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ANALYSIS: The Rib Primal Trend - A More Focused Look

With the rib being the main focus going into the year's end, and a rally into that period is typical, let’s take a deeper look into the price cycle. We will also look at the pullback that follows...

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Dec 3 9:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Year-End Chicken Production Begins to Recede

With the final month of Q4 upon us, market participants are reflecting on what has been a topsy turvy year...

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Dec 3 8:16 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey White Meat Values: What Seasonality?

As we transition into December, there is little if any doubt that the turkey white meat complex has far outpaced historic seasonal expectations...

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Dec 3 8:11 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Jingle Bells, December Sells

December has arrived and retailers have been proactively preparing for what could be a record-breaking season for holiday spending.

The National Retail Federation predicts the highest holiday retail sales on record this year. According to the NRF’s forecast, holiday sales during November and December could grow between $843.4 billion and $859 billion. This compares with a previous high of $777.3 billion in 2020.

Rising incomes along with household wealth, a desire to return to in-person events, and a favorable weather forecast for the holiday season are among the factors contributing to a promising spending outlook...

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Dec 2 8:30 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Tightening Supplies Lift Cash Cattle Prices

Negotiating leverage in the spot market appears to be shifting from the packers to the cattle owners...

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Dec 1 10:05 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: An Update on Pork as the Holidays Approach

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and each year we see hams gain some steam as they are a holiday favorite, with this year being no different...

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Nov 23 8:53 AM, Urner Barry

Analysis: WOGs Reluctant to Give up the Limelight

After a prolonged period of seasonally strong market conditions which spanned from April to mid-October, WOGs continue to retain their lofty position in minds of market participants...

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Nov 22 7:55 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Where’s the Turkey?

The countdown to Thanksgiving is winding down with only one week to go! More families are planning holiday gatherings this year following the pared-down festivities in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Typically, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest food holidays of the year. For some shoppers, the star of the show—turkey—has been harder to find because of supply chain interruptions that are affecting the production, further processing, and transportation of America’s beloved Thanksgiving centerpiece.

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released its annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner costs, showing the price for a 16-pound turkey this year at $23.99. That figure is up about $1.50 per pound or 24% from last year. According to AFBF, a Thanksgiving feast for ten is $53.31 or less than $6.00 per person, up 14% from last year’s average of $46.90...

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Nov 18 9:57 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Whole Turkeys: Looking Past the Holiday Frenzy

With just over a week to go before Thanksgiving is upon us, market participants and industry observers have turkey on the mind...

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Nov 18 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Q3 Chicken Exports Conclude With Mixed Undertone

With the latest export figures now revealed, players are eagerly digging into the stats as they reflect on the conclusion of Q3...

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Nov 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, some households are proactively stocking up on holiday staples amid ongoing interruptions in the production and transportation of many commodities.

Frozen turkeys make up 89.3 percent of turkey ads this week—up from 52.1 percent the previous week. Feature prices for frozen turkey are in a wide range from 55 cents to $1.19 per pound. 

Typically, retailers will use whole turkeys as loss leaders during the holidays in order to increase customer traffic. That may be harder for grocers to do this year due to persistent snags in the supply chain. Amplifying the logistical issues affecting global trade such as a lack of labor and port bottlenecks is historically tight levels of whole turkeys in cold storage.

USDA reported total whole frozen turkeys in cold storage at the end of September at 258.4 million pounds, the lowest level for that month since 2006. At present, nearly all weight categories for whole turkeys, whether young hens or young toms, are quoted at all-time highs. Urner Barry’s benchmark quotation for young toms, East, frozen, 18 pounds is $1.43 per pound, a record high and up 27.7% from the prior five-year average...

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Nov 11 8:06 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage Holdings: Any Which Way but Average

With all the volatility surrounding the chicken complex in recent weeks, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. With that in mind, this week we’ve decided to delve into the most recent Cold Storage Report to shine some light on what lies behind the freezer doors...

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Nov 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Consumer-Packaged Turkey?

In last week’s analysis, we dove into the seasonally low cold storage holdings of frozen whole-body turkeys and the lack of spot availability as we inch closer towards Thanksgiving...

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Nov 4 7:55 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: The Ebbs and Flows of Bellies: A Look at Seasonal Trends

The belly market has recently seen volatile price action, due to a confluence of factors such as labor issues...

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Nov 2 8:11 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Chicken Price Correction: Seasonal or Exceptional?

With the dust appearing to settle following the notable price correction on several key lines within the chicken complex, players have begun to recalibrate their expectations for Q4...

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Oct 29 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Consumers Get a Head Start on Their Holiday Shopping

The final days of October are upon us and grocery circulars will soon be inundated with holiday promotions. 

Retailers will increasingly advertise Thanksgiving staples and several outlets are offering shoppers free turkeys or other holiday favorites after spending a minimum amount. BOGO promotions are also popular at this time of year as grocers make room for fresh and frozen turkeys, hams, and beyond.

This week in retail, however, deep discounts at the meat case are hard to come by. Interruptions in the supply chain continue to influence price points for nearly all commodities while altering consumer shopping behavior.

Shoppers are expected to begin their holiday shopping earlier than usual this year. Some consumers are concerned that they may not be able to buy everything on their list due to the global gridlock at ports and production slowdowns...

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Oct 29 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Frozen Hen Holdings: How Low Can They Go?

Since the outset of the pandemic, buyers have found themselves struggling to consistently cover whole bird needs... 

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Oct 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Buying Opportunities Increase for Pork

Meat and poultry features are bountiful this week as consumers hunker down for hearty home-cooked meals during chilly autumn evenings. While Halloween is just around the corner, some retailers are already showcasing Thanksgiving promotions.

This week in retail, buying opportunities were lower week-over-week for turkey and seafood features. Towards the tail-end of October National Pork Month, marketing campaigns pushed pork features higher than the previous week. Meanwhile, retail activity for chicken and beef was nearly flat with the week prior. 

Buying opportunities for seafood this week are centered around fresh/frozen fillets—namely tilapia—and raw shrimp. The fresh/frozen fillets complex makes up 33% of ad space and averages $6.89 per pound, 20.1% above a year ago. Tilapia is up 7.8% from this week last year at $5.93 per pound on average. Atlantic salmon boneless filet is also widely featured and averages $8.68 per pound, compared to $7.70 per pound last year. The raw shrimp complex claims 23% of ad space. The regional price spread for 16-20 raw ranges from $6.99 per pound to $8.99 per pound, generally on par with year-ago levels...

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Oct 22 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Shining Light on Chicken Slaughter

Considering what has been a volatile couple of weeks in the world of chicken, both in terms of pricing and spot availability, we thought it would be a good opportunity to back away from the day-to-day in favor of a broad assessment on the current state of production...

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Oct 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Exports: It’s a Matter of Perspective

Although the majority of our top turkey export destinations continue to register year-over-year (YoY) advancements in volume, the cumulative figures through the end of August tell a slightly different story...

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Oct 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: A Brief Look at October Pork Month Features

Historically, during the month of October, hog and pork products are marketed around the US...

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Oct 15 9:15 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Spread Between Food at Home vs Away from Home Narrows

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed the food index up 0.9 percent last month after gaining 0.4 percent in August. The Food at Home (FAH) index showed a 1.2 percent over the month increase with gains across all six major food group indices. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs demonstrated a 2.2 percent over the month increase. The index for dairy and related products posted the smallest increase at 0.7 percent. 

The BLS defines the CPI as the change in prices paid by consumers for goods and services. Overall, the CPI rose by 0.4 percent in September. Notably, gains in the indices for food and shelter contributed to more than half of the monthly all items increase. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 5.4 percent before seasonal adjustment. 

The BLS reports that the index for Food Away From Home (FAFH), which was up 0.4 percent in August, gained 0.5 percent in September. Over the last year, the FAFH index rose 4.7 percent. Increases for limited and full-service meals offset a decline in the index for food at employee sites and schools...

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Oct 15 7:59 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Have Times Changed for Chicken Breast Meat?

Several months ago, Urner Barry published an analysis piece titled “Will Chicken Ever Come Up For Air?”...

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Oct 8 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Seafood Reigns Number One in Retail Ads This Week

Grocers' protein promotions this week included more seafood, which claimed the top spot in retail buying opportunities at about 30%. This is up from 27.3% the week prior and 25% this time last year.

The uptick in seafood featuring might be attributed to increased marketing campaigns for National Seafood Month. Organizations such as NOAA Fisheries utilize this month as a time to educate consumers about the U.S. seafood industry while sharing creative recipes to integrate fish, shrimp, and more into mealtimes and even tailgating parties. 

Retailers widely featured 16-20 raw shrimp this week at an average of $7.78 per pound. Down 7.5% from the week prior, this attractive price point could draw more consumers to the seafood case. 

The regional price spread for Atlantic Salmon boneless fillet ranged from $7.66 per pound to $8.86 per pound, generally down from week-ago levels but up on average from 2020. In the fresh/frozen fillets complex, tilapia averaged $4.99 per pound, down 8.6% from the week prior and 6.2% below 2020... 

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Oct 8 7:55 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Hard to Turn Your Back on Breast Meat

Despite the hum of Thanksgiving-induced anticipation surrounding whole birds, turkey market participants can’t seem to pull their eyes away from the whole muscle white meat complex, and with good reason...

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Oct 7 8:48 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Looking Ahead to October

Don’t blink—it’s nearly October. Corn and soybean harvests are underway, sweater weather is approaching, and grocers are seeing additional opportunities to promote protein sales. Pork and seafood are receiving special accolades next month, as October is recognized as National Pork and Seafood Month.

Both campaigns are aimed at supporting farmers and encouraging household consumption by showcasing creative ways to incorporate pork and seafood into mealtimes. Whether it's for back-to-school lunches or family-time dinners, there are no shortages of pork and seafood-centric recipes to celebrate October and fall time festivities. 

Traditionally, hogs were marketed in October. These days, specialized facilities allow for year-round production. While every...

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Oct 1 7:55 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: A Wild Ride for Pork Trimmings in 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the trimmings market saw volatility and price level increases like never before. Beginning in early 2021, 42s and 72s went on an 8-month surge to all-time highs as tightened hog slaughter, elevated hog prices, and labor-related conversion issues supported the market. As prices climbed during the spring and summer, buyers continued to purchase to satisfy the renewed foodservice and grilling demand. At their peak in mid-August, 42s and 72s exceeded the highs set during the 2014 PEDv outbreak by...


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Sep 28 12:00 PM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Tight Cold Storage Stocks Keep Prices Elevated for Many Meat Items

Pumpkin spice lovers, rejoice! Yesterday marked the first day of autumn and consumers are gearing up for cooler temperatures and hearty home-cooked meals. As we approach the fourth quarter, retailers are optimistic that fall-oriented demand will help maintain a strong consumer pull for meat and poultry products.  

For hog producers, autumn typically signals a period of seasonal expansion in supplies. Buying interest among packers who purchase hogs in the open market has slowed considerably in recent weeks, according to livestock dealers. This suggests that hog supplies overall are adequate for packers’ needs and current processing capacity, which continues to be strained by labor challenges...

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Sep 23 9:23 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Turkey Production Expansionary Expectations Not in the Signals Sent

Last week our analysis focused on the impact variables such as feed costs, poult placements and, ultimately, head count, had and are having on the valuation of breast meat...

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Sep 23 8:55 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand

Heat continues to blanket much of the country in mid-September. Meanwhile, hurricane season is wreaking havoc along the eastern U.S. and Gulf Coast, with tropical storm Daniel being the latest system to rear its ugly head.

With some communities still reeling from the devasting damage of Hurricane Ida and others flooded by torrential rainfall from Nicholas, late-summer grilling plans are far removed from the priority list for many households. 

Meanwhile, the first day of fall is just under one week away. For retailers, the transition to autumn will mean increased consumer preference for fall favorites like roasts. Weather-permitting, tail gaiting at sports events as fans celebrate NFL season could prolong demand for grilling cuts while supporting popular game-time foods like wings.

Speaking of wing fanatics, the National Chicken Council recognizes September as National Chicken Month. Some grocers are advertising additional chicken cuts to encourage consumer spending on poultry. However, the number of chicken advertisements this week in Urner Barry’s survey was down from a week ago and was also below the last half of August...

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Sep 16 9:39 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Weekly Chicken Production Stats Exhibit Uncommon YoY Decline

Reflecting back over the past year, chicken production has been anything but uniform...

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Sep 10 9:15 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: July Turkey Exports: Less Is More

As our day-to-day market canvassing efforts have suggested, July’s turkey export figures were a mixed bag with some countries increasing...

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Sep 10 9:15 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: NFL Season Kicks Off, Boosting Protein Demand

The unofficial end of summer is in the rearview mirror and the National Football League season kicks off today with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Football viewing parties along with tailgating provide additional opportunities for consumers to gather and celebrate game day with finger foods and protein-centric meals like burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and of course—wings. Football season increases foot traffic at both the meat case and prepared foods sections in the supermarket as eager fans stock up on favorites while cheering for their teams. 

While pumpkin-flavored everything is already making headlines, many parts of the country are still enjoying warm weather. Some households may continue to barbeque outdoors, aiding in prolonged support for grilling cuts in the near term...

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Sep 9 9:45 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Renewed Retail Demand Brings Stability to the Shell-Egg Market

It appeared at the start of the week that the US shell-egg market was poised for a potential turn to the downside as spot market offers began to...

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Sep 7 8:35 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: How the Ads Stack Up for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is a stone’s throw away and retailers are spotlighting popular grilling items as we approach the final weeks of summer. 

Beef reigns number one in circular ad space this week with 28.6 percent of total feature volume, followed by seafood with 25.5 percent. Pork surpasses chicken for third with 24.3 percent. Chicken claimed 17.1 percent.

In the beef complex, 80% lean ground beef is on feature for an average of $3.19 per pound, down from $3.25 per pound last year. 80% lean ground beef is the only item in the beef complex displaying lower YOY feature prices this week. Top round London Broil, a favorable choice for grillling, is featured at $4.16 per pound, 27.2% above a year ago. The steak complex currently averages $8.70 per pound, nearly one dollar more per pound versus last year. T-bone and top sirloin are heavily advertised this week and their feature prices average about 23% and 8%, respectively, above 2020...

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Sep 3 8:39 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: The Ebb and Flow of YoY Chicken Production

So far, 2021 has been a long and drawn-out year for those in the chicken industry...

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Sep 3 8:39 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Pondering the Potential of Frozen Hens

Now that August is in the rearview mirror, and with very little standing in the way between now and Thanksgiving, turkey market participants can’t help but speculate over the future price potential of whole-body birds...

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Sep 2 8:44 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: The Value of Labor

Labor Day – a holiday to honor the American labor movement – is a little over one week away. The invaluable contributions made by our nation’s workers warrants special recognition this year as nearly all sectors face widespread labor shortages during these unprecedented times.

These days ‘Help Wanted’ signs are commonplace and many restaurants have pared down their menu offerings in response to tight supplies. The retail landscape across nearly all proteins has been shaped by labor and processing constraints as some grocers struggle to secure enough product. Retail prices for several red meat, poultry, and seafood items this week continue to trend above 2020 levels.

Labor Day ads will be in full view next week and retailers will promote popular grilling items like pork chops, ribs, and steak. Grocers are also prepping for an influx of...

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Aug 27 8:41 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: USDA Weekly Eggs Processed Numbers Climb, Driven by Manufacturing Needs

Shell Eggs Processed Under Federal Inspection came in at 1,554,781 cases for the week ending August 21st, according to data released yesterday afternoon by the USDA—an increase of...

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Aug 27 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Pondering the Potential of Chicken Wings and Boneless Breasts

Chicken market participants and football fans alike are on the edge of their seats as we inch closer towards the first kickoff of the year...

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Aug 27 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: The Impact of Labor Issues on Hams


Ever since the first COVID-19 shutdowns, labor-related conversion issues have plagued the US ham market. As more and more bone-in hams couldn’t be...

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Aug 27 8:39 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Holdings Continue Year-over-Year Thaw

The latest release of July’s Cold Storage Report underscores what many players in the turkey industry already know: That supplies are tight...

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Aug 26 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: July Pork in Cold Storage Breakdown

July’s USDA Cold Storage report, released on August 23rd, showed that while progress was made in restocking the freezers for a couple of categories of cuts, there are still...

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Aug 25 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Depleted Inventories Contribute to Boneless Breast Rally

Although the chicken market environment has been anything but consistent lately, that’s not to say that there aren’t some familiar tenets still shining through...

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Aug 20 8:21 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Prepping for Labor Day; Pork and Beef Indices Forge Record Highs  

Labor Day weekend – a symbolic end of summer – is sadly within reach for families scrambling to fit in one last vacation before school resumes. For some college students, the fall semester has already begun. Among retailers, the Labor Day holiday is widely viewed as the last major grilling weekend of the year.

Grocery stores could see an uptick in foot traffic as parents restock on school staples like breakfast and lunch foods. Typically, aside from back-to-school demand and Labor Day grilling opportunities, the meat case takes a back seat in mid to late August. This year, however, beef and pork appear well-positioned to remain in the spotlight despite a traditional period of seasonal... 


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Aug 19 10:15 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Tallying up Turkey Production

In light of seasonally stout performance, this week we thought a dive into the production side of the equation to investigate how it is influencing the '21 market was in order...

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Aug 19 8:31 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports: It’s A Matter of Perspective

With June’s export figures hot off the press, players are turning to the charts as they reflect on the conclusion of Q2...

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Aug 16 8:27 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Tight Supplies, Stellar Protein Demand; A Case of Déjà Vu?

August is flying by and retail ads are beginning to shift from grilling staples to tailgating must-haves as retailers highlight NFL preseason. Consumer demand for beef, pork, and chicken has remained stellar leading up to the fall, and tight supplies across most protein items may continue to keep retail prices elevated.

This week in retail we look at the situation surrounding the poultry and red meat complex, which continues to be influenced by the pandemic and ongoing logistical challenges. 

This time last year, retail prices were higher for many protein items amid efforts to reopen food service and dining capacity across the nation. The situation in August 2021 appears to be a case of déjà vu as retail prices, for beef and pork, in particular, trend higher than year-ago levels. The Delta variant is fueling volatility in the marketplace and re-emerging patterns of panic-buying are becoming increasingly likely. 

A year ago, seafood and beef features...

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Aug 13 7:43 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Lackluster Cattle Slaughter, Tight Supplies Lift Boxed Beef Prices

For those monitoring cattle slaughter levels, there is a common takeaway that processing capacity has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels. Production and distribution challenges due to ongoing labor shortages may...

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Aug 12 8:35 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: June Turkey Exports Run the Gamut

Although four of our largest trade partners continue to display encouraging year-over-year (YoY) advancements in both volume and value, the most recent monthly data through the end of June was a little more mixed...

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Aug 12 8:34 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Jumbo Chicken Wings: A Countdown to the Coin Toss

With the first kickoff of college football season practically at our doorstep, the topic of chicken wings has begun to weave its way into market related conversations.

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Aug 9 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: The Outlook for August

The dog days of summer will soon be behind us and below normal temperatures are already starting to materialize in the areas spanning the central Plains to the East Coast. This week is retail, we delve into the supply and demand landscape that will impact retail meat prices in August.

As more moderate temperatures begin to arrive, grocers will begin to shift their attention to back-to-school needs by featuring items used in lunches and snacks. These items typically include easy-to-prepare frozen meals like pizza along with deli meats.

Retailers will also begin to promote breakfast foods like eggs. In addition, retailers will be focusing on dinnertime staples since families tend to sit down together for...

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Aug 5 10:16 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Turkey Raw Materials Continuing to Ride Updraft

Following last year’s lack of seasonal underpinnings, marketers on the raw material side of the business are breathing a collective sigh of relief thanks in large part to what has, so far, amounted to be stout performance for whole muscle white meats and the related trim lines...

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Aug 5 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Cash Hog Prices Decline from Summer Peak But Remain Well Above Year Ago Levels

The summer peak for negotiated cash hog prices on a national basis was achieved on June 22 at $128.04/cwt. Since peaking, spot prices have since declined by around...

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Aug 2 8:24 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage: Break out the Broom

Chicken marketers are breaking out the figurative brooms as they search for any additional supplies left in the freezers...

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Jul 30 8:36 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Hard to Sell from an Empty Wagon

After a great deal of anticipation, the latest release of USDA’s Cold Storage Report lends credence to what many participants have been suspecting, especially those who have been following Urner Barry’s Weekly Cold Storage Estimate...

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Jul 29 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Frozen Turkeys Steal The Seasonal Show

It’s no secret that the majority of turkey lines are continuing to enjoy a strong showing here in early Q3. While recent market dialogue and trade activity has unquestionably gravitated towards...



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Jul 22 8:27 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Broiler Eggs Set Figures Take on a “Traditional” Undertone

Perhaps one of the more telling indicators of the market’s volatility over the past year has been the questions that we’ve pondered along the way...

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Jul 16 7:37 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat and Pork Ham Quotations Reaching an Inflection Point?

With Q3 in full swing, further processors, especially those who reside south of the border, are paying particularly close attention to the price relationship between boneless pork hams and turkey thigh meat...

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Jul 15 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Jumbo and Select Breast Meat Values Shake Traditional Price Relationship

Over the years, close attention has been paid to the price differential between jumbo boneless breasts and select...

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Jul 9 8:37 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: May’s Turkey Trade Volume Underscores Global Economic Revival

By just about every measure, the latest turkey export figures bring with them signs of encouragement for turkey marketers, as well as...

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Jul 8 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Flap Meat Correcting Just as Swiftly as the Rise

During the record run in beef prices throughout 2021, gains were led by grilling items as peak demand for...

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Jul 7 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Production Cuts, Demand Improvements Lift Shell Egg Values for First Time Since March

After what several market sources have referred to as the longest “dry spell” in recent memory, production cuts and demand improvements have...

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Jul 2 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE.  

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Jul 2 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Fresh and Frozen Turkey Drum Quotations at a Mid-Year Crossroads

As we round the corner to Q3, turkey marketers have a pep in their step and a glimmer in their eye thanks to the admirable trade environment that they’ve enjoyed throughout...

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Jul 1 8:15 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: 2021 Pollock B Season Start Sees Improvement Over 2020

The 2021 Alaskan Pollock B season opened June 10, 2021 in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Vessels are eager to see improvements in fishing compared to the previous 2021 A season, as well as the 2020 B season.

Currently, the 2021 total allowable catch for Bering Sea pollock is set at 1.375 million metric tons, 50,000 metric tons less than it was in 2020.

As per the most updated data from NOAA on June 24, 2021, the first two...

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Jun 28 11:19 AM, SeafoodNews

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Reductions Coincide with Stout Market Performance

Over the past several weeks, we've covered a number of factors which are playing an influential role in constricting the supply of just about every line within the turkey complex...

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Jun 24 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Beef All-Fresh Retail Continues to Climb with Wholesale Gains

We have continued to talk about food price inflation across wholesale levels as many items in the Urner Barry price quotation universe are...


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Jun 9 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Cattle and Hog Producers Weather Another Black Swan Event

In what was yet another black swan event, the cyberattack on JBS last week exemplified the severe impacts that extraordinary incidents can have on...

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Jun 8 8:35 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Cage-Free Inventories Mount as Proposition 12 Deadline Draws Closer

While cage-free inventories have been steadily climbing over the past several years as producers prepare for the forthcoming deadlines, USDA data shows they’ve begun to increase at a faster pace in recent weeks, surging...

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Jun 4 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Price Inflation Across All Urner Barry Indices

Price inflation remains top of mind for many. Supply constraints across all proteins combined with robust demand has...

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Jun 3 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: April Chicken Cold Storage Holdings: A Continuation of a Familiar Trend

Several months ago, we assessed the near universal downturn in cold storage holdings exhibited by key lines within the chicken complex, and by the looks of the USDA’s most recent report...

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May 28 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Summer is Almost Here and UB Has the Scoop on Market Trends Heading into MDW

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE...  

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May 28 8:28 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Strong Demand Keeps Frozen Pork and Beef Inventories Tight 

According to the latest USDA monthly cold storage report, released Monday afternoon, frozen beef and pork stocks at the end of April remain...

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May 27 8:29 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Lends Credence to Seasonally Strong Market Environment

The most recent cold storage figures for the month of April generally fall in line with the seasonally strong undertone exhibited by just about every line within the turkey complex...

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May 27 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Digesting the Latest USDA On Feed Data

In this latest report, year-over-year comparisons were skewed due to the COVID-19 disruptions including...

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May 25 8:34 AM, UB Newswires

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Hog Slaughter

The Urner Barry hog slaughter poll for the week ending May 29, 2021, resulted in an average industry participant response of 2,392,500 head. If realized, this figure would represent a .02 percent decrease from last week and 20.8 percent growth over last year due to the Memorial Day holiday three-day weekend.

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May 24 2:56 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Chicken Boneless Breasts and the Jumbo/Medium Spread

Since their inception to the Urner Barry price sheet back in late 2009, medium-sized boneless breast quotations have...

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May 24 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey--Gauging Whole Bird Price Momentum

Although white meats and parts have received a great deal of attention in recent weeks as refreshed demand patterns and supply shortages carry spot prices higher, frozen whole birds have been...

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May 20 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Hog Slaughter

The Urner Barry hog slaughter poll for the week ending May 22, 2021, resulted in an average industry participant response of 2,383,333 head. If realized, this figure would represent a .5 percent decrease from last week and 12 percent growth over last year.

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May 17 4:07 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: A Critical Eye on Chicken Slaughter

Despite predictable seasonal advancements in demand from all traditional channels, the chicken trade environment remains anything but “normal” in the eyes of most players... 

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May 14 8:32 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Thigh Meat and Ham Relationship Perseveres Through Thick and Thin

Amidst the various challenges that 2021 has presented so far, market participants are taking notice if not solace in what appears to be...

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May 13 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: European Egg White Prices Hit Highest Levels Since 2015 AI Market Highs

Urner Barry's European dried egg white prices have hit the highest levels seen since ATH's reached in 2015, while the global market was dealing with...

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May 11 8:26 AM, Urner Barry

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Hog Slaughter

The Urner Barry hog slaughter poll for the week ending May 15, 2021, resulted in an average industry participant response of 2,394,000 head. If realized, this figure would represent a .6 percent decrease from last week and 12 percent growth over last year.

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May 10 2:27 PM, Urner Barry

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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May 10 1:33 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Cash Hog Pricing Surpasses Live Cattle Pricing

In an unusual turn of events, cash hog pricing is currently higher than not only the pork cutout, but live cattle prices...

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May 7 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Q1 Chicken Exports End on a High Note

After a choppy start to Q1, the USDA’s most recent export figures lend credence to the increased confidence that buyers...

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May 7 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Buyers Climb the Rungs of the Seasonal White Meat Ladder

Despite the unique set of challenges that 2021 has presented to the turkey industry, market participants take solace in the fact that...

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May 6 8:28 AM, Urner Barry

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter 


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May 3 3:43 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Chicken Hatchery: Rising from the Ashes, But is it Enough?

About a year ago, we published a broiler hatchery analysis titled: “Coping with Production Excess”, where we posed a question to our readers...

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Apr 30 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Egg Prices Sink to Under a Dollar as Inventories Climb to a Near-Record High

For the first time since mid-January, shell egg prices have once again dropped below the dollar mark amid disappointing retail sales and mounting...

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Apr 29 8:26 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Pork Ribs Looming Near Historical Highs

Demand on all three fronts; retail, foodservice, and exports combined with labor constraints, diminished slaughter, and limited freezer stocks has supported...

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Apr 29 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Apr 26 2:41 PM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: March Pork Cold Storage Remains Lackluster

According to the March cold storage report from the USDA, total pork in cold storage was 26.8 percent below a year ago and noted...

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Apr 26 8:31 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Pandemic-Related Issues Continue to Affect Slaughter Levels 

Pandemic-related issues including labor availability continue to affect cattle and hog processing levels more than a year after...

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Apr 23 8:34 AM, UB Newswires

ANALYSIS: Will Chicken Ever Come Up For Air?

Fate has an interesting way of affecting the commodity markets. Chicken is arguably a frequent end beneficiary of "fate," both good and bad, and receives it in more volatile doses than...

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Apr 23 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Although February Pork Exports Declined; Strong Demand Lingers

According to the most recent USDA Pork Export Report, exports of U.S. pork remained generally strong in February, even as...

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Apr 22 8:32 AM, Urner Barry

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