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This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand

Heat continues to blanket much of the country in mid-September. Meanwhile, hurricane season is wreaking havoc along the eastern U.S. and Gulf Coast, with tropical storm Daniel being the latest system to rear its ugly head.

With some communities still reeling from the devasting damage of Hurricane Ida and others flooded by torrential rainfall from Nicholas, late-summer grilling plans are far removed from the priority list for many households. 

Meanwhile, the first day of fall is just under one week away. For retailers, the transition to autumn will mean increased consumer preference for fall favorites like roasts. Weather-permitting, tail gaiting at sports events as fans celebrate NFL season could prolong demand for grilling cuts while supporting popular game-time foods like wings.

Speaking of wing fanatics, the National Chicken Council recognizes September as National Chicken Month. Some grocers are advertising additional chicken cuts to encourage consumer spending on poultry. However, the number of chicken advertisements this week in Urner Barry’s survey was down from a week ago and was also below the last half of August...

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Sep 16 9:39 AM, UB Newswires



This Week in Retail: NFL Season Kicks Off, Boosting Protein Demand

The unofficial end of summer is in the rearview mirror and the National Football League season kicks off today with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Football viewing parties along with tailgating provide additional opportunities for consumers to gather and celebrate game day with finger foods and protein-centric meals like burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and of course—wings. Football season increases foot traffic at both the meat case and prepared foods sections in the supermarket as eager fans stock up on favorites while cheering for their teams. 

While pumpkin-flavored everything is already making headlines, many parts of the country are still enjoying warm weather. Some households may continue to barbeque outdoors, aiding in prolonged support for grilling cuts in the near term...

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Sep 9 9:45 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: How the Ads Stack Up for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is a stone’s throw away and retailers are spotlighting popular grilling items as we approach the final weeks of summer. 

Beef reigns number one in circular ad space this week with 28.6 percent of total feature volume, followed by seafood with 25.5 percent. Pork surpasses chicken for third with 24.3 percent. Chicken claimed 17.1 percent.

In the beef complex, 80% lean ground beef is on feature for an average of $3.19 per pound, down from $3.25 per pound last year. 80% lean ground beef is the only item in the beef complex displaying lower YOY feature prices this week. Top round London Broil, a favorable choice for grillling, is featured at $4.16 per pound, 27.2% above a year ago. The steak complex currently averages $8.70 per pound, nearly one dollar more per pound versus last year. T-bone and top sirloin are heavily advertised this week and their feature prices average about 23% and 8%, respectively, above 2020...

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Sep 3 8:39 AM, UB Newswires


Consumers Are Accessorizing Amplified Grilling and Outdoor Cooking Needs in 2021

After taking grilling to new levels last year, consumers now seem to be adapting to the growing needs of accessorizing their outdoor cooking activities. Between January and June 2021, consumer spending on grilling accessories consistently outperformed last year’s numbers, delivering a 28% increase in sales revenue, according to The NPD Group.

“The pandemic compelled consumers to spend on grilling and outdoor cooking, as a way to gather safely, create new experiences with family, and even learn new skills, during...

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Aug 23 8:31 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Prepping for Labor Day; Pork and Beef Indices Forge Record Highs  

Labor Day weekend – a symbolic end of summer – is sadly within reach for families scrambling to fit in one last vacation before school resumes. For some college students, the fall semester has already begun. Among retailers, the Labor Day holiday is widely viewed as the last major grilling weekend of the year.

Grocery stores could see an uptick in foot traffic as parents restock on school staples like breakfast and lunch foods. Typically, aside from back-to-school demand and Labor Day grilling opportunities, the meat case takes a back seat in mid to late August. This year, however, beef and pork appear well-positioned to remain in the spotlight despite a traditional period of seasonal... 

 

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Aug 19 10:15 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Tight Supplies, Stellar Protein Demand; A Case of Déjà Vu?

August is flying by and retail ads are beginning to shift from grilling staples to tailgating must-haves as retailers highlight NFL preseason. Consumer demand for beef, pork, and chicken has remained stellar leading up to the fall, and tight supplies across most protein items may continue to keep retail prices elevated.

This week in retail we look at the situation surrounding the poultry and red meat complex, which continues to be influenced by the pandemic and ongoing logistical challenges. 

This time last year, retail prices were higher for many protein items amid efforts to reopen food service and dining capacity across the nation. The situation in August 2021 appears to be a case of déjà vu as retail prices, for beef and pork, in particular, trend higher than year-ago levels. The Delta variant is fueling volatility in the marketplace and re-emerging patterns of panic-buying are becoming increasingly likely. 

A year ago, seafood and beef features...

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Aug 13 7:43 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: The Outlook for August

The dog days of summer will soon be behind us and below normal temperatures are already starting to materialize in the areas spanning the central Plains to the East Coast. This week is retail, we delve into the supply and demand landscape that will impact retail meat prices in August.

As more moderate temperatures begin to arrive, grocers will begin to shift their attention to back-to-school needs by featuring items used in lunches and snacks. These items typically include easy-to-prepare frozen meals like pizza along with deli meats.

Retailers will also begin to promote breakfast foods like eggs. In addition, retailers will be focusing on dinnertime staples since families tend to sit down together for...

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Aug 5 10:16 AM, UB Newswires


Jul 20 2:54 PM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: State of the Market episode 21: The Boxed Beef Market

The passing of Father's Day grilling demand cause a beef market correction, middle meat items driving the market and assisting foodservice, and more on this week's episode of State of the Market. Host Laura Zinger and Market Reporter Gary Morrison dive into the Boxed Beef Market.

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DoorDash and Beyond Meat Introduce Limited Edition Summer Grilling Kits for On-Demand Delivery

DoorDash announced a partnership with Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based meat, to offer limited-edition, July 4th grilling kits to help customers host the ultimate BBQ featuring the new Beyond Burger®. The kits are available exclusively on DoorDash for on-demand delivery from DashMart, a new type of convenience store owned, operated, and curated by DoorDash.

As many people prepare for a summer of grilling and gathering, the kit also provides a seamless way for consumers to get their grilling essentials without taking a last-minute trip to the grocery store. According to a national consumer survey that polled 1,000 U.S. adults...

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Jun 29 8:17 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Introduces First-ever Value 6-Pack of Beyond Burger Across Canada

Beyond Meat announced the launch of the first-ever value 6-pack of its iconic Beyond Burger® in Canada. Major grocery stores across Canada now carry the 6-pack of plant-based burger patties, which are frozen and perfect for summer cookouts, backyard BBQs and last-minute grill nights.

The new 6-pack offers taste along with added convenience and value for shoppers since they are sold in the frozen meat aisle with a suggested retail price of...

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May 28 8:28 AM, General News


Sweet Earth Foods Launches New Plant-Based Products for Grilling Season 

Plant-based foods innovator Sweet Earth Foods is announcing the release of their first ever Vegan Jumbo Hot Dogs and the reformulation of the Sweet Earth Awesome Burger 2.0 just in time for the kick off of grilling season.

The new Vegan Jumbo Hot Dogs are available now at select Ahold grocery stores in the U.S., including FreshDirect, with greater availability at Kroger stores in August. The new Awesome Burger 2.0 will be available nationally this summer at Target, Whole Foods, H-E-B, Sprouts, Amazon Fresh, and more...

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May 19 8:26 AM, General News


New Tyson Chicken Sausage Arrives in Time for Summer

Firing up the grill this summer just got more exciting with new Tyson Chicken Sausage.

A recent survey found nearly 60 percent of Americans wish there were more sausage options available when grilling. With different flavor combinations, new Tyson Chicken Sausage offers a flavorful solution whether people are firing up the grill or looking for a dinner fix.

Currently available in three varieties including Hot Italian, Mild Italian and Sweet Italian, the new sausages provide...

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May 18 8:28 AM, General News


Raised & Rooted Brand Launches New Products Bringing Plant-Based Options to Grills this Summer

Raised & Rooted brand, Tyson Foods’ brand of plant protein products, is expanding its offerings with three new products to meet the increased demand for plant-based protein options. The new plant-based burger patties, Bratwurst and Italian sausages, and ground are available in the refrigerated section of grocery stores nationally.

“Our products are plants made meatier, and deliver the same delicious flavors, in a better-for-you alternative,” said David Ervin, vice president of marketing, Raised & Rooted. “We are excited to...

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May 5 8:26 AM, General News


Consumers Take Grilling and Outdoor Cooking to the Next Level

Eager for a change of pace during the pandemic, cooking outside has become a go-to activity for many consumers, and it extends beyond traditional grilling, or even the traditional grilling season. Consumers spent more than $4.9 billion on grills, smokers, camping stoves, accessories, and fuel in 2020, according to new Enhanced Retail Tracking Service information on the home improvement industry from The NPD Group, which blends retailer point-of-sale data with insight from NPD’s receipt-based Checkout information and additional data assets combined with advanced modeling.

“The need to cook more meals at home combined with the desire to experiment with new ways to create those meals helped fuel growth for almost all types of grills,” said Joe Derochowski, home industry advisor at NPD. “Layer on our cravings to be less...

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Apr 15 8:35 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Pork Ribs Soar into April

Pork ribs traditionally witness a rally starting in April which extends into the summer months as increased demand for grilling reaches its peak. This year however...

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Apr 7 8:25 AM, Urner Barry


PODCAST: UK Beef Chats Episode 10

This week on UK Beef Chats, UK Beef Market reporter Mike Nesbitt speaks about the squeeze on processor margins and the expectation for trimmings leading up to grilling season...

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Mar 29 3:17 PM, Urner Barry







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