The Retail Rundown: Pork and Seafood Share the Spotlight Next Month

Pork and seafood will share the spotlight next month, as October is recognized as both National Pork Month and National Seafood Month. Retailers are expected to increase feature volume for the two proteins in the weeks ahead to promote spending this fall. 

October is reserved for National Pork Month to help move product when hog supplies are large. While a seasonal expansion in supplies typically takes place around this time of year, ongoing liquidation efforts may keep a lid on supplies this fall and winter.

Weekly hog slaughter levels...

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IHOP® Fall Menu Features New Waffles, Seasonal Flavors and More

Today, IHOP® announced a new menu full of fall flavors and a variety of updated favorites, including craveable Belgian Waffles, Hand-Crafted Melts, entrées and more. The latest IHOP menu innovations join the recently released Biscuits and seasonal Pumpkin Spice menu items to deliver delightfully surprising sweet and savory options for any time of day.

The new Waffles keep the batter that our guests love and add four new varieties with best-in-class ingredients, plus a Waffle Breakfast Combo...

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Sep 28 7:56 AM, Urner Barry

Honeygrow Announces New Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry for Fall

It’s time to cozy up this fall with Honeygrow’s latest flavorful stir-fry creation! The Philadelphia-based fast-casual restaurant known for its wholesome, simple, and made-to-order stir-frys, salads, and honeybars, is bringing back a fan-favorite, the Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry throughout its seven markets in DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA markets beginning today.

Delicious, savory and bursting with umami flavor, honeygrow’s Miso Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry is prepared with freshly prepared egg white noodles, roasted chicken, miso corn, caramelized onions, shaved...

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Sep 27 10:59 AM, Urner Barry

Moe's Southwest Grill® and Eggo® Unveil the "Eggo Taco" For National Taco Day

To celebrate National Taco Day, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Eggo® are teaming up to release a limited-time Eggo Taco. The new taco combines Moe's Southwest Grill's bold flavors with the crispy, fluffy goodness of the famous Eggo Homestyle waffle. A first-of-its-kind for the fast casual restaurant, now open nation-wide at 10:30 AM, the Eggo Taco features Moe's adobo chicken topped with bacon, shredded cheese and chipotle ranch served on a fried Eggo waffle as the taco shell...

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Sep 27 9:17 AM, Urner Barry

Eataly Appoints New CEO North America

Eataly (‘the Group’), the international Italian restaurant and retail group, today announces the appointment of Tommaso Brusò as the new CEO of North America with effect from 2 October 2023.

Tommaso Brusò joins from Colourful Standard (part of RTG Group), the sustainable essentials clothing brand, where he was Group CEO. He was previously global COO for Benetton Group, where he spent a significant period of time in the US. Prior to that, he was CEO of Diesel North America from 2013-2017, CEO of Furla Americas from 2008-2013...

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Sep 27 9:12 AM, Urner Barry

What the Potential Government Shutdown May Mean for Agricultural Price Reporting 

A potential government shutdown is just days away, raising concerns among those who depend on critical data to make timely market assessments and business decisions. A shutdown will begin on October 1 at 12:01 a.m., the start of the federal fiscal year, if Congress does not pass a funding plan that President Biden signs into law.

The Senate is currently preparing its own bipartisan plan for a stopgap measure to keep offices funded after Saturday’s deadline. Failure to reach an agreement on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal...


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Sep 27 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

Retail Crime Accounted for Over $112 Billion in Industry Losses in 2022, According to NRF Report

As incidents of retail crime continue to escalate throughout the country, retailers have seen a dramatic jump in financial losses associated with theft. When taken as a percentage of total retail sales in 2022, shrink accounted for $112.1 billion in losses, up from $93.9 billion* in 2021, according to the 2023 National Retail Security Survey released today by the National Retail Federation.

“Retailers are seeing unprecedented levels of theft coupled with rampant crime in their stores, and the situation is only...

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Sep 27 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Pork and Seafood Share the Spotlight Next Month

Pork and seafood will share the spotlight next month, as October is recognized as both National Pork Month and National Seafood Month. Retailers are expected to increase feature volume for the two proteins in the weeks ahead to promote spending this fall. 

October is reserved for National Pork Month to help move product when hog supplies are large. While a seasonal expansion in supplies typically takes place around this time of year, ongoing liquidation efforts may keep a lid on supplies this fall and winter.

Weekly hog slaughter levels...

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Sep 27 6:39 AM, UB Newswires

El Florido Boosts Its Supply Chain with Infor WMS

Infor®, the industry cloud company, today announced that El Florido supermarket chain has chosen Infor WMS (Warehouse Management System) solution to optimize its operating times throughout the supply chain. The solution will be implemented by Infor partner Cerca Technology, a leader in cutting-edge technology for supply chains in Latin America.

The supermarket chain, located in Baja California Norte in Mexico, dedicated to the commercialization of meat-based products and groceries, aims to streamline the times for the assortment in stores...

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Sep 26 2:07 PM, Urner Barry

FAT Brands Announces Acquisition of Smokey Bones Barbecue Chain

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FAT) (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”) today announces it has acquired the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurant chain from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. The acquisition marks the Company’s first foray into barbecue and expands FAT Brands’ portfolio of polished dining chains, which currently includes Twin Peaks. The purchase is expected to increase annual adjusted EBITDA by approximately $10 million, and bring 61 new corporate locations under FAT Brands’ umbrella. The $30 million transaction was funded from the Company’s...

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Sep 26 10:37 AM, Urner Barry

Corn and Soybean Harvests Remain Ahead of 5-Year Avg

The corn harvest in the 18 major producing states made further progress last week and remains ahead of a year ago and the five-year average.

The same can be said about the soybean harvest. It is early in the harvest season and farmers may face weather-related delays that could slow their progress versus historic levels in the weeks ahead. 

USDA data released Monday showed corn harvest in the top 18 producing states as of Sunday at 15%, up from 9% the previous week and above 11%...

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Sep 26 10:18 AM, UB Newswires

Tyson Foods Combines Prepared Foods and Growth Team to Drive Value of World Class-Brands

Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) recently announced it will combine its Prepared Foods business unit with the company’s Growth organization. Melanie Boulden has been named Group President of Prepared Foods, an expansion of her current role as Chief Growth Officer at Tyson Foods. This approach will directly support the company’s vision and strategy focused on value creation, continued growth and the customer and consumer experience. Boulden will now oversee Tyson Foods’ broad retail, foodservice and ecommerce portfolio which includes the company’s beloved brands such as...

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Sep 26 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Brands Appoints Patrick Grismer to Lead Independent Director 

Panera Brands today announced the appointments of Board Member Patrick Grismer to Lead Independent Director and Michael Tattersfield to the Panera Brands Board of Directors, effective immediately. The appointments are another step in the preparation of Panera’s upcoming IPO.

Mr. Grismer, who joined the Board in 2022, currently Chairs the Board’s Audit Committee, and brings extensive financial experience including nine years as a public company CFO at Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, and Yum! Brands. Mr. Tattersfield is a highly seasoned, world-class brand builder, having led Krispy Kreme through significant growth...

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Sep 25 12:29 PM, Urner Barry

Subway® Challenges Fans to Prove Their Loyalty by Racing to the Top

Since its debut on September 9, millions of Subway® MVP Rewards members have started their ascent from Pro to Captain to All-Star member tiers in Subway's all-new loyalty program. Today, Subway is asking its most loyal members to reach even higher and trek to the top of the world – the northernmost city in the U.S. – by October 13 to earn one million points and be automatically upgraded to All-Star, unlocking the program's best...


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Sep 25 9:27 AM, Urner Barry

Construction Breaks Ground at JBS' First Cultured Protein Center in Brazil

Construction has broken ground at JBS' Biotech Innovation Center, the first and largest Research, Development, and Innovation Center for cultured protein and food biotechnology in Brazil. 

The center, which is expected to be inaugurated at the end of next year, will be located within the Sapiens Parque innovation park, in Florianópolis. It will employ a team of 25 postdocs in addition to administrative support staff.

Two of Brazil's leading bioengineering specialists, Dr. Luismar Marques Porto, president of the Cultured Meat Division and the JBS Biotech Innovation Center, and...

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Sep 25 7:45 AM, UB Newswires

Wakefern Launches Live Tracking for Home Delivery of Online Orders

Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, announced the launch of live tracking with Delivery Solutions for the delivery of online grocery orders. The cutting-edge tracking technology is available through many ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer locations, with live tracking of home deliveries offered at more than 200 stores.

The live tracking feature is a dedicated platform offered by Delivery Solutions that provides live order tracking and updates for online shoppers using home delivery. With real-time visibility features for users, live tracking offers...

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Sep 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Food and Ag Leader Kevin Burkum named CEO of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin Burkum, a senior leader in food and agriculture, has been selected as CEO of USFRA. Burkum will assume the role on Monday, October 9.

USFRA board members unanimously selected Burkum to lead the organization as it charts a new path to collaboratively address critical issues facing U.S. agriculture and global food and renewable energy systems.

“With Kevin’s leadership, the board and I are very excited about the...

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Sep 21 2:10 PM, Urner Barry

HSBC to Make $1 Billion in Funding Available to Climate-Tech Startups

HSBC Holdings PLC on Wednesday said it plans to allocate $1 billion in financing to support emerging climate tech companies around the world in a push to help reduce carbon emissions.

The financing is expected to support start-ups in EV charging, battery storage, sustainable food and agriculture, and carbon removal technologies, HSBC said...

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Sep 21 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

Landmark Tool Supports Meat Sector Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

A new tool released jointly today by the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) and the United Nations Global Compact Network USA (the U.S. chapter of the United Nations Global Compact) will aid meat companies of all sizes in measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – advancing the Meat Institute’s aim for 100% of its members to set science-based GHG reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

The tool was developed through Meat Institute member participation in the UN Global Compact Network USA’s Climate Ambition Accelerator program, a...

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Sep 21 8:02 AM, Urner Barry

New Cracker Barrel Rewards™ Brings Guests the Rewards They Crave with the Care They Deserve

Now, every visit to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® can be even more rewarding with new Cracker Barrel Rewards™. Members of the unique program can earn Pegs (like points) through restaurant or retail purchases and redeem them for rewards. Plus, members can enjoy more of what they love from Cracker Barrel with Birthday, Anniversary and Surprise Bonus Rewards, and one-of-a-kind digital experiences just for being a member.

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Sep 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Finally, the Philly Done Right

Saucy chicken chain Zaxby’s®, is turning up the heat with its latest limited time offer – the Fried Chicken Philly. The new sandwich is an elevated twist on the original Philly cheesesteak, featuring Zaxbys’ signature fried or grilled chicken, savory garlic aioli, and a combination of melted American cheese, grilled peppers and onions served on a toasted hoagie roll. In a bold move, Zaxby’s is taking the opportunity to playfully jab at the city of Philadelphia with its new menu offering.

“Finally the Philly done right – and it took a Southern brand famous for its...

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Sep 20 10:05 AM, Urner Barry

Chester's Chicken Pits Its Popular Honey Stung Chicken Bites Against New Sweet Chili Chicken Bites

It's a Battle of the Bites! Guests who stop in Chester's Chicken this fall should be prepared for a flavor showdown between the restaurant's reigning champ, Honey Stung Chicken Bites, and the new challenger, Sweet Chili Chicken Bites.

Chester's Chicken Bites Combo features eight chicken bites, the choice of two sauce flavors, a small side, and a honey butter biscuit. This Chicken Bites Combo introduces Chester's new marinated breast chunks along with a new sauce. Guests can choose chicken bites...

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Sep 20 9:17 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Bread Introduces Crunch Time Ordering: New One-Swipe Ordering Solution 

Today, Panera Bread announced the introduction of Crunch Time Ordering: the ultimate one-swipe ordering option on the Panera app. Panera knows that many of its guests are always on the go and for those stressful, busy moments where mealtimes creep up on them, Crunch Time Ordering is there to solve their dinnertime dilemma. This new feature is among the first in the industry that allows guests to have their favorite meals pre-programmed to be ordered at a set date and time with just a single swipe...

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Sep 20 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

Kroger Pledges to Increase Shelf Space Dedicated to Local Products

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today a commitment to make more local products available to its customers following its proposed merger with Albertsons Companies. Post-close, the combined company will increase the number of local products in its stores by 10%, which equates to at least of 30 new local products in each store.

"Local farmers, bakers and producers are important parts of our Fresh for Everyone brand promise," said Rodney McMullen, chairman & CEO, The Kroger Co. "Every local product we stock has a unique producer...

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Sep 20 8:13 AM, Urner Barry

Kroger Health Announces Collaboration with Performance Kitchen® to Offer Medically Tailored Meals

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), is announcing its collaboration with Performance Kitchen® to offer medically tailored meals (MTMs). This will be the first time Kroger Health is offering evidence-based, registered dietitian approved meals that will offer nutrition intervention for people who are living with various health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. MTMs are created to meet the specific needs of individuals and may significantly improve a person's overall health and wellness while providing access to nutritious foods...

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Sep 20 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Fall-ing into Seasonal Trends

It’s the end of an era…or at least, a season. Pumpkin everything has already been underway for a couple of weeks and the fall equinox officially arrives on Saturday, September 23rd.

Grocers are increasingly highlighting autumn retail trends consistent with indoor oven cooking, resulting in shifting feature volume from grilling cuts to cooler-weather items like roasts.

Beef roasts have seen a notable uptick in feature volume since the beginning of the month, currently claiming 22% of total beef ads. Comparatively, the roast category accounted for 14% of beef ads...

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Sep 20 7:05 AM, UB Newswires

Celebrity Endorsements: A Powerful Tool for Fast-Food Franchisors

Fast-food franchisors have several tools in their arsenal to attract attention and increase sales. These include offering fun promotions on national food holidays and having lively mascots to add personality to and humanize their brands. But an undeniably effective way to attract fans (especially younger ones) to a fast-food restaurant is with a celebrity endorsement.

From Dunkin’ and Wendy’s to Burger King and McDonald’s, popular fast-food brands have enlisted the help of celebrities to sell new products and generate social media buzz. Below, we look into fast-food...

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Sep 19 11:43 AM, Urner Barry

WinCo Foods Partners with Invafresh to Optimize Their Fresh Retail Operations

Invafresh, the industry leading fresh grocery platform, today announced that WinCo Foods has selected Invafresh to optimize their fresh operations across multiple departments, starting with their deli, food service and seafood divisions, to reduce shrink, improve in-stocks and deliver a fresher experience to their customers.

WinCo was looking for a solution to automate production planning to deliver optimal on-shelf availability for their customers and empower their employee owners with an easy-to-use solution to provide them with real-time, actionable data. WinCo required a solution that...

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Sep 19 11:20 AM, Urner Barry

Check Yes or No … Will You Go to Homecoming With Burger King®?

Burger King wants to know, “will you go to Homecoming with me?” To celebrate the start of the school year and Homecoming (HoCo) season, Burger King is helping Guests create new traditions and lasting memories with the first-ever BK® Homecoming Meal*.

Available for a limited time at participating restaurants starting Sept. 21, the BK® Homecoming Meal aims to make it easier than ever for HoCo-goers to rule dinner and the dance floor with a sweetheart or...

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Sep 19 11:00 AM, Urner Barry

Corn Harvest Slightly Outpacing Year-Ago and 5-Year Avg

Corn harvest in the 18 major producing states made further progress last week and is slightly outpacing a year ago and the five-year average.

The soybean harvest is one point ahead of the five-year average. However, it is early on in the harvest season and weather-related delays could slow farmers’ progress versus historic levels in the weeks ahead.

USDA data released Monday showed corn harvest in the top 18 producing states as of Sunday, September 17 at 9%, up from 5% the previous week and 7%...

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Sep 19 9:47 AM, UB Newswires

Bobak’s Sausage Adds Chicago's Favorite Flavors to Your Home Cooking

Enjoy the best of Chicago sausage in your own home as Bobak Sausage Company unveils a delectable new lineup of six sausage flavors at grocery stores in the greater Chicagoland area. Elevate your culinary adventures with the tantalizing selection of Bobak’s Maxwell Polish, Bobak’s Smoked Polish, Bobak’s Smoked Brat, Bobak’s Smoked Cheddar, Bobak’s Mild Italian, and Bobak’s Beef Polish.

The Bobak story takes root in the vibrant tapestry of Chicago's culinary history beginning in 1964 when Frank Bobak, an immigrant to Chicago from Poland, began making sausage in his Southside...

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Sep 19 9:37 AM, Urner Barry

Direct to Empower Restaurants to Enhance and Scale Delivery Operations

Today, Deliverect, a global scale-up that integrates and accelerates online orders for restaurants and food businesses, and Uber (NYSE: UBER) announced a new global partnership to help restaurants better manage and grow their delivery operations. With Deliverect Dispatch, restaurants can scale their orders by offering fast and reliable white-label delivery powered by Uber Direct as a preferred partner.

Restaurants using both Deliverect and Uber Direct can now seamlessly manage their customers' experience from the moment they engage on their sales channel to the moment it's delivered. Whether the...

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Sep 19 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Gopuff Launches Student FAM Membership, Offers the Subscription at 50% Off for College Students

Gopuff, the leading Instant Commerce platform, today announced the launch of its Student FAM membership. The new membership program gives college and university students full access to Gopuff FAM membership benefits at a 50% discount. Priced at just $3.99/month or $39.99/year, Student FAM members enjoy exclusive perks and access to an average of 30% lower prices on everyday essentials, all delivered within minutes.

“In 2013, we founded Gopuff in Philadelphia on our college campus with the premise of improving college students' lives,”...

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Sep 18 11:41 AM, Urner Barry

DoorDash Broadens Grocery Selection with Multiple New Partners

DoorDash (NYSE: DASH), the local commerce platform, today announced multiple new grocery partners, continuing its swift acceleration in the category. From the largest national grocery partners to beloved local favorites and specialty shops, DoorDash creates more opportunities for retailers of all sizes to reach consumers online.

“We’ve made significant progress in investing in long-term partnerships with grocers of all sizes, all while remaining focused on improving quality and execution. The grocers announced today recognize DoorDash as a source of incremental growth, accelerating what we believe to be the fastest-growing platform...

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Sep 18 10:03 AM, Urner Barry

Hofmann Sausage Company Introduces Natural Casing Bacon Cheddar Franks

Hofmann Sausage Company announces the production and distribution of Hofmann Natural Casing Bacon Cheddar Franks. This product is product line extension from the Natural Casing German Franks, Hofmann's number one selling item.

This product is made with real Wisconsin cheddar cheese and bacon plus a natural, tender lamb casing. These franks are gluten free, fully cooked, and have no added MSG. The package size is 14 ounces with 6 franks per retail pack. The first retailers to sell this product are primarily in Central New York with broader distribution to follow...

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Sep 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Urner Barry's Fall 2023 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

Check out a brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter!

The fall 2023 edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine dives into the world of artificial intelligence and how different companies in the food space are using AI to reduce waste, increase profit and change how we operate for the better. Plus, UB's Consulting team takes a look at the impact of interest rates, and Lynn Ducharme, Vice President of Talent Strategy at Curtis Food Recruiters, previews her presentation at the Global Protein Summit...

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Sep 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Fresh Market and Uber Eats Partner for On-Demand Grocery Delivery

Today, Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced its new partnership with Greensboro, North Carolina-based The Fresh Market, Inc to offer on-demand and scheduled delivery to customers across The Fresh Market's operating areas.

Starting today, all 161 of The Fresh Market locations will be available to shop through Uber and Uber Eats. With this new partnership customers will be able to use Uber's apps to order their Fresh Market must-haves—and discover new favorites from its highly curated and European-inspired selection—for delivery on-demand...

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Sep 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Whole Body Turkey Values: Retreating Below the Mean

With no more food-focused holidays standing between now and Thanksgiving, turkey market participants are again taking a good hard look at the whole bird market.

This week's $.02/lb. drop in the Urner Barry quotations might appear relatively inconsequential at first glance, but in actuality this is a continuation of a contra-seasonal fall from grace which has been playing out since May.

A glance at the year-to-date (YTD) figures highlights a 26%, or $0.48/lb,. price correction between the outset of ‘23 and mid-September...

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Sep 15 10:30 AM, Urner Barry

August U.S. Retail Spending Results Reflect Easing Inflation 

Declining prices contribute to slowing growth in food and beverage spending, and back-to-school shopping remains tardy

In August 2023, U.S. retail sales revenue, including both discretionary general merchandise and consumer packaged goods (CPG), remained unchanged compared to the same month last year, and unit sales declined 2%. Discretionary general merchandise spending declines continued with a 5% decline in dollar sales and 7% drop in unit sales compared to last August. CPG spending gains slowed slightly from last month, with 3% growth in food and beverage, a 2% increase in...

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Sep 15 9:00 AM, Urner Barry

Albertsons Companies Unveils New Digital Innovations to Meal Plans Tool

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today unveiled the latest digital enhancements to its shoppable Meal Plans and Recipes tool available within the retailer’s grocery apps and websites, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME and Tom Thumb banners. Designed to provide customers with culinary inspiration throughout the week while saving time and money, the meal plan feature includes a budget tracker, an expanded library of more than 8,000 exclusive recipes, shoppable ingredient lists and hands-free cooking mode with step-by-step timer.

“This all-in-one tool empowers...

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Sep 15 8:52 AM, Urner Barry

Olymel Continues Consolidation Efforts, Announces Closure of Two Further Processing Plants

On Wednesday, Olymel announced the definitive closure of two of its further processing plants as part of the company's ongoing efforts to streamline its operations and ensure profitability across its facilities. 

Olymel is the leading producer, processor, and distributor of pork and poultry in Canada. It has production and processing facilities in QuebecOntarioAlbertaSaskatchewan, and New Brunswick. 

In its fresh pork sector, Olymel announced the closure of its boning and packaging plant in Princeville, Centre-du-Québec. The facility is slated to close on November...

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Sep 15 7:13 AM, UB Newswires

Golden State Foods Appoints Cameron G. Smith as Deputy General Counsel

Golden State Foods (GSF), one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cameron G. Smith as deputy general counsel, effective this week. Based in the company’s Irvine, California corporate headquarters and partnering with all GSF businesses across the globe, Cameron will help oversee the legal aspects of GSF’s business, ensuring that in-house clients conduct their activities in compliance with all federal, state and local laws, including tax, nonprofit, corporate, and regulatory.

Prior to joining GSF, Cameron served...

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Sep 14 2:34 PM, Urner Barry

Taco John’s Launches One-Of-A-Kind Cheddar Crunch Tacos

Taco John’s is out to prove that the possibilities are endless with a Potato Olés®-inspired shell that only the brand known for bigger. bolder. better. flavors would devise.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12, the popular quick-service restaurant will launch the NEW Beefy Loaded Cheddar Crunch Taco and Chicken Club Cheddar Crunch Taco, featuring a one-of-a-kind crunchy flatbread shell coated in aged cheddar cheese and shredded potatoes dusted with the brand’s signature Potato Olés® seasoning blend. As they say, “Never judge a book by...

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Sep 14 9:54 AM, Urner Barry

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Kirkland Signature Chicken Tortilla Soup Product 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for a ready-to-eat (RTE) Kirkland Signature chicken tortilla soup product due to misbranding. The label declares the product as gluten-free, a false negative claim. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers with reactions to gluten are aware that these products should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the affected products are no longer available for purchase...

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Sep 14 9:07 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Welcomes Back Chef Shannon Johnson as Vice President of Culinary

Applebee’s announced today that Chef Shannon Johnson has joined the leadership team as Vice President of Culinary. A classically trained chef, Johnson has served as Applebee’s Interim Head of Culinary since June. In his previous tenure with the brand, Johnson served as an executive chef on Applebee’s culinary team in various roles from 2003-2012, including menu development, innovation, and strategy.

“We are thrilled to officially welcome back Chef Shannon to Applebee’s! His institutional knowledge of the brand and its trajectory over the years, paired with a deep understanding...

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Sep 14 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Albertsons Companies Launches 30-Minute Grocery Pickup and Delivery with New Flash™ Service

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) today announced the launch of its Flash grocery service, allowing customers to receive their DriveUp & Go™ and delivery orders in as little as 30 minutes. Available now at more than 2,000 locations, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME and Tom Thumb banner stores, this service further expands the retailer’s digital leadership and commitment to providing customers fast, convenient grocery essentials without compromising on quality.

“Shoppers today want fast pickup and delivery, and Albertsons is meeting this expectation with...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Tom Rose Named Del Taco Brand President

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) announced that Tom Rose will assume the role of Del Taco Brand President, effective immediately. He replaces Chad Gretzema, who has stepped down from the role to pursue a new opportunity.

Rose is a 30-plus-year veteran in the restaurant business with a proven track record in various corporate and franchise leadership roles. Most recently, he consulted Jack in the Box on the recent initiative to improve the company-owned Kansas City market.

Before supporting Jack in the Box, Rose spent a decade as...

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Sep 14 7:55 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Checking on Chicken; Latest Inflation Reading

For more than thirty years, the National Chicken Council (NCC) has partnered with major U.S. chicken producers to promote chicken sales this month—leading to September being crowned as National Chicken Month.   

In what was historically regarded as a slow period for poultry sales following the conclusion of summer grilling, increased in-store promotions and ad campaigns including chicken-centric recipes have helped extend the robust summer consumption season into September since the program's inception in 1989.

The number of chicken items found in advertisements this week based on Urner Barry's... 

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Sep 13 9:28 AM, UB Newswires

Papa Johns Announces Executive Appointments

Today, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) (“Papa Johns” or “Company”) announced updates to its executive leadership team. Amanda Clark will transition from her role as Chief International and Development Officer to become Chief Operating Officer, International, focusing on the operations and development of the Papa Johns footprint in international markets. Chief Restaurant Officer Joe Sieve will assume North American development responsibilities. He will also continue to oversee corporate and franchise restaurant operations in North America.

“With operations in approximately 50 countries and territories, our continued international expansion is critical to the future...

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Sep 13 8:35 AM, Urner Barry

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Fuels the Rise of Gas Station Chicken

While most fried chicken QSRs serve their customers via a drive-thru, Krispy Krunchy Chicken® serves up “freshly made, perfectly Cajun” fried chicken that captures the hearts and palates of fans inside someplace you might not expect – gas stations and convenience stores.

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, there are over 150,000 convenience stores in the United States. As Krispy Krunchy Chicken® approaches 3,000 locations by the end of the year, the brand reports that 97% of its locations are in gas stations and...

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Sep 13 7:20 AM, Urner Barry

Burger King, Popeyes, Firehouse Subs and Tim Hortons Renew Long-Standing Relationship with Coca-Cola

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) today announced that its four iconic restaurant brands in the U.S. – Burger King, Popeyes, Firehouse Subs and Tim Hortons - have renewed their valued relationship with Coca-Cola until 2033. Under the new agreements, Coca-Cola will invest in and support marketing priorities with all four restaurant brands to drive additional traffic and contribute to growing franchisee profitability.

"Coca-Cola has proven to be an exceptional partner, and we know our guests in the U.S. love to pair our iconic food offerings...

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Sep 13 7:19 AM, Urner Barry

Uber Eats Joins Forces with The Save Mart Companies for On-Demand Grocery Delivery

Today, Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced its newest grocery partnership with Modesto, California-based retailer The Save Mart Companies to bring Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx locations to the Uber Eats app for on-demand and scheduled delivery.

Starting today, more than 190 stores in The Save Mart Companies will be available to shop through Uber and Uber Eats. With this new partnership customers will be able to quickly and reliably place orders from Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx's abundant selection of produce...

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Sep 13 7:17 AM, Urner Barry

Waitbusters: Tranforming the Dining Experience With AI Magic

In an era where voice-activated virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa have transformed how we interact with technology, Waitbusters unveils how they have integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the culinary landscape with their online ordering software.

Precision Inventory Management Say goodbye to the days of excessive perishable inventory leading to unnecessary waste. For example, with the precision of AI, Waitbusters software can expertly pair wine with cheese to manage inventory. The result eliminates waste and maximizes savings.

Upselling Elevated by AI Imagine this scenario: you’re placing an order for your favorite...

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Sep 13 7:15 AM, Urner Barry

The 2023 Corn Harvest Is Officially Underway

The week ending September 10th marked the first week of measurable corn harvest in the United States for 2023.

The USDA reports that 5 percent of this year’s corn crop has been harvested so far, which is on par with a year ago at this time and one point ahead of the 5-year average. Texas reports 62 percent of its corn crop has been harvested, while North Carolina has harvested 49 percent. Seven of the 18 primary corn-producing states have yet to begin their harvest activities...

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Sep 12 10:25 AM, UB Newswires

Miller's Ale House Now Serving Brunch 7 Days a Week

Miller's Ale House, the sports-themed casual dining restaurant known for great prices, friendly service and generous portions, introduces its first-ever brunch menu, featuring $9.99 entrees and $5 brunch cocktails served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday.

"With the launch of our brunch menu, we have an opportunity to serve our guests in a whole new daypart for Miller's," said Miller's Ale House CEO Nikhil Khanna. "Whether they are catching an early weekend game...

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Sep 12 9:53 AM, Urner Barry

Domino's Loyalty Program Just Became More Rewarding

Domino's Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world, is excited to announce the launch of Domino's Rewards – Domino's new and improved loyalty program. Domino's Rewards offers loyalty members even more opportunities to earn and redeem points across its corporate and franchise store locations. Domino's enhanced rewards program allows customers to:

  • Earn points for less
  • Loyalty members will now earn 10 points on every order of $5 or more
  • Redeem points for even more menu items – and earn free Domino's after just two orders...
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Sep 12 9:20 AM, Urner Barry

Dearborn Sausage Company Is Adding to Its Local Focus with the Acquisition of 4 Great Lakes Brands

Dearborn Sausage Company, Inc is happy to announce that it is adding to its local focus with the acquisition of 4 Great Lakes regional brands. Dearborn Sausage Company is uniquely suited to carry on the traditions and flavors of Butcher Boy, Virginia Davis Brand, Brookside Brand, and Farmer Peet.

Butcher Boy is an East side icon located on Little Mack in Saint Clair Shores. Known for its boneless hams and hot dogs, Dearborn Sausage is excited to keep the brand alive and relevant...

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Sep 12 9:09 AM, Urner Barry

C&S Wholesale Grocers Enters Agreement to Purchase 413 Stores from the Kroger and Albertsons Merger

&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC, (C&S) an industry leader in wholesale grocery supply and supply chain solutions in the United States, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 413 stores, eight distribution centers and two offices that have become available due to The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Companies Inc. merger. C&S will acquire QFC, Mariano's and Carrs brand names and the exclusive licensing rights to the Albertsons brand name in Arizona, California, Colorado and Wyoming. C&S will also add five...

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Sep 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

BJ’s Wholesale Club Names Anjana Harve Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

BJ's Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) (“BJ’s”), a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs, today announced that Anjana Harve has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, effective immediately.

Harve will be responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the company’s information technology organization to drive business outcomes, optimize revenue growth and improve operating efficiencies. Harve will report to Bob Eddy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and serve as a member of BJ’s executive leadership team.

“I’m pleased to have a leader of...

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Sep 11 2:35 PM, Urner Barry

KFC Scored a Touchdown with New Hot & Spicy Wings- Get 8 for Just $4.99

Just in time for football season, Kentucky Fried Chicken® is launching new Hot & Spicy Wings at an unbeatable price – get 8 for just $4.99 beginning Sept. 10 for a limited time only.* While others have wings for football season, none offer finger lickin’ good heat and delicious taste for this value.

The new KFC Hot & Spicy Wings are spicy marinated and double hand-breaded in KFC's signature Extra Crispy™ breading, creating the perfect amount of spice with each satisfying crunch...

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Sep 11 9:27 AM, Urner Barry

P.F. Chang’s Enhances Catering Capabilities with Cartwheel

Renowned restaurant brand P.F. Chang’s is revolutionizing its catering capabilities through a strategic collaboration with Cartwheel, the leading enterprise delivery management platform.

Cartwheel recently invested in integrating with ezCater, the most trusted provider of corporate food solutions. This integration further streamlines and optimizes catering management and delivery capabilities for the restaurant chain and centralizes once disparate channels into a single, unified platform. Efficient order and delivery management lead to exceptional customer experiences, which, in turn, drive repeat orders.

P.F. Chang’s has worked with Cartwheel to power deliveries through its online catering channels since...

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Sep 11 8:08 AM, Urner Barry

District Taco Announces 10-Unit Development Deal Throughout New York and New Jersey

District Taco announced the signing of a ten-unit development agreement with D3 Tacos LLC to bring new District Taco locations to Hudson County, NJ and Richmond and Kings Counties, NY.

"Because of our industry experience, we could easily see that District Taco is a scalable business model poised for growth and success - and we're excited to be a part of that," said Daniel Yu, of D3 Tacos LLC. "In addition, I don't think customers in the New York-New Jersey area have experienced anything like the...

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Sep 11 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Grubhub Expands Services to Restaurants With On-Demand Delivery

Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, announced today that it is offering a new product feature, On-Demand Delivery. This service gives self-delivery restaurants on the Grubhub Marketplace the option to request a Grubhub delivery driver to facilitate the last-mile logistics on a per-order basis whenever needed.

This feature is currently in pilot in markets across the country, including Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, D.C., Seattle, Chicago and Denver. Previously, restaurants couldn't toggle between self-delivery...

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Sep 8 8:05 PM, Urner Barry

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Appoints Michael Reinert as Vice President of Procurement

LFR Chicken LLC, parent company and owner of the iconic quick-serve restaurant Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken, is excited to announce the appointment of Michael Reinert as the new Vice President of Procurement. Reinert is a seasoned executive with a strong history in strategic supply chain management, procurement, and sourcing, making him a valuable addition to the executive leadership team at Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Reinert as our new Vice President of Procurement,” said Ryan Weaver of Lee’s Famous...

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Sep 8 1:43 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Tom Breast Meat: Off Piste

As we crawl out of “deli season” turkey market participants are paying particularly close attention to the breast meat market and all it takes is one glance at this week’s chart to understand why.

Since the outset of Q3, fresh tom meat has shed 4.1%, or $0.11/lb. While these figures might seem like a mere rounding error at first glance, they stand out like a sore thumb when compared to the established seasonal trend.

Over the past decade, spot quotations have notched upward by just shy of 9% throughout the quarter as...

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Sep 8 8:57 AM, Urner Barry

Introducing Subway® MVP Rewards, a New Loyalty Program 

Subway today unveiled MVP Rewards, a refreshed loyalty program launching September 9 in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The new and improved program gives Subway guests the MVP experience with more ways to earn, more perks, and more earning power as you ascend from Pro to Captain to All-Star status tiers*. Consumers can earn points by ordering their favorite sub in Subway restaurants, on or the Subway app.

MVP Rewards replaces Subway MyWay® Rewards. All 30 million MyWay members across North America will be enrolled in the...

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Sep 8 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

NRF Economist Says Economy is Expanding but Momentum is Slowing

The economy is still growing, but not as fast as it was earlier this year, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said today.

“The U.S. economy continues to expand but recent data is signaling a slowdown in its momentum,” Kleinhenz said. “The economy is slowing but not halting.”

“Progress has been made on combating inflation, but higher prices remain,” Kleinhenz said. “While consumers are still spending, the composition of their spending continues to favor services over retail goods and even then, there was less momentum going into the third...

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Sep 8 7:53 AM, Urner Barry

Dickey’s Barbecue and Safeway Grocery Stores Partner Up

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, continues to expand their retail partnerships by teaming up with Safeway Denver Division.

In September 2023, the Texas-style barbecue brand will begin its fantastic partnership with Safeway’s Denver Division offering shoppers their famous Original Polish smoked sausage links, Jalapeno Cheddar smoked sausage links, and Hot Links. This division of Safeway operates 143 supermarkets in five states including Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

To celebrate this exciting new partnership, from September 6th – 12th the barbecue brand will offer shoppers a special promotion of $3.99/unit...


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Sep 7 8:54 AM, Urner Barry

US Foods Appoints Martha Ha as Executive Vice President and General Counsel

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) – one of America’s leading foodservice distributors – announced today that Martha Ha will join the company as Executive Vice President and General Counsel effective Sept. 25, 2023. She will report to Dave Flitman, Chief Executive Officer, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

“After an extensive and thoughtful search, I am thrilled to welcome Martha Ha to US Foods and our Executive Leadership Team,” said Flitman. “With more than 30 years of experience, Martha is a seasoned business advisor with exceptional...

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Sep 7 8:37 AM, Urner Barry

United Natural Foods Appoints Mario Maffie as Chief Information Officer

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (the “Company” or “UNFI”) today announced the appointment of Mario Maffie to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Maffie will lead the Company’s Information Technology (IT) team, oversee critical network systems integration work, and help accelerate the use of data and insights in support of UNFI’s customers and suppliers. He begins in this new role on October 2, 2023, and will report to Erin Horvath, UNFI’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Maffie joins UNFI after having spent the past 24 years in roles of...

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Sep 7 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart Brings Best-In-Class Advertising to Merchants With New Shopify App

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today launched a new Instacart for Shopify app, enabling emerging consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands on Shopify to access Instacart Ads. For the first time, Shopify merchants can easily connect to Instacart Ads products, tools, insights, and automation.

Instacart partners with more than 1,400 retail banners across North America, which means that without taking any action, many CPG brands on Shopify are likely already driving sales through the Instacart Marketplace. Now, for the first time ever...



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Sep 7 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Hire New Marketing and Financial Chiefs

CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. (CKE), company of the brands Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's®, announced today the appointment of Jennifer Tate to the position of chief marketing officer and Mike Lenihan to chief financial officer effective immediately. Tate comes from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Lenihan comes from Yum! Brands®, most recently serving as vice president of planning and analysis and treasury. Both bring extensive restaurant experience and have proven performance delivering positive results...

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Sep 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Gov. Kemp: CJ Foodville to Invest $47 Million in Hall County

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that CJ Foodville Corporation, a subsidiary of CJ Group, will invest more than $47 million in a new bakery and food processing facility in Gainesville, creating an estimated 285 jobs in Hall County.

“Our top-ranked workforce training program remains a crucial tool for our state as we prepare hardworking Georgians for opportunities in a range of sectors, including the food industry,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “With Georgia’s access to 80 percent of the U.S. market within a two-day drive...

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Sep 7 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Naf Naf Grill Aims to Ignite Your Tastebuds with Sizzling New Offerings

Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill is aiming to please both heat seekers and spice fans with the launch of a NEW Spicy Hummus and the NEW Spicy Chicken Pita.

The NEW Spicy Hummus starts with a bright, peppery heat and tons of flavor. You still get the rich creaminess of the Naf Naf traditional hummus, but the spice intensifies with every bite. Need to cool down? Top it off with Garlic or Nafziki sauces for a smooth finish. The NEW Spicy Hummus has all the qualities that...

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Sep 6 2:38 PM, Urner Barry

Sean Leighton Assumes Role of Board President at Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, is proud to announce that Sean Leighton has officially assumed the role of Board President succeeding Christopher Downs, PhD. Leighton is the global vice president of food safety, quality and regulatory at Cargill.

A member of IFT since 1999 where he was a participant in the IFT Student Association (IFTSA) product development competition, Leighton has...

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Sep 6 10:17 AM, Urner Barry

Hot and Dry Weather Boosting Crop Development in Corn Belt

In the latest Crop Progress report, corn conditions were downgraded with 53 percent now in good to excellent condition, down three points from the previous week. Corn rated in poor to fair gained those points, now totaling 41 percent.

Corn in the dough stage of growth is nearly complete at 93 percent, one point ahead of the 5-year average rate. Corn dented is up to 67 percent, beating the average pace by 2 percentage points.

Corn reaching the mature stage is reported at 18 percent, double that of week-ago progress and outpacing the 5-year average rate by two points...

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Sep 6 9:15 AM, UB Newswires

Eat Like a Champion with Little Caesars New 4-Quarter Calzony

As the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, Little Caesars is giving pizza eaters and football fans the opportunity to draft the ultimate gametime meal that satisfies the entire team and their appetites. Little Caesars is putting its signature Crazy Calzony®, a pizza-calzone combo, back in the lineup and amping it up with a variety of toppings to create a product that has something for everyone – the 4-Quarter Calzony.

Fans can get their hands on the 4-Quarter Calzony for $8.99* as early...

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Sep 6 9:03 AM, Urner Barry

Oscar Mayer Enters On-The-Go Refrigerated Breakfast Category with New Scramblers Innovation

Today, Oscar Mayer®, the brand known for uniting millions around a love of meat, announces its first-ever on-the-go refrigerated breakfast offering: new Oscar Mayer Scramblers. The innovation comes after uncovering that only 23 percent of people are currently eating a full breakfast1 due to limited hearty options available. Here to transform the convenient breakfast game, Oscar Mayer Scramblers are made by using two fresh eggs and are available in three delicious and filling varieties – including Bacon & Velveeta, Ham & Colby Jack and Wiener & Cheddar...

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Sep 6 8:46 AM, Urner Barry

Tyson Foods and Gatik to Deploy Autonomous Trucks in Northwest Arkansas to Optimize Efficiency 

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), one of the world’s largest food companies, and Gatik AI, Inc. (Gatik), the leader in autonomous middle mile logistics, announced a multi-year collaboration to deploy autonomous refrigerated box trucks to bolster Tyson routes in Northwest Arkansas. Operating 18 hours a day, trucks will deliver Tyson®, Jimmy Dean® and BallPark® products, among others, to the company’s distribution and storage facilities in the Rogers and Springdale, Arkansas areas.

The deployment will introduce Gatik trucks equipped with commercial...

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Sep 6 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

Toast Announces Leadership Transition

Toast (NYSE: TOST), the all-in-one digital technology platform built for restaurants, today announced the appointment of Aman Narang as CEO, effective January 1, 2024. Narang has served as Toast’s Co-President since December 2012 and Chief Operating Officer since June 2021. He will take over as CEO from Chris Comparato, who has served as the company’s CEO since February 2015, leading Toast through a remarkable period of growth with a focus on profitability and operational excellence. Both Comparato and Narang will remain on the Board...

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Sep 6 8:03 AM, Urner Barry

Taco Bell and Doordash Come Together to Celebrate the Biggest Taco Tuesday Ever 

With the liberation of Taco Tuesday in 49 states, DoorDash has joined the fun with Taco Bell to throw a celebration for taco lovers across (most of) the country*, covering up to $5 million worth of tacos on Taco Tuesday, September 12. DoorDash, the on-demand delivery platform that connects consumers with their favorite local businesses, has assembled over 20,000 local Mexican restaurants to participate in the momentous event. By celebrating Mexican restaurants across the country, Taco Bell and DoorDash hope to empower businesses of all...

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Sep 6 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Fazoli’s Brings Back Fan Favorite Pizza Baked Pasta!

Fazoli’s, America’s favorite fast and fresh Italian chain, today announces the return of the beloved Pizza Baked Pasta to its menu for a limited time. Beginning Sept. 5, the classic dish will be available to order in three irresistible variations: Pizza Baked Pasta, Meaty Pizza Baked Pasta and Supreme Pizza Baked Pasta. Also included in the limited-time offering is Pumpkin Cheesecake made by The Cheesecake Factory Bakery®, a welcome addition to the dessert menu just in time for fall.

The classic Pizza Baked Pasta is back better than before...

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Sep 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Chef Gordon Ramsay Launches Delicious New Frozen Entrée Line, By Chef Ramsay

Internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef, Gordon Ramsay, today announced the launch of his first frozen entrée line, By Chef Ramsay. Created by Gordon Ramsay himself, each recipe is crafted with the Chef’s culinary prowess and true quality ingredients. By Chef Ramsay features eight iconic and delicious recipes, like Ramsay Family Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, and Fish & Chips, all available now exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

A true turning point for frozen food, By Chef Ramsay was created to bridge the gap between the famous dishes...

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Sep 6 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Jimmy John's Fans Rejoice – Wraps are Here to Stay Along with New Catering Offerings

Starting today, Jimmy John’s®, known for their iconic Summer Wraps (which are usually only available for a limited time), is giving fans exactly what they’ve desired: for Wraps to be permanently added to the menu. That’s right, Wraps are here for good, with three flavor combos including two fan favorites:

  • The classic Chicken Caesar Wrap – fans can’t get enough of the beloved Chicken Caesar Wrap so adding this one permanently to the menu was a no-brainer. Featuring all-natural chicken, parmesan cheese, creamy...
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Sep 6 7:56 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Seasonal Shifts in September

From back-to-school shopping to the return of NFL season, September ushers in a flurry of buying occasions for the retail sector as seasonal shifts in consumer buying behaviors begin to take hold. 

Purchases for school lunches, snacks, and extracurricular activities lift sales at the deli counter and prepared and frozen foods sections of the grocery store. Last week, the lunchmeat category earned $95.9 million in total sales, up from $67.4 million the week prior. Roasted turkey continued to drive deli service sales and retailed at $10.64 discounted, up 79 cents from...

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Sep 6 7:15 AM, UB Newswires

Fazoli’s Brings Back Fan Favorite Pizza Baked Pasta!

Fazoli’s, America’s favorite fast and fresh Italian chain, today announces the return of the beloved Pizza Baked Pasta to its menu for a limited time. Beginning Sept. 5, the classic dish will be available to order in three irresistible variations: Pizza Baked Pasta, Meaty Pizza Baked Pasta and Supreme Pizza Baked Pasta. Also included in the limited-time offering is Pumpkin Cheesecake made by The Cheesecake Factory Bakery®, a welcome addition to the dessert menu just in time for fall.

The classic Pizza Baked Pasta is back better than before, this...

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Sep 5 2:27 PM, Urner Barry

Fogo de Chão Continues to Grow Strong Global Development Pipeline Through 2024

Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil that allows guests to make culinary discoveries at every turn, announced its growth areas through 2024 outlining a significant number of domestic and international leases and development agreements signed with more in the works for later this year. In addition to the 12 signed leases announced earlier this year, the 10 new agreements support the brand’s successful 15% annual growth rate, which has now been met for a third consecutive year...

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Sep 5 1:41 PM, Urner Barry

Conagra Brands Inc. Recalls Banquet Brand Frozen Chicken Strips Entree 

Conagra Brands, Inc, a Marshall, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 245,366 pounds of frozen chicken strips entree products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen chicken strips entrees were produced on June 20, 2023, July 11, 2023, and July 17, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 8.9-oz. carton containing one entree of "BANQUET CHICKEN STRIPS MEAL" with best if used by...
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Sep 5 9:53 AM, Urner Barry

Hillshire Brands Company Recalls Smoked Sausage Products for Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Hillshire Brands Company, a St. Joseph, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,876 pounds of blended meat and poultry smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat blended meat and poultry smoked sausage items were produced on June 14, 2023.  

  • 14-oz. cryovac package containing one rope of "HILLSHIRE FARM SMOKED SAUSAGE MADE WITH PORK, TURKEY, BEEF" with lot codes in the form of the establishment number...
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Sep 5 9:40 AM, Urner Barry

On-The-Go Nutritious Snacks and Meals Drive Demand Amid Convenience Wave

The "United States Kids Food and Beverage Market, Size, Forecast 2023-2028, Industry Trends, Growth, Impact of Inflation, Opportunity Company Analysis" report has been added to's offering.

The US Kids Food and Beverage Market is expected to reach US$ 72.41 Billion by 2028 from US$ 49.91 Billion in the year 2022., growing at a CAGR of 6.4%

Food marketing undoubtedly plays a substantial role in the alarming rates of obesity and diet-related diseases prevalent among children. Parents in the United States are becoming increasingly...

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Sep 1 12:21 PM, Urner Barry

75 French Food Producers and Retailers Agree on Price Freezes and Cuts

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire has reached a deal with domestic food retailers and manufacturers to freeze or cut prices for approximately 5,000 everyday products, which represents a quarter of all products available on French supermarket shelves on average.

Le Maire, who had spent two days of talks with executives and representatives from 75 big retailers and producers, shared the claims during a lunchtime television interview with France 2 on 31 August.

Le Maire had previously announced a deal with the top retailers and manufacturers to cut...

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Sep 1 11:47 AM, FeedInfo

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Completes Second Sale-Leaseback Transaction With Essential Properties 

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) (“Red Robin” or the “Company”), a full-service restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced it completed a second Sale-Leaseback transaction with Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EPRT) to sell and simultaneously lease-back nine owned properties.

The transaction generated gross proceeds of approximately $31 million. The Company anticipates proceeds will be used to repay debt and fund capital investments, pursuant to the...

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Sep 1 8:50 AM, Urner Barry

United States Online Food Delivery Market Analysis, Size, & Forecast Report 2023

Market Set to Grow by Almost $50 Billion - Growing Integration of AI and Machine Learning Gaining Momentum

The "United States Online Food Delivery Market, Size, Forecast 2023-2030, Industry Trends, Growth, Impact of Inflation, Opportunity Company Analysis" report has been added to's offering.

The United States Online Food Delivery market is anticipated to reach US$ 84.84 Billion in 2030 US$35.36 Billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 11.6%

With a wide range of food options from multiple restaurants available at their fingertips, online...

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Sep 1 8:05 AM, Urner Barry

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Teams Up Dallas Cowboys Partnership with Expansive Media Buy

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, who recently secured a huge victory by being named the Official Sausage of the Dallas Cowboys, has announced to their domestic franchisee community that parent company Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. will be matching dollar for dollar all of their national Marketing Fund’s advertising spends starting in September and continuing through the end of the year.

While Dickey’s national Marketing Fund advertising budgets are consistently spent exclusively on media support for the brand’s locations across the country, this additional budget allocation from Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc...

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Sep 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Festival Foods Pairs AI-Powered Price Optimization With Omnichannel Competitive Intelligence

Award-winning Wisconsin Grocery Retailer Debuts Customer Perception-Based Price Optimization with Engage3's Price Image Optimization Suite

Engage3 Powered By Dexi, which helps retailers and brands profitably grow revenue and drive store trips by tracking and optimizing their Price Image, today announced the renewal and expansion of its partnership with Festival Foods. The expanded partnership adds Engage3's Price Image Management capabilities to a successful omnichannel competitive intelligence program.

Festival Foods has been serving Wisconsin shoppers since 1946 and operates 40 locations across the state. Known for an...

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Aug 31 11:55 AM, Urner Barry

Stuffed Quesadillas Make Their Delicious Return at El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain, is announcing the return of fan-favorite Stuffed Quesadillas, now available for a limited time. Stuffed with high-quality authentic ingredients including traditional Oaxaca cheese and El Pollo Loco’s famous fire-grilled chicken, these quesadillas are designed for maximum flavor and cheesiness.

“At El Pollo Loco delivering high-quality dishes featuring our flame grilled chicken and fresh, bold Mexican flavors is what we do best,” said Heather Gardea, Vice President of...

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Aug 31 11:16 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2023. All comparisons are to the third quarter of fiscal 2022 unless otherwise noted.


  • Net sales of $3.0 billion
  • Operating income of $217 million, reflecting the impact of an adverse arbitration ruling totaling $70 million; adjusted operating income of $287 million
  • Operating margin of 7.3%; adjusted operating margin1 of 9.7%
  • Earnings before income taxes of $208 million; adjusted earnings before income...
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Aug 31 8:39 AM, Urner Barry

To Conform with Recent Supreme Court Decision, EPA and Army Amend “Waters of the United States” Rule

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) announced a final rule amending the 2023 definition of “waters of the United States” to conform with the recent Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA. The agencies are committed to following the law and implementing the Clean Water Act to deliver the essential protections that safeguard the nation’s waters from pollution and degradation. This action provides the clarity that is needed to advance these goals, while...


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Aug 31 8:10 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: A Seasonal Seesaw

The latest round of turkey inventory figures closely align with the general day-to-day supply backdrop currently in place for much of the complex while, at the same time, inviting some healthy speculation about what the future might have in store.A bird’s eye perspective of July’s total cold storage holdings was far from eye-catching, at least when it comes to percentage change.

Year-over-year tonnage advanced by a modest 3.2%, which equates to a 13.6 million pound uptick. At the same time, inward monthly movement notched slightly higher by a...

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Aug 31 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

McLane Unveils McLane Fresh, Elevating Foodservice at Retail

Today, McLane Company, Inc., one of the largest distributors in America and an industry-leading partner to the biggest retail and restaurant brands, unveiled McLane Fresh, an expanded foodservice at retail program designed for convenience stores, at its national trade show, McLane Engage, in Dallas.

Convenience stores are seeing an increase in demand for and sales of fresh and higher-quality food products from consumers seeking healthier on-the-go options. As a result, convenience stores are elevating their foodservice programs and in-store experiences to compete with fast food and quick...


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Aug 31 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Wingstop's New Cajun Meal Deal Offers Everything Fans Crave, Smothered in Extra Flavor

Wingstop (NASDAQ: WING) launched the Cajun Meal Deal today – a new menu innovation that packs everything fans crave into one easy-to-indulge box, smothered in extra flavor. Only available at Wingstop, the meal comes in fans' choice of a cooked-to-order chicken sandwich, classic wings, boneless wings or crispy tenders with craveable loaded fries, drizzled with Wingstop's signature ranch, melty cheese and bold Cajun seasoning.

Available in U.S. restaurants for a limited time, this meal – complete with a cold beverage...

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Aug 30 7:56 PM, Urner Barry

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