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Executive Conference: Egg Panel Examines Consumption, Promotions, and Exports

People are still talking about Urner Barry’s 2019 Executive Conference—the venue, (the food!), the networking, amazing speakers, and exclusive market intel. 

The final sessions on Tuesday featured Urner Barry’s Market Reporters in the highly anticipated panel discussions. These breakout sessions are exclusively designed to deliver pertinent market analysis to industry attendees. This year’s Egg Panel included Brian Moscogiuri, Randy Pesciotta, and European Egg Market Reporter Ben Leveau. The team also introduced UB’s newest Egg Market Reporter, Karyn Rispoli, to the crowd. Here are just a few highlights from the session: 

“Right now, we’re seeing the highest per capita consumption levels in recent history,” Brian Moscogiuri said. “That’s 200 eggs in a shell per person, per year!” 

In 2015, the egg industry saw...

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May 3 11:32 AM, Urner Barry



UB Executive Conference: Meat and Poultry Panel Captivates with Complex Analysis and Insight

Day two of the 2019 Executive Conference was filled with premium analysis and top insights, and it all led up to the highly anticipated Reporter Panel discussions. This year, the congruent breakout sessions featured a Poultry and Red Meat panel, with Urner Barry Market Reporters Gary Morrison, Dylan Hughes, Russell Barton, and Evan Addis. Here are a just few highlights from the session:

Examining a few macro-economic factors, Gary Morrison kicked off the conversation noting that the stock market is in its longest bull run in history. There is record low unemployment. Consumer confidence is up, and wages are rising. And it’s protein that tends to benefit from more spending—as consumer spending buoys consumption.

“Right now, we’re seeing all-time... 

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May 2 12:16 PM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: Deli is Driving Force Behind Grocery Perimeter Growth For Good Reasons

Sarah Schmansky is Vice President of Nielsen’s Fresh and H&W Growth and Strategy Teams, and a much-anticipated presenter at this year’s Executive Conference. The focus of her presentation was centered around the evolution of retail foodservice, with deli being a major component of that.

Nielsen data shows that in-store growth is coming from the perimeter of the store. Schmansky says “Deli is driving that growth.” And for good reason. Consumers are increasingly valuing their time and their health and wellness, and the deli foodservice component often checks both of those boxes.

Additionally, healthy growth is seen at the meat case and elsewhere in the perimeter. Deli is main driver of total fresh department growth. Deli foodservice, specifically, holds the dominant share...

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May 1 8:56 AM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: Steve Sands Says the Call for Transparency is Real

The second half of the day kicked off after lunch on Tuesday with Steve Sands Vice President of Protein, Performance Foodservice. His presentation on differentiating products through branding and transparency illustrated the topic from a relevant and applicable standpoint as it relates to the value chain.

Sands asserted that restaurants today need a story. Today’s consumer is asking: “Do you have my back?”

“But if you’re going to tell a story, you better make sure that story is real. Because food fraud is at an all-time high,” Sands noted.

Many companies are only pursuing transparency after getting burned. But this trend is not going away and it’s better to be proactive.

In fact, the call for transparency is so real that...

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Apr 30 5:02 PM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: Alyssa Rebensdorf Reveals the Regulatory Implications of Meat Alternatives

It’s the elephant in the room—plant and cell-based meat alternatives. Everyone is talking about it and many are unsure what to do about it. Attendees at the 2019 Executive Conference heard from Alyssa Rebensdorf, Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, on what some of the regulatory implications of this growing trend look like.

To put it in perspective, yearly growth of plant-based meats went from 6 percent in 2017 to 24 percent in 2018. During the same time, animal meat saw a 2 percent growth rate, according to Nielsen. However, meat sales total $89.4 billion while plant-based alternatives accounted for...

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Apr 30 2:52 PM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: Dr. David Kohl Engages on Economics and Trends to Monitor

Day two of the 2019 Executive Conference is here. Attendees can’t stop raving about last night’s posh cocktail reception at Hyde nightclub at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. With spectacular views of the Strip overlooking the pristine Bellagio fountains, attendees enjoyed premium cocktails and an impressive display of food while networking with fellow industry executives. And now, today’s agenda is packed with exclusive content and insight from a hard-hitting lineup of speakers.

After a filling breakfast this morning, the day kicked off with our first speaker, Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Kohl had the undivided attention of the audience as he brought us all back to our college days with his engaging lecture on the economic situation and what it means for agribusinesses now and in the future. Complex in nature, Dr. Kohl managed to...

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Apr 30 1:38 PM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: Keynote Rob Lynch of Arby’s Says “Persevere with Pride”

“We Have the Meats” is the #1 recognized tagline in QSR today—and Rob Lynch is the man behind that marketing strategy.

Rob Lynch is President at Arby’s and this year’s keynote speaker at Urner Barry’s Executive Conference.

When Rob first joined the company, Arby’s wasn’t the force it is today. But then CEO of Arby’s Paul Brown told him in their initial meeting, “Were going to change the entire company, or die trying.”

It’s safe to say, they succeeded. The company has seen incredible growth in just the last five years, making countless headlines and unforgettable impressions while...

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Apr 29 3:43 PM, Urner Barry


Urner Barry Honors Industry Members with Historic Awards at Executive Conference

Urner Barry’s 43rd annual Executive Conference is underway in Las Vegas this week.

The conference kicked off Sunday with the welcome reception, where attendees were able to network and take in the grandeur of the Bellagio Resort. Monday morning’s opening ceremony set the tone for a day of business insight and inspiration as attendees anxiously awaited the hard-hitting lineup of speakers.

But first—a tradition that dates back decades, celebrating notable men and women for outstanding work in the poultry and egg industries: The annual Person of the Year Awards...

 

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Apr 29 1:44 PM, Urner Barry


UB Executive Conference: “All the Rules Have Changed—and We Have to Change with Them”

Urner Barry’s Executive Conference is well under way at the Bellagio in Las Vegas with Michael Sansolo kicking things off as the first speaker with a riveting and, often, hilarious speech on the changing dynamics of retail food marketing.

Michael Sansolo is a speaker, author and consultant, specializing in the retail food sector. His presentation on “Surviving the Brave New World of Business” stimulated and inspired attendees to think differently about the topic of staying relevant in a changing world.

Pointing out that there has never been more information circulating in the modern age of communication, Sansolo told the audience, “Unless we’re talking, we’re invisible...

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Apr 29 1:39 PM, Urner Barry


Trump Appoints Former Executive Conference Keynote to Federal Reserve 

On March 22nd, President Trump appointed Stephen Moore to one of the two open seats on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Moore is a longstanding member of the economic community and has served on the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, as well as contributing on economic policy to Fox News and CNNMoore is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

Another place that Urner Barry clients might recognize Moore from is our Executive Conference. Moore has been a keynote speaker at the Conference twice, once in 2012 and again in 2016. He spoke on the political and economic landscape at the time to a host of attendees from the meat and poultry industry. Now he’s been nominated to one of the most...

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Apr 5 8:28 AM, Urner Barry


Urner Barry Announces Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Executive Conference in Las Vegas

Urner Barry’s 2019 Executive Conference is just around the corner, and we are so excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be (drumroll please…) Arby’s President Rob Lynch!

That’s right. Rob Lynch, along with a host of top speakers and strategists, will be headlining this must-attend event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, April 28-30th.  

Rob Lynch serves as President of Arby’s, part of Inspire Brands. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide.

Inspire Brands closed out 2018 with the $2.3 billion acquisition of Sonic Corp, making it the fifth largest restaurant company in the U.S...

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Jan 10 9:01 AM, Urner Barry




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