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ANALYSIS: WOG Values Take Seasonal Flight

A diverse and often volatile market environment has been glaringly apparent in the chicken market recently...

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Mar 24 7:46 AM, Urner Barry



Urner Barry's Market Briefing Highlights Latest Action Across Protein Markets

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.

Click HERE to view the latest report. 

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Mar 17 7:56 AM, Urner Barry


As Warmer Weather Returns, Noodles & Company Brings Back its Fan-Favorite Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad

Noodles & Company, (NASDAQ: NDLS) the national fast-casual brand known for serving globally-inspired dishes made fresh to order, announced today the return of its Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad, a crisp and craveable dish that is now available on the Noodles menu across all 460+ restaurants nationwide. The Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad is Noodles' take on a popular summer salad, packed with fresh, high quality ingredients. This new salad is made from a delicious blend of...

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Mar 15 11:20 AM, General News


The Retail Rundown: Key Findings From the 18th Annual Power of Meat Study

The 2023 Power of Meat Study was presented this week at the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, Texas by 210 Analytics’ Anne-Marie Roerink. 

For this week’s retail rundown, we highlight the compelling findings from this annual report, which identified key trends from a retail meat perspective. 

Despite upward pricing pressure due to inflation, the study found that meat purchases are surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Meat had a 98% household penetration last year, making it the largest player within the fresh departments. Overall meat sales in 2022...

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Mar 8 7:46 AM, UB Newswires


Tyson Brand Introduces Chicken Sandwiches and Sliders

Tyson brand knows that when a craving hits, you need to satisfy it instantly. That's why the chicken leader is bringing Instant Craveification to consumers everywhere. The new Tyson Chicken Breast Sandwiches and Sliders are available in Original and Spicy. The flavorful, restaurant-quality sandwich is ready in minutes, made with breaded, all-natural* white meat chicken and an artisan bun. The new product is available in the frozen snacks section at retailers nationwide.

"It's now easier than ever for people to get the chicken sandwich they crave without leaving home...

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Mar 7 9:28 AM, General News


GH Foods NW Recalls Salad with Chicken Products Due to Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens

GH Foods NW, LLC, a Clackamas, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 106 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The ready-to-eat lemon chicken & arugula salad products were produced February 28, 2023. The products are labeled with the correct top label but an incorrect bottom label. The incorrect bottom label...

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Mar 6 8:20 AM, General News


Farmer Focus to Expand Processing Capabilities with a $3.6 Million Grant from USDA

Farmer Focus, the only 100% USDA organic and Humane Certified® chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $3.6 million grant issued as part of the second round of the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). The grant will support a $17.8 million expansion of Farmer Focus’ existing organic chicken processing facility (“Liberty”) in Harrisonburg, VA. By almost doubling processing capacity over the next two years...

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Feb 23 7:47 AM, General News


Price Spread Between Conventional and NAE Chicken on the Rise

Urner Barry initiates new market coverage of No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken as category grows.

February 21, 2023, Toms River, NJ – Urner Barry, the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry, is pleased to announce a new wholesale market quotation series for No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken.

As consumer trends shift and demand for sustainable and antibiotic-free protein grew, the chicken industry began to offer more options for buyers in that arena. Both large and small companies operating in the retail and foodservice sectors have made public statements with regard to exclusively sourcing NAE chicken. A growing segment of the market, NAE chicken is now traded in notable volume across the U.S...

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Feb 21 9:06 AM, Urner Barry


Foster Farms’ Request for Emergency Rail Service Denied by STB

Poultry producer Foster Farms’ second request for an emergency service order that would have directed Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) to deliver shipments of corn to its facility was denied as moot by the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

However, UP must file weekly status reports with the STB until May 15 because the STB said it “remains sensitive to Foster Farms’ ongoing concerns.”

The STB also noted that submissions from both Foster Farms and UP “suggest that the general service issues Foster Farms is experiencing are recurrent...

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Feb 17 9:11 AM, General News


Whitson’s Food Service (Bronx) Corp. Recalls Frozen, Ready-To-Cook Chicken Alfredo

Whitson’s Food Service (Bronx) Corp., an Islandia, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,713 pounds of frozen, ready-to-cook chicken alfredo with broccoli and penne pasta meals due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen, ready-to-cook chicken alfredo with broccoli and penne pasta meals were produced on January 25, 2023, and January 31, 2023. The following products are...

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Feb 17 8:27 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: How has Cheap Chicken Impacted the Bacon Business?

Chicken may currently be a primary influence on belly and bacon prices; when is the last time you heard that? Well, that is precisely what’s happening in early 2023. Pork belly prices have experienced their weakest start to the year in our recorded history, with Urner Barry data extending back to 1996. Meanwhile, medium sized chicken breasts are down 44.5% over the past 7 months...

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Feb 10 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


National Chicken Council Calls on FDA to Take Measures to Alleviate Egg Prices

The current outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI or “bird flu”) in the United States and resulting egg price increases have caused the chicken industry to closely examine a policy that forces the broiler industry (broilers are chickens raised for meat) to destroy perfectly nutritious and safe eggs. The National Chicken Council today petitioned FDA to reverse or modify this policy.

“In light of the pressure the current HPAI outbreak is putting on the nation’s egg supply, FDA should...

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Feb 10 7:16 AM, General News


Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2022 Results

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC), one of the world's largest poultry producers, reports its fourth quarter and year-end 2022 financial results.

2022 Highlights

- Net Sales of $17.5 billion, up 18.2% from prior year.
- Consolidated GAAP Operating Income margin of 6.7% with GAAP operating income margins of 10.2% in U.S., 4.5% in Mexico, and break-even in Europe.- Adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 billion, or an 9.4% margin, 27.9% higher than prior year.
- Sales and Adjusted EBITDA growth despite historically high market volatility and significant inflationary headwinds throughout...

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Feb 9 10:24 AM, General News


USPOULTRY Presidential Search Committee Formed

A search committee has been formed to start the process of finding a replacement for John Starkey, retiring president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The search committee consists of the USPOULTRY Executive Committee, which includes Jarod Morrison, chief financial officer for Farbest Foods and USPOULTRY chairman; Mikell Fries, president for Claxton Poultry Farms and USPOULTRY vice chairman; Jonathan Cade, president for Hy-Line International and USPOULTRY treasurer; and Bill Griffith, chief operations officer for Peco Foods and USPOULTRY secretary. Mike Levengood, vice president, Chief Animal Care Officer...

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Feb 9 7:26 AM, General News


Fresh Ideation Food Group Recalls Hundreds of Sandwiches, Snacks Due to Listeria Contamination

Baltimore, Maryland-based Fresh Ideation Food Group has recalled over 400 sandwiches, snacks and other food products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, per a February 3 notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The impacted products were distributed in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The sandwiches and other products were sold in retail locations, vending machines, and during travel with transportation providers, per the FDA...

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Feb 7 7:33 AM, General News


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Frozen Chicken Korma with Basmati Turmeric Rice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for frozen chicken products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains cashews, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers with allergies to cashews are aware that these products should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase...

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Feb 6 8:11 AM, General News


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for RTE Stuffed Chicken Product that May Be Undercooked

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) stuffed chicken product because the product may not be fully cooked due to underprocessing. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for consumers to purchase.

The RTE broccoli stuffed chicken breast product was produced by Vanguard Culinary Group...

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Feb 6 8:08 AM, General News


Chicken Wing Consumption to Break Records on Super Bowl Sunday Thanks to Favorable Prices

Americans are expected to eat a record-smashing 1.45 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl LVII weekend, according to the National Chicken Council (NCC)’s annual Chicken Wing Report.

The 1.45 billion mark represents a two percent jump from last year or 84 million additional wings.

NCC spokesperson Tom Super cited more favorable wing prices when compared to last year and people getting back to normal routines and heading to parties or restaurants and bars for the jump in wing consumption...

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Feb 2 8:09 AM, General News


Eat Like a Champion with Applebee’s on Game Day

Calling all football and wings fans - for one day only, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar is offering free Boneless Wings with any purchase over $40 when ordered on Applebees.com or the Applebee’s mobile app. Get something the whole team will love by ordering for pick up or delivery.

To celebrate this victory of a deal, on Sunday, Feb. 12, guests must order online by going to Applebees.com or the Applebee’s mobile app to place a To Go or Delivery order. Use the promo code BIGGAME23 at checkout...

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Feb 1 10:30 AM, General News


Free Wings from Frank's RedHot Before & During the Big Game

Frank's RedHot®, the #1 hot sauce in the world*, and local commerce platform DoorDash have teamed up to help fans get ready for the Big Game with free** wings from TGI Friday's nationwide. Because there's no need to wait for kickoff to enjoy the famous flavor of Frank's RedHot, fans can receive a free 12-count order of traditional or boneless wings on orders of $15+ from TGI Friday's on DoorDash. The promotion runs from Thursday, February 9 to Sunday, February 12, while supplies last...

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Feb 1 10:28 AM, General News


Super Bowl Sneak Peak: What Are Protein Wholesale Markets Doing?

With less than two weeks to go, fans across the country are gearing up for Super Bowl LVII: Chiefs vs Eagles. Philly center Jason Kelce and Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce will be the first brothers to play each other in the Super Bowl, adding to the palpable excitement ahead of the big game. 

From friendly sibling rivalry to maybe not-so-friendly opposition between the two fanbases, contrasts can be drawn between the teams and their hometowns. Which city has the best specialties when it comes to food? Do cheesesteaks, a quintessential Philly staple, overtake Kansas City’s delectable slowly smoked barbeque, or is it the other way around? 

While there is no clear answer, wholesalers and retailers alike are cheering for protein lovers from all persuasions. The Super Bowl... 

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Feb 1 6:45 AM, UB Newswires


Ovation Foods New Chicken Strips: Whole Food Snacks for Whole Body Health

Today, OVATION FOODS introduces CHICKEN STRIPS, to its revolutionary new line of nutrient-dense meat snacks containing one whole egg – a unique whole food breakthrough that is certain to reinvent the healthy snack food category.

Unlike any other meat snacks or portable snacks on the market, Ovation Foods® uniquely delivers dense-nutrition via the inclusion of one whole egg in each 1.6oz serving. Delicious and hearty CHICKEN STRIPS provide 22g of Protein, 0g Sugar, and 175mg of Choline, plus over 35 naturally occurring nutrients supporting whole body...

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Jan 31 9:37 AM, General News


2023 Poultry Global Outlook, Consumer Trends Highlighted at IPPE Poultry Market Intelligence Forum

“There have been many changes in the last couple of years in the poultry industry, like avian influenza and the war in Ukraine, which has had great impact,” said Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior global specialist animal protein with Rabobank, during his “Global Poultry Market Outlook 2023” presentation. He spoke at the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum, sponsored by USPOULTRY, and held at the 2023 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

Mulder noted that for the general market outlook for 2023, the focus will shift to the operational side...

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Jan 27 10:19 AM, General News


MOD Pizza Tests Oven-Baked Wings in Dallas and Salt Lake City; Looks to Deepen Menu Innovation

MOD Super-Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”) the people-first, purpose-led fast casual pizza brand, today announced the addition of oven-baked wings to the menu at 28 locations in Dallas and Salt Lake City. The new craveable and shareable wings are hand-tossed in sauces and oven-baked, offering customers over 35 sweet, spicy and savory flavor combinations. Served in six- or 12-piece portions, MOD’s new wings offer five signature recipes and seven dipping sauces...

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Jan 27 7:42 AM, General News


PERDUE Debuts Two New Product Lines: Flavor-Infused Chicken & Chicken Plus Snackers

PERDUE® today announced the launch of two new meal and snacking lines in its portfolio, PERDUE® Flavor-Infused Chicken and PERDUE® Chicken Plus Snackers. Both product lines were developed as part of Perdue’s continued focus on providing innovative, flavorful products that give consumers simple, high-quality, better-for-you options for meals and snacking occasions.

PERDUE® Flavor-Infused Chicken is delicious, versatile, and easily combined with other ingredients like pasta or rice and veggies to make a tasty dish in minutes with authentic...

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Jan 20 8:32 AM, General News


Tyson Nuggets of Love Chicken Nuggets are Back by Popular Demand with Expanded Retail Distribution

Tyson® Nuggets of Love™—the brand’s limited-edition release of heart-shaped chicken nuggets—are back by popular demand. This year, Tyson Foods has expanded distribution nationwide just in time for Valentine’s Day. These nuggets have gained popularity as a heartfelt way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with sweethearts, friends, and family by offering the same great taste fans know and love with a festive heart shape.

A recent survey1 found 84% of Americans say heart-shaped foods are a fun way to show...

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Jan 19 7:35 AM, General News


The Retail Rundown: Seafood Feature Volume Increases

Seafood feature volume increased to the top spot across the protein complex this week. Seafood ads account for nearly 30% of total protein ads, while beef is a close second with 29%. Pork features claim about 23%, while chicken makes up 17%. With the holiday baking season behind us, egg features accounted for less than one percent of total retail buying opportunities.   

In the seafood complex, fresh finfish was the top seller last week with $28.3 million in total sales, or about 32% of the total seafood sales value. A deeper dive into the finfish category shows fresh salmon as the leading species among shoppers. Salmon retailed at an average of $11.24 non-discounted, versus $10.37 discounted.

Fresh cod purchases ranked second with about $19.2 million in sales for the week ended January 8. In the frozen aisle, shrimp retailed at $9.23 non-discounted, 14.5% higher than its discounted average price. Convenient prepared options including frozen seafood cakes made a splash with $560,320 in total sales, according to Information Resources, Inc (IRI) data...

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Jan 19 7:30 AM, UB Newswires


NCC Calls for Withdrawal of Inclusive Competition Rule

In comments submitted today, the National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed deep concern about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service Proposed Rule, titled “Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act.”

“We are deeply concerned that the Proposed Rule would impose substantial costs, expose live poultry dealers to significant legal and compliance risks, and undermine the successful and mutually profitable poultry grower contracting system,” said NCC President Mike Brown. “The last thing AMS should be doing is pushing increased regulations, red tape...

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Jan 19 7:20 AM, General News


Farmer Focus Expands its Award-Winning Pre-Seasoned, Organic Chicken Line with Three New Flavors

Today, Farmer Focus, the only 100% USDA organic and Humane Certified® chicken company with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms, announced the expansion of its pre-seasoned chicken line to include three new SKUs: Honey Jalapeño Chicken Party Wings; Black Garlic and Ginger Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs; and Caribbean Jerk Seasoned ​​Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast. Just in time for the Big Game, these new flavors join Farmer Focus's existing award-winning pre-seasoned gluten-free line, which...

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Jan 18 7:25 AM, General News


Meat and Poultry Processing Equipment Market to Reach $30.5 Bn by 2032

The meat and poultry processing equipment market valuation is projected to cross USD 30.5 billion by 2032, as reported in a research study by Global Market Insights Inc.

Expansion of multinational restaurant and hotel chains, especially in Europe as a chief driver of the market growth. For instance, the expansion of multinational fast-food chains such as McDonald’s has increased the demand for meat & poultry products due to the rising demand for chicken and beef around the world. Furthermore, growing investment by the government to improve the quality and working environment in food processing industries has been another major driver for industry size.

With respect to meat, the meat and poultry processing equipment market ...

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Jan 17 8:58 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: A Deep Dive Into Chicken Wings at Retail

With the “kickoff” of NFL playoffs at our doorstep, football fans and chicken market participants are keeping their eyes trained on the wing complex...

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Jan 16 8:02 AM, Urner Barry


NCC Releases its Most Comprehensive Guidelines to Date for Well-Being of Broiler Chickens

Consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives. The people and companies involved in raising chickens for food share the public’s concern.

To assist chicken producers and processors in this effort, the National Chicken Council (NCC) in 1999 developed the NCC Broiler Welfare Guidelines and Audit Checklist which have been widely adopted by chicken farmers and processors to ensure all chickens are being properly cared for and treated humanely...

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Jan 11 7:35 AM, General News


Biden Administration Invests in Projects to Promote Competition and Strengthen Meat Supply Chain

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Biden-Harris Administration is investing $9.6 million across the country and taking several other steps to help farmers, ranchers, processors and rural businesses diversify the nation’s meat supply.

“USDA is putting the needs of farmers, ranchers and consumers at the forefront of the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to strengthen the resiliency of America’s food supply chain while promoting competition,” Vilsack said.  “USDA has undertaken a Department-wide approach to...

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Jan 6 8:06 AM, General News


NC is a Leading Pork and Poultry Producer. Now, a Company Wants to Grow Chicken in a Lab.

Growing chickens and hogs is big business in North Carolina.

Now, a company that grows its meat in a lab instead of in barns is looking to Eastern North Carolina for the location of its first commercial-scale facility.

Believer Meats is investing more than $123 million to build a manufacturing facility in Wilson Corporate Park. When complete, the Wilson facility will employ about 100 people, with Believer targeting the production of about 22 million pounds of meat a year...

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Dec 27 9:28 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: The Christmas Countdown

Jingle bells—or should we say alarm bells—are ringing now that just two short weekends are left to shop for Christmas. 

In the lead-up to the big day, grocers are focused on holiday spending as consumers prepare to celebrate the season with food and drinks. This sparks interest in the protein case and traditional favorites for the Christmas dinner table, including hams and rib roasts. 

This week in retail, pork leads the charge in retail buying opportunities with 30 percent of total protein ad space. Seafood follows with 24.2 percent, while beef comes in with 22.3 percent. Chicken accounts for 15.5 percent, up slightly from the week prior.

Upon closer inspection, bacon features make up a large chunk of category ads within the pork complex. Brand-label bacon currently averages $6.43 per pound, up 19 cents a year ago and at a near seasonal all-time high. Shoppers can find holiday hams at a more palatable price point of $1.96 per pound on average, below $2.23 last year. Pork roasts are situated above 2021 levels at an average of $2.98 per pound but are competitively priced against many beef and chicken items...

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Dec 8 8:10 AM, UB Newswires


Flame Broiler Launches Charbroiled Wings to Get Some Skin in the Wing Game

Flame Broiler, well-known for serving simple and delicious Korean-inspired rice bowls, is spicing up their menu with a healthy and Korean BBQ take on chicken wings with a signature charbroiled flavor. The Charbroiled Wings are flying in for a limited time and are now available to devour at participating Flame Broiler locations across the nation. Flame Broiler fans can excite their taste buds with these delectable wings, crisped to perfection.

The bone-in, no antibiotics ever (NAE) chicken Charbroiled Wings are made with zero oil...

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Dec 7 1:00 PM, General News


Wingstop Debuts New Flavor That Tastes as Good as Gold

Wingstop stepped up its flavor game today, this time with its new limited-time flavor Carolina Gold BBQ that's said to taste as good as gold. Inspired by the southern BBQ traditions of the Carolinas, Wingstop applied its flavor expertise to concoct a bold, distinct spin on a familiar classic, available today in restaurants nationwide while supplies last.

Barbecue is popular from coast to coast, but each region has its distinct traditions, techniques and ingredients that make their sauces unique. Traditional Carolina Gold barbecue sauce is exactly that, with roots...

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Dec 7 9:39 AM, General News


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







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