JBS Pulls Plug on Planterra Foods U.S. Plant-Based Meat Operation

Meat giant JBS has pulled the plug on its US plant-based meat division Planterra Foods just over two years after debuting the ‘OZO’ brand at Kroger in summer 2020, and is closing a 189,000 square foot factory it opened in Denver in December 2021.

The move was first reported by the on Saturday, a day after the company filed a notice of its plans with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

‘We continue to believe in the potential of plant-based options for consumers’...


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Kareem Daniel Elected to McDonald's Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Kareem Daniel as an independent Director of the Board, effective October 1, 2022.

Mr. Daniel currently serves as Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution at The Walt Disney Company, where he leads the organization that delivers Disney's storytelling to fans and families around the world. In this role, he is responsible for driving the overall growth and profitability of Disney's global media businesses, including its streaming services – Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+ – which combined have more than 220...

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Oct 3 9:19 AM, General News

NPPC Statement on Federal Ruling on USDA’s New Swine Inspection Program

The following statement can be attributed to the National Pork Producers Council:

“We are pleased that the federal judge upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork. Pork producers use science-based approaches to continuously improve and modernize their practices to ensure product quality and consistency and their..."

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Oct 3 8:56 AM, General News

Applebee’s® Doubles Down on Game Day with Five Boneless Wings for $1 with ANY Handcrafted Burger

The fan-favorite deal at Applebee’s has returned just in time for football season AND with two new Handcrafted Burgers added to our menu! Order any one of Applebee’s juicy Handcrafted Burgers, including two NEW mouthwatering burgers – Bourbon Street Mushroom Swiss Burger and Neighborhood Double Burger – and add a plate of 5 Boneless Wings for only $1 more!* Enjoy these great savings with family and friends for Dine-In, To Go, and Delivery.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer...

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Oct 3 8:50 AM, General News

Pete Davidson Apologizes on Behalf of Taco Bell For Going Too Far With Breakfast Innovation

Taco Bell is here to acknowledge it might've taken innovation to unwelcomed heights with some of its past breakfast creations (looking at you, Naked Egg Taco and Waffle Taco). Perfectly in line with its brand DNA, the taco connoisseur delivered revolutionary menu innovations to the morning masses by doing the absolute most. But in retrospect, when it came to living más just after getting out of bed, some of these breakfast offerings went, well… a little too far on the Live Más scale...

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Oct 3 9:39 AM, General News

Wenzel's Farm Wins CStore Decisions' 2022 Hot New Product

Wenzel's Farm, an award winning, premium provider of high quality, hand crafted, small batch meat snacks is excited to announce that they have won a Hot New Products Award from CStore Decisions in the meat snacks category with their new Dill Pickle flavored meat stick.

The CStore Decisions Hot New Products contest is a one-of-a-kind contest, where it is determined by the retailer community. Retailers evaluated and gave points to products based on innovation, packaging, likeliness to carry/implement in their stores, and more...

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Oct 3 12:55 PM, General News

Just Ahead of Thanksgiving, Record Turkey and Egg Prices Indicate Strain on Poultry Sector

The effects of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), inflation and more in turkey and other poultry markets

Fall has arrived and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As many begin planning for the holiday meal, one of the questions being asked is, “Will there be enough turkeys to go around for Thanksgiving?” There are many factors fueling this question. High prices, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and inflation have garnered attention from consumers and media nationwide. This Market Intel will address the current issues influencing the turkey industry and what consumers can expect as we edge closer to Thanksgiving and beyond...

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Sep 30 9:57 AM, General News

The J.M. Smucker Co. Introduces New Smucker's® Uncrustables® Meat and Cheese Bites

The J.M. Smucker Co. today announced that lunch just got a little easier with the release of new product offerings from its popular Smucker's® Uncrustables® brand! New Smucker's Uncrustables Meat and Cheese Bites are a delicious option that can go straight from the freezer to the lunchbox and be ready for kids to enjoy, helping busy parents.

Whether they are packed in a school lunchbox or enjoyed as a quick, convenient snack no matter where you are, Smucker's Uncrustables are the no-mess...

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Sep 30 8:15 AM, General News

Launch of Niman Ranch Grass Fed Beef Sets the Bar for Flavor

Niman Ranch, the legendary premium beef brand served in the country’s most celebrated restaurants, has launched a USDA-graded, domestic, culinary-driven 100% grass fed and finished beef program. Sourced exclusively from American ranches, the new beef program provides the exceptional marbling, tender texture and consistent, rich flavor Niman Ranch is known for—but with the added health and environmental benefits grass fed beef brings to the table.

“The vast majority of grass fed beef on the market is lean, lacks marbling and has an off or mineral..."

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

Kroger Joins White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, outlined new efforts in its quest to fight hunger and create healthier communities during the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health convened by President Joe Biden.

Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen participated in the Conference aimed at ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity among Americans.

"We are proud to join the White House and dozens of public, private and non-profit organizations who share our longstanding commitments to end hunger, eliminate food waste, and improve health and nutrition for..." 

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Announces Changes to the Enterprise Leadership Team

Tyson Foods today announced three key changes to the company’s enterprise leadership team as part of its continuing effort to focus on the future while delivering operational excellence for its customers and consumers across the world.

Stewart Glendinning will transition from his current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Tyson to take on the position of Group President, Prepared Foods. Glendinning joined Tyson Foods in 2017 from Molson Coors Brewing Company where he served as President & CEO, International.

John R. Tyson has been named Chief Financial Officer...

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

NCBA Represents Cattle Producers at White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Colin Woodall attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to represent U.S. cattle producers who raise the most sustainable beef in the world and provide a nutritious protein to Americans.

“The White House has prioritized ending hunger and increasing access to nutritious food and America’s cattle producers are ready to help by providing safe, sustainable, and nutritious protein to the world,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “We will continue to highlight beef’s role as an excellent source..."

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Sep 29 12:42 PM, General News

Blue Apron’s Annual Thanksgiving Menu is Back with More Options Than Ever Before

Blue Apron brings back its annual Thanksgiving menu with more options than ever before, available with or without a subscription. Designed to simplify holiday meal planning, customers can choose a classic turkey dinner as well as a vegetarian meal that comes with the option of adding a mustard glazed baked ham. In addition, holiday-inspired Add-ons will be available to mix-and-match so customers can build a feast tailored to varying party sizes.

“Our extensive Thanksgiving menu features easy-to-prepare recipes..."

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Sep 29 9:33 AM, General News

California Pizza Kitchen is Boycotting Pizza During National Pizza Month

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the creator of California style pizza, is tossing pizza to the side during National Pizza Month in favor of spotlighting its extensive array of non-pizza menu items. Any guest who skips ordering pizza and instead chooses to order a CPK salad, pasta, entrée, or the new “West Coast Burger” will be rewarded with a complimentary seven-inch pizza that can be redeemed on their next visit. CPK is giving guests a free pizza for NOT ordering pizza!

The month-long boycott is a lighthearted jab...

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Sep 29 9:29 AM, General News

Taco Bell® Turns National Taco Day Into Month Long Celebration with Return of Taco Lover's Pass

To celebrate National Taco Day, Taco Bell is firing up celebrations for the supreme holiday this year! Taco Bell is determined to make National Taco Day a month's long celebration with the limited-time return of its digital taco subscription, Taco Lover's Pass*. Available exclusively on the Taco Bell app for Rewards members for only one day, October 4, the Taco Lover's Pass allows fans to redeem one of seven iconic tacos a day for 30 consecutive days all for $10...

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Sep 29 9:06 AM, General News

The Pizza Cupcake, of Shark Tank Fame, Hits Walmart Shelves Nationwide

The Pizza Cupcake, known for securing a deal with Lori Greiner on ABC's Shark Tank, has signed a nationwide distribution deal with Walmart. It marks the company's first nationwide expansion in brick-and-mortar retail. The Pizza Cupcake's two flavors, Margherita and Pepperoni, are now on the shelves of over 1,600 Walmart locations in 47 states.

"We are so thrilled to be working with Walmart. We're appreciative of their innovation in the space, and support for small businesses that focus on ingredients, quality, and authenticity," said The Pizza Cupcake... 

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Sep 29 9:03 AM, General News

Urner Barry Releases September Emerging Plant Protein Report

According to the latest USDA WASDE, the outlook for 2022/23 U.S. rice this September is for lower supplies, reduced domestic use and exports, and smaller ending stocks. All rice production for the 2022/23 crop was reduced by 10.9 million cwt to 165.1 million. The season-average farm price was raised $0.60 to a record $19.40/cwt. ...

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Sep 29 8:33 AM, Plant Protein

NAMI Calls for Swift Senate Approval of Esteban, Taylor and McKalip Nominations

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI or the Meat Institute) called for swift consideration of three nominations critical to the meat and poultry industry pending before the full Senate: Jose Emilio Esteban to be Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, Alexis Taylor to be Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Doug McKalip, nominated to be Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

“The meat and poultry industry supports...
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Sep 29 8:21 AM, General News

America’s Meat Companies Fill the “Protein Gap” to Help End Hunger in the United States

Aligned with the Biden administration's goal of ending hunger in the United States and with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the North American Meat Institute and America’s leading meat companies are advancing industry-wide best practices and increasing access to nutrient-dense meat for families in need.

The Meat Institute shared today with White House Conference organizers its commitment, made through the Protein PACT for the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, to help measure and fill this “protein gap”...

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Sep 29 8:05 AM, General News

USMEF Statement on Advancement of Under Secretary for Trade Nomination

Today the Senate Agriculture Committee reported favorably on the nomination of Alexis Taylor to serve as USDA under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement in support of the nomination:

USMEF thanks the Senate Agriculture...

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Sep 28 12:31 PM, General News

TGI Fridays® Celebrates the "Season of Saucy" with a Must-Have Food & Drink Menu

TGI Fridays and Jamie Foxx's BSB - Brown Sugar Bourbon are ringing in fall with a menu of food and drink offerings that are sure to make the season saucier. Inspired by the smooth, slightly sweet flavors of Foxx's BSB, TGI Fridays created its newest BBQ sauce, aptly named Foxx on the Roxx and is offering it up on a saucy lineup of signature menu items and pairing it with a new crafted cocktail.

The new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ Sauce...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Buona Expands Its Fast Casual Italian Beef Restaurant with Crafted Franchise Partner Program

Largest Family-Owned and Operated Italian Beef Restaurant Now Franchising, Unique Opportunity for Experienced Entrepreneurs, Investors who Share Buona Values

Buona, maker of Chicago's original Italian beef, has today announced the expansion of the Buona family with its new franchise partner program, Chicago's Original Italian Beef Franchising LLC. The program brings Buona's diverse menu offerings, anchored by its award-winning Italian Beef, to high-growth markets in the Midwest, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. It provides experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned investors the opportunity to...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Taco Bell Fans Vote Between The Double Decker Taco & Enchirito On Which Will Briefly Return to Menu

Two of the most requested menu items will face off in Taco Bell's first-ever in-app vote as Rewards members determine which will return for a limited time

Following years of pleas and requests to bring back former menu items, Taco Bell is introducing a unique in-app voting experience* that puts the power to decide in the palm of its most loyal fans for the first time in the brand's history. The matchup pits two fan-favorites against each other and...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

U.S. Red Meat Industry Commemorates 45 Years in Japan

Leaders representing the U.S. red meat industry recently traveled to Tokyo to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the inaugural U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) office, which opened in Tokyo in 1977. Japan has consistently been a top customer and is the leading international market for U.S. red meat, purchasing nearly $4.1 billion in 2021. Through July 2022, U.S. red meat exports to Japan reached $2.4 billion.

The U.S.-Japan trade partnership is highly valued by those in the U.S. pork, beef and lamb industries. While in Tokyo for meetings...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Smithfield Foods to White House: We're Committed to Ending Food Insecurity

Smithfield Foods, an American food company and one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein producers, submitted commitments to fighting hunger and food insecurity to the White House in advance of its Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades and has made long-term commitments to improve food access and affordability, integrate nutrition and health and empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Boarderie Offers First and Only Pre-Assembled Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, Shipped Nationwide

Gift better with hand-selected artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts and chocolates artfully arranged on a keepsake Acacia wood board that arrives pre-assembled and ready-to-share

Boarderie, the first and only company delivering a delightfully simple way to give and share pre-arranged, catering-quality cheese and charcuterie boards, today announced its direct-to-consumer website is live. Founded in fall 2020 and uniting everyday convenience with gourmet artistry, their expert team sources the highest-quality, artisan inspired ingredients from around the world for...

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Sep 27 1:00 PM, General News

SpartanNash Welcomes Nicole Zube as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Food solutions company SpartanNash today announced Nicole Zube as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. Zube joins SpartanNash from Kellogg Company, where she most recently served as Head of HR – U.S. Commercial.

“Nicole is an accomplished people leader with invaluable experience managing a large-scale, global workforce within the food industry,” said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “Throughout her career, Nicole has demonstrated passion and commitment to creating an outstanding associate experience, and we are thrilled to have her join SpartanNash as we continue our work..."

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Sep 27 9:57 AM, General News

McDonald's USA x Cactus Plant Flea Market

Everyone remembers their first Happy Meal® as a kid... and the can't-sit-still feeling as you dug in to see what was inside. That little red box could turn a regular Tuesday into the best. day. ever. And now, we're reimagining that experience in a whole new way – this time, for adults.

Introducing: the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box, a first-of-its-kind collaboration made exclusively for McDonald's fans by one of the most important brands in culture. It all starts with the box, which has been totally redesigned in...

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Sep 27 9:35 AM, General News

Chipotle Pilots Advanced Tehnology to Enhance the Employee and Guest Experience

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is piloting advanced technologies to enhance its employee and guest experience by streamlining operations and reducing friction. The company recently began piloting two new technologies in its restaurants to deliver precise forecasting, optimal quality, and increased convenience for digital guests.

Kitchen Management System
In select Southern California restaurants, Chipotle is piloting a cook to needs kitchen management system that provides demand-based cooking and ingredient preparation forecasts to optimize throughput and freshness while minimizing food waste. Leveraging AI and machine learning, the system...

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Sep 27 9:15 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results and Provides Fiscal 2023 Outlook

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 ended July 29, 2022.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

- The Company reported fourth quarter total revenue of $830.4 million. Compared to the prior year fourth quarter, total revenue increased 5.9%.
- Comparable store restaurant sales increased 6.1%, while comparable store retail sales increased 3.0%.

- GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $33.0 million, or 4.0% of total revenue, and adjusted1 operating income was $36.2 million, or...

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Sep 27 9:05 AM, General News

Fresh Pork Prices Trend Lower and Bellies Fail to Catch Up

The highest hog slaughter since early January and the increase in supply pressured pork prices lower overall, with retail product seeing the biggest impact.

Steiner and Company produces the Profit Maximizer report on behalf of National Pork Board based on information we believe is accurate and reliable. However neither NPB nor Steiner and Company warrants or guarantees the accuracy of or accepts any liability for the data, opinions or recommendations expressed.

- Hog slaughter last week was the highest since early January and the increase in supply pressured pork...

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Sep 27 8:31 AM, General News

Pig Farmers to Stand Trial at Supreme Court

On October 11th at the Supreme Court, America’s pork farmers will stand trial.

The formal question before the justices will be the constitutionality of California’s 2018 initiative-passed Proposition 12. If the farmers lose, a state will be allowed to enforce a regulation on out-of-state production methods. Historically, states could regulate only the character and quality of products made elsewhere (via product safety standards, for example), not the means of making them.

But alongside the constitutional question will be public judgment on the morality of American pig farming...

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Sep 27 8:00 AM, General News

REPORTER: The Scariest Thing This Season? High Prices

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.

There is no denying that the pandemic changed the way we shop for groceries. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index report released in March, in 2020 online grocery sales increased 103% year-over-year to $73.7 billion. And while it was initially a safer way to shop, it also became a more convenient way to shop. Even when restrictions were lifted, shoppers continued to grocery shop online...

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Sep 27 12:56 AM, Urner Barry

Dollar Tree, Inc. Names Michael Creedon as Chief Operating Officer

Dollar Tree, Inc. today announced a key executive leadership addition, as Michael Creedon, Jr. will be joining the organization as Chief Operating Officer.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Mike Creedon will be joining the Dollar Tree team as our new Chief Operating Officer. Mike’s impressive career in retail is rooted in a deep knowledge and understanding of his customers,” stated Mike Witynski, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mike will be instrumental in driving the execution of our strategy, and a key leader supporting our culture transformation in Dollar..."

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Sep 26 1:26 PM, General News

Blue Apron Joins United Nations Global Compact Initiative

Blue Apron announced today that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. With over 16,000 company participants from over 160 countries, UNGC is a voluntary initiative based on the belief that corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

As a UNGC Participant, Blue Apron is committed to elevating its role to show the different ways it can help drive the outcomes of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are a carbon-neutral..."

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Sep 26 9:49 AM, General News

Technomic Study Reveals Shifts in Foodservice Operator’s Path to Purchase

Technomic's newly released The Buyer’s Journey in the New Digital World Multi Client Study uncovers foodservice operators’ paths to purchase as well as the roles traditional, social and digital media play both directly and indirectly into the buying journey.

“To better understand how buying patterns in the market are transforming, we launched a brand-new study surveying 500 operators, as well as conducting in-depth interviews with operators via bulletin boards and at the National Restaurant Association Show, to explore purchase drivers, the role of digital ordering platforms, traditional sales..."

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Sep 26 8:00 AM, General News

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 26, 2022.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- The Company recorded net income of $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to net income of $0.9 million for the same period of the prior year.
- Income before taxes was $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to net income before taxes of $0.9 million for the same period of the prior year...

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Sep 23 12:30 PM, General News

Shawarma Press® Applauds Workforce for Dedication & Excellence on National Food Service Employee Day

Successful Mediterranean quick-service restaurant chain continues expansion

Shawarma Press, the leading Mediterranean cuisine quick-service franchise, has one thing to say about their growing success and expansion during the past five years: it would not have been possible without their loyal and dedicated employees. With National Food Service Employee Day on September 25, Shawarma Press co-founders Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri, are recognizing and thanking all the chefs, managers, line cooks, cashiers, and all crew members who are integral to making the restaurants...

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Sep 23 12:30 PM, General News

ANALYSIS: The Differing Directions of Pork Trim and Picnics

In this brief analysis we will take a look at pork movement as we head into Fall, with two categories seeing opposite price action...

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Sep 23 10:03 AM, Urner Barry

Kroger CIO Shares Grocer's Seamless Strategy at Groceryshop 2022

On Wednesday, at the Groceryshop 2022 convening in Las Vegas, Kroger Co. Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Yael Cosset shared the grocer's seamless strategy and changes in shopping trends.

"We know our customers have different needs based on their daily lives and the question becomes: What, when and how? Our seamless ecosystem brings all of these factors together, without asking the customer to compromise on quality, value or convenience," said Yael Cosset, SVP & Chief Information Officer for Kroger. "Whether our customer shop for a last-minute dinner, their weekly..."

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Sep 23 9:44 AM, General News

NCBA Statement on Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program Notice to Trade

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response to a Notice to Trade published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) related to the Cattle Contracts Library (CCL) pilot program:

“The Cattle Contracts Library is designed to be a tool for cattle producers, making information accessible which may in turn allow them to capture unrealized value for their livestock,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “We are pleased to see the pilot program progressing and note the..."

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Sep 23 9:40 AM, General News

Encinal Brands™ Salutes Personnel and Workers on National Food Service Employee Day September 25

Rapidly expanding Mexican quick-service restaurants celebrate more than 600 employees

Encinal Brands CEO and founder Ivan Flores remembers when he opened his first Blue Burro® restaurant in Long Beach in 2019. Less than 10 part-time and full-time employees pitched in and assumed multiple roles to help make the location the go-to place for authentic flavors of Tijuana and premium shakes. Today, Encinal Brands LLC is one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in California and the Southwest with 40...

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Sep 23 9:24 AM, General News

NCBA Urges Senate to Confirm Key USDA Nominees

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) urged the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to confirm key nominees for Under Secretary for Food Safety and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Cattle producers need strong, stable leadership in top positions at USDA and we urge the Senate to move quickly on confirming these highly qualified nominees,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.

For the position of Under Secretary for Food Safety, the President nominated Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban...

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Sep 23 8:54 AM, General News

Celebrate Oktoberfest with 7-Eleven's New Smokey Cheddar Sausage

Oktoberfest is here and that means it's time to don lederhosen and nosh on some indulgent, seasonal fare! 7-Eleven, Inc. has introduced the Smokey Cheddar Sausage, the convenience retailer's take on Germany's culinary staple with a smokey, savory and cheesy twist. No need to travel to Deutschland to enjoy traditional Bavarian cuisine – customers can snag this snack at participating 7-Eleven®, Speedway®, and Stripes® stores for a limited time*.

Autumn festivals are a time to showcase some of the season's finest food, and 7-Eleven's Smokey Cheddar...

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Sep 23 8:41 AM, General News

Hofmann Sausage Company Expands Southeastern U.S. Distribution

Hofmann Sausage Company announces that Walmart has added distribution in Florida. Hofmann Natural Casing German Brand Franks and Natural Casing Snappy Grillers are now available in eighty-eight Florida stores located in central Florida including Tampa/St. Petersburg and Orlando markets.

According to IRI (Information Resources, Inc.) data, Hofmann Sausage Company's Natural Casing German Franks product is the No.1 selling natural casing hot dog/frank in the U.S. Southeast (52-week timeframe ending 8/7/22). IRI provides data analytics and market research allowing clients insight into consumer behavior, shopping trends, and...

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Sep 22 10:14 AM, General News

DoorDash Unveils New Partnerships with Top Grocers and Retailers

Over the last few years, we have accelerated our growth beyond restaurants, introducing on-demand grocery, convenience store, alcohol delivery, and more on the DoorDash app with partners including Albertsons Companies, Walgreens, BJ's Wholesale Club, Dollar General, and Wawa, creating more opportunities for retailers of all sizes to expand their digital offerings and reach consumers online. Today, there are more than 75,000 non-restaurant retail stores on the DoorDash platform across North America.

Today, we're excited to announce several new retail partners on DoorDash spanning multiple categories including grocery, convenience, sporting...

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Sep 22 9:00 AM, General News

This Week in Retail: Seasonal Trends Start to Shift 

Farewell, summer. Today is the first day of fall and seasonal retail trends are beginning to shift as grocers increasingly showcase autumn favorites like roasts and finger foods for football fans. 

However, temperatures in many parts of the nation have yet to cool off substantially. This could stretch the grilling season for a little longer. As milder weather starts to settle in for the long run, more households may opt to cook indoors and up their oven usage.

Beef roasts have increased in feature volume and currently claim 27.4% of total beef ads. This compares to 22% of beef ads two weeks ago. Steaks still hold the majority of beef feature volume, followed by ground beef...

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Sep 22 8:07 AM, UB Newswires

Urner Barry Releases September Soy & Wheat Report

In the latest WASDE report, the USDA stated the outlook for 2022/23 wheat for September is increased supplies, domestic use, exports, and reduced stocks. The outlook is relatively unchanged from August. The season-average farm price is currently estimated at $9.00/bu, a $0.25 decrease from last month. Despite the decline, the current value remains a record season-average farm price.

Globally, the 2022/23 wheat outlook calls for higher supplies, consumption, exports, and ending stocks this month. Supplies were increased by 3.6 million tons to...

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Sep 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Meijer Recognized by EPA for Lowest Corporate-Wide Refrigerant Emissions Rate Nationwide

For the second consecutive year, Meijer was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Program for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate out of all the GreenChill Partners over the past year.

As an active participant in the EPA's program since 2012, the Midwest retailer has made reducing its refrigerant leak rate a priority and is now 19 percent below the industry average.

"We understand that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor, and ultimately that means integrating environmental sustainability into our..."

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Sep 22 8:00 AM, General News

NCBA Member Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee Regarding Value of Conservation Programs

Iowa cattle producer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) member Shayne Wiese testified before the House Agriculture Committee regarding implementation of the conservation title of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“USDA’s voluntary conservation programs have been a great asset to cattle producers,” Wiese testified. “It is important that these programs are implemented in a practical, producer friendly, and voluntary manner for years to come to ensure that cattle producers will continue to have the ability to do what we do best – produce the world’s safest, most nutritious, abundant, and..." 

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Sep 21 12:21 PM, General News

Food Retailers Missing Out on Revenue Opportunities, New Study Reveals

OSF Digital releases the 2022 Grocery Omnichannel Retail Index with insights for food retailers and grocers to accelerate growth and increase loyalty

OSF Digital, an award-winning provider of digital transformation services to companies worldwide, announced the release of the 2022 Grocery Omnichannel Retail Index (ORI) findings in partnership with FMI, the Food Industry Association, and NRF, the National Retail Federation. The 2022 Grocery ORI reveals progress in omnichannel best practices; however, the majority of food retailers are still behind in developing integrated, seamless, and personalized experiences across all channels...

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Sep 21 12:00 PM, General News

Amazon to Bring Low Carbon Electrofuels to its Trucking Fleet

Amazon has signed an agreement with renewable fuels technology company Infinium to begin powering Amazon’s transportation fleet with ultra-low carbon electrofuels beginning in 2023. Infinium is expected to initially supply enough electrofuels, which are a fossil-based fuel alternative created with carbon waste and renewable power, to begin powering Amazon trucks in lieu of diesel fuel for approximately 5 million miles of travel per year.

The agreement is another step forward in Amazon’s commitment to transition its transportation network away from fossil fuels and deliver packages to customers in...

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Sep 21 9:31 AM, General News

NCBA Extremely Disappointed with White House Biotechnology Executive Order

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) raised questions on President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy, following its release last week.

“We encourage the administration to support the biotechnology innovations already occurring in the cattle industry. Technology like gene editing is critical to improving cattle health and wellbeing, while also helping the U.S. cattle industry demonstrate climate neutrality by 2040. These tools are necessary to build on our legacy as sustainable providers of beef to consumers..."

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Sep 21 9:06 AM, General News

Pizza Nova Introduces New Chorizo Sausage, Chorizo-Themed Pizzas and Italian Chicken Wings Recipe

Pizza Nova, one of Ontario’s leading artisan pizza makers, launches this month a series of new menu options including a chorizo sausage topping featured on two Signature pizzas and Garlic Parmesan Wings. The assortment of new menu options was inspired by the company’s pursuit of innovation, authentic, rich taste and offering a diversity of quality menu choices to its customers.

“We strive to bring menu items to the market that will stand the test of time,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. “Our additions are..."

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Sep 21 8:21 AM, General News

Foodservice Update Q3 2022: Revisiting Growth Perspectives

The writing is on the wall: economic growth is in jeopardy due to macroeconomic challenges around the world. From severely high natural gas prices in Europe, which affect everything from fertilizer prices to milk powders, to a housing crisis, and continued partial lockdowns in China. Coupled with rising interest rates, softening equity markets, and negative real wage growth, consumer confidence surveys unsurprisingly outline a worsening outlook for demand. It is likely that the US and Europe will both be entering a recession over the next 12 months.

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In Europe and the...

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Sep 21 8:00 AM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Hires 20-Year QSR Franchise Veteran Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer

Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand*, appoints Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer. This news comes on the heels of the brand's recent development and sales milestones, opening of its 1100th store and surpassing $1B in annual systemwide sales. As Marco's looks to its next era of growth, Flores will be responsible for developing U.S. and international growth strategies, streamlining the development process and driving expansion.

As a highly experienced real estate professional, Flores has held top-level leadership roles in the...

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Sep 20 2:22 PM, General News

Subway and ezCater Announce Catering for Educators Contest to Celebrate Teachers Nationwide

Nominate the teachers, faculty and staff at your favorite school to win one of 2,022 catered lunches in new contest

Today, Subway® and ezCater announced the Catering for Educators contest, encouraging nominations for hardworking educators who will win one of 2,022 Subway catered lunches. In a recent survey1, more than half of teachers said they work through their lunch break, and nearly 40% said they skip meals to get work done.

Subway and its franchisees across the country, in partnership with ezCater, are stepping up to...

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Sep 20 2:15 PM, General News

FarmBox Foods Launches Indoor Farm That Grows Livestock Feed

FarmBox Foods LLC is excited to announce the official launch of its Hydroponic Fodder Farm.

The company will host a public open house from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at 5389 Plum Ave. in Sedalia, CO. Guided tours of the new indoor farm — the third product line offered by FarmBox Foods — will be provided. Attendees will also receive a tour of the company's other tech-assisted, containerized farms: the Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Gourmet Mushroom Farm.

What exactly is fodder? It's a nutrient-dense hay that's used as a dietary supplement...

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Sep 20 1:13 PM, General News

Launching Jupiter, the Creator-First Recipe and Grocery Shopping Platform

Jupiter, the creator-first recipe and grocery shopping platform, launches today with over 60 individual creator storefronts, including Molly Baz. With Jupiter, creators seamlessly integrate creator's social and web content into beautifully curated, branded, and shoppable recipe stores, where home cooks browse, shop individual recipes for ingredients, manage grocery lists, and get same-day grocery deliveries all from individual storefronts from each food creator.

Available nationwide, Jupiter opens up a world of opportunity, monetization, and brand control and ownership for food creators. Dubbed Jupiter "co-pilots", creators can now...

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Sep 20 1:06 PM, General News

NPB and Partners Receive $155 Million from USDA Climate-Smart Program

NPB is a collaborator on three separate grants awarded by USDA that support climate-smart pork production.

The National Pork Board (NPB) is the lead of one and a collaborator on two grants receiving $155 million in USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding announced Sept. 14, 2022.

The three grants are part of the $2.8 billion awarded to 70 selected projects in the first round of funding for the program.

“Pork producers stand out as leaders in sustainability with the data aggregation tools they have..." 

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Sep 20 9:21 AM, General News

NPPC Hires Mikayla Dolch as New Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce that Mikayla Dolch has joined the organization as its new manager of marketing and digital communications. Dolch will support the expansion and enhancement of NPPC’s digital programming activities.

“As the pork industry evolves, it is important for NPPC to share the stories of how America’s farmers and processors are working to deliver safe and nutritious pork products to consumers across the globe,” said Annemarie Pender, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, NPPC...

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Sep 20 9:14 AM, General News

Findings Show that the Hamburger and Hot Dog Still Reign Supreme at Football Tailgates

In Honor of National Tailgating Month, Hormel Foods Releases Surprising Data Around U.S. Tailgating Choices and Etiquette; From Onsite "Jobs" and What to Bring, When to Arrive and Grilling Methods; Hormel Foods Unearths National Tailgating Habits, State-by-State

Today, Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, shared the results of its latest national consumer survey about tailgating preferences and etiquette. The anticipation and excitement of tailgating are reaching a fevered height, as consumers return to their favorite pre-pandemic routines. The nationwide...

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Sep 20 8:54 AM, General News

Two Publix Vice Presidents to Retire; New Vice President Announced

Today, Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones announced the retirement of two officers and promotion of a new officer.

After 30 years of dedicated service, Vice President of Finance Gino DiGrazia has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

DiGrazia, 60, began his Publix career in 1992 as manager of business analysis and reporting in Lakeland, Florida. In 1997, he was promoted to director and to vice president & controller in 2002. In 2012, he was named vice president of finance.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail..."

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Sep 20 8:29 AM, General News

Conversing on Consumer Behavior with EVP of IRI, Chris Dubois

Chris DuBois is the EVP and Practice Leader for IRI’s Protein practice and leads IRI service, sales, and delivery for IRI’s large protein-focused clients.  In addition to leading IRI’s teams, he also works extensively with industry associations and media outlets to share research-based expertise and insights and is a frequent speaker and contributor. Chris Dubois is one of the esteemed presenters at this year’s Global Protein Summit in Chicago. Ahead of his presentation on consumer demand, Chris joined us to talk about the trends of the past year and what to expect in the future.

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Sep 20 5:20 AM, Urner Barry

Urner Barry's Fall 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

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

"Inflation continues to haunt the nation" in the fall 2022 edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. This issue features a deep dive into what a recession means from Urner Barry's Consulting team. Plus, as always, there is plenty of can't miss content from our team of market reporters -- like a look at the historic ride of pork back ribs by pork market reporter Russell Barton and how the scallop market is under pressure by seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione. 

Read Volume 17, Number 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.

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Sep 19 10:08 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart Announces 'Connected Stores' Technology to Help Grocers Unify Online and In-Store Shopping

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today unveiled Connected Stores - a bundle of six new Instacart Platform technologies that layer on top of existing offerings, helping grocers bring together the best of online ordering and in-store shopping for consumers. Connected Stores create a unified, personalized experience for customers by enabling them to move seamlessly between a retailer's app or website and its physical, in-store experience. Together, Instacart and Good Food Holdings will open the first Instacart Platform-powered Connected Store at...


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Sep 19 9:54 AM, General News

Upcoming Marketplace Will Help Emerging Natural Brands Expand Their Reach

Global B2B marketplace and US-based supplier GreenDropShip has developed an online platform to spur emerging natural brands' growth by helping consumers connect with qualified online merchants. GreenDropShip is best known for offering innovative solutions in the rapidly growing eCommerce space as it relates to groceries, personal care, home goods, and baby products.

This tech innovation sprang from a need for emerging natural and organic brands to maximize their footprint and find top merchants for their products. As eCommerce continues to expand at a booming pace, this marketplace will create...

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Sep 19 8:00 AM, General News

August Retail Sales Supported by Job and Wage Gains Amid Continued Inflation

Consumers’ willingness to spend overcame inflation again in August as more jobs and higher wages helped ease some of the pressure of continuing high prices, the National Retail Federation said today.

“August retail sales show consumers’ resiliency to spend on household priorities despite persistent inflation and rising interest rates,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As we gear up for the holiday season, consumers are seeking value to make their dollars stretch. Retailers have been hard at work managing their supply chains and holiday inventories to provide..."

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Sep 19 8:00 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Unveils "The Inspired People Plaza" and 25-Foot-Tall Sculpture by Gordon Huether

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, unveiled "The Inspired People Plaza" at its global headquarters in Austin, Minn.

The centerpiece of the plaza is a 1-ton, 25-foot-tall fork sculpture created by Artist Gordon Huether. The statue is clad with nearly 20,000 forks, representing and donated by Hormel Foods team members worldwide. It is located on the front lawn of 1 Hormel Place and serves as the anchor of the new outdoor plaza. The plaza's name is a nod...

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Sep 16 2:03 PM, General News

TGI Fridays® Expands Global Presence in Asia a Very Significant Development Agreement

The U.S.-based company has partnered with Master Franchisor, Universal Success Enterprises, to bring an authentic Fridays® experience to over 75 new locations in South and Southeast Asia

TGI Fridays announced today the development of 75 new restaurants throughout South and Southeast Asia over the next 10 years in partnership with Master Franchisor Universal Success Enterprises. The deal, which is expected to drive over $500MM in revenue for the U.S.-based company over 10 years, is the most significant development agreement to date for the...


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Sep 16 9:35 AM, General News

Wingstop Names Craig Sherwood as SVP of US Development

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Craig Sherwood as its SVP of U.S. Development. Craig will lead domestic development and focus on executing Wingstop's domestic development playbook through new and existing franchisees as the brand scales its U.S. footprint.

"I'm excited for Craig to join the brand at such a pivotal time as we look to scale our 1,600+ restaurants base to 4,000 plus across the country," said Michael Skipworth, Wingstop President and CEO. "With an average unit volume of $1.6 million and our industry leading unit economics, our..." 

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Sep 16 8:32 AM, General News

Brandcrush Expands Solution to U.S. Grocery Retailers

Today, Australia-owned omnichannel media platform Brandcrush announced its expansion in the U.S. market to help grocery retailers and CPG brands drive growth with efficient, centralized media management as the $190 billion retail media market booms worldwide. The U.S. expansion into grocery retail follows Brandcrush's success in Australia and with global D2C retailers, propelled by global businesses' urgent need to modernize their media practices to unlock new revenue, protect margins and grow amid rising inflation.

Brandcrush closes the adtech gap in retail media, offering a unique solution for grocery retailers...

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

NCBA Calls for Limited SEC Greenhouse Gas Rule Following Senate Hearing

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reiterated the need for a limited version of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) greenhouse gas disclosure rule following SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking.

“The SEC’s proposed greenhouse gas disclosure rule is aimed at large publicly traded companies but would lead to unintended consequences for small businesses like farms and ranches. The rule would require data that simply does not exist at the farm or ranch-level and increases the regulatory burden on individual cattle..."

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

SpartanNash Vice President Andy Clausen Recognized for Inspiring Other Young Leaders 

Food solutions company SpartanNash has made it a top priority to support up-and-coming talent in the rapidly evolving food industry. The Company’s commitment to training, education and advancement is exemplified by Andy Clausen, vice president, national accounts, who was recently announced as a winner of Progressive Grocer’s NextGen Award.

Clausen – who leads a team responsible for managing SpartanNash’s national accounts business across several locations within SpartanNash’s national distribution network – was recognized for his overall contributions and extraordinary efforts to inspire young professionals.

“Andy understands the importance..."

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

NRF Statement on Tentative Rail Agreement

The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following the White House’s overnight announcement that a tentative agreement has been reached between freight railroads and rail labor organizations, avoiding a shutdown of the freight rail system.

“We are relieved and cautiously optimistic that this devastating nationwide rail strike has been averted. We appreciate the Biden administration’s intervention on behalf..."

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

Vangala Joins IRI and NPD as Chief Strategy Officer

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD), which recently merged to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today announced that Malli Vangala has joined the company as chief strategy officer. Vangala joins the newly combined company from Microsoft, where he led strategic initiatives for the Microsoft 365 business, and succeeds Wei Lin Wong, who transitions to focus on his role as the president of Retail.

“We are very pleased to welcome Malli as we work to bring the full power of our combined organization to bear..."

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Sep 15 2:24 PM, General News

First Space-Flavoured Pizza Hits Earth

Papa Johns is launching the world's first-space-inspired pizza – a giant leap for mankind and pizza lovers everywhere.

Inspired by chorizo's fame as the world's furthest travelled sausage – having gone into space with Spanish astronaut, Pedro Duque, in 1998 – the new space inspired pizza range combines chorizo's stratospherically delicious flavours with Papa Johns' signature pizzas, Papadia and rolls.

Dr Chris Welch, a world-leading 'spaceologist' and former Vice-President of the International Aeronautical Federation, analysed the composition of Papa Johns' new pizza range and uncovered the striking similarities between the tastes, textures and...

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Sep 15 1:00 PM, General News

White Castle Bites Bring New Craveable Snacks to Grocery Stores

"Castle Bites," in Hamburger and Cheeseburger Flavors, Available Nationwide in 2022

White Castle Bites are the latest innovation in the grocery freezer aisle. Inspired by the iconic flavor of White Castle sliders, the new bite-sized snacks are made with 100% real beef and onions and wrapped in a crispy golden crust.

Castle Bites are rolling out in stores nationally with two flavors, Hamburger and Cheeseburger. Packaged in two sizes, 18 oz. standard stand-up bag and 40 oz. party pack, Castle Bites are always tasty and fun to eat...


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Sep 15 1:00 PM, General News

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty Elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty, former Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, has been elected to the Cargill Board of Directors.

“Ginni led the reinvention of IBM for the era of cloud and data, by realigning their portfolio through organic and acquired growth. She also is a steadfast advocate for advancing diversity in the workplace, pioneering efforts that brought IBM into a more inclusive future. Through these efforts, Ginni has become a leading voice on technology ethics, business transformation and the workplace of the future. We are thrilled to bring her..."

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Sep 15 9:19 AM, General News

Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands Expand Partnership with More Restaurants

Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands, Inc. announced today they are expanding their partnership to bring all of Bloomin' Brands concepts to the Grubhub Marketplace. All Bloomin' Brands concepts will be available on Grubhub for pickup or delivery, adding to the select Carrabba's Italian Grill locations already available on the platform.

More than 1,700 listings will be available across the country, including more than 1,000 restaurant locations and 700 virtual kitchens. Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Aussie Grill are currently available on Grubhub, with Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and...

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Sep 15 9:07 AM, General News

Celebrate Organic Month with Natural Grocers®: September 15th - 17th, 2022

Natural Grocers® is pleased to announce special shopping incentives and educational efforts September 15th-17th in continued celebration of Organic Month. Customers are invited to enjoy additional in-store savings of up to 52% off on a variety of organic products, free samples, stellar {N}power® membership discounts and an opportunity to support pesticide-free public spaces with Beyond Pesticides.


- September 15th Only: The first 200 shoppers at each store will receive a free sample size packet (1.75 oz.)...


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Sep 15 8:50 AM, General News

NRF Foundation Board Names Two New Members

The NRF Foundation Board of Directors today named two new members during its latest meeting. The NRF Foundation Board is comprised of professionals who support the organization’s mission to connect people to life-changing opportunities in retail in communities nationwide through career resources, training and scholarships.

The new board members are:

- University of Maryland Smith School of Business Director of Undergraduate Career Programming Ashlee Chicoine
- Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate and 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholar Robert Davison Long...

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Sep 15 8:44 AM, General News

Gen Zs Favor Quick Service Restaurants, Particularly Fast Casual Restaurants

Fast casual menus are more aligned with Gen Z’s food preferences and values

Older Gen Zs, ages 18-24, in the U.S. are discerning when choosing restaurants. Although price matters to this group, their taste preferences and definition of value dictate the type of restaurants they visit, reports The NPD Group. As a result, Gen Zs skew towards quick service restaurants, particularly fast casual, that balance value and focused menu.

In the 12 months ending July 2022, Gen Zs made 5 billion restaurant visits, 4.3 billion visits were to quick...

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Sep 15 8:08 AM, General News

This Week in Retail: Protein Indices Are Above 3-Year Average; CPI Data Released 

In the face of ongoing inflationary pressures along with animal disease issues impacting the protein industry, wholesale beef, pork, and poultry prices continue to reside at or challenge all-time highs. 

In the retail red meat complex, Urner Barry’s weekly retail feature beef index this week averages $6.34 per pound, down $1.02 per pound from a week ago but 6 cents per pound above the 3-year average.

The boxed beef market is currently moving mostly sideways but has dipped to 52-week lows in recent days. Despite this, Urner Barry's Choice and Select cutouts remain at near seasonal all-time highs, second or third to 2021 and 2014....

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

McDonald's To Open Speedee Labs Within Company's Chicago Global Headquarters

Today, McDonald's Corporation is announcing the establishment of a new facility, Speedee Labs, which will be focused on driving the customer experience and supporting restaurant teams through innovation, at its global headquarters (MHQ) located at 110 N. Carpenter Street in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. An example of McDonald's commitment to the city of Chicago, this new facility will bring teams from McDonald's corporate office and the existing Innovation Center (IC) in Romeoville, IL together in a new innovative environment creating more opportunities for collaboration and end-to-end development of...

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, General News

C&S Wholesale Grocers Partners with TCS to Build AI-Powered Distribution Model

Tata Consultancy Services has been chosen by C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (C&S), an industry leader in supply chain solutions and wholesale grocery supply in the United States, to build a new operations platform on Google Cloud to reduce the company's carbon footprint and enhance the customer experience.

C&S has partnered with TCS to reimagine its operations platforms, including customer experience and grocery distribution. TCS will lead the company-wide project and help C&S establish a new cloud-based architecture that will unify its...

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, General News

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Select Tacos All Day and a More!

On National Taco Day – Tuesday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both) and be entered for a chance to win free tacos for a year!

Enjoy your $1.50 tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a House Margarita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. The special National Taco Day pricing is also valid on select tacos for takeout and online...

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Sep 14 2:20 PM, General News

Lean Hog Futures Surge Despite Sell-Off in Outside Markets Tuesday

U.S. stocks plummeted on Tuesday following the latest CPI data, which showed larger than anticipated inflation numbers despite declining gas prices. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation rose 0.1 percent in August, contrary to expectations for a month-over-month decline in inflation from July to August after going unchanged in July. 

The BLS reported that annual inflation declined for a second consecutive month but remained historically high at 8.3 percent. The food index increased 11.4 percent over the last year. This was the largest 12-month increase since the period ending May 1979.

The Dow declined nearly 4% while the Nasdaq shaved off 5.2%. The S&P 500 fell 4.3%. Tuesday marked the worst day for the three indices since June 2020. Economists are concerned that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates further to combat ongoing inflationary pressures...


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Sep 14 9:12 AM, UB Newswires

Restaurant Association Unveils Guide for Operators to Prep for Future Natural Disasters

The National Restaurant Association knows that restaurants are pillars of their respective communities.

Often, the Association has found that operators and employees are often the last ones out of the path of dangerous weather and the first one back in when the disaster has left the area. Because of this, the Association developed an industry-specific guide disaster prep guide, Always Ready: Natural Disasters.

“The time to plan for a disaster is before one unfolds. For restaurants, this is especially important because they meet...

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Sep 14 8:17 AM, General News

Holy Grail Steak Co. Introduces Hand-Curated Steak Flight Subscription Service

Holy Grail Steak Co. announces the launch of Holy Grail Subscriptions which allows customers to choose a recurring delivery every one, two, or three months of their favorite steak flights, including the luxurious A5 Wagyu Pinnacle Flight. Choosing the subscription-based option also gives subscribers the best price possible with as much as 15% off of each flight.

"Nowadays, subscriptions are an integral part of people's lives," says Michael Coggins, cofounder of Holy Grail Steak Co. "Offering this option will provide a much smoother, more...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News

DOJ Pledges to Ramp Up Battle Against Unfair Practices in Meeting with U.S. Farmers

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division hosted 30 farmers affiliated with the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss “the state of competition in agriculture markets and strengthening antitrust enforcement.”

The DOJ said it remains committed to fighting for fair business in the food systems and protecting farmers, fishers, ranchers and the like as the industry continues to consolidate.

“Competition in agriculture is critical. Too often, farmers and livestock producers have too few suppliers to buy from and...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, SeafoodNews

Chipotle Introduces New Garlic Guajillo Steak Across the U.S., Canada and the Metaverse

Chipotle Mexican Grill ( NYSE: CMG) today announced its new Garlic Guajillo Steak will be available at Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, and virtually in the metaverse, for a limited time. The brand's latest menu innovation introduces an entirely new flavor profile to Chipotle's menu featuring tender cuts of steak seasoned with the bold flavors of garlic and guajillo peppers. Earlier today, Chipotle became the first restaurant brand to officially unveil a new menu item in the metaverse by debuting Garlic Guajillo Steak...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News

Signature Smokehouse Bacon Will Soon Have a New Name

North Country Smokehouse's Fruitwood Smoked bacon has a big following. For some, it is the bold flavor, while others lean towards the antibiotic-free, no added growth hormones, and humanely raised attributes. Any way you slice it, one thing is certain. It's GREAT bacon. So why then is North Country Smokehouse making a change to a product that has so clearly won the hearts of many? That's a good question and one the company has asked itself numerous times over the years.

The product launched as better-for-you food trends...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News

American Foods Group Breaks Ground on $800 Million Facility in Missouri

American Foods Group (AFG) broke ground on its new $800 million state-of-the-art beef processing facility in Warren County, Missouri

The ground-breaking saw Missouri Governor Mike Parson on the scene to mark the start of a project that is expected to generate $1 billion annually for the state.

“As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I am proud to welcome AFG to Missouri. This is a major development that will benefit Missouri’s agricultural producers and consumers for years to come,” Governor Parson said...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, General News

Real Good Foods Announces Launch of New Asian Entrees

The Real Good Food Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGF) (“Real Good Foods” or the “Company”), an innovative, high-growth, branded, health- and wellness-focused frozen food company, today announced the launch of its newest platform, Asian Entrees, including, Orange Chicken, General Tso’s and Sweet & Sour.

Real Good Foods is expanding into Multi-Serve Entrees with a nutritious twist on one of US consumers favorite foods. The Frozen Multi-Serve Entrees category is filled with items loaded with carbs, high in sugar and lacking any nutritional value...

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Sep 13 9:13 AM, General News

Country Music Superstar Luke Bryan Goes Back to His Roots to Support Pig Farmers

As part of its ongoing effort to dispel common misconceptions about modern pig farming, the National Pork Board is teaming up with country music superstar and five-time Entertainer of the Year winner, Luke Bryan. Drawing on his childhood upbringing on a Georgia farm, Bryan understands and appreciates the hard work more than 60,000 pig farmers across the United States put in every day.

“I have so much respect for pig farmers,” said Bryan. “I know how hard they work – from sun-up to sundown...

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Sep 13 8:35 AM, General News

IRI Releases Insights on August Food Inflation and Impact on Consumer Shopping Behavior

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI®), which recently merged with The NPD Group to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today released a new report, August 2022 Price Check: Tracking Retail Food and Beverage Inflation, with insights about food inflation and its impact on consumer shopping behavior. The insights leverage the latest point-of-sale data for August 2022 and include data covering all U.S. food channels, including e-commerce.

August data shows that prices of consumer goods remain elevated across categories...

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Sep 13 8:05 AM, General News

Unreal Deli Brings the Service Deli Counter into the Modern Age with Hand-Sliced Plant-Based Meats

Unreal Deli, the world's first and leading provider of premium plant-based deli meat, announces the launch of its fully sliceable bulk meats into 125 Hannaford Supermarket locations at the store's service deli counters. Now, these plant-based meats will be placed behind the glass alongside traditional animal-based deli meats and will be available to purchase in true hand-sliced deli style throughout multiple states.

Jenny Goldfarb, Founder of Unreal Deli, created this product line inspired by her great-grandparents...

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Sep 12 9:56 AM, General News

Wright Brand Celebrates 100 Years of Bacon in the Place Where it all Started

Wright Brand knows there’s no place like home. That’s why the brand is celebrating its centennial anniversary in the place where it all started–Vernon, Texas. To mark the milestone, the brand is honoring the community with a one-day bacon festival on September 16, 2022, during which Vernon will be officially renamed Bacon City, USA, for the weekend.

The Bacon City, USA festival will commemorate 100 years since Roy Wright and Fay Eggleston mastered the creation of a thicker, fuller-flavored slice of bacon...

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Sep 12 9:31 AM, General News

MOD Pizza Brings the Heat This Fall With New Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza

MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”), the purpose-led, people-first, fast casual pizza pioneer, announced its limited-time fall menu offering – the Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza – available September 12 through November 6, 2022, at all 500+ MOD locations system-wide*.

The Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza adds a kick to an Italian classic, incorporating traditional Italian elements – red sauce, fresh basil, ricotta and parmesan cheese, freshly sliced tomatoes - topped with Spicy Chicken Sausage.

The newest seasonal pizza is available...

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Sep 12 8:33 AM, General News

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Applebee’s Handcrafted ‘Burger Bundles’ To Go

In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, Applebee’s is offering its fans an online Burger Bundle deal consisting of any one of its delicious, Handcrafted Burgers paired with Classic Fries and Applebee’s exclusive MTN DEW Dark Berry Bash® for only $10.99.* For one day only, guests can order online at Applebees.com or the mobile app from their local Applebee’s restaurant to celebrate the tastiest day of the year with a complete Burger Bundle!

Applebee’s Handcrafted Burger Bundle includes the choice of the Bacon Cheeseburger, Whiskey...

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Sep 12 8:27 AM, General News

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