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This Week in Retail: Prepare for Pre-Season Protein Demand

We’re halfway through August, but protein demand doesn’t expire with the summer season. In fact, consumers may even be stepping up their purchases at the meat case as the NFL preseason is officially underway! And the regular season is just around the corner.

It’s been six long months since fans were treated to their favorite teams facing off on the gridiron. Now, everyone is getting in on the action. Retailers across the board are running promotions to capitalize on the return of football frenzied spending.

Grocers are changing up end caps from summer smore displays to game day essentials. Grilling ads are shifting from summer barbecues in the backyard to...

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Aug 19 8:11 AM, UB Newswires



This Week in Retail: Enter the Dog Days

Goodbye July—hello August. The dog days of summer are here as we enter the lazy hazy final crazy days of the season.  

August is often referred to as the “Sunday of summer” and that perspective could bode well for retail sales as consumers seek to soak up the last few weeks of sunshine and outdoor activity before the school year resumes and the weather begins to transition again.

Beef is killing the retail game in recent weeks, taking the top weekly spot for protein feature volume during the entire month of July. Currently, beef ads account for 27 percent of circular real estate, beating out second placed seafood at 23 percent. Steak features make up about half...

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Aug 5 8:14 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Looking Ahead to Father’s Day Spending

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 16th, and retailers are prepping for the second big grilling holiday of the summer.

According to the National Retail Federation, Father’s Day spending in 2019 is expected to reach an all-time high of $16 billion. That’s up from last year’s $15.3 billion. This monumental spending figure still, however, pales in comparison to spending for Mother’s Day, coming in at a whopping $25 billion.

Mother’s Day has long been known as a foodservice holiday, but Father’s Day tends to favor grilling at home with some quality steaks, burgers, chops or ribs. The NRF also reports that spending for Father’s Day has grown 70 percent over the last decade, with special outings playing a big part of that growth, accounting for a projected $3.3 billion. With 76 percent of...

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Jun 7 8:14 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: The Memorial Day Rundown

It’s finally here, the unofficial start to summer and the very official start to the grilling season. In the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the beef category claims the top spot for protein feature volume at 27 percent, followed by seafood at just under 26 percent.

Chicken managed to knock out pork for the number three spot with 22.5 percent of ad space, leaving pork with 18 percent. Cheaper grilling items like thighs and drumsticks helped boost chicken featuring volume this week. Meanwhile, the beef segment presents the ultimate showdown between ground beef and steak. In the pork complex, we see an increase in pork chop featuring, up nearly 8 percent week over week.

Taking a closer look at the beef complex, Urner Barry’s weekly retail beef index is right on par with the 3-year average at $5.85 per pound. This is down from the previous week’s index of $6.47 per pound. Ground beef features are modestly lower year over year at an average...

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May 24 8:35 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Grocery Outlook for May—Beef, Chicken Steal the Show

It’s finally here—the month that unofficially kicks off the summer grilling season and features several retail buying occasions to boost spending.

May brings about warmer weather conducive to grilling activities, along with graduation parties, Mother’s Day and, of course, the big kahuna—Memorial Day. Healthy demand on the wholesale side has already been evident for some time as packers and processors prepare for retail and foodservice needs.

Mother’s Day is well known to be a foodservice holiday, but increasingly, the grocery segment has managed to compete with foodservice through convenience offerings like prepared foods, meal kits, catering, and deli. And, with the cost of food away from home growing at a faster rate than that of... 

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May 10 8:35 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Warmer Weekend Forecast Beckons Grillers, Retailers Promote Accordingly

While much of the Midwest remains somewhat stuck in winter (our condolences), temperatures elsewhere in the U.S. are starting to feel more like spring—and that means grilling season is almost here.

Both coasts, parts of the Northeast, and much of the Southeast looks to be thawing out with average temperatures this weekend expected to be 60 degrees and above. Hints of spring result in many consumers dusting off the grill and heading to grocery stores to procure their favorite proteins—and grocers are more than happy to answer the call.   

Ground beef feature volume soared this week, claiming nearly 30 percent of beef ad space versus just 16 percent the week prior. Steak features are also higher week over week, accounting for...

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Mar 29 10:54 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Ground Beef Pricing

Ground beef represents almost half of the beef consumption in the U.S. COMTELL tracks wholesale prices, along with everyday and retail ad prices for the category from a variety of sources. Wholesale ground beef values tend to be more volatile while... 

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Mar 21 10:02 AM, Urner Barry




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