials on snacks and appetizers. BJ’s offers mini deep dish pizza, prepared with their signature five-cheese blend for only $6. An order of four sliders with grilled onions, lettuce, and pickles is only $5 during happy hour.

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Bonefish Grill
2643 Commercial Center Blvd. | 281-394-5099
Stop by Bonefish Grill in LaCenterra and enjoy $1 off draft beer and $3.50 wines daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. They also offer specials on their signature cocktails including the fresh pear martini, with freshly muddled pears and garnished with an edible flower. Enjoy a taste of the season with the fall apple martini, including soaked apples, a touch of honey, and topped with cinnamon sprinkle. On Wednesday nights you can try their famous bang bang shrimp, tossed in a creamy spicy sauce, all night for only $6.

21300 Katy Fwy. | 832-772-1277
Stop by Chuy’s for happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy their famous, free, fully-loaded nacho car. General manager Mark Novak says, “Our nacho car is the back end of a 1956 Chevy Bellaire, piled high with nacho chips, queso, beans, and ground sirloin.” You can help yourself to a plate of nachos at the bar anytime during happy hour. Another great option is the deluxe quesadillas with chicken fajita meat, cheese, green chilies, and onions or the appetizer plate, which includes the deluxe quesadillas along with chicken flautas, chile con queso, guacamole, and sour cream.

Hasta La Pasta
1450 W. Grand Pkwy. S. | 281-392-0045
Stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Kimberly Gattis owns and runs Hasta La Pasta with her husband Eric. “We have $1.99 house wine, domestic beer, frozen margaritas, bellinis, and house-made sangria during happy hour,” Gattis says. She suggests any of their $5.99 appetizers to go with your bevvies. “We have bruschetta, toasted ravioli, calamari, fried zucchini, and sausage with peppers,” Gattis says. The calamari is lightly breaded, fried, and served with artichokes. The fried zucchini comes with pomodoro and ranch sauces.

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Landry’s Seafood
22215 Katy Fwy. | 281-392-0452
Kyle Simms, general manager at Landry’s in Katy, says, “We have happy hour seven days a week, 11a.m. to 7 p.m., with drink specials on beer, wine, and cocktails.” The food prices are pretty special too. Simms adds, “We have tiers of appetizers like the battered onion strings and jalapenos, served with ranch dressing for dipping at just $4.” For shrimp lovers there are the fire cracker shrimp poppers, tempura fried in a sweet chili glaze or stuffed shrimp brochette, large bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with seafood, jack cheese, and jalapenos, which can be had for only $7 during happy hour. “Another must-try app is the fried crab balls,” Simms says. “They’re great with cocktail sauce and served with a side of onion strings for $5.”

Los Cucos
5831 Highway Blvd. | 281-391-9466
Los Cucos manager Luis Toro proudly recommends the family appetizer platter at happy hour. “It’s a big variety of bite-sized snack foods, with enough for everyone to share,” says Toro. The platter comes with chicken flautas, stuffed jalapenos, beef fajita nachos, chicken quesadillas, and chile con queso. Happy hour at Los Cucos is all day Monday and Tuesday, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Happy hour food specials are served Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. and include chicken taquitos, shrimp cocktail, and ceviche served with chips.

Perry’s Steakhouse
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. | 281-347-3600
Monday through Friday Perry’s Steakhouse offers specials on their social hour menu from 4 to 6:30 p.m. With delicious select appetizers and signature cocktails for half the price, your experience at Perry’s is bound to be blissful. Try their delicious escargot or pork chop bites for $7.95 each, with a cucumber blueberry martini for $6.

Saltgrass Steakhouse
21855 Katy Fwy. | 281-647-9400
“Saltgrass Steakhouse has a happy hour that is incomparable,” says corporate beverage manager Brian Webb. “We offer a large selection of local and imported beers for less than $3 and several premium wines for under $5. At Saltgrass, you can enjoy value drinks without having to compromise quality.” To go with your libations, Webb recommends the range rattlers. “We take jumbo jalapenos and stuff them with jack cheese and whole shrimp, then we fry it to a golden brown.“ Another popular choice is the creamy, satisfying spinach and artichoke dip, served with crisp tortilla chips and salsa. Both are available for only $6 in the bar area during happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Texas Borders Bar & Grill
20940 Katy Fwy. | 281-578-8785
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At Texas Borders Bar & Grill, happy hour runs all day on Monday and from 3 to 7 p.m. the rest of the week. “We have some awesome apps and different specials for every day of the week,” says Kellie Messer. The Texas Borders hot bites are only $3 during happy hour. Choose from fried pickles, onion rings, or cheese sticks with marinara. “For bigger appetites we have $6 buffalo chicken, a cheeseburger, or pulled pork sliders served with fries,” Messer says. Another great choice is the mini crab meat quesadilla with pico.

TGI Friday’s
Any time can be happy hour at TGI Friday’s with their new endless choice of appetizers. You can get endless refills on your choice of appetizers for only $12 or, for $10, you can have endless refills of one favorite appetizer. There are new selections on the menu as well including spicy sriracha chicken potato skins loaded with asiago-queso, and French onion dumplings filled with caramelized onions and topped with melted Swiss cheese. Pair that with one of their famous smoothies like the mango passion smoothie with organic agave, passion fruit, and mango purees. KM

More Great Happy Hours in Katy
Black Walnut Café – $4 mimosas, and other cocktails, $3 fried pickles, and $4 quesadillas M-F, 7 – 10:30 a.m. and 3 – 6:30 p.m. Jimmy Changa’s – $2.50 draft beer, $9 Tex-Mex egg rolls, M-F, 12 – 6 p.m.
Johnny Carino’s –
$2 off appetizers and pizza, M-F, 3 – 7 p.m.
Kublai Khan –
$5 sushi rolls, M-F, 3 – 6 p.m.
Las Mañanitas –
$3.50 margaritas, $7.50 shrimp nachos, M-F, 3-7 p.m.

CHERRI NORTHCUTT enjoys dining out with friends and family in Katy. Her favorite happy hour snacks always include nachos.

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