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This Week in Retail: A Look at Easter Features; CPI Data Released

This week in retail, the discussion is heavily centered on the economy, rising inflation with the latest CPI growth, and the bird flu outbreak in the U.S. Meanwhile, Easter week has arrived and grocers are looking to capture additional spending on the holiday.

USDA estimates that nearly 24 million poultry birds have died from high-path avian influenza since the virus strain was identified in February. The virus has since spread in wild birds to 32 states.

Another outbreak was confirmed Tuesday afternoon in a flock of roughly 2 million commercial layers in Nebraska, lifting the total number of commercial laying hens affected by HPAI to about 20 million head. 

Urner Barry's Midwest large benchmark quotation is currently at $2.84/dozen, down from $3.01/dozen the week prior but a staggering 176% above a year ago. At retail, large eggs on feature for the holiday week are highlighted at nearly $3/dozen while X-large averages $2.86/dozen...

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Apr 14 8:03 AM, UB Newswires



The Fresh Market Offers Guests An Array of Options to Celebrate Easter

The arrival of spring brings a fresh perspective and a renewed zest for life and all its joyous possibilities. Among those joys: gathering family together for Easter. The Fresh Market, Inc. offers ways to make sure this year's celebration is remembered as much for the happiness it brings as for how deliciously easy it is to pull off—saving time and money. America's Easter Destination is offering several options to make the holiday easier for guests at an incredible value:

Ready-to-serve holiday meals, including...

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Apr 8 1:14 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Bird Flu and The Easter Outlook

Easter promotions are in full motion and households are gathering staples including eggs, ham, and lamb for the upcoming holiday.

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, consumers plan to spend an average of $169.79 this year on Easter-related items, with food accounting for the largest spending category. The collective spending on the holiday is forecast at $20.8 billion, down slightly from $21.6 billion last year.

With HPAI spreading throughout the country, consumers are beginning to see higher prices for shell eggs. Roughly 13 million layers have been impacted by the current outbreak—the country’s worst since 2014-2015—while over two million commercial turkeys have fallen prey to the virus...

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Apr 7 8:25 AM, UB Newswires


The Best Ham to Order for Your Holiday Dinner

Easter is coming (and before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas). Find out what the best ham options are to serve up on your table, according to a blind taste test.

Best Thick Cut Ham

Hormel® Cure 81® Bone-In Half Ham
Many spiral-cut hams have super thin slices that are great for piling high on sandwiches. For a holiday entrée, though, you may want a more substantial slice like with a Hormel® Cure 81® Bone-In Ham.

According to Catherine Ward...

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Apr 5 9:12 AM, General News


Win Big and ‘Fill Your Basket’ this Easter At Save A Lot with a Year’s Supply of Groceries

Save A Lot, one of the largest discount grocery chains in the United States, celebrates Easter with a national sweepstakes* in which one lucky winner will hop home with a year’s supply of groceries (valued at more than $5,000). Now through Easter Sunday (April 17), anyone can enter the sweepstakes by visiting SaveALot.com/baskets and signing up for Save A Lot’s email club, which provides access to exclusive deals and offers. The winner will be announced following the close of the...

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Apr 4 9:13 AM, General News


More Consumers Hunting for Bargains this Easter

Consumers plan to spend an average $169.79 this year on Easter-related items, according to results of the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total of 80 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday and spend a collective $20.8 billion, down slightly from last year's forecast of $21.6 billion.

“Consumers are eager to return to their pre-pandemic holiday traditions, particularly as it relates to purchasing food and gifts for in-person celebrations this Easter,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay...

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Mar 29 8:00 AM, General News


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Brings Care to the Table with Easter Heat n' Serve Meals

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is helping families 'take care anywhere' this spring with the return of its Easter Heat n' Serve meals, designed to make any gathering hassle-free. Back by popular demand, this year's Easter Heat n' Serve line-up is anchored by a delectable Prime Rib Family Dinner – the ideal option for making your celebration feel special at a value price guests can appreciate. Plus, gifting for Easter baskets or everyday moments has never been easier with Cracker...

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Mar 25 1:24 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Showcasing Brisket Features for St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and grocers are lining their shelves with Irish staples including corned beef brisket, Irish soda bread, and beer.

The National Retail Federation reports that over half of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year, providing a boost for retail sales as consumers stock up on green apparel, food, and beverages. The NRF's survey found that 34% of celebrants will make a special dinner while 19% plan on attending a party at a bar or restaurant.

Roast feature activity accounts for 45% of all beef ads this week. Of that, briskets claim 42% of total roast features. Features for corned beef brisket this week range from $4.28 per pound to $5.93 per pound, depending on the store and region. Brisket feature prices currently average $4.49 per pound, up 22% from a year ago...

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Mar 17 8:45 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Grocers Spring Forward; Latest CPI Data

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 7.9% in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—the largest 12-month increase since 1982. The data was in line with analysts' expectations, heightening inflation fears in the markets.

The food index was up 1% as food at home gained 1.4% over the month. Both were the largest monthly increases since April 2020, according to the BLS. 

All six major grocery store food group indexes increased in February. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.2%. 

The index for food at home has risen 8.6% in the last 12 months, the largest annual increase since April 1981. The index for food away from home increased 6.8%, the largest 12-month increase in over four decades. 

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, market participants are closely eyeing the risks associated with worsening inflation. The ripple effects of the Russia-Ukraine war could raise consumer prices even further as grocers prepare for the transition to Spring, which is less than two weeks away...

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Mar 10 9:41 AM, UB Newswires







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