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This Week in Retail: Grocers Deck the Halls With December Deals

Deck the halls with… wait—it’s December already?

Now that Thanksgiving is yesterday's news, retailers are honing in on Christmas and other holiday demands. This month, several seasonal factors shape both the wholesale and retail markets.

For beef, wholesale prices typically take on a softer undertone towards the year's end once holiday orders are filled. Last year, Urner Barry's Choice cutout value shaved off nearly 10% from the beginning of November to the tail end of December. 

On the contrary, retail prices typically climb to some of their highest levels of the year late this month. This is largely due to increased demand for high-quality beef cuts around the holidays...

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Dec 1 8:00 AM, UB Newswires



Carolina Pride Introduces New Chicken Breast Lunchmeats

Carolina Pride, a leading regional producer of Bacon, Hot Dogs, Sausage and Lunchmeats, is introducing four new Chicken Breast lunchmeat items under their Carolina Pride Meats brand. The varieties are: 95% Fat-Free Chicken Breast and 95% Fat-Free Honey Smoked Chicken Breast. Each variety will be available in 4-oz, 4x4 peggable packages, and 10-oz, 4x6 packages.

These delicious new items join a lunchmeat lineup which includes flavored hams, turkey breasts, salami, bologna, and more. Carolina Pride lunchmeats are a key part of a product portfolio that support a 100-plus...

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Nov 21 9:17 AM, General News


Pre-Report Estimates for Oct Cold Storage Show Total Stocks 13.2% Above Year Ago

USDA will release its monthly cold storage report at 3 p.m. eastern time Tuesday. Bob Brown, a private analyst from Edmond, Oklahoma, provided his insight on what the latest report might show...

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Nov 17 11:09 AM, UB Newswires


FDA Accepts UPSIDE Foods Conclusion That its Cultivated Chicken is Safe to Eat

  • After a rigorous evaluation, UPSIDE Foods became the first company in the world to receive a "No Questions" letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cultivated meat, poultry, or seafood
  • This letter indicates that the FDA accepts UPSIDE's conclusion that its cultivated chicken is safe to eat
  • This historic step paves the way for the company's path to market in the United States and brings cultivated chicken one step closer to consumers' plates

Today, UPSIDE Foods, the leading cultivated meat, poultry and seafood company...

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Nov 17 8:31 AM, General News


Popeyes® is Reigniting the Chicken Sandwich Wars with New Blackened Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes® is reigniting the Chicken Wars as it introduces its next great menu innovation: a breading-free, flavor-full Blackened Chicken Sandwich with an antibiotic-free*, whole chicken breast, marinated for 12 hours, and perfectly seasoned with a delicious blend of Cajun and Creole spices for guests to enjoy. Starting today, guests can get their hands on the new Popeyes Blackened Chicken Sandwich at restaurants nationwide starting at only $4.99. Popeyes® Rewards members will receive 200 bonus points – good for free regular fries...

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Nov 16 9:20 AM, General News


Wingstop Serves Up BOGO Deal for National Chicken Sandwich Day

Most chicken sandwiches are limited to plain and spicy varieties – a bore when sized up to Wingstop's hand sauced-and-tossed chicken sandwich in one of its 12 bold, distinct flavors. With so many flavors to choose from, Wingstop is running a "buy one get one free" (BOGO) chicken sandwich promotion this National Chicken Sandwich Day on Nov. 9 with code "BOGOSAMMY" on Wingstop.com and the Wingstop app. The deal will be auto applied to fans' baskets on Uber Eats and DoorDash.

To cash in on this flavorful deal, fans...

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Nov 9 9:01 AM, General News


Fresh Pork Prices Drift Lower as Ample Chicken Supply Offsets Pork/Beef Decline

Fresh pork prices continue to be pressured lower due to increased competition from chicken breasts at retail and seasonal decline in demand.

Highlights

  • Fresh pork prices continue to be pressured lower due to increased competition from chicken breasts at retail and seasonal decline in demand.
  • Market for processing items is mixed. Pork belly prices are rangebound on higher seasonal supply and ample freezer inventories. Expectations are for belly prices to be higher in Q1 as supply will seasonally decline and processors will start to build inventories for...

 

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Nov 8 8:17 AM, General News


U.S. Poultry Industry Provides 2 Million Jobs and $556 Billion in Economic Impact

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides 2,012,269 jobs, $125.6 billion in wages, $555.9 billion in economic activity and $33.7 billion in government revenue.

The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories...

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Nov 4 9:16 AM, General News


NCC Delivers Comments on FSIS Proposed Salmonella Framework

The National Chicken Council (NCC) today delivered public comments at a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) virtual meeting about the agency’s recently announced regulatory framework for Salmonella in poultry products. NCC’s comments addressed each of the three components the agency said it is currently considering as part of a new strategy.

Food safety is a top priority for the broiler industry, and NCC supports changes in food safety regulations that are based on sound science, robust data, and are demonstrated to positively impact public health...

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Nov 4 8:08 AM, General News


Pure Praire Farms™ to Receive $6.9 Million Dollar Grant

This week, government officials announced that Charles City Iowa-based premium chicken integrator, Pure Prairie Farms Inc., is set to receive a $6.9 million dollar grant as part United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). The program was launched in 2021 in response to supply chain disruptions in recent years for meat and poultry products during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to USDA, the program is "to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve..."

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Nov 3 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: August's Chicken Export Volumes Loosely Align With 5-Year Average

With no shortage of unique internal and external variables currently impacting the poultry sector, conventional month-over-month (MoM) and year-over-year (YoY) comparisons have become increasingly detached from the seasonal norm...

 

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Oct 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


KFC's New Buffalo Ranch Sauce Pairs Perfectly With its Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken

Beginning today, fried chicken fans can now dip their favorite menu items in an all-new Buffalo Ranch dipping sauce at Kentucky Fried Chicken® restaurants nationwide. KFC's Buffalo Ranch is a perfect pairing of the classic kick of Buffalo sauce smoothed out with a creamy ranch, blended peppers, buttermilk, herbs and spices.

To celebrate its new Buffalo Ranch sauce hitting restaurants today, KFC is collaborating with a partner that knows a thing or two about creating perfect pairings: Tinder. Together with the world's most popular...

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Oct 18 8:10 AM, General News


Fried Chicken Fest Houston 2022 on November 5th

Houston's iconic fried chicken showdown, Fried Chicken Fest Houston is back for a 3rd year of fun, food, and good vibes on November 05, 2022, from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (VIP ticket entry at 1:00 PM). This event will invite members of the surrounding community to gather for a day of foodie fun at IAG Icehouse located at 6767 Portwest Drive, Houston, TX 77024 where they will try dishes from Houston favorites like Max's Wine Dive, Stuff'd Wings, and the World-Famous Turkey Leg Hut Food Truck...

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Oct 17 9:41 AM, General News


Wingstop Gives Away "Free Chicken Sandwiches for a Year" at Various New York City Restaurants

Wingstop – the rapidly-expanding flavor brand with nine restaurants across Manhattan alone – announced can't-miss giveaways at several locations across the New York City area today. The first 50 fans at various locations will receive "Free Chicken Sandwiches for a Year" in the form of a gift card.

The giveaway comes on the heels of Wingstop's entrance into the Chicken Sandwich game. When first launched in August, the sandwich was in such high demand that four weeks of supply sold out in a matter of...

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Oct 17 9:37 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: The Expanding Footprint of Medium Sized Chicken…

Not to overstate the obvious, but the chicken industry has been anything but stable over the past year...

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Oct 14 9:10 AM, Urner Barry


Chester's Chicken Launches Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bowl and Buffalo Mac Chicken Sandwich

Chester's Chicken, the fresh fried chicken quick-service restaurant concept with 1,100 locations across the U.S., is giving its most popular side the entrée treatment: introducing the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bowl and the Buffalo Mac Chicken Sandwich. The two new entrées are a spicy, bold twist on the classic comfort food and are available for a limited time, now through Jan. 17, 2023, at participating Chester's locations.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is Chester's take on the loaded bowl trend; it's made with two servings of...

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Oct 14 8:00 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Varying Supplies, Weather Influence Retail Activity

This week, the retail landscape is influenced by an assortment of factors including varying supplies of protein and the weather. 

Looking at pork, hog supplies typically undergo a seasonal expansion from now into the early winter. October is National Pork Month and retailers usually promote pork features to boost sales as more product becomes available.

This year, however, persistent hog disease issues including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) have kept supplies relatively snug. 

Hog values have depreciated since mid-summer and the national average hog price is currently down nearly 26% from August. Despite a seasonal correction, hog prices remain elevated at near all-time highs for this time of year. Urner Barry's wholesale pork cutout is down roughly 22% from its summer peak and is now 10% under 2021...

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Oct 6 8:10 AM, UB Newswires


Zaxby's Introduces New Chicken Bacon Ranch Loaded Fries

Zaxby's®, the premium quick-service restaurant, beloved for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and legendary Zax Sauce®, rolls out new Chicken Bacon Ranch Loaded Fries systemwide after successfully testing the saucy sharable in select markets. It's Chicken Fingerz meets crinkle fries for a palate-pleasing, family-friendly addition to any Zaxby's meal—available at participating locations for a limited time only while supplies last.

"Our new Loaded Fries are the culmination of Zaxby's most craveable ingredients," said Patrick Schwing, chief marketing and strategy officer at Zaxby's...

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Oct 6 8:00 AM, General News


Tyson® Brand Launches Eerie-sistable Limited-Edition Halloween-Shaped Nuggets

No tricks, only treats! Just in time for the Halloween season, Tyson® brand is introducing Spooky Nuggets with the same scrumptious chicken nugget recipe fans know and love. The limited-edition Halloween nuggets come in three shapes: pumpkins, bats and ghosts. Made with 100% white meat chicken raised with no antibiotics ever, Tyson Spooky Nuggets are now available for a limited time through a giveaway on the brand's Instagram page.

"Our Fun Nuggets are a fan favorite, and we want to give people more ways to celebrate the..."

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Oct 5 8:06 AM, General News


Analysis: Chicken’s Enhanced Presence on Freezer Shelves

Given the turbulent market undercurrent which continues to ensnarl the chicken complex, players are digging through the supply-side data as they scavenge the stats for direction and clarity...

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Oct 3 8:48 AM, Urner Barry


KFC is Testing New Kentucky Fried Chicken Wraps in Select Atlanta Restaurants

The fans asked, and we listened! Kentucky Fried Chicken® is shaking up its menus with the release of its new Kentucky Fried Chicken Wraps in select Atlanta restaurants for a limited time, starting today.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Wraps are packed with flavor and available in three mouthwatering options for fans to choose from, starting at only $3 each or in a two-wrap combo*. Varieties include:

- The Classic Chicken Wrap, a hand-breaded Extra Crispy™ Tender, crunchy pickles, and creamy mayo, wrapped up...

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Oct 3 8:41 AM, 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


Do Good Chicken Reports 10 Million Pounds of Food Surplus Saved From Landfills in First Six Months 

Do Good Chicken™, the first chicken brand that fights food waste and combats climate change, reports it has diverted more than 10 million pounds of healthy surplus grocery food from landfills, after community donations are made, to upcycle into nutritious chicken feed. The milestone comes just six months since Do Good Chicken's spring 2022 retail launch and equates to saving surplus grocery food weighing approximately three times the weight of the Statue of Liberty, preventing an estimated 950 metric tons of greenhouse...

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Sep 26 1:00 PM, 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


Wayne-Sanderson Farms Rebranding Focused on Shared Values, Future Goals of New Poultry Company

Wayne-Sanderson Farms has unveiled a new brand identity and logo following the recent merger of the two industry leaders. The company’s new identifying mark was designed to resonate the shared values and business objectives of what is now the third-largest poultry producer in the nation.

“It’s an exciting time for our company, our employees and our customers,” said Clint Rivers, Wayne-Sanderson Farms president and CEO. “Bringing two of the best companies in the business together positions us for more sustainable operations, more competitive...

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Sep 9 9:28 AM, General News


CDFA Finalizes Proposition 12 Regulations—What Lies Ahead?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has finalized the Proposition 12 implementation rules, which can be found here. The finalized regulations are similar to the second modified text, which was released in June of this year. 

According to an FAQ on CDFA's website, Proposition 12 is a "ballot initiative passed in 2018 by California voters that prohibits confining farm animals (egg-laying hens, veal calves and breeding pigs) in a cruel manner and prohibits the sale of products (eggs, veal meat and pork meat) from farm animals confined in a cruel manner into California commerce."

The law mandates minimum housing space requirements for breeding pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens and was originally set to begin on January 1, 2022. However, a ruling earlier this year delayed Proposition 12 for 180 days after the final rules went into effect...

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Sep 9 6:57 AM, UB Newswires


Chipotle Tests Chicken Al Pastor in Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Chicken Al Pastor at 94 restaurants in Denver and Indianapolis. Available now for a limited time, Chicken Al Pastor features the bold yet balanced flavor of spicy adobo, achiote, morita peppers, pineapple, cilantro and fresh lime juice.

Firing Up Fans
Chipotle kitchens are heating up with the brand's latest fiery chicken menu innovation. Following the success of Pollo Asado, Chipotle is testing a new premium chicken option that adds an exciting level of spice to guests' go-to orders. Prepared in small batches throughout...

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Sep 2 7:58 AM, General News


Perdue Foods Voluntarily Withdraws PERDUE® Gluten Free Chicken Breast Tenders

Perdue Foods LLC has voluntarily withdrawn frozen fully cooked PERDUE® Gluten Free Chicken Breast Tenders with a “Best If Used By Date” of 07/12/23 and a UPC Bar Code of 0-72745-83492-9 because a foreign material was identified in a minimal amount of consumer packages. The withdrawn product was distributed exclusively through BJ’s club stores.

There have been no reports of injury or illness associated with this product.

“We determined the source of the material to be blue ink and a small..."

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Aug 24 9:56 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: June Chicken Exports: A Mid-Year Perspective Check

Although the month-over-month (MoM) chicken export comparisons during June aren’t particularly revealing at first glance, it’s important to maintain a broad sense of perspective on just how far the chicken industry has come so far this year...

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Aug 15 9:34 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Reviewing the Chicken Complex; CPI Update

This week in retail, we’ll take a deeper dive into the retail chicken landscape ahead of the approaching NFL season, which officially kicks off in four weeks.

Chicken currently ranks fourth in protein buying opportunities with 16.4%. Seafood, beef, and pork hold the top three spots, respectively.

Urner Barry’s Weekly Retail Feature Chicken Index is $2.96 per pound this week, up 10% from the 5-year average of $2.69 per pound. 

Within the chicken complex, boneless skinless breasts hold the most ad volume at 42.5%. Drumsticks are the next highest featured item with 15.5% of total chicken ads...

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Aug 11 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


NCC Statement in Response to FSIS Announcing its Plans to Declare Salmonella an Adulterant 

The National Chicken Council today released the following statement in response to FSIS announcing its plans to declare Salmonella an adulterant in frozen, raw, breaded, stuffed, chicken products. Attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

“As these products often appear ready to eat, but contain raw chicken, we recognize their nature raises special considerations that merit additional attention. The National Chicken Council (NCC) and our member companies have invested millions of dollars and have worked for more than a...

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Aug 4 8:00 AM, General News


Hot Ones™ New Boneless Chicken Bites Heat Up the Freezer Aisle

First We Feast's, Hot Ones, has expanded its partnership with John Soules Foods and FoodStory Brands to launch five new flavors of Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites that are paired with the show's authentic sauce flavors. The line rolled out this month in Walmart's freezer aisle and will soon debut in other retailers across the country. The new Hot Ones Boneless Chicken Bites come in 18.6 oz. resealable bags, including heat-and-eat all-natural, white-meat boneless chicken bites, each paired with an official Hot Ones sauce...

 

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Aug 4 8:00 AM, General News


Real Good Foods Announces Launch of High Protein, Low Carb, Grain Free, Chicken Nuggets & Strips

The Real Good Food Company, Inc., an innovative, high-growth, branded, health- and wellness-focused frozen food company, today announced the launch of its most anticipated platform ever, nutritious Chicken Nuggets and Strips.

Real Good Foods is expanding into the largest frozen food category, Frozen Meat & Poultry, with a nutritious twist on one of US consumers' favorite foods. The Frozen Meat & Poultry category, an $8.9B category according to SPINS L52 weeks, is ripe for real innovation, as most breaded chicken options today offer the...

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Aug 2 9:28 AM, General News


Consumers Rely on Chicken Even as Inflation Affects Prices

While consumers average rating for their current financial situation is in the middle between “poor” and “excellent,” 87 percent are buying more or the same amount of fresh chicken now compared to six months ago, according to research presented today at the 2022 Chicken Marketing Summit.

The National Chicken Council (NCC) and WATT Global Media presented the results of a study that focused on current and anticipated U.S. consumer behavior, specifically, consumption of fresh chicken. The results suggest opportunities for chicken to maintain market share. IRI provided supporting data from its...

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Jul 28 8:04 AM, General News


Do Good Chicken Featured on the Global Stage by the World Economic Forum

Do Good Chicken, the first chicken brand that fights food waste and combats climate change has been featured by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The video celebrates Do Good Chicken as a revolutionary climate-forward brand, making positive impact for our planet.

Each year about 40% of healthy grocery food gets tossed into landfills. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, if food waste were its own country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, behind the U.S. and...

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Jul 13 1:00 PM, General News


ANALYSIS: The Changing Tide of Chicken Hatch

When it comes to chicken production, one of the more perplexing topics of conversation over the past year has been the hatch...

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Jul 11 9:46 AM, Urner Barry


Boston Market Launches The One and Only, Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets

Boston Market is changing how you eat rotisserie chicken and nuggets. The future of nuggets is here and thanks to Boston Market, they're roasted, not fried. Today, the beloved family brand proudly announces the launch of its one and only, Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets, a healthier grab-and-go meal option that currently does not exist in the market and is packed with big flavor. The nugget innovation will be available at all 315 restaurants nationwide and can be ordered in either signature or spicy flavors.

Boston Market's Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets...

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Jul 11 9:41 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: This Year's July Fourth Cookout Could be Costlier 

Consumers might sweat when shopping for July Fourth festivities since this year's cookout could be costlier than in years past.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation remains elevated at a multi-decade high with the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rising 14.2% over the last 12 months.

Despite higher retail prices and squeezed budgets, most households are forging ahead with their Independence Day plans. According to the National Retail Federation, 84% of consumers plan to celebrate the Fourth this year.

Of those, 59% of people plan to ring in Independence Day with a cookout...

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Jun 30 8:42 AM, UB Newswires


PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS® Chicken Tots™ Among PEOPLE Magazine’s Best Supermarket Products of the Year

PERDUE® CHICKEN PLUS® Chicken Tots™ today was named a winner in the PEOPLE’s Food Awards 2022 as one of the Best Supermarket Products of the Year. The Chicken Tots took gold as best chicken product among testers who selected the “most delicious new foods in the grocery store.”

“The combo of white-meat chicken, cauliflower, chickpeas, cabbage and potatoes covered in a crunchy panko coating made it a star with parents,” said PEOPLE editors, who sampled nearly 1,300 new products...

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Jun 30 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: A Birds-Eye Glimpse into Q3 Production Expectations

The most recent release of the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook Report brings with it some signs of encouragement for players on the buying side of the negotiation table...

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Jun 27 8:36 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes® Celebrates 50 Years of Loving that Chicken

Y’all, Popeyes® just turned 50! That’s a lot of LOVE and a lot of signature chicken. The beloved southern brand was founded in 1972 by Al Copeland in New Orleans, and since its doors opened on June 12th, the brand has offered guests fried chicken and southern sides that mimic the delicious homemade food you would find walking into any kitchen in the south. Its Louisiana roots and bold Cajun flavors and seasonings have allowed the brand to stand out with fans against the competition for decades...

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Jun 21 10:10 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: April’s Chicken Exports Bring Hint of Seasonality

Total chicken export volume through the end of April, while noteworthy, generally forged along a well-worn seasonal path...

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Jun 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Boneless Breast Descent Seasonally Anticipated

It almost goes without saying that jumbo boneless breasts have been the central focus of chicken market participants lately, and with good reason...

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Jun 14 7:35 AM, Urner Barry


Northern Tier Bakery, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Salad Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Northern Tier Bakery, LLC, a St. Paul Park, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 905 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE salad items were produced from May 18, 2022, through June 8, 2022. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

4-oz. plastic packages of “SUPERMOM’S KITCHEN Chef Salad EGG, WHITE TURKEY MEAT, HAM, MONTEREY JACK...

 

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Jun 10 7:20 AM, General News


Farmer Focus Evolves Package Design To Attract Consumers to Organic Chicken

Today, Farmer Focus, the only 100% USDA organic and Humane CertifiedⓇ chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms, announces updated packaging designed to stand out on crowded shelves attracting new consumers to organic chicken while showcasing differentiated brand values. In addition to highlighting key claims like “Organic & Free Range”, the packaging features a new QR code, making it easier than ever to trace every package of Farmer Focus chicken back to the farm where it was raised.

The packaging changes were inspired by consumer...

 

 

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Jun 8 1:00 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Protein Features for Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day weekend, beef features steal the spotlight with 30% of total protein ad volume. Seafood claims 28.5%, followed by pork with 23%. Chicken features account for 15% of retail buying opportunities, while turkey sneaks in with 1.6%.

In the beef complex, steaks have nearly 48% of feature volume. Ground beef ads account for 30%. The steak complex averages $9.18 per pound, up $1.15 per pound from a year ago. All except for top round and bone-in rib are priced higher than a year ago.

The price of 80% lean ground beef averages slightly above a year ago at $3.32 per pound. Burgers are often favored as a cost-effective and easy way to feed large gatherings...

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May 26 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Chicken Production: Is Hatchability Beginning to Heal?

With 2022’s trade environment riddled with challenges ranging from price volatility to disease, buyers and sellers of chicken are going through the production stats with a fine-tooth comb in hopes of finding any sign of relief...

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May 23 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Beef Ads Lag Leading Up to Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday is just one weekend away and grocers are gearing up for the unofficial start to the summer grilling season.

This major retail occasion typically drives sales from the meat case, with items like burgers and hot dogs stealing the spotlight.

Beef features account for 28% of total protein ad volume this week, up slightly from the previous week. Pork and seafood are tied for second with 25%. Chicken claims 16%, even with the week prior. 

While beef holds the top spot in retail buying opportunities, market participants have reported lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

While beef holds the top spot in buying opportunities, market participants have noted lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

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May 19 8:20 AM, UB Newswires


Do Good Foods Launches Carbon-Reduced Chicken in Philadelphia

Today, a new climate-forward food company, Do Good Foods, has officially launched Do Good Chicken in grocers throughout Philadelphia. The company is on a mission to change the world with products that enable people to "Do Good" with everyday purchases. Its first introduction, Do Good Chicken, is a simple, tasty, good for plate and planet option that helps fight food waste and combat climate change.

Each year, about 40% of healthy grocery food gets tossed into landfills. According to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization...

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May 16 8:40 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Protein Demand and Rising Food Inflation

Fueled by rising food inflation, consumers nationwide continue to see higher prices for protein along with other goods, both at retail and foodservice. 

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.3% in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—down slightly from the month prior. However, the latest figure was still near a 40-year high and slightly above what some analysts had anticipated. 

The food index increased 0.9% last month, its seventeenth consecutive monthly increase. 

Five of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in April. The fruits and vegetable category was the only index that declined last month. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.4% in April, driven by a 10.3% increase in the egg index...

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May 12 8:07 AM, UB Newswires


McDonald's USA Helps Fans Unleash Their McNugget Persona with In-App Deal on April 27

There's no wrong way to enjoy Chicken McNuggets® – whether you use them as a delicious way to get to your fave dipping sauce, eat all the McNugget shapes in a specific order, or swear by your own menu hack (like dunking your McNuggets into a McFlurry®... IYKYK).

Some people may not understand the way you roll, but we do. Take the McNuggets Personality Quiz to find out if you're the Creative Type, Sauce Superfan, Shape Connoisseur or Sharer. Then, test out your...

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Apr 26 10:02 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Q2 Chicken Production Expectations Buck Protein Downtrend

The latest release of the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook Report is certainly eye-opening as ready-to-cook (RTC) production of most key proteins is projected to decline on a year-over-year (YoY) basis throughout Q2...

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Apr 25 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Chicken n' Biscuits by Cracker Barrel™ Enters the Chicken Sandwich Competition

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® has announced its original virtual brand Chicken n' Biscuits, known for serving up hearty portions of delicious chicken-forward meals and fresh biscuits, will now offer a new, exclusive Homestyle Chicken Sandwich at 400 locations nationwide via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. The new Homestyle Chicken Sandwich is built from the brand's quintessential chicken fried chicken – hand-breaded fried chicken with signature breading, perfectly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The sandwich is adorned with fresh pickles and...

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Apr 8 9:32 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Weighing Chicken Slaughter Expectations

The chicken industry is no stranger to upward-trending bird weights...

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Apr 8 7:54 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage: A Contra-Seasonal Tale

A quick glance at the latest Cold Storage Report highlights the contra-seasonal inventory movement of several key lines within the chicken complex...

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Mar 25 8:01 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Steak Features See Boost from Warmer Weather; Eyeing HPAI

Sunday marked the official start of spring. For retailers, that means grilling season is rapidly approaching, and with it—the opportunity for increased meat sales.

Steak features surged this week, accounting for 50.5 percent of total beef ads—up 16 percentage points from the week prior. Feature volume for roasts, meanwhile, has decreased, falling from 38.2 percent last week to 23.2 percent this week.

This week in retail, the steak complex averages $8.12 per pound, up 12.8 percent from a year ago. Boneless strip steaks are widely featured at grocery outlets across the nation and average $11.68 per pound, up 36 percent from a year ago. Top sirloin steaks are up 3.3 percent YoY at $5.64 per pound while bottom round steaks clock in at $5.54 per pound, up a whopping 68.4 percent from this week last year...

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Mar 24 8:27 AM, UB Newswires


Panera Announces New Chef's Chicken Sandwiches

Today, Panera is announcing new Chef's Chicken Sandwiches, available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide on March 30. The addition to the menu will feature two new seared, chef-crafted chicken sandwiches elevating even the highest of chicken sandwich expectations with each bite. To satisfy every craving, Panera is unveiling two takes on the Chef's Chicken Sandwich: the "Signature Take" and the "Spicy Take." Both handcrafted masterpieces will be available starting at $10.99;* and Panera is confident the combination of its chefs' sandwich expertise along with high quality, Clean ingredients** is worth it, and...

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Mar 22 8:32 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Cumulative Chicken Slaughter Walks Along Well-Worn Path, With Some Caveats

With Q1 all but in the rearview mirror, and in light of the recent volatility surrounding much of the chicken complex, we thought it would be a timely opportunity to assess how the year-to-date (YTD) slaughter figures are stacking up so far...

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Mar 18 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


New Study Highlights Benefits of the Partnership Between Contract Farmers and Chicken Companies

The National Chicken Council today released a study that presents the results of a recent broiler industry survey designed to capture key live chicken production statistics. In addition, the study summarizes several key trends in broiler production efficiency, returns and loan quality data.

“Raising chickens under contract is one of the best and most reliable sources of cash flow that helps keep families on the farm,” noted agriculture economist and the study’s author, Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC. “The business partnerships between chicken farmers and chicken companies are mutually beneficial, viable and profitable. The real winner is the American consumer, though, who benefits from the healthiest and most affordable protein in the meat case.”

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Mar 16 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports Keep in Line with Seasonal Trend

Although the newly released chicken export figures for January were a mixed bag, trade volume generally followed along a familiar, albeit enhanced, seasonal path...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Chipotle Launches Pollo Asado in the U.S. and Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its all new Pollo Asado is available at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. Pollo Asado is grilled fresh in Chipotle's kitchens using classic cooking techniques to build bright, craveable flavor. The protein is available at participating locations and via the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.

An Entirely New Chicken Experience

Chipotle's first chicken menu innovation in its 29-year history, Pollo Asado's elevated flavor profile offers a new take on your go-to order. Grilled fresh and...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: The “Why” Behind WOG Values

For anybody keeping tabs on the chicken market recently, they know that trade experiences and sentiment have been diverse and, at times, contentious...

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Mar 4 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Hatch Anchors Production Potential

With nine of the past twelve months year-over-year (YoY) pullet placement advancements in the books, chicken market participants are turning to the charts and wondering why headcount figures continue to reside below 2021...

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Mar 3 8:02 AM, Urner Barry


Smashburger® Launches New Nationwide Menu with the Addition of Two Chicken Tender Offerings

Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, announces the launch of its brand new menu, launching nationwide today. The new revamped menu will feature two brand new menu items: Adult Chicken Tenders and Scorchin' Hot Chicken Tenders. Inspired by successful menu testing at select locations and the popularity of the 2021 Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the new chicken offerings will be available in 3-piece and 5-piece quantities and are made of crispy, all white meat chicken, with your choice of sauce...

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Mar 3 8:00 AM, General News


Zaxby's Launches New Signature Club Sandwich

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is adding the new Signature Club Sandwich to its lineup of award-winning sandwiches. Zaxby's version of the Signature Club Sandwich features the brand's Signature Sandwich adding two slices of bacon and American Cheese with a choice of Zax sauce or Spicy Zax sauce. The sandwich is served as a meal with crinkle fries and a drink and will replace the Zaxby's Club that is currently on the menu. Prices may vary by location.

"With the launch of..."

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Mar 1 9:24 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Farewell February; What's Next?

Wrapping up the final full week of February, wintry weather is in full force as back-to-back storms rip through the Eastern two-thirds of the country. Amidst the havoc, retailers are eagerly looking towards spring demand, which is boosted by seasonal influences including more favorable grilling conditions and holidays like Easter.

Retail protein sales are typically sluggish in February, leaving much to be desired among grocers. However, consumer retail demand for meat has remained strong so far this year despite a normal seasonal lull and higher prices for most items. In the near term, grocers will begin to shift their retail features from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin a 40-day period of fasting and reduced meat consumption starting on March 2nd.

The seafood complex accounts for 27% of total protein features this week. Beef makes up 26.5% of feature volume, while pork closes in on 21%. Chicken claims almost 13% of ad space, followed by eggs...

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Feb 24 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Church's Chicken® Brings Back Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp For a Limited Time

Church's Chicken® is taking customers to the Great State of Flavor™ by bringing back two fan favorites and introducing a new and sweet soon-to-be favorite. The Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp, which made its debut in 2021, is returning for a second year along with the Strawberry Blast drink option. To accompany the limited-time meal, Church's is also introducing a brand-new Banana Pudding dessert topped with classic Nilla® Wafer cookies.

The Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp...

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Feb 18 8:46 AM, General News


Zaxby's offers 'Get One, Give One' Boneless Wings Meal on Random Acts of Kindness Day

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day with a special 'Get One, Give One' online-only deal all day long on Feb. 17, while supplies last. Zaxby's Boneless Wings Meal features five, tender, tasty boneless wings tossed in new Buffalo Garlic Blaze or another one of nine different sauces and is served with Texas Toast, crinkle fries and Ranch sauce.

"We wanted to serve up some kindness for our..."

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Feb 16 1:05 PM, General News







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