Meal Kit Model Meets Retail Reality

As meal kit operators have increasingly turned to retail distribution, such partnerships have appeared to be a potential path to success for the troubled meal kit segment.

The captive base of frequent shoppers that supermarkets attract addresses one of the biggest challenges subscription-based meal kit companies have encountered — attracting and retaining customers.

But transferring the online meal kit operating model to the brick-and-mortar merchandising format requires a different approach to the meal kit business, from sourcing to ingredient preparation to marketing, said Sean Butler, managing director at supply chain consultancy LIDD.

Butler had been with Purple Carrot when that meal kit company partnered with Whole Foods to begin ...

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FDA Releases Statement on New Steps to Strengthen the Food Safety Program

When it comes to the foods we eat, we live in an unprecedented time of technological change. Thanks to innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), we now have more opportunities to strengthen public health and bring innovative food products to consumers than perhaps at any other time in our history. But our ability to fulfill these responsibilities becomes more challenging every year with increased globalization, advances in science and technology, and shifts in consumer expectations that drive change throughout the food system. We must continue to embrace innovation across the food safety system to make sure we secure our public health mission.

That's why as part of the President's 2020 Budget, we've proposed new funding across multiple aspects of our food safety system. We must invest to prevent ...

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Mar 19 2:20 PM, General News



Live-Streaming Barn Tours Show Consumers Sustainable Pig Farming

The National Pork Board is collaborating with South Dakota State University (SDSU) to “open the barn doors” on how pigs are raised. The Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street (OMS) speakers can include live-streaming video tours of SDSU’s Swine Education and Research Center, in Brookings, South Dakota, in presentations to local civic groups, culinary and pre-vet students, dietitians, chefs and others.
The state-of-the-art SDSU teaching center features all phases of pig production and provides the latest technology for research on reproductive physiology, nutrition management and sustainability science, according to Bob Thaler, SDSU professor and a swine Extension specialist.

“Virtual tours help non-traditional audiences understand today’s pork production,” Thaler said. “Our goal is to demystify how ...

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Mar 19 11:36 AM, General News


Kroger and Ocado Name Central Florida City Location of Second High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Center

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America's largest grocery retailer, and Ocado (LSE: OCDO), one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, today announced Groveland, Lake County, Florida, as the second location for one of their Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFC).

"Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Groveland, Florida—a city west of Orlando—through our relationship with Ocado," said Alex Tosolini, Kroger's senior vice president of new business development. "Through our strategic partnership, we are leveraging ...

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Mar 19 10:23 AM, General News


Hormel Takes Pepperoni Lovers Beyond the Pie

A new Hormel ad campaign launched today, with the tagline Think It Up, Make it Up, Pep it Up! The initiative consists of three animated “pepisodes” featuring an animated scene surrounding the use of pepperoni in a different food, from nachos to pizza bagels.

One spot replaces a basketball with a slice of pepperoni which is then “dunked” onto a pizza bagel, and another has a couple lifted airborne by pepperoni “balloons” that then ascend further onto the surface of a quesadilla.

Hormel has launched this campaign as part of...

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Mar 19 9:06 AM, Urner Barry Video

St. Patrick’s Day: Highest Grossing Day for Restaurants;
Nielsen Finds Consumers Prefer to Buy Local;
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St. Patrick's Day is the Highest Grossing Day of the Year for U.S. Bars and Restaurants

While St. Patrick’s Day is known for an array of things ranging from four-leaf clovers to leprechauns and all things green, it’s also a holiday that’s most frequently associated with alcohol consumption among the 21+ crowd in the U.S. And when we look at the data, we see that St. Patrick’s Day is the equivalent of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for U.S. bars and restaurants.

According to a recent Nielsen CGA analysis, St. Patrick’s Day is the highest grossing day of the year for U.S. bars and restaurants. In 2018, compared with the average day, beer sales grew 174% on St. Patrick’s Day, and spirits sales rose 153%. In fact, one-third of 15,000 U.S. consumers surveyed through Nielsen CGA’s on-premise user survey (OPUS) said they visit a ...

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Mar 18 3:33 PM, General News


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Hog Slaughter

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CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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National Pork Board and RIPE.IO Partner to Enhance Pig Farming Practices through Blockchain

The National Pork Board and Ripe Technology, Inc. have entered an agreement to pilot blockchain technology use in the U.S. pork industry.

Through this partnership, ripe.io will enable an ecosystem that will allow pork producers to monitor, evaluate and continuously improve their sustainability practices based on the We CareSM framework – six defined ethical principles guiding the U.S. pork industry. Launched in 2008, these principles provide industry standards in food safety and public health, animal well-being, protecting the environment, and improving the quality of life for the industry’s people and communities. The standards also serve as the pork industry’s commitment to continuous improvement.

“The growing demand across the entire food supply chain – including end consumers – is to ...

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Mar 18 12:44 PM, General News


NPPC Statement on Illegal Pork Seizure 

On March 15, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it intercepted a large shipment of illegal pork products from China before it could enter the United States. The contraband shipment, which will be safely and securely destroyed in accordance with U.S. government policy, reportedly contained products derived from pork, such as flavorings in ramen noodles, and did not include fresh meat. It is illegal to import pork products from countries, like China, that are positive for African swine fever (ASF), a disease that only affects pigs and that poses no human health or food safety risks, to the United States. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued the following statement.

“Preventing the spread of African swine fever to the United States is our top priority. We are thankful to CBP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their increased vigilance and the expanded resources they have put in place to prevent ...

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Mar 18 12:39 PM, General News


Alternative Cuts of U.S. Beef Focus of Retail, Restaurant Promotions in Taiwan

Encouraging restaurants and retailers in Taiwan to use alternative cuts of U.S. beef, USMEF collaborated with Taiwan Fresh Supermarket (TFS) and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain in a series of promotional activities and product tastings. The efforts, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, were designed to maintain the competitiveness of U.S. beef in the Taiwanese market by providing consumers, foodservice operators and importers with information on available products.

“Taiwanese consumers have adopted more beef in their diets over the past couple of decades, but their knowledge of beef remains relatively limited,” explained Davis Wu, USMEF director in Taiwan. “People are used to purchasing meat with a tender texture and rich marbling, such as ...

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Mar 18 9:39 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: 2018 Becomes Record Year for U.S. Beef Exports

The USDA released export numbers for the last month of 2018. December exports for beef, including variety meat, was reported at 112.8 thousand metric tons compared to 113.3 metric tons for December 2017...

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Mar 18 9:07 AM, Urner Barry Video

St. Patrick’s Day Retail Action – Briskets and Beer;
Movers of the Week from the HRI Buyers Guide;
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offers Sausage in Safeway and Albertsons in the Southwest

Barbecue lovers can enjoy the delicious taste of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit sausage at home by purchasing it at their local Safeway or Albertsons southwest locations. In partnership with Safeway and Albertsons, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit offers their Polish Sausage, Spicy Cheddar Sausage and Hot Links for purchase.

“We are proud to partner with Safeway to bring our delicious sausage options to barbecue lovers for them to make at home,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “At Dickey’s, we pride ourselves on the authenticity of our meats and ...

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Mar 18 9:01 AM, General News


Little Caesars Announces Return of Bacon Wrapped Deep!Deep! Dish Pizza

Little Caesars® Pizza is bringing back its beloved Bacon Wrapped DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza to its U.S. restaurants to satisfy even the most passionate bacon fans. Bacon lovers who download the Little Caesars app or order online can get early access to the product on March 18. Then, starting March 21, the Bacon Wrapped DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza will be available as an item to walk-in customers from 4-8 P.M., or all day, every day by request at U.S. Little Caesars restaurants for a limited time.

The Bacon Wrapped DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza is an 8-corner deep dish pizza wrapped in a wall of over 3 ½ feet of whole strips of thick-cut, crispy bacon, and then topped with pepperoni and even more delicious pieces of smoky, crumbled savory bacon decadence. This pizza offering is an extension of ...

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Mar 18 8:52 AM, General News


Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc. Recalls Beef Products

Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc., a San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 4,940 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE corned beef items were produced on Feb. 28, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 18 8:29 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Briskets & Beer

This week in retail, Americans—regardless of ancestry—honor Irish heritage and celebrate through food and drink(s). Most likely the plural form of the latter.

In addition to barbeque and, more recently, foodservice demand, March is the time of year when we see an uptick in demand for brisket. Briskets are used in corned beef applications, and there is seldom a St. Paddy’s day celebration sans corned beef and cabbage.  

This week, the roast segment jumped up to 38.7 percent ownership of beef category features, compared to 22.5 percent just two weeks ago. Of the roasts on feature, briskets make up a whopping 62.4 percent. To compare, the next highest roast item is boneless chuck roasts with 11.8 percent.

Brisket ad prices are up slightly on average this year, at $3.55 per pound. This compares to St. Paddy’s day a year ago at $3.36 per pound. It is still, however, one of the...

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Restaurant Chains Support Packaging Initiative

Three giant restaurant companies have joined forces to support an initiative addressing packaging waste issues that challenge the foodservice industry. The plans include development of a sustainable cup that is recyclable and compostable.

Starbucks, McDonald’s and Wendy’s, all recognizing the need for increased and improved sustainable packaging, are participating in the NextGen Consortium, which is focused on creating environmentally friendly food packaging solutions.

The effort, led by sustainable investment firm Closed Loop Partners, began last September, with the NextGen Cup Challenge, a contest highlighting sustainable packaging innovations, such as the creation of a cup the companies could serve at their units worldwide. NextGen said 12 firms are now ...

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Mar 15 10:30 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Q1’s Cold Storage Picture Beginning to Develop

After a great deal of anticipation, market participants and observers finally got a glimpse of January’s public warehouse holdings...

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Mar 15 10:04 AM, Urner Barry


Mar 15 9:04 AM, Urner Barry Video

Legislation to Address Tax Bill Typo for Retailers and Restaurants;
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IPC Meeting Set for New Orleans, Louisiana

The International Poultry Council meets in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 13-18, marking the organization’s first meeting in the US in 14 years.

Highlighting the agenda in the “Big Easy” will be the top issues facing the poultry industries around the world, including the economic outlook with Christine McCracken, senior protein analyst at Rabobank, headlining a slate of speakers.

The first semester 2019 meeting will also mark a milestone as Jim Sumner steps down as president after leading IPC in that role since its inception in 2005. Sumner, however, will continue to be involved and IPC and with his role as president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Poultry industry representatives from many of the 27 member countries throughout the world will be in attendance as a new president of IPC is installed ...

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Mar 15 8:17 AM, General News


Oregon Cattleman to Congress: Livestock Producers Serve as Conservation Allies

Today Oregon cattleman Rodger Huffman told a Congressional hearing that livestock producers across the country serve as stewards of the environment and allies in conservation. Despite the efforts of some in Congress to vilify livestock producers, effective wildlife conservation depends on strengthening the partnership between government agencies and ranchers. In fact, livestock producers maintain over 660 million acres of open spaces and landscapes, about a third of the U.S. landmass and home to many species of wildlife.

“Federal and state wildlife managers have no greater ally in the effort to conserve America’s species than ranchers,” Huffman said in prepared testimony. “Ranchers steward these landscapes for generations ...

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Mar 15 8:15 AM, General News


Retailers Welcome Bipartisan Legislation to Address Tax Bill Typo

The National Retail Federation welcomed bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate today that would fix a drafting error in the tax reform law that took effect in 2018. The error relating to depreciation rules is delaying job-creating investments in stores and restaurants across the country.

“It’s hard to imagine that an unintended typo in a tax law has created so much uncertainty, but that’s exactly what many American retailers have been dealing with for over a year now,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “This error might seem small, but it’s having a large impact on companies that have been forced to delay or cancel improvement projects to stores and restaurants, costing new jobs as a result. Congress has allowed this issue and ...

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Mar 15 8:14 AM, General News


Productos La Aguadillana, Inc. Recalls Breaded Chicken Products

Productos La Aguadillana, Inc., an Aguadilla, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 35,870 pounds of breaded chicken patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The breaded chicken patty items were produced on February 27, 2019 and March 1, 2019. The following products are subject to recall...

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Mar 14 2:23 PM, General News


Kroger and Nuro Launch Autonomous Delivery Service in Houston

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America's largest grocery retailer and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, today announced the launch of their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston. The innovative service will be available through two Houston Kroger stores, reaching customers residing in four local zip codes.

Since August 2018, Kroger and Nuro have operated a popular, first-of-its-kind self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ, servicing a single zip code with an autonomous vehicle fleet. In late 2018, the partnership expanded to include Nuro's custom vehicle, R1, marking the nation's first fully unmanned delivery service available to ...

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Mar 14 1:40 PM, General News


House Members Defend Agriculture in EU Trade Agreement

Today, 114 House members led by Reps. Walorski (R-Ind.), Kind (D-Wis.), Foxx (R-N.C.) and Craig (D-Minn.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in support of keeping agricultural products as a key negotiating objective in any proposed trade agreement with the European Union (EU). The European Commission has specifically excluded agricultural products in draft negotiations and Commission officials continually state their unwillingness to include agriculture in the negotiation process.

“As you know, agriculture is the source of a great number of trade barriers and irritants in the U.S.-EU trading relationship. Thus, an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes ...

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Mar 14 10:53 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: A Push And Pull Between Turkey Live Weight and Headcount

The latest release of the USDA’s weekly slaughter report paints mixed picture for turkeys especially when it comes to average live weight and headcount figures...

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Mar 14 9:32 AM, Urner Barry


Tyson Fresh Meats and IdentiGEN Collaborate to Trace Beef Using DNA Technology

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), is collaborating with IdentiGEN to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin. IdentiGEN’s signature DNA TraceBack® system will be a key tool to trace the cattle raised for Tyson’s Open Prairie® Natural Angus Beef.

A DNA sample from cattle entering the Open Prairie program will be used to trace the origin of individual cuts of beef as they move through the supply chain. The DNA TraceBack process is intended to assure customers that the Open Prairie beef products they buy were sourced from ranches where the cattle were raised to meet specific requirements, such as no antibiotics ever and no added hormones.

“This is about meeting growing demand for more transparency about how food is produced,” said Kent Harrison, vice president of marketing and premium programs at Tyson Fresh Meats. “Through DNA TraceBack, we’re providing ...

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Mar 14 9:27 AM, General News


Mar 14 8:52 AM, Urner Barry Video

NPD Group Reports Interest in Meal Kits;
Stavis Seafoods Launches SeaTru;
Push And Pull Between Turkey Live Weight and Headcount;
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MarketsandMarkets: Food & Agriculture Technology and Products Market Worth $729.5 Billion by 2023

The report "Food & Agriculture Technology and Products Market by Industry (Animal, Agriculture, Cold Chain, Food & Beverage, and Cannabis), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World) - Global Forecast to 2023", published by MarketsandMarkets™. The global food & agriculture technology and products market size is projected to grow from USD 494.9 billion in 2018 to USD 729.5 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period.

The major factors driving the food & agriculture technology and products market include an increase in demand and consumption of livestock-based products and seafood, the rise in consumer awareness about food safety, governments' support to adopt modern agricultural techniques, and demand for agricultural production due ...

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Mar 14 8:39 AM, General News


Butterball LLC Recalls Turkey Products

Butterball, LLC, a Mount Olive, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The prepacked raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 14 8:25 AM, General News


Monogram Meat Snacks, LLC Recalls Pork Sausage Products

Monogram Meat Snacks, LLC, a Martinsville, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 191,928 pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage products that may be adulterated due to possible product contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. This recall is being initiated due to product tampering, following the production process.

The ready-to-eat pork sausages are heat-treated and shelf-stable. The items were produced and packaged for Conagra Brand / Duke’s Meats Corp. on various dates between Jan. 16 and March 7, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 14 8:20 AM, General News


Teton Waters Ranch Launches the First Line of 100% Grass-Fed and Finished Beef Burger Blends

Teton Waters Ranch, the original 100% grass-fed & finished beef company, announces the launch of its brand-new Burger Blends. The frozen burger patties are made from a unique blend of 100% grass-fed beef and savory mushrooms and will be the first of their kind available in the frozen food aisle.

The Burger Blends from Teton Waters Ranch will be available in three delicious varieties: Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Mushroom and Onion and Southwest. All three varieties are made with a mindful mix of 70 percent grass-fed and finished beef and 30 percent mushrooms. They are Whole30 approved and ...

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Mar 14 8:14 AM, General News


Papa John's Announces National Partnership with DoorDash 

Today, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced a national partnership with DoorDash, the fastest-growing on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery, offering delivery from more than 1,400 restaurants. To celebrate the launch, lucky pizza lovers can get $0 delivery during St. Patrick’s Day weekend from March 15-17 on all orders over $10 delivered through the platform at participating locations.

By working with partners like DoorDash, Papa John's continues to find ways to reach new customer segments and expand its off-premise offerings through delivery and takeout.

“This partnership extends our continued commitment to meet customers wherever they are and provide simple, easy ordering for guests in addition to our own ...

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Mar 14 8:12 AM, General News


NPD Group: Millions of US Adults have Yet to Use a Meal Kit but are Interested in Giving Them a Try

The meal kit market is quickly evolving from nearly exclusively online and subscription-based, home delivery services to on-demand availability in-store and online. Consumers are trying out the different ways to purchase meal kits, with over a quarter of recent users purchasing kits both in-store, including restaurants, and online, finds The NPD Group. While meal kit marketers and meal kit users are experimenting to find the right fit, there is a large group of consumers, 93 million, who have never tried a meal kit but are interested in giving them a try, which points to a market opportunity, according to NPD’s What’s Next for Meal Kits report.

“There is an untapped market for meal kits and it’s up to meal kit providers and retailers to find out ...

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Mar 13 12:44 PM, General News


Canadian Retailers are Set to Compete with a Wider Array of Restaurants Via Prepared Food Offerings

Retailer meal solutions are transforming the foodservice landscape, Technomic reveals in the 2019 Canadian Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report. With increasingly upscale offerings and even in-store restaurants offered by some, lines continue to blur between retailers and restaurants as competition heats up for both limited-service and full-service operators.

“For retailers, on-demand offerings such as the ability to order prepared foods online for pickup or delivery will be key to keeping pace with the restaurant industry as consumers increasingly expect these offerings from foodservice in general,” explains Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Retailers will also need to strike a balance between offering affordable grab-and-go options and increasing efforts to become ...

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Mar 13 12:26 PM, General News


Wingstop Appoints Chief Growth & Experience Officer and Names Leader of Digital

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ:WING) the award-winning wing concept with more than 1,200 locations globally, today announced that Maurice Cooper has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Growth & Experience Officer, effective immediately. Maurice will maintain the responsibilities he held previously as Chief Marketing Officer, while also overseeing the end-to-end guest experience. Additionally, he will lead the Company’s revenue-driving initiatives, which include the national scale of delivery, and digital innovation. Maurice will continue to report to Charlie Morrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Since June 2018, Maurice has served as Wingstop’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading our growth strategy transformation by introducing a national advertising platform to ...

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Mar 13 12:17 PM, General News


Rabobank: China and Trade Restrictions Drivers for an Improving, but Volatile Global Poultry Outlook

Trade conditions are gradually improving for global poultry thanks to rising global demand – especially from China, which is expected to face a protein shortage this year.

In recent quarters, the global poultry market has gone through one of the most volatile periods in many years, due to a combination of factors, including trade and disease restrictions, along with the impact of the US-Chinese trade war. Production was at an exceptionally high level in many markets, including the US, the EU, and Thailand. Meanwhile, demand dropped because of a general market slowdown and constraints on access to international markets following trade restrictions. This resulted in a period of falling poultry prices between Q2 and Q4 2018.

“However," according to Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior animal protein analyst, "the outlook is changing, Rabobank is gradually becoming more optimistic that ...

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Mar 13 9:28 AM, General News


Kroger and Inmar Finalize Strategic Relationship

Inmar and The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the completion of Inmar's acquisition of You Technology, LLC, a digital coupon and digital rebate publishing platform, from Kroger and the finalization of Inmar's long-term service agreement to provide digital coupon services to the Kroger family of stores.

Kroger's sale of YouTech to Inmar was for total consideration of $565 million, including $400 million of cash consideration received upon closing. Kroger intends to use the after-tax cash proceeds from the sale to reduce debt.

"The monetization of our investment in YouTech and long-term agreement with Inmar demonstrate how Kroger can create value in different ways ...

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Mar 13 8:53 AM, General News


Mar 13 8:46 AM, Urner Barry Video

In-Flight Catering Projected to Grow;
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North Country Smokehouse Recalls Pork Sausage Products 

North Country Smokehouse, a Claremont, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,601 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product has a gluten free claim represented on the front of the label; however, the product contains gluten in the form of wheat. Wheat, which is an allergen, is also listed in the product’s list of ingredients.

The ready-to-eat pork banger sausage items were produced on February 13, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 13 8:29 AM, General News


The Amazon Effect - Nine in Ten Brits Shop on Amazon 

Amazon is the retail phenomenon which started in a garage and now, nearly a quarter of a century later, new research from Mintel reveals that almost nine in ten (86%) Brits are Amazon users/shoppers*. Highlighting the ongoing popularity of the retail giant, according to Mintel, more Amazon shoppers have increased their shopping (21%) with the retailer than decreased it (13%) over the past year. Overall, most (70%) Amazon customers shop with the retailer at least once a month, while just under a fifth (17%) use the retailer on a weekly basis.

In terms of what’s in the basket, hardcopy media (books, DVDs or video games) (39%) remains Amazon’s most popular purchases. This is followed by electricals (30%), fashion/jewellery (30%), and toys (20%). An impressive 45% of ...

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Mar 13 8:27 AM, General News


Carnivore Meat Company, LLC Recalls Beef and Pork Sausage Products 

Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Franklin, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 379 pounds of raw ground beef and pork sausage 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 soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The raw ground beef and pork sausage products were produced on Jan. 8, Jan. 28 and Feb. 7, 2019. The following products are subject to recall...

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Mar 13 8:25 AM, General News


In-Flight Catering Worldwide Market Analysis & Outlook to 2024: Projected to Grow at a CAGR of 5.6%

The "In-Flight Catering Market (2019 - 2024)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The in-flight catering market was estimated at USD 18.04 billion in 2019, and is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 5.61% during the forecast period.

The growth of in-flight catering is largely dependent on the development and growth of the aviation industry. Integration of technology for the ordering of food and beverages on-board is expected to help the growth of the in-flight catering market. Also, concepts like retail on board and personal in-flight chefs are anticipated to affect the...

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Mar 13 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Transforms 'On-the-Go' Dining with Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) announced it is developing a new digital strategy for Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the largest hamburger chains in the U.S. The initiative includes a mobile app that enhances the brand's "on-the-go" experience by enabling customers to view menus, exclusive promotions, and everyday value deals, find the nearest location, place orders in advance, and pay using their mobile phones. The app is now available for use with all 2,200+ Jack in the Box locations in the U.S.

San Diego-based Jack in the Box partnered with Cognizant digital experts to understand customer requirements, workflows and to create a scalable digital platform. As part of its engagement, Cognizant surveyed customers about their restaurant experiences and preferences. Cognizant worked with industry experts to identify operational efficiencies and best practices. The resulting app, the chain's first, provides ...

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Mar 12 2:25 PM, General News


Weis Markets Reports Results for 2018 and Fourth Quarter

Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK) today reported record total sales of over $3.5 billion for the 52-week period ended December 29, 2018, up 1.2 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while annual comparable store sales increased 0.7 percent. Income from operations rose $7.2 million, or 9.4 percent to $83.6 million compared to $76.4 million for the same period in 2017.

The Company's annual and fourth quarter net income comparisons are impacted by the federal government's implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform) in 2017. The Company realized a $49.3 million decrease in its deferred income tax due to this legislation, which improved net income in both its 2017 and fourth quarter results. The current annual results contain ...

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Mar 12 9:15 AM, General News


Chipotle Rewards Launches by Giving Fans a Quarter of a Million Dollars on Venmo

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), announced today the national launch of its highly anticipated loyalty program, Chipotle Rewards. To show people how good it feels to get rewarded, Chipotle is using Venmo payouts to give away up to a quarter of a million dollars, to approximately 25,000 Chipotle fans per day, from now through March 15, 2019.

This is the latest advancement in Chipotle's efforts to make the brand more accessible and to strengthen the relationship with its community. To start earning free Chipotle with Chipotle Rewards, people can sign up in the Chipotle app or at Chipotle.com/Rewards. Those who enroll will earn 10 points for every $1 spent in the restaurant, online, or in the app, with 1,250 points resulting in ...

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Mar 12 9:06 AM, General News


Meijer Launches "Shop & Scan" in Additional Locations 

Meijer continues the roll out of Shop & Scan, a mobile shopping checkout program, at 23 stores in Chicago and Northwest Indiana following success in Michigan test markets. The innovative technology is available through the Meijer mobile app and provides yet another way for Meijer customers to personalize their shopping experience, ultimately allowing them to shop how they want, when they want.

Shop & Scan enables users to scan bar codes on items via a mobile app and place in their digital cart. A running total of items purchased is available as customers shop throughout the store, scanning and ...

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Mar 12 8:52 AM, General News


A Brief Meating with Urner Barry's Beef Market Researchers

This week we are introduced to Urner Barry newest Red Meat Market Researchers, Jocelyn Garcia Rojas, Chloe Krimmel, and Holly Graga. We talk Mexican Beef Market, Texas A&M Beef 101, and More. Listen for a good laugh.

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Mar 12 8:48 AM, Urner Barry


Choice Canning Company, Inc. Recalls Chicken Fried Rice Products 

Choice Canning Company, Inc., a Pittston, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,459 pounds of chicken fried rice 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 milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The chicken fried rice products were produced on Feb. 13, 2019 and Feb. 19, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 12 8:20 AM, General News


National Beef to Own Iowa Premium LLC

National Beef Packing Company, LLC, today announced that it has approved a transaction that will result in it owning 100 percent of the ownership interests in Iowa Premium, LLC, (IP). The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

Iowa Premium, located in Tama, Iowa employs over 800 people and processes approximately 1,100 head of Black Angus fed cattle per day. The company is well known for ...

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Mar 12 8:17 AM, General News


Mar 12 7:15 AM, Urner Barry Video

USDA Cattle on Feed Report Released;
Retailers Plan to Meet Consumer Demands;
Sponsored by The Meat Buyer's Guide Online
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