Missouri Prime Beef Packers to Close Processing Plant in April

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice to the state Monday, Missouri Prime Beef Packers announced it will close its processing plant in Pleasant Hope, Missouri due to unforeseeable business circumstances.

The plant will close on April 26, 2024, resulting in the termination of 335 full-time employees. The bulk of layoffs will impact fabrication staff. The closure may be permanent or temporary, added yesterday's letter

Operations at the Missouri Prime plant officially started in March 2021. The 100,000-square-foot facility was...

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Kroger Responds After FTC Decision to Block Albertsons Merger 

On Monday news broke that the Federal trade Commission (FTC) would be challenging Kroger’s acquisition of Albertsons. The FTC said that the potential merger would “eliminate competition and raise grocery prices for millions of Americans, while harming tens of thousands of workers.” Now, Kroger has responded.

“Kroger’s business model is to take costs out of the business and invest in lowering prices for customers,” the company stated. “Kroger has reduced prices every year since 2003, resulting in $5 billion invested to lower prices and a 5% reduction in gross...

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Feb 27 10:02 AM, SeafoodNews

Hormel Foods Announces Katie Clark as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced Katie Clark has been appointed to the role of senior vice president and chief communications officer.

In this role, Clark will oversee the company's global communications, including external media relations, internal communications, global impact communications and corporate reputation. Clark will report directly to Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.

"I am delighted Katie is joining us at Hormel Foods. She is an impressive leader with...

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Feb 27 1:35 PM, Urner Barry

The Wendy's Company Names Matt Spessard Chief Information Officer

The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) announced the appointment of Matt Spessard as Chief Information Officer. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Tanner and serve on the Wendy's Senior Leadership Team. Spessard will succeed Kevin Vasconi who has served as Chief Information Officer since October 2020.

Spessard has served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer for The Wendy's Company since August 2022. In this role, he was accountable for establishing the Wendy's System global technology vision and leading technological innovation...

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Feb 27 1:47 PM, Urner Barry

Roy Rogers Restaurants Introduces Refranchising Program

Roy Rogers Restaurants® is introducing a refranchising program as part of its franchise growth strategy in Maryland and Virginia. The new program empowers potential franchisees to join the long-time brand by acquiring existing corporate stores before establishing independent locations.

As a proof of concept, Multi-Unit Franchisee Mohammad Haque touts the success of a recently acquired existing store, expanding Haque’s regional footprint in the Alexandria, VA. marketplace. This unit is his sixth with Roy Rogers.

“I was looking to grow my portfolio in an existing market, to tap into a..

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Feb 27 10:12 AM, Urner Barry

Nathan’s Famous Continues International Expansion in 2024

Nathan’s Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces their continued international expansion in 2024. The brand, which recently opened virtual kitchens in Belgium and France, multiple full-service franchised restaurants in Mexico City, and two franchised restaurants and a food truck in Egypt in 2023, currently operates in 19 countries globally. Through master franchise relationships in Brazil, United Kingdom, Egypt, and Ukraine, the brand plans to open brick and mortar franchised locations and sub-franchised locations in Brazil by the end of 2024...

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Feb 27 12:32 PM, Urner Barry

JSI Store Fixtures Launches New Line of Environmentally Friendly Refrigerated Displays

JSI Store Fixtures, an LSI Industries Inc. company (Nasdaq: LYTS), shipped its first order of refrigerated retail displays featuring environmentally friendly R290 refrigerant this month. JSI’s standalone refrigeration systems are a mainstay in the U.S. grocery market. The new R290 is a propane-based system that provides customers with an alternative product that is a non-toxic, zero ozone-depleting refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 3, compared to common HFC Refrigerant having a GWP rating greater than 1,400.

“Interest in this product is very high...

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Feb 27 12:21 PM, Urner Barry

UK's M&S to Raise Store Workers' Pay By 10.1%

British clothing and food retailer Marks & Spencer said on Tuesday it would give around 40,000 store workers a 10.1% pay increase from April 1, a move that reflects the rise in the government-mandated minimum wage.

M&S said customer assistants will see their pay rise from 10.90 pounds ($13.83) an hour to 12 pounds an hour - ahead of the government's national living wage, which will increase by 9.8% to 11.44 pounds an hour, taking effect from April.

The pay rise will be noted by the Bank of England...

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Feb 27 8:13 AM, Urner Barry

Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Profitable Year-End Results in 2023

During 2023, commodities were exceptionally volatile as markets began at near record lows given supply and demand imbalance and availability of other proteins combined with unsettling consumer sentiment. Throughout the year values gradually returned to more seasonal levels, while cost inflation remained elevated compared to historical standards.

“While our business faced a unique set of challenging conditions in 2023, we persevered as our team members maintained a leadership mindset and elevated their focus and execution of our strategy. As a result, we demonstrated an ability to drive profitable growth even under the most difficult circumstances as our sales and adjusted EBITDA strengthened throughout the year and showed increased momentum as we entered 2024,” said Fabio Sandri, Pilgrim’s CEO.

In the 4th quarter, the U.S. portfolio continued to...

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Feb 26 9:09 AM, General News

The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2023

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, which ended on January 2, 2024.

Total revenues were $877.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $892.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 included 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Excluding the impact of the additional week in fiscal 2022, which contributed approximately $78.4...

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Feb 23 10:10 AM, Urner Barry

Mars and Unreasonable Group Announce Unreasonable Food™ To Transform Sustainability

Through its snacking division, Mars and Unreasonable Group today announced the beginning of a three-year partnership: Unreasonable Food™. Unreasonable Food seeks to become the world's premier global initiative focused on supporting rapid growth companies positioned to re-define our food systems - ensuring a more regenerative, inclusive, and equitable future of food for all.

This partnership will support the Mars Net Zero Roadmap and Mars Snacking's sustainability journey, while also delivering a more agile and forward-looking snacking business for Mars, dedicated to serving a just and sustainable...

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Feb 22 3:57 PM, Urner Barry

USDA Under Secretary Alexis Taylor to Lead Historic Native Nations Agribusiness Trade Mission 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor will lead an historic agribusiness trade mission to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from June 17-20, 2024. This USDA mission will be the first of its kind, specifically highlighting products made and produced by tribal agribusinesses.

USDA is excited the trade mission will highlight the reinvigoration of historic agricultural trade networks amongst Native Nations across the United States and Canada. Participants will be tribal producers with the Made/Produced by American Indians...

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Feb 22 10:20 AM, Urner Barry

USDA and University of Georgia Break Ground on New Agriculture Research Facility in Tifton, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new state-of-the-art research facility housing the Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory and the Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit.

This new research facility will include a new 31,000 square foot building on the UGA Tifton campus. ARS and university employees’ research will advance climate-smart agricultural research ranging from water resources...

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Campbell Names Anthony Kyles Chief Customer Officer of Meals & Beverages

Campbell Soup Company today announced the appointment of Anthony Kyles as Chief Customer Officer, Meals & Beverages, effective March 4, 2024.
Kyles will lead the U.S. retail sales team for Campbell’s soups, meals, sauces and beverages, driving growth across the Meals & Beverages division with the company’s retail customers. He will be responsible for profitably growing an iconic portfolio of brands, including Campbell’s, Chunky, Pacific Foods, V8, Prego, Pace, Swanson and SpaghettiOs. He will join the Campbell Leadership Team and will report to Mick Beekhuizen, Campbell’s Executive Vice President and President, Meals &...

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

US Foods CHEF’STORE Continues Steady Growth With Five New Store Openings Planned in 2024

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) – one of America’s leading foodservice distributors – announced today its plan to open five new CHEF’STORE® locations in 2024. The new stores will be in Beaverton, Ore.; Hampton, Va.; Hickory, N.C.; Sandy Springs, Ga.; and Virginia Beach, Va. The new locations are expected to open in the second half of 2024. CHEF’STORE offers a one-stop-shop for restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups and at-home chefs to quickly stock up or replenish ingredients and...

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Feb 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Finalizing February’s Features

Retailers are finalizing their February features while actively preparing for spring demand, which is bolstered by seasonal factors like warmer weather along with holidays including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

Retail features are shifting from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin the 40 days of fasting and reduced meat consumption. 

The seafood complex continues to hold the top spot within total protein features, accounting for 37% this week. Beef follows with 21% of retail buying opportunities, while pork closes in at 19%. Chicken claims almost 16% of ad space, nearly...

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Feb 21 7:55 AM, UB Newswires

Ahold Delhaize USA Names Marc Stolzman Chief Sustainability Officer

Ahold Delhaize USA today announced that Marc Stolzman has been named the Chief Sustainability Officer for Ahold Delhaize USA, reporting to JJ Fleeman, CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA. In this role, Marc will oversee all aspects of health and sustainability for the U.S. businesses, including strategy and goal setting, in alignment with Ahold Delhaize global sustainability ambitions and commitments, as well as all U.S. regulatory, compliance and financial reporting.

“As one of the largest food retailers on the East Coast, we are committed to being a sustainable retailer...

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Feb 20 10:39 AM, Urner Barry

Kinzie Capital Partners Announces the Acquisition of Arctic Industries

Kinzie Capital Partners LP (“Kinzie”), a Chicago-based private equity firm, announces the acquisition of Arctic Industries (“Arctic” or the “Company”), a national manufacturer and distributor of temperature control and cold storage solutions. The transaction, completed in partnership with Arctic’s management, marks an exciting new chapter for the Company as it sets the stage for further market expansion throughout the country.

Founded in 1981, Arctic operates through two business groups, Arctic’s walk-in group serving the foodservice and industrial markets with custom designed walk-in coolers and freezers and Store...

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Feb 20 10:12 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: December Chicken Export Volume Reaches New Seasonal Altitude

Judging by the year-end numbers, chicken export movement concluded 2023 under a relatively robust backdrop, especially when considering the ongoing global trade complications related to HPAI. At 645.2 million pounds, total outbound tonnage during December not only surpassed the previous year by 7.4%, or 66.1 million pounds, but also hit a record seasonal high.

The cumulative data, however, tells a slightly different story of how the year played out. Between January and December, total export volume retreated by 4.2% when compared with the previous year...

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Feb 16 11:12 AM, Urner Barry

Restaurant Brands International Inc. Introduces Five-Year Growth Outlook

Restaurant Brands International Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Josh Kobza, and Executive Chairman, Patrick Doyle, today shared their confidence in the long-term global growth outlook for Tim Hortons, Burger King, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs.

Mr. Kobza provided guidance for investors that the company expects to achieve a minimum of 40,000 restaurants, $60B in system-wide sales and $3.2B in Adjusted Operating Income by 2028 by delivering average annual results over the next five years of 3% plus comparable sales...

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Feb 16 9:49 AM, Urner Barry

New FMI Report: Food Industry Committed to Health and Well-Being Initiatives

Most food industry companies are operating with established nutrition, health and well-being strategies to meet increased shopper focus on healthy eating

As Americans’ interest in nutrition and healthy eating has increased in recent years, companies across the food industry have implemented numerous initiatives to support consumers’ health needs and priorities, according to FMI – The Food Industry Association’s new Food Industry Contributions to Health and Well-Being 2024 report. The survey, conducted in October 2023, includes insights from both retailers and product suppliers... 

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Feb 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Taco Bell Unveils the Cheesy chicken Crispanada: A Bold Innovation with Mexican-Inspired Flavors

From the masterminds of the Taco Bell test kitchen comes the Cheesy Chicken Crispanada. The brand's take on the iconic empanada is set to hit menus nationwide for a limited time starting February 15, bringing with it a fusion of craveable flavors.

Taco Bell's commitment to push the boundaries of food creativity and innovation is grounded in its fusion-first ethos, creating a synergy where beloved flavors and forms come together to produce something entirely new. The Cheesy Chicken Crispanada is a testament to Taco Bell's...

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Feb 15 9:42 AM, Urner Barry

US Foods Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023 Earnings

US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2023.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 4.9% to $8.9 billion
  • Total case volume increased 5.6%; independent restaurant case volume increased 7.3%
  • Gross profit increased 9.4% to $1.6 billion
  • Net income available to common shareholders was $147 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.9% to $388 million
  • Diluted EPS increased 59.5% to $0.59; Adjusted...
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Feb 15 8:49 AM, Urner Barry

Cleveland-Cliffs to Idle Weirton Tinplate Facility Following Unfavorable ITC Ruling

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced today that it will be indefinitely idling its tinplate production plant located in Weirton, West Virginia in April 2024. The need to idle the Weirton plant is a direct result of the unanimous decision issued by all four members of the International Trade Commission (ITC) negating the implementation of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on tin mill products calculated by the Department of Commerce. A WARN notice is being issued today to approximately 900 impacted employees...

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Feb 15 8:07 AM, Urner Barry

Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Charcuterie Meat Products

Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc., a Mount Olive, N.J. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat charcuterie products containing Coppa that may be under processed, which may have resulted in possible contamination with foodborne pathogens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE Coppa products have various best by dates. The products subject to the recall and the product labels can be viewed here.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST...

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Feb 15 6:40 AM, Urner Barry

Mintec Completes Fourth IOSCO Accreditation for Proprietary Agrifood Prices

Mintec and leading brands, Urner Barry and Feedinfo complete the latest IOSCO accreditation for proprietary agri-food commodity prices.

Mintec has successfully completed an independent review of its proprietary food ingredient and agricultural commodity price assessment process for a fourth consecutive year. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) review encompassed 66 assessments for the company as a whole (including owned brands Urner Barry and Feedinfo) across the agri-food supply chain. Mintec achieved 41 Type 2 and 25 Type 1 assurances across its...

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Feb 15 6:37 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: December Turkey Exports Leave Room For Interpretation

While Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been slow to relinquish its ugly grasp on the turkey industry, December’s ending export figures didn’t deviate too far from the established seasonal course.

As 2023 came to a close, total outbound volume hit 42.1 million pounds. So what does this mean for market participants? Sentiment is highly dependent on one’s vantage point. On one hand, December’s export tally marks a significant 43.1% advance when compared to the year prior. On the opposite hand, it is important to bear in mind that 2022’s sweeping...

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Feb 15 6:28 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Surf and Turf Promotions for Valentine's Day

It's Cupid's Day and love is in the air for the foodservice sector as consumers celebrate with an evening out and a special meal.

Following the Super Bowl craze, the balance of this month is generally lackluster for retail. However, increased demand for premium cuts of meat and seafood helps to lift overall protein sales, especially for restaurants and fine dining establishments.

Various restaurant chains were showcasing Valentine's Day promotions last weekend and continue to offer special deals for the upcoming weekend including prix fixe menus for two.

Consumers planning...

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Feb 14 6:30 AM, UB Newswires

Biden Calls on Snack Companies to Stop 'Shrinkflation" Rip-Offs

U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday called on snack companies to stop shrinkflation, which is when businesses cut product sizes but keep prices the same, describing the practice as "a rip-off."

"Some companies are trying to pull a fast one by shrinking the products little by little and hoping you won't notice," Biden said in a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, ahead of Super Bowl LVIII.

"Give me a break. The American public is tired of being played for...

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Feb 12 10:03 AM, Urner Barry

National Restaurant Association Calls on the FTC to Exclude Restaurants from “Junk Fees” Rule

In comments they call the proposal unwarranted and unlawful, and highlight significant unintended consequences for consumers

In comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its Unfair or Deceptive Fees Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the National Restaurant Association and the Restaurant Law Center (Law Center) called for the Commission to exclude the restaurant industry from the final rule. In the comments, the groups highlight that the proposed rule’s blanket prohibition on “hidden” and “misleading” fees as applied to the restaurant industry is “unwarranted, unlawful...

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Feb 12 9:35 AM, Urner Barry

Melting Pot Announces Franchise Growth Incentive

On the heels of another strong year of unit-level sales growth and system-wide remodeling efforts, Melting Pot, a 93-unit experiential dining fondue franchise, has launched a franchise growth incentive, designed to help the brand meet the growing customer demand, as shown through limited Open Table reservation availability in major markets.

Franchise Growth Incentive | Expires July 1, 2024

A candidate or current Melting Pot franchise owner that is approved may execute a new restaurant franchise agreement, paying only a $5,000 franchise fee per unit (discounted from $45,000 * – with a...

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Feb 12 9:00 AM, Urner Barry

Podcast: Agri-Food for Thought on Valentine's Day and "Hot" Cocoa Prices in 2024

Jamie and Simon gear up for Valentine's Day with insights on consumer spending and the price tag on the food products they love. Featuring special guest, Andrew Moriarty! Listen Now. 

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Feb 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

CDFA Issues New Proposition 12 Guidance Document on Certificates

The California Department of Agriculture's (CDFA) Animal Care Program has issued a new guidance document to aid stakeholders in distinguishing between the various certificates issued for Proposition 12 compliance.

Proposition 12 (2018) went fully into effect on January 1, 2024. The law prohibits the sale of shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole pork meat, or whole veal meat in California from animals that fail to comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design, and specified minimum floor space. 

The Supreme Court upheld Proposition 12...

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Feb 12 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry burrito products containing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated dairy products that have been recalled by Rizo-Lopez Foods, due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which bear the USDA mark of inspection, should not be consumed...

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Feb 9 8:27 AM, Urner Barry

Commercial Broiler Flock in Nebraska Tests Positive for Bird Flu

A commercial broiler flock of 102,000 birds in Gage County, Nebraska recently tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The detection was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on February 6, marking the first outbreak in a commercial flock for the state since November 2022. 

Several small WOAH poultry and non-poultry operations in Nebraska were affected by HPAI between December 2022 and December 2023. 

“Nebraska hasn’t had any reported cases of HPAI for a few months so while we are disappointed, we are not surprised, to see another case...

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Feb 9 8:01 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Honing Chicken Production Expectations

As we inch closer toward mid-Q1 and with springtime just over a month away, chicken market participants have quite a lot to think about when it comes to the road ahead. While factors such as disease, export volume, cold storage, and consumer spending habits are among several topics “du jour”, production and supply expectations are also top of mind for many. One report which provides some insight into the future supply potential of the chicken industry is the USDA’s Weekly Broiler Hatch Report. As our chart illustrates, year-over-year (YoY)...

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Feb 9 7:50 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart and Hy-Vee Partner to Meet Growing Demand for Same-Day Delivery

Hy-Vee, Inc. today announced it has expanded its partnership with Instacart (NASDAQ: CART), the leading grocery technology company in North America. Powered by Instacart Fulfillment as a Service (FaaS), Hy-Vee is integrating Instacart's fulfillment capabilities for same-day delivery into its owned and operated websites and apps.

Instacart's Fulfillment as a Service offering makes it easy for retailers to plug Instacart fulfillment technology into their existing e-commerce via API, seamlessly integrating with their storefronts and brand identity. Retailers can choose from flexible options, including...

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Feb 8 3:13 PM, Urner Barry

Albertsons Companies Voluntarily Recalls Five ReadyMeals and Store-Made Taco Kits 

Albertsons Companies has voluntarily recalled five ReadyMeals and store-made taco kits supplied by Fresh Creative Foods due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The select meals and kits contain a recalled cheese ingredient supplied by Rizo-López Foods, Inc., of Modesto, California.

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating illnesses in a multi-year, multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco and cotija cheeses manufactured by Rizo-López Foods. Rizo-López Foods’ recall announcement can be found here

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Feb 8 2:51 PM, Urner Barry

USDA Announces $270 Million Awarded to Build Food Supply Chain Resiliency

Secretary Vilsack visits with state agriculture leaders at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture conference to highlight grant funding available through federal-state partnerships

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to date, has awarded over $270 million through cooperative agreements with state departments of agriculture to build resilience across the middle of the food supply chain and strengthen local and regional food systems. The funding is being awarded through the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program which...

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Feb 8 11:28 AM, Urner Barry

Canada Concerned That VCOOL Rule and Prop 12 Could Disrupt Supply Chains

Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington D.C. last month to discuss strengthening agricultural ties between the two countries.

During their meeting, Minister MacAulay raised proposed changes in voluntary country-of-origin labeling (VCOOL) regulations for meat and livestock. These regulations along with California's Proposition 12 could restrict trade and disrupt supply chains, said the Minister. 

The USDA proposed a rule last March that allows the voluntary “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label claim to be used on...

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Feb 8 9:26 AM, UB Newswires

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Frozen Ready-To-Eat Chicken Pilaf Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns of a frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken pilaf product that may be contaminated with foreign material, specifically rocks. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for purchase.

The frozen RTE chicken, lentil, and caramelized onion pilaf product was...

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Feb 8 9:24 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Navigating Uncertain Terrain in a Dynamic Turkey Market

Although the turkey trade environment is off to a relatively quiet start here in February, there is no shortage of factors which are capturing the attention and consideration of market participants. In addition to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding disease and its impact on both supply and export throughput, feed costs remain top of mind for those on the grow out side of the business.

As our chart illustrates, the average value of Omaha No.2 yellow corn, a key component in poultry feed, stood at $4.64/bushel in January...

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Feb 8 8:13 AM, Urner Barry

Cargill Purchases Two Meat Plants from Long-Time Partner Ahold Delhaize USA

As U.S. consumer demand for convenient and affordable protein options continues to grow, Cargill announced today that the company has invested in two processing facilities to expand its production and distribution of supermarket case-ready beef and pork to retailers in the Northeast part of the country.

Cargill has purchased case-ready meat plants in North Kingstown, R.I., and Camp Hill, Penn. from Infinity Meat Solutions, subsidiaries of Ahold Delhaize USA. Cargill team members already staff both facilities, stemming from a long-term partnership with Ahold...

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Feb 8 8:06 AM, Urner Barry

Publix Vice President to Retire; New Vice President Announced

After 45 years of dedicated service, Publix Vice President of Customer Experience Bob Bechtel announced his decision to retire March 31.

“Bob has spent his career focusing on customer service,” said Publix CEO Kevin Murphy. “Through his leadership and efforts, he has helped our associates provide a premier shopping environment that has exceeded our customers’ expectations and helped create raving fans at Publix. We thank Bob for his many years of service to Publix and wish him the best in his retirement.”...


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Feb 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Most Searched Diet Plan in the U.S. is Available on the Blue Apron Menu

Blue Apron, a Wonder Group Company that pioneered the meal kit industry in the U.S., is growing its Prepared & Ready category with the introduction of Keto-Friendly meals, available to order now for delivery starting on March 4. The Prepared & Ready expansion is part of Blue Apron’s plans to grow the category to hundreds of recipes, focusing on increased variety and dietary flexibility.

“The initial demand for Prepared & Ready has exceeded our expectations by over 100%. Prepared meals is one of the fastest...

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Feb 7 3:37 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Chicken Wings: Market Playbook 2024

Football season is heating up as fans eagerly watch to see what team will come out of Superbowl LVIII victorious. But for chicken market participants and industry observers, the big game isn’t the only thing on the radar at the moment. For many, football season is synonymous with “wing season” However, as this week’s chart illustrates, jumbo whole wing values and market trends have been all over the field over the past several years.

2021, for instance, carried values to $3.22/lb. which not only marked a new all-time-high...

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Feb 7 8:39 AM, Urner Barry

Unlock Free Fried Chicken with New KFC Rewards Program -Order on KFC.com and the KFC APP 

Do you dream of free fried chicken? Do you like a finger lickin' good deal? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the new KFC Rewards program is here for you!

KFC Rewards, a new loyalty program from Kentucky Fried Chicken®, is where finger lickin' good deals meet finger lickin' good food. Now KFC customers can unlock free KFC by earning points on orders through their Rewards Account via KFC.com or the KFC app.*

To start earning rewards on digital orders...

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Feb 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Super Sunday Promotions 

The Super Bowl ranks as the second biggest eating occasion of the year, behind Thanksgiving. To prepare for this weekend's celebrations, circulars are brimming with promotions on items like finger foods, party trays, and beverages ahead of the showdown between Kansas City and San Francisco. 

The National Chicken Council (NCC) projects chicken wing consumption for Super Bowl LVIII at 1.45 billion wings, unchanged from last year's record level. Americans are more likely to prefer eating bone-in wings (53%) than boneless wings, based on the NCC’s survey findings.

Urner Barry's jumbo wing values...

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Feb 7 7:19 AM, UB Newswires

Popeyes® Launches First Super Bowl Commercial Featuring New Wings

Popeyes® has unveiled its first-ever Super Bowl commercial featuring actor, writer, and comedian Ken Jeong trying the famous brands’ new Wings for the first time.

The funny commercial is based on Jeong, who cryogenically froze himself 52 years ago waiting for the best-ever wing to be created. Jeong is unfrozen to discover Popeyes has permanently launched Wings in five delicious flavors – along with many other changes from 52 years ago, including drones, driverless cars, scooters, and new breeds of doodle dogs...

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Feb 6 10:24 AM, Urner Barry

Kroger Announces CFO Transition

The Kroger Co. today announced that Gary Millerchip is stepping down as senior vice president and chief financial officer to assume an executive role at another public company. Todd Foley, group vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, has been appointed interim chief financial officer, effective today. The Company will name a CFO successor at a later date.

"Todd is a proven leader who has served in key finance roles and has contributed meaningfully to Kroger's growth and transformation over more than 20 years," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman...

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Feb 6 10:15 AM, Urner Barry

QDOBA Mexican Eats® Has Valentine's Day Celebrations Covered, No Matter Your Relationship Status

This Valentine's Day, QDOBA is celebrating with fans, whether their relationship status is single, in a situationship or relationship, or simply those looking to grab lunch with a friend! According to a recent survey of the Gen Z demographic issued by QDOBA, only 11% of people believe Valentine's Day is strictly for romantic relationships, further underscoring the brand's invitation to celebrate yourself, friends, work bestie or anyone you fancy on the upcoming holiday. In the spirit of love — and like — for one day only on Valentine's...

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Feb 6 9:36 AM, Urner Barry

Cargill “Protein Profile” Finds Shrinking, Time-Strapped U.S. Households Demand Easier Meal Options 

Annual trends report reveals top industry insights, including consumers’ desire for more diverse and globally inspired foods on their menus

North American consumers need protein solutions that are right-sized, simple, globally inspired and affordable. That’s according to the newly published “Protein Profile,” an annual report produced by Cargill’s North American Protein business. The comprehensive findings are compiled by Cargill’s Marketing and Insights team, based on their own proprietary research and market intelligence gleaned from working with North America’s top retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants...


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Feb 6 8:06 AM, Urner Barry

Save A Lot Partners with Swiftly to Bring World-Class Digital Capabilities to its Retailers

The partnership will help drive advertising revenue, provide customers with budget-friendly savings and boost growth opportunities for supplier partners

Swiftly, a leading provider of innovative technology tools and solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Save A Lot, one of the country's largest discount grocery chains. This collaboration aims to expand Save A Lot's digital footprint while enhancing customer, supplier and retail media engagement. Swiftly, uniquely positioned as the best technology provider suited for Save A Lot's independent owner model, brings expertise and resources...

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Feb 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Matt Schrupp to Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for Jennie-O Turkey

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the promotion of Matt Schrupp to vice president of supply chain operations — Jennie-O Turkey Store.

In this role, Schrupp will oversee the vertically integrated supply chain operations, live production team, and the supply chain and commodity sales function for Jennie-O Turkey Store.

"The extensive operations knowledge and leadership that Matt brings to this role will continue to position Jennie-O Turkey Store as an operations leader in the...

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Feb 5 9:24 AM, Urner Barry

Colorado Premium Opens New 175,000-Square-Foot Sous Vide Processing Plant

Colorado Premium – one of the country’s premier protein processors serving retailers, restaurant chains and meal delivery services – today announced the opening of its third processing facility and its first to specialize in fully-cooked sous vide proteins. Located in Greeley, Colorado, the 175,000-square-foot facility includes space for future expansion and will employ up to 275 workers when fully operational.

“Sous vide cooking has increased in popularity as restaurant operators seek to consistently deliver high-quality, great tasting products at scale with less reliance on backhouse labor,”...

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Feb 5 9:07 AM, Urner Barry

Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Perdue, third-generation chairman of Maryland-based Perdue Farms, received the National Protein and Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the group’s awards reception Wednesday at the annual Protein Convention and Showcase in Atlanta.

Each year, NPFDA recognizes individuals for a lifetime of contributions to the protein industry. Perdue is the 33rd recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining his dad, Frank Perdue, who was the first person recognized in 1991.

“My grandfather, Arthur W. Perdue, built our business on quality, integrity and trust, and my father...

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Feb 2 12:12 PM, Urner Barry

NRF Economist Says Labor Market and Interest Rates Will Play Major Roles in 2024

After a better-than-expected performance in 2023, what happens with the economy in 2024 could depend largely on the labor market and what the Federal Reserve does with interest rates, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said today.

“Federal Reserve officials have tough policy choices ahead as they decide on what to do and when,” Kleinhenz said. “There is still a risk that keeping rates too high could curb the economy’s momentum more than necessary. Yet if they lower rates too soon...


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Feb 2 10:41 AM, Urner Barry

Vanee Foods Recalls Chicken Flavored Base Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Vanee Foods, a Broadview, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 9,564 pounds of chicken flavored base product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product labeled as chicken flavored base may actually contain beef base, which contains soy and wheat, known allergens, that are not declared on the product label.

The product labeled as chicken flavored base, which may actually contain beef base, were produced July 26, 2023, and packed inside cases labeled as beef ...

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Feb 2 9:47 AM, Urner Barry

Amazon Could Face Government Order Making It Liable for Third-Party Products

Order from Consumer Product Safety Commission could classify company as a distributor, giving it the same safety responsibilities as traditional retailers

Amazon.com is facing a government order that could make it responsible for the safety of goods that it sells for outside vendors on its website and ships for them through its logistics network.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is preparing an order that could classify Amazon's online retail business as a distributor of goods, according to people familiar with the matter. That designation could give Amazon...

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Feb 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Good Times Restaurants Reports Results for the 2024 First Fiscal Quarter Ending December 26, 2023

Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of the Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard restaurant brands, today reported financial results for the 2024 first fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2023.

Key highlights of the Company’s financial results include:

  • Total Revenues for the quarter decreased 0.8% to $33.1 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2023
  • Total Restaurant Sales for Bad Daddy’s restaurants were $24.1 million for the quarter
  • Same Store Sales1 for company-owned Bad Daddy’s restaurants...
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Feb 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Score 20 FREE Boneless Wings at Applebee’s on February 11 for To Go or Delivery

Applebee’s is helping guests score big on game day by offering 20 FREE Boneless Wings – for one day only – for To Go or delivery orders of $40 or more on Applebees.com or the NEW Applebee’s mobile app. On Sunday, Feb. 11, guests can get something the whole team will love with the added convenience of pickup or delivery.*

To take game day to the next level with the 20 FREE Boneless Wings offer at Applebee’s, guests must order online by going to... 

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Feb 1 10:06 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces the Retirement of Mark Coffey, Group Vice President of Supply Chain

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced the upcoming retirement of Mark Coffey, group vice president of supply chain. The company announced that Steve Lykken, group vice president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, will advance to group vice president of supply chain. In this role, Lykken will lead the company's One Supply Chain organization, including procurement, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, research and development, quality management and plant operations.

"Mark has been a highly respected and impactful leader over his almost...

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Feb 1 9:28 AM, Urner Barry

CJ Logistics America to Open New Cold Storage Warehouse in Georgia

CJ Logistics America will be opening a brand new, state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse in Gainesville, Georgia. This development project is being led by RL Cold, a leader in the cold storage development industry. The 270,000 square foot building will feature Alta EXPERT Refrigeration Systems and QFM blast freezing, the latest evolution in QuickFreeze technology.

“Our customers have come to expect a seamless experience at every step of the supply chain,” said CJ Logistics America CEO Kevin Coleman. “This new warehouse, coupled with our integrated transportation...

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Feb 1 9:16 AM, Urner Barry

Foodie Card Acquires The Forking Group Agency

Foodie Card, Inc. is excited to announce the acquisition of The Forking Group Agency, a New York-based media agency founded by Genna Apfel in 2020. Foodie Card has been offering marketing services to restaurants since its inception in 2018 and acquired The Forking Group in July 2023. This acquisition reinforces Foodie Card's founding mission to support independent restaurant businesses in the Tri-State Area and beyond.

"We are thrilled to introduce this expansion of our organization as we continue to demonstrate our commitment to innovation on behalf of the independent restaurant community...

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Feb 1 8:05 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart Expands Online SNAP Acceptance to Reach 96% of SNAP Households Nationwide 

Instacart , the leading grocery technology company in North America, today announced a series of retail expansions that will allow customers to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for groceries for same-day delivery from Food City, Gordon Food Service, Hy-Vee, Schnucks, and additional Kroger banners including Baker's, City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Marianos, Metro Market, Pick n' Save, Smith's and QFC. The new retail expansions help make groceries more accessible to more SNAP families, allowing...


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Feb 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

USDA Partners with Minnesota to Award Over $9.5 Mln to Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has a cooperative agreement with Minnesota under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). Through this agreement, USDA and Minnesota are working together to offer over $9.5 million in competitive grant funding for projects designed to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain. Minnesota is accepting applications for this Infrastructure Grant funding through April 3, 2024.

In May 2023, USDA announced the availability of up to $420...

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Feb 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Americans to Eat 1.45 Billion Chicken Wings for the Big Game

With the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving upon us, there’s no hotter time for chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council’s 2024 Wing Report, Americans will devour 1.45 billion wings while watching Kansas City and San Francisco battle for the championship trophy.

“Football is great. Wings are great. But they’re even better together,” said Council spokesman Tom Super. “Sure, you can have your chips, your guacamole, your pizza. But when it comes to menus next Sunday, wings rule the roost...

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Jan 31 10:56 AM, Urner Barry

Rise of Ketogenic Dietary Preference Spurs High Protein Launches in Asia, says GlobalData

ImageGrowing awareness of the significance of a ketogenic diet for weight loss and weight management is driving consumers to read labels and ingredient lists when shopping for food and drinks. Brands are therefore focusing on innovations to keep up with changing consumer demands for high protein products, says to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Parthasaradhi Reddy, Consumer Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Health is an important motivator for Asian shoppers when buying food and drinks, given the high obesity levels and the need for...

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Jan 31 10:09 AM, Urner Barry

Maersk Appoints Charles van der Steene as New Regional President for North America

Maersk is beefing up its executive leadership team with the appointment of Charles van der Steene as the new Regional President for North America. A long time employee of Maersk, van der Steene is set to step into his new role on February 1, 2024.

“Charles has a proven track record and enjoys great respect among our North American customers and within the Maersk organization as a natural collaborator and leader,” commented Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc. “North America is our number one market...

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Jan 31 10:03 AM, SeafoodNews

Cargill Launches REVEAL™ Layers, a First-Of-Its-Kind, Non-Invasive NIR Technology

As the poultry industry continues to explore ways to achieve gains in hen laying production, Cargill’s REVEAL™ Layers can help poultry layer producers get there. Using Cargill’s innovative, non-invasive Near InfraRed (NIR) technology, producers and nutritionists have immediate access to body composition assessments of their hens. This allows them to make real-time decisions regarding diets to support their flocks’ long-term production and performance.

It is believed that overdeveloped fat pads in laying hens are problematic for long-term egg production and optimal...

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Jan 31 8:26 AM, Urner Barry

Scoular Expands Footprint in Kansas with Purchase of Three Grain Facilities

Scoular, an agribusiness that buys, sells, stores, handles and processes grain and ingredients, recently announced that it has acquired three grain handling facilities in central Kansas.

The facilities were purchased from Skyland Grain and will allow the company to more than double its storage capacity in the region. The acquisition will complement Scoular's shuttle-loading facility in Pratt, which the company has operated for more than a decade. 

Scoular will handle corn, wheat, soybeans, milo, and canola at the three newly acquired grain facilities. The grain...

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Jan 31 7:28 AM, UB Newswires

The Retail Rundown: Touching Down on Super Bowl Spending

The retail sector is touching down on the first major retail food-buying occasion of the year—the Super Bowl. The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will take place on Sunday, February 11th and grocers have plenty to celebrate ahead of what could be a record-smashing milestone for sales.

A record 200.5 million viewers are expected to tune in to Super Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Collective spending on food, drinks, apparel, decorations, and other purchases could hit $17.3 billion, also...

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Jan 31 7:00 AM, UB Newswires

Major Blaze Reported on Texas Chicken Farm

Several fire companies were called out to tame a major blaze at Feather Crest Chicken Farm located in Northeast Brazos County, about 100 miles outside of Houston.

Reports say the fire started at 5pm Monday and burned overnight. The Brazo's County Sheriff's Office says it expects it be fully extinguished in a couple days.

No human injuries were reported, but two chicken houses have been affected. One of which had chickens inside.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined...


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Jan 30 2:38 PM, UB Newswires

Zaxby's Doubles Down for Big Game with BOGO Boneless Wings Offer

Saucy chicken chain Zaxby's® is celebrating the Big Game weekend with a special "Buy One, Get One Free" offer on 10 Boneless Wings tossed in one of Zaxby's eight signature sauces. Starting at $9.69, this two-for-one in-app and online deal will make Zaxby's guests' the quarterback of any game day party. The offer is valid Saturday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 11 via Zax Rewardz® while supplies last.*

"Football fans everywhere can agree Zaxby's boneless wings are the...

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Jan 30 11:53 AM, Urner Barry

US Foods Reaches Agreement With Illinois Union To End Strike

Early this month reports began circulating that US Foods employees in the Teamsters Local Union No. 705 in Chicago were preparing to strike. US Foods has now confirmed that they have reached a “fully recommended tentative agreement” with the union representing the company’s drivers. 

Local 705’s contract at US Foods expired on December 29. A few days later Teamsters Local Union 705 signed a charge against US Foods, stating “refusal to bargain” and “bad faith bargaining.” Local 705 Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, while on a worksite...

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Jan 30 10:14 AM, SeafoodNews

SADA Poultry Plant in Toledo to Cease Operations

The SADA poultry plant in Lominchar, Toledo, will close its doors on 31 January.

The facility, which was once a poultry slaughtering and processing, flour production and freezing complex, saw its activity reduced to the production of roasts, marinades and other chicken products.

According to the CCOO (Spanish Workers' Organisation), the closure is due to the impossibility of renewing the lease of the property. The plant will be dismantled at the request of the owner of the property.

The company has offered positions to some employees at other poultry...

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Jan 30 7:53 AM, FeedInfo

Super Bowl 2024: Total Spending Expected To Reach Record $17.3 Billion For Chiefs vs. 49ers Game

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are heading to the Super Bowl this year. The two teams are set to face off against each other in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 11. And while there could be a debate as to whether people are tuning in for the actual game or just Taylor Swift sightings, the National Retail Federation (NRF) says that 200.5 million adults plan to watch. 

According to the latest consumer spending data from NRF and Proper Insights & Analytics...


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Jan 30 2:38 AM, SeafoodNews

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Drives Expansion Through Recent Reinvestment 

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's announced today the signing of several multi-unit development agreements to further expand the brand's nationwide footprint. The growth will be led by seasoned franchisees in Freddy's existing system, bringing more than 30 new restaurants to target markets within New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arizona. This announcement comes on the heels of a historic year of development for Freddy's, as the brand unveiled 62 new restaurants across the nation, including its 500th location...

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Jan 29 3:13 PM, Urner Barry

United Natural Foods Expands Supply Chain Evolution with A.I.-Powered Warehouse Automation System

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (the “Company” or “UNFI”) today announced plans to implement an A.I.-powered robotic automation system in its soon-to-be-completed distribution center (DC), in Manchester, PA. This advanced system, manufactured by Symbotic, is the second installation for UNFI and part of the Company’s commitment to further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of its distribution center network. Once installed, UNFI expects the system to enhance the customer experience, improve quality and service to customers, increase capacity within its facilities, and lower...

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Jan 29 9:28 AM, Urner Barry

Two US-flagged Maersk Ships Turn Around in Red Sea After Explosions

Shipping company Maersk said on Wednesday two U.S.-flagged vessels transiting the Bab el-Mandeb strait northbound had turned around after seeing explosions nearby.

The vessels and crew were unharmed and were being escorted back to the Gulf of Aden by the U.S. Navy, Maersk said.

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Jan 25 10:56 AM, Urner Barry

GS Foods Group Acquires Diamond Foods – Expanding Operations in Louisiana

GS Foods Group, Inc. (“GS Foods”), a world-class foodservice partner owned by affiliates of Highview Capital, LLC (“Highview”) and A&M Capital Partners (“AMCP”), today announced its acquisition of Diamond Foods, a regional K-12 food distributor based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A leader in food service distribution and product solutions, GS Foods has nearly 50 years of experience meeting the unique needs of its customers nationwide. By integrating Diamond Foods into their operations in Louisiana, GS Foods builds on its recent acquisition of Lamm Foods...

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Jan 25 8:06 AM, Urner Barry

More than 13,000 Turkeys Affected By HPAI in Indiana 

A flock of 13,071 turkeys are being quarantined in Indiana after a commercial farm tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly referred to as the Bird Flu. The outbreak was reported out of Daviess County and according to the USDA, is the first reported outbreak of a commercial flock in the state since December 2023.

The birds will be depopulated, and birds of nearby flocks will be tested in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading. 

To further monitor the situation...

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Jan 25 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

SoundHound And Jersey Mike’s Introduce Voice AI Phone Ordering

SoundHound AI, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOUN), a global leader in voice artificial intelligence, and Jersey Mike’s Subs today announced that they are working together to give customers the ability to place phone orders for pick-up via a state-of-the-art voice AI ordering system. Optimized for natural human speech, Jersey Mike’s customers won’t have to modify their language or interact awkwardly with the software – they can just speak naturally as they would to another person.

Initially live at 50 locations, SoundHound’s voice technology has been trained on the...

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Jan 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Divert Hires Bob Watkins as Chief Information Office

Divert, Inc., an impact technology company on a mission to Protect the Value of Food™, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the appointment of Bob Watkins as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Watkins brings over 25 years of global experience to his role at Divert. Throughout his career, he’s worked with startups to Fortune 50 companies and across a range of industries including medical devices, electronics, materials, engineering and manufacturing. His leadership experience heading up teams across multiple functions includes information technology, supply chain, product marketing and engineering...

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Jan 24 10:00 AM, Urner Barry

Hooters® Paves Way for U.S. Development with Second Generation Real Estate Opportunity

Hooters®, the original American wing joint, outlines flexible store model options to provide franchise owners with location-specific customizability. The iconic restaurant brand showcases how store model flexibility will play a key role in adapting to various market-dependent real estate options as leadership hones in on U.S. franchise development.

One of the keys to Hooters' growth strategy is the opportunity that lies in second generation real estate. Its kitchen design and position of 'heart of the house' equipment, are only one of the main ingredients...

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Jan 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Packing on the Protein

The retail space is packing on the protein as grocers promote healthy eating campaigns and hearty options like roasts during the wintry woes endured by much of the country in recent weeks.

For the second week in a row, seafood features take the top spot with 30.7% of retail buying opportunities. Pork climbed to second place with 23.7% of ad space, followed by beef with 20.4%. Chicken feature volume stands at 19% this week, up two points from the week prior. Turkey saw a slight decrease to 3.7% while eggs held...

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Jan 24 7:55 AM, UB Newswires

Standard Meat Company Announces Fifth Processing Plant in Forth Worth

Standard Meat Company, a multi-generational protein packaging and portioning company, recently announced the construction of its fifth processing plant located at 1101 NE 23rd Street in Forth Worth, Texas.

The 166,000-square-foot facility will occupy a renovated 1955 meat processing facility in Fort Worth’s northside, just a short distance from the company's headquarters at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Standard Meat Company purchased the building for development last year and plans to install a state-of-the-art sous vide line. Expansion capacity at the new plant will allow for additional sous vide lines or other production lines as needed...

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Jan 24 6:36 AM, UB Newswires

Sodexo Announces Amy O’Neil as President of Workplace Experience for U.S.

Sodexo, a global leader in sustainable food, integrated facilities management and workplace experience, announces the appointment of Amy O’Neil as President, Workplace Experience for Corporate Services, U.S. O’Neil is responsible for strategic and operational leadership and elevating Sodexo’s integrated workplace experience solutions.

“I am thrilled to join Sodexo and leverage my expertise in developing and accelerating workplace experience initiatives,” said O’Neil. “This is  an exciting opportunity – and the right time to elevate our approach to building services in the traditional sense alongside food service in tech-enabled workplaces.”...

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Jan 23 2:32 PM, Urner Barry

Kroger Innovates to Make Customers' Favorite Our Brands Products Even Better

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today shared it is reformulating beloved deli and bakery items making customer favorites even better, including products such as Home Chef fried chicken and Private Selection cinnamon rolls and crumb cake.

"From flavor profile to freshness and packaging, we have studied some of our most beloved Our Brands deli and bakery products to make these customer favorites even more fresh and delicious," said Dan De La Rosa, Kroger' group vice president of Fresh Merchandising. "Our Brands fresh and prepared products have long been basket...

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Jan 23 9:46 AM, Urner Barry

USDA Partners with Illinois to Award Over $5 Million to Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has a cooperative agreement with Illinois under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). Through this agreement, USDA and Illinois are working together to offer over $5 million in competitive grant funding for projects designed to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain. Illinois is accepting applications for this Infrastructure Grant funding through March 15, 2024.

In May 2023, USDA announced the availability of up to $420...

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Jan 23 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Domino's® Weeklong Carryout Deal is Back with Great Value on Hot Pizza

If you are thinking about how to stay warm on these cold winter days, Domino's has you covered with a special price on hot pizza this week. Domino's Pizza Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) the largest pizza company in the world, is offering customers at its corporate and franchise owned stores across the country a limited-time special on large two-topping carryout pizzas for $6.99 each, available from Jan. 22-28.

"January's colder days are the perfect time for enjoying delicious hot pizza at a great value,"...

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Jan 23 8:53 AM, Urner Barry

Childhood Best Friends Sign Agreement with Layne’s Chicken Fingers in South Florida for 15 Locations

South Florida (Restaurant News Release) Layne’s Chicken Fingers franchisees Shahmeer Alam and Yves Jodesty are set to bring the 13-unit fan-favorite chicken franchise out of Texas, to South Florida with 15 new locations across Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach County. Their plans consist of opening one to two locations each year. The new locations will give South Florida residents a chance to find out what has made Layne’s an iconic name in Texas. (Hint: chicken fingers don’t get much crispier than...

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Jan 22 3:34 PM, Urner Barry

Melting Pot and Omaha Steaks Make Being Cheesy Easy with New Fondue at Home Experience

Savoring fondue at home is just a click away with the launch of the all-new Melting Pot at Home, an assortment of fresh fondue bundles available with choice of Omaha Steaks dippers, delivered for free to any doorstep. The Melting Pot at Home bundles include choice of Melting Pot Classic Fondue and Melting Pot Aged Cheddar & Gouda Fondue – two signature cheese fondues to celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day.

"Melting Pot is all about creating shareable moments, but we understand that guests cannot always...

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Jan 22 10:03 AM, Urner Barry

Kroger CIO Discusses Digital Innovation Trends for Grocery Retail in 2024

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today shared Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President (SVP) Yael Cosset joined Sucharita Kodali, Vice President at Forrester Research, this week at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show for a conversation on Kroger's digital journey and how that transformation impacts customers and associates.

"We continue to invest in our digital transformation journey by enhancing our customer and associate experiences, recognizing that both are equally impactful to gaining loyalty and earning our customer's...  


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Jan 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

PODCAST: Agri-Food for Thought Ep 4 - Don't Mess With Farmers

Jamie and Simon cover farmer protests in Germany, winter weather impacts on food markets, and the global shipping crisis. Listen Now!

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Jan 22 7:52 AM, Urner Barry

Wakefern Food Corp. Names Chief Sales Officer

Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative with member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Market banners, today announced the appointment of a new chief sales officer to the leadership team.

Darren Caudill, who joins the cooperative this week, brings over four decades of experience working in both grocery wholesale and retail. As Wakefern’s new chief sales officer, he will head up center store, own brands, fresh and prepared foods departments along with digital and innovation...

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Jan 19 1:56 PM, Urner Barry

Wendy's Announces CEO Succession

The Wendy's Company  today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kirk Tanner as Wendy's President and CEO, effective February 5, 2024. Mr. Tanner will succeed Todd Penegor, who will depart from the Company and Board in February after serving in senior leadership positions at Wendy's for more than a decade. Mr. Tanner has also been elected to serve on the Wendy's Board of Directors.

Mr. Tanner most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of North American Beverages at PepsiCo, Inc., and joins Wendy's with more than 30 years of experience...

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Jan 19 10:26 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Unraveling Turkey Production Dynamics

With the late Q4 and early Q1 holidays now in the rearview mirror, turkey market participants are rolling up their sleeves and are ready to get down to business. Given the turkey market’s choppy and somewhat unpredictable past, buyers and sellers alike are paying particularly close attention to the forward-facing production stats as they attempt to hone their expectations for the uncertain road ahead.

At the risk of being overly obvious, disease-related complications remain top of mind for most participants as HPAI has been slow to relinquish its ugly grasp from much of...

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Jan 19 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Pat Schwab, Vice President of Retail Sales - East

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced the upcoming retirement of Pat Schwab, vice president of Retail Sales – East. The company announced that Darren Carter, vice president of sales strategy at Hormel Foods, will advance to vice president of Retail Sales – East, replacing Schwab in this role. Carter will oversee the sales functions for all retail customers throughout the Eastern half of the United States.

"Pat has been a tremendous leader for our company and has...

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Jan 19 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Fresh Market Helps Guests Create a Valentine’s Day to Remember

The Fresh Market is helping its guests pull out all the stops—from velvety roses to delectable desserts and fully prepped meals—as they plan a memorable Valentine’s Day this year.

Whether guests are looking for a romantic gift for their partner or planning a thoughtful gesture for a friend, The Fresh Market is their one-stop-shop for everything they need for the holiday, with plenty of gift ideas – including heart-shaped chocolates to fine wines and flowers that impress. The specialty fresh food retailer has extensive and...

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Jan 19 7:55 AM, Urner Barry

McAlister’s Deli Announces 10-Unit Agreement Marking Brand’s Debut in Minnesota

Focus Brands®, the parent company of Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and Schlotzsky’s®, today announces the debut of McAlister’s Deli in Minnesota with a 10-unit franchise agreement, alongside a tri-brand franchise agreement that will bring Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, and Jamba to Mankato.

Behind the signings are seasoned restaurateurs and husband-wife team, Steve and Dani Wegman. The duo owns multiple food concepts around the greater Mankato area including 507, Weggy’s, Krusty’s Donut Shop...

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Jan 18 4:05 PM, Urner Barry

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