McDonald’s Adds DoorDash as U.S. Delivery Partner

Today, McDonald’s USA and DoorDash announced a new partnership to expand the availability and accessibility of McDelivery beyond its current offering, launching first in the Houston, Texas area across more than 200 restaurants beginning July 29th.

“In a few short years, McDelivery, has become an important part of our growth and our customer-centric strategy,” said Chris Kempczinski, President of McDonald’s USA. “Building on the success of McDelivery in the US, we’re excited to make McDelivery accessible to customers on DoorDash, which is available in all 50 states and reaches...

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Giant Eagle and Grabango Announce Checkout-Free Technology Partnership

Today, Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation’s leading food, fuel and pharmacy retailers, and Grabango, the leading checkout-free technology provider for existing brick-and-mortar stores, announced a partnership designed to create a no-wait checkout experience.

By partnering with Grabango, Giant Eagle strengthens its commitment to continually invest in the latest forward-thinking technologies to enhance the shopping experience for customers. Grabango’s enterprise class platform is designed to operate across Giant Eagle’s multi-format footprint with checkout-free technologies providing the flexibility that Giant Eagle greatly values.

According to a recent study conducted by Forrester Research, waiting in the checkout line is the top complaint among U.S. grocery shoppers. Giant Eagle and Grabango hope to...

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Jul 19 12:21 PM, General News



Quantifying the Impact of SNAP Benefits on the U.S. Economy and Jobs

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the Nation’s largest food assistance program. In fiscal year 2018, SNAP served an average 40.3 million people per month and issued $60.9 billion in benefits to be spent in food stores authorized to accept SNAP benefits. The primary goal of SNAP is to provide low-income households with additional resources for buying food.

But SNAP also serves as an automatic stabilizer for the economy. For example, during an economic downturn, when unemployment increases and wages fall, more individuals become eligible for SNAP and enroll in the program. As SNAP participants spend this increased Federal assistance, income is generated for those involved in producing, transporting, and...

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Jul 19 11:48 AM, General News


Market House Meats Adds Custom Meat Processing

A year and a half after announcing the addition of its new land-based protein division, Market House Meats will open an additional facility offering custom meat processing to local restaurant and foodservice operators. The new USDA-inspected facility will accommodate specialty orders such as dry-aged cuts tailored to customer focused specifications.

“Market House Meats has far exceeded expectations,” said Mike Higgins, The Fish Guys, Inc. Owner and CEO. “With this addition, we’ve hit a goal to see this company become a true full-service, center-of-the-plate protein purveyor.”

According to Tim McKee, The Fish Guys SVP of Business Development and James Beard award-winning, “Adding a cutting facility opens up a lot of doors. We have customers that have been asking for this service since...

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Jul 19 9:30 AM, General News


Jul 19 9:04 AM, Urner Barry Video

Analysts' Predictions for the Monthly Cold Storage Report;
Heavy Chickens and More of Them;
Sponsored by Urner Barry's Prospector
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McDonald’s Adds DoorDash as U.S. Delivery Partner

Today, McDonald’s USA and DoorDash announced a new partnership to expand the availability and accessibility of McDelivery beyond its current offering, launching first in the Houston, Texas area across more than 200 restaurants beginning July 29th.

“In a few short years, McDelivery, has become an important part of our growth and our customer-centric strategy,” said Chris Kempczinski, President of McDonald’s USA. “Building on the success of McDelivery in the US, we’re excited to make McDelivery accessible to customers on DoorDash, which is available in all 50 states and reaches...

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Jul 19 8:54 AM, General News


Koch Foods Recalls Breaded Poultry Products

Koch Foods, a Fairfield, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 743 pounds of fully cooked boneless chicken bites due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, milk, and eggs, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen, fully cooked breaded boneless chicken bites were labeled as fully cooked chicken strips and were produced on May 31, 2019. The following products are subject to recall...

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Jul 19 8:40 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Heavy Chickens and More of Them

The price depreciation that many key items within the chicken complex have exhibited this week has prompted players to search for both external and internal variables in an effort to shed some light on the recent price slump...

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Jul 19 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Tim Hortons Expands Beyond Meat Offerings 

After the successful launch of three new Beyond Meat® Breakfast Sandwiches last month, Tim Hortons is expanding plant‑based offerings to the lunch and dinner menu with two new, delicious Beyond Burgers. This marks the first time Tim Hortons has been able to include a burger on the menu because the burger patty is prepared in the same way as the Beyond Sausage™ patty for the new breakfast sandwiches.

The 100% plant‑based burger patty was developed by Beyond Meat to taste like a beef burger. The result is a truly satisfying burger experience that is now available at the nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons restaurants nationwide.

There are two Beyond Burgers for guests to enjoy from coast to coast...

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Jul 18 11:50 AM, General News


Jul 18 8:53 AM, Urner Barry Video

Plant-based Burgers Increasingly on Quick Service Restaurant Menus;
Bird’s Eye View of Poult Placement Figures;
Sponsored by COMTELL's New Phone App
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ANALYSIS: A Bird’s Eye View of Poult Placement Figures

Monday’s release of the USDA’s Turkey Hatch Report continues to shed light on 2019’s declining poult placement trend...

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Jul 18 8:27 AM, Urner Barry


Quick Service Burger Buyers Mix it Up Between Plant-Based and Beef

Plant-based burgers are increasingly finding their way on to quick service restaurants (QSRs) menu boards and customers are responding. There were 228 million servings of plant-based burgers ordered at QSRs in the year ending May, up 10 percent from a year ago, reports The NPD Group. With all of the buzz surrounding the popularity of plant-based burgers some are wondering if veggie burgers are closing in on beef burgers or if the growth of plant-based burgers corresponds to an increase in vegetarianism or veganism. Here are some answers.

Beef burgers are still by far the most popular burger ordered at QSRs. There were 6.4 billion beef burgers ordered at QSRs in the year ending May 2019, and although growth is flat compared to year ago, beef burgers are still...

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Jul 18 8:14 AM, General News


The Road to New COMTELL: Development Blog #1

COMTELL is in the middle of a complete redesign and since, ultimately, it will be our users that will be working within it everyday, we would like to keep everyone in the loop during this exciting process. This story, and others to follow, will outline the progress and hurdles we encounter along the way as we work through the new design and user feedback.

The staff here at Urner Barry are working diligently to provide our customers with a modern, user-friendly version of our staple product.The goal is simple: provide an intuitive, eye-pleasing experience that will streamline your time on COMTELL—ultimately making your day more efficient... 

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Jul 17 10:50 AM, Urner Barry


Alexa, How Was Prime Day? Prime Day 2019 Surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday Combined

This year, Prime Day was once again the largest shopping event in Amazon history with more than one million deals exclusively for Prime members. Over the two days of Prime Day, on July 15 and 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Prime members purchased more than 175 million items throughout the event. Prime Day was also the biggest event ever for Amazon devices, when comparing two-day periods – top-selling deals worldwide were...

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Jul 17 10:04 AM, General News


Blue Apron Introduces Beyond Meat on Menus Beginning in August

Beginning this summer, home cooks across the country can explore cooking seasonal recipes from Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN) that feature plant-based proteins from Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND), a leader in plant-based meat. Blue Apron x Beyond Meat recipes will be included on Blue Apron’s Signature Two-Serving Plan starting in August with flavorful summer burgers specially crafted by the Blue Apron Culinary Team that feature the popular Beyond Burger™. Consumers can begin placing orders for the new August recipes now through Blue Apron’s website and mobile app.

“We know a growing number of customers are interested in plant-based proteins, whether as an alternative to meat, a desire to explore a new ingredient, or an opportunity to...

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Jul 17 10:03 AM, General News


Gardein Adds New Items to its Plant-Based Line-up

Gardein, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is answering the growing demand for plant-based food by expanding its line of meat-free dishes, including new items that feature pea and wheat protein. In the past, meat substitutes were mostly tailored to vegans and vegetarians. Now more than ever, people are seeking a flexitarian diet due to a variety of lifestyle and dietary needs including animal welfare, health and sustainability.

"Fifty two percent of households purchase plant-based foods and more than 60 percent..."

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Jul 17 9:40 AM, General News


Jul 17 9:09 AM, Urner Barry Video

Pre-report Estimates for Upcoming Cattle on Feed;
NOAA Helps With Right Whale Disentanglement Efforts;
Sponsored by Obsono’s Market Insight Report
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Cargill and Ecolab Accelerate Food Industry Innovation 

Recognizing the critical role that innovation plays in creating a safer and more sustainable food system, Cargill and Ecolab are supporting a second class of startups through the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator.

“Solving the greatest food and sustainability challenges the world faces today requires partnership and fresh, innovative ideas. These are the two key ingredients of the Techstars Farm to Fork program,” said Justin Kershaw, Cargill CIO. “Having the brightest minds in food and ag tech in Cargill and Ecolab’s backyards provides an amazing opportunity to infuse startup energy into our company, while also helping bring critical solutions to...

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Jul 16 11:50 AM, General News


U.S. Pork Industry Battling Challenges, NPPC President Tells Capitol Hill

The U.S. pork industry faces numerous challenges both at home and abroad that, if not addressed, will pose significant harm to our farms, rural communities and ultimately consumers, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C., testified this morning before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

“One of the most damaging threats to the U.S. pork industry has been the punitive, retaliatory trade tariffs that China and other countries have imposed,” Herring told the subcommittee.

China is the largest consumer and importer of pork in the world, but U.S. hog farmers have been sidelined, Herring told the subcommittee, due to China’s...

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Jul 16 11:43 AM, General News


Amazon Continues to Change the Face of Retail with Prime Day 

According to the NPD Group, more than half of Amazon Prime members plan to purchase products from Amazon during the Prime Day shopping event on July 15th and 16th. While retailers including Target and Walmart are following Amazon's lead with deals of their own during these dates, only 15 percent of these consumers intend to shop at both Amazon and other retailers.

When surveyed, 70 percent of Amazon Prime members reported to look for deals in advance of Prime Day, and nearly two-thirds are doing so to get an idea of what they wish to buy ahead of time. This planning includes comparing prices with other retailers, with nearly a quarter of consumers purchasing items elsewhere if a lower price is found prior to Prime Day. However, those that do not shop on Prime Day, 69 percent, claim...

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Jul 16 11:15 AM, Urner Barry


PODCAST: Will You Listen this Week? - Will Sawyer of CoBank

In this segment, Will Sawyer, lead Economist of CoBank joins us to talk farmers, late plantings, China, Canada, ASF, and more. Listen and share for free!

Did you know? Urner Barry's Market Digest Podcast is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Podcast, iHeartRadio, and SoundCloud! More ways to listen to top industry news and analysis. 

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Jul 16 10:03 AM, Urner Barry


Jul 16 8:44 AM, Urner Barry Video

Prime Day boosts Grocery Popularity;
An all new Foreign Trade Data by Urner Barry;
Sponsored by The Meat Buyer's Guide Online
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CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Jul 15 2:02 PM, Urner Barry


The New Black Friday? Prime Day's Halo Effect Spans Beyond Gadgets (And Amazon Itself)

Remember when shopping was primarily a chore? If you’re a Millennial, you might never have thought this way, but it really wasn’t that long ago that shopping was more of a task than an experience—let alone something to look forward to.

Historically, Black Friday was the year’s sole shopping experience. Today, however, the abundance of choice, access and creative marketing give brands and retailers all the ammunition they need to inspire consumers to shop at any time they choose...

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Jul 15 12:53 PM, General News


Celebrate the Pizza Days of Summer with Domino's® 50 Percent Off Deal

The pizza days of summer are here and there's only one way to celebrate – with half off pizza! Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, is offering 50 percent off all menu-priced pizzas ordered online July 15-21.

"Summer is officially here, which means plenty of sun and fun, and pizza, of course!" said Jenny Fouracre, Domino's spokeswoman. "There's no better way to enjoy the nice weather than by grabbing a half-price pizza and savoring it..."

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Jul 15 12:37 PM, General News


Food Lion to Unveil New Shopping Experience with Completion of $158 Million Investment in 92 Stores

Food Lion will unveil a new, easier shopping experience for customers in the greater Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia and Charleston, S.C., markets on Wednesday, July 17. Customers in Lumberton, N.C., also will be able to shop their newly-renovated local stores.

The company made a significant $158 million capital investment in its 92 area stores earlier this year, which included remodeling the stores, hiring 2,000 additional associates and giving back to local communities, including the donation of two mobile trucks...

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Jul 15 10:26 AM, General News


Wendy's Makes Summer Sizzle With Launch Of Baconfest

As the home of the #1 selling bacon cheeseburger*, and quite frankly, the Boss of Bacon, Wendy's is launching an epic bacon celebration – Baconfest. Why? Because Wendy's bacon is always worth celebrating and honestly, doesn't need a reason.

Starting today, Wendy's is kicking off Baconfest exclusively with DoorDash, offering its bacon-loving fanatics a free Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and $0 delivery fee with a minimum of $10 Wendy's purchase for a limited time using code BACONFEST.** Free bacon and $0 delivery fee? Yes, please...

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Jul 15 9:24 AM, General News


Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc. Recalls Beef and Poultry Products

Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc., a Brea, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,953 pounds of diced beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The uncooked, marinated, diced beef and chicken cubes were produced from June 9 through July 10, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

20-lb. boxes containing four unmarked 5 lb. plastic bags...

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Jul 15 9:13 AM, General News


Ada Valley Gourmet Foods, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Ada Valley Gourmet Foods, Inc., an Ada, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,490 pounds of raw ground beef meatloaf products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically broken metal bits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, premixed raw ground beef meatloaf was produced on May 20, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View label (PDF only)]

5-lb. frozen vacuum packages packed 2 each in cartons containing...

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Jul 15 9:06 AM, General News


Urner Barry Rolls Out Updated Foreign Trade Data Platform

New Site to Include Red Meat Import/Export Stats for the First Time Ever

Urner Barry, the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry, is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved Foreign Trade Data service, complete with newly added Customs and Census data for pork, beef, lamb and veal.

Foreign Trade Data has long provided detailed information on each and every frozen, waterborne shipment of seafood entering the United States, with records being updated regularly with the most recent data available. Now, U.S. Customs export data has also been newly added for seafood. Subscribers can now track Customs exports of crab and other species.

And for the first time ever, Foreign Trade Data subscribers will have access to the latest intelligence surrounding red meat imports and exports. Users can...

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Jul 15 8:45 AM, Urner Barry


Jul 15 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

Ground Beef to be featured on MasterChef;
Maine Lobster Industry in need of funding;
Sponsored by Obsono's Market Insight
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