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This Week in Retail: Good Gravy… The 2022 Thanksgiving Rundown

The countdown to Thanksgiving is winding down and consumers are flocking to the supermarkets to secure last-minute needs for the big day.

While it’s hard to ignore the influx of headlines about the higher costs of this year’s feast, some major retailers are still featuring attractive deals on holiday staples despite supply constraints and macroeconomic headwinds. 

Gobble Gobble…

Not to beat a dead horse (or should we say turkey), let’s look another look at the traditional centerpiece. Retail buying opportunities for turkey this week are at 24.5%, up from 21.5% last week. The big bird has seemingly stolen the spotlight from chicken, which plummeted to 2.4% this week versus 12.5% a week ago...

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Nov 17 8:03 AM, UB Newswires



This Week in Retail: Busy Shoppers Seek Convenience; Inflation Eased in October

Busy shoppers are increasingly seeking convenience during the hectic holiday season. This typically increases sales at food service and boosts interest in the prepared and frozen sections at retail.  

The meat case is receiving lots of attention, too, as grocers heavily promote traditional holiday items including ham and turkey. 

The National Retail Federation expects overall holiday spending this year to perform well despite ongoing inflationary pain points. The NRF projects holiday retail sales during November and December to grow between 6% to 8% year-over-year. Last year's holiday sales hit a new high at $889.3 billion, lifted in part by pandemic spending.

This week in retail, pork features climbed to the number one spot in retail buying opportunities with 23.2%. Beef closely follows with about 22%. Turkey features have swelled to 19.1%, compared to just 6.4% the week prior. Chicken ads chime in at 13.7%, while egg features have seen a slight uptick to...

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Grocers Focus on Holiday Demand in November 

Store displays have been rapidly reconfigured from Halloween decor to Christmas trees and other quintessential holiday items. For retailers, November is one of the busiest months of the year.

Grocers are prepping for an uptick in foot traffic this month as households stock up for Thanksgiving—just three weeks away.

Big Bird’s The Word…

The wholesale turkey market has ascended to all-time highs this year due to supply constraints caused by the current outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Over 6 million commercial turkeys have been lost to the virus in 2022 so far.

Urner Barry’s whole, frozen young tom and hen turkeys are elevated in record-high territory across all regions. Since establishing this year's low of $1.39 per pound in January, 10 lbs hens have increased 33% to $1.85 per pound. This beats out the previous record set...

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Nov 3 10:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail:  Turkey is the Talk of the Town

Now that November is within reach, the floodgates have opened for holiday campaigns. The protagonist of the show—turkey—has garnered widespread attention and snatched headlines this year as tight supplies and high prices could make procuring the Thanksgiving centerpiece more challenging. 

However, some retail outlets continue to utilize turkey as a loss leader and have already begun promoting minimum in-store spending deals for heavily discounted or free turkeys, along with hams and other staples for the holiday.

Consumer spending at retail this year is under question as household bills remain high in the face of inflation—forcing some consumers to reconfigure their budgets...

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Oct 27 8:08 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Egg Features Lag; CPI Data Outpaces Expectations

As the leaves change color and cooler weather begins to settle in, more households utilize their ovens for baking and slow-cooking ahead of the holiday season.

Typically, retail egg sales see a boost during the fall since more consumers cook breakfast at home more often. In addition, autumn baking draws attention to the egg case as shoppers stock up on ingredients for cookies, bread, pies, and more.

However, overall egg promotional activity is currently described as non-existent across all regions. Eggs account for 2% of retail buying opportunities this week, up slightly from the week prior but down considerably from this week in 2021...

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Oct 13 8:50 AM, UB Newswires


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


This Week in Retail: Seasonal Trends Start to Shift 

Farewell, summer. Today is the first day of fall and seasonal retail trends are beginning to shift as grocers increasingly showcase autumn favorites like roasts and finger foods for football fans. 

However, temperatures in many parts of the nation have yet to cool off substantially. This could stretch the grilling season for a little longer. As milder weather starts to settle in for the long run, more households may opt to cook indoors and up their oven usage.

Beef roasts have increased in feature volume and currently claim 27.4% of total beef ads. This compares to 22% of beef ads two weeks ago. Steaks still hold the majority of beef feature volume, followed by ground beef...

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Sep 22 8:07 AM, UB Newswires


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


Southeastern Grocers to Debut Innovative Delivery and Curbside Pickup Experience by DoorDash

Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, will soon offer a new, convenient means to shop for groceries online that will also allow customers to enjoy the same prices as shopping in store. Starting in October, customers can utilize SEG’s proprietary new offering to shop their local Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores online and have their groceries delivered right to them in as little as two hours with the...

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Sep 9 8:37 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Seasonal Transition for the Meat Case

With Labor Day now behind us, retailers are preparing for the transition from summer staples to fall favorites.

Tailgaiting items like burgers and ribs are being featured in time for the National Football League season, which kicks off today! This could support sales at the meat case as consumers gather to cheer on their teams while chowing down on finger foods. 

A game-time staple, chicken wings are on feature for $2.97 per pound, down 2 cents from a year ago. Wholesale wing prices have gained nearly 7 percent so far this year but are currently well below last year’s record highs, providing the opportunity for retailers and foodservice to showcase attractive promotions. However, boneless breasts have mostly been at record highs so far this year—unwelcome news for boneless wing lovers...

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Sep 8 8:06 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Gearing Up for the Last Major Retail Event of Summer

Grocers are gearing up for the last major retail buying occasion of the season—Labor Day weekend. The upcoming holiday signals the “unofficial end” of summer and retailers are making the final push for grilling items.

In the wholesale beef market, Urner Barry’s Choice beef cutout has been largely sideways since mid-May. At present, the cutout is down about 23% from last year's level, which was a seasonal all-time high.

However, the cutout remains at the second highest level in history for this time of year. This has made it difficult for grocers to procure inventory for holiday promotions at lower prices...

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Aug 25 8:15 AM, UB Newswires


FMI Debuts Latest 'The State of Fresh Foods at Retail' Report: A Look at Meat, Seafood Departments

FMI, The Food Industry Association, unveiled the latest findings from the ‘The State of Fresh Foods’ report. The 2022 edition focuses on the “unwavering momentum” for fresh food departments in grocery stores.

The ‘State of Fresh Foods’ stems from FMI’s “The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022” report which includes data from a survey of retailers and wholesalers that was distributed in April. In total, just shy of 100 members of the industry responded, representing over 38,000 stores...

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Aug 23 9:57 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Beef Features Increase Ahead of Labor Day

It may be hard to believe, but Labor Day weekend is just over two weeks away.

Grocers have already completed the bulk of their purchases for the last major grilling occasion of the summer season. 

The meat case could perform well over the holiday with several popular grilling items featured at lower price points compared to last year. Ground beef is likely to grab a large share of circular space as households fire up the grill with burgers and more...

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Aug 18 8:12 AM, UB Newswires


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


This Week in Retail: Sizing Up August, Back to School Needs 

With August now in full swing, households are eager to enjoy the final weeks of summer.

Labor Day weekend, which marks the unofficial end of the summer season, is four weeks away while the NFL season officially kicks off shortly after on September 8.

In some states, kids are returning to school in less than two weeks. Circulars are proactively promoting back-to-school staples including snacks along with breakfast and sandwich items—giving a boost to lunch meat sales...

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Aug 4 8:10 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Wrapping Up July; Digesting the Latest GDP Data  

Wrapping up July, grocers are promoting fan-favorite grilling items like steaks, pork chops, and shrimp in an effort to encourage at-home cooking during the dog days of summer—a seasonally sluggish period for meat sales.

Seafood features make up nearly 33% of total protein ad volume this week, marking the fifth consecutive week that it has seized the top spot. Beef comes in second with 23%, closely followed by pork with 22%. Chicken claims 17.5% and eggs make up 1.3% of ad space, down from nearly 5% the week...

 

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Jul 28 8:57 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Extreme Heat and its Impact on Protein Demand

This week in retail, we'll take a look at the widespread heat across most of the country and its impact on protein demand. 

With excessive heat warnings currently in effect for more than 100 million people, consumers will be less likely to cook. This could potentially reduce retail meat sales, which normally slow around this time of year due to seasonal factors including a lack of major holidays following Independence Day until Labor Day. 

While the extreme weather could have a negative near-term impact on meat sales, demand for pork and beef appears to be outperforming seasonal expectations...

While the extreme weather could have a negative near-term impact on meat sales, demand for pork and beef appears to be outperforming seasonal expectations...

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Jul 21 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Consumer Spending in Question as Inflation Heats Up

Summer is heating up and so is inflation—clouding the outlook for consumer spending on food, travel, and beyond. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation climbed to 9.1% in June, more than what economists had anticipated. The latest figure was a nearly 41-year high and what some analysts considered to be a peak.

Increases in food and gasoline prices contributed to the relentless surge in inflation, which has elevated the cost of living and forced some households to reconfigure their spending habits...

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Jul 14 8:05 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Travel Season and Foodservice Demand

Following Independence Day, major retail buying occasions are few and far between until Labor Day. While the dog days of summer typically slow retail sales, they can spark interest in retail’s counterpart—foodservice.

The peak travel season, which is roughly from June through August, is usually beneficial for the restaurant sector. This summer, however, there are several variables at play that will influence travel plans, including high gas prices.

According to AAA, the national average for gas ticked lower to $4.80 a gallon, down eight cents over the past week. The downturn was mainly due to falling demand. While demand has softened, it could pick up again as more people plan vacations and hit the road this summer...

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Jul 7 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: This Year's July Fourth Cookout Could be Costlier 

Consumers might sweat when shopping for July Fourth festivities since this year's cookout could be costlier than in years past.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation remains elevated at a multi-decade high with the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rising 14.2% over the last 12 months.

Despite higher retail prices and squeezed budgets, most households are forging ahead with their Independence Day plans. According to the National Retail Federation, 84% of consumers plan to celebrate the Fourth this year.

Of those, 59% of people plan to ring in Independence Day with a cookout...

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Jun 30 8:42 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Supermarkets Prep for July 4th

The Fourth of July marks the last major retail buying occasion of the summer until Labor Day. 

This year’s holiday falls on a Monday and the extended weekend could encourage consumer cookouts and gatherings.

Grocers are closely eyeing the forecast as record high temperatures persist in the Southern region of the nation this week. 

This week, beef claims almost 28% of total protein features this week. Seafood and pork each account for 22.2%, while chicken clocks in at 16.7%...

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Jun 23 9:50 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Seafood and Beef Lead Father's Day Ads

Feature ads for grilling favorites including steaks, chops, and ribs are abundant ahead of Father’s Day.

Seafood and beef lead Urner Barry's retail activity index this week, claiming 31.5% and 29.3% of ad space, respectively. Pork comes in with 23.6% of ad space and chicken features make up 9.3%. Egg features are up slightly from the week prior at 4.1%. 

Fresh/frozen filets make up the bulk of seafood ads at 30.5%. Cod is featured at $10.27 per pound on average, up 59% from last year. 4 oz. lobster tails run $29.58 per pound, up from $23.96 per pound in 2021...

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Jun 16 9:00 AM, UB Newswires


Stop & Shop Announces $140 Million Capital Investment in NYC Stores

Stop & Shop today announced a $140 million capital investment in its New York City stores to improve the shopping experience for local customers with a focus on adding thousands of new items from around the globe to ensure the assortment at each store reflects the diversity of the neighborhood it serves. Store remodels will deliver a fresh new look and feel for customers and will also showcase value with deal bins and the addition of the Flashfood program which offers fresh foods at up to 50% off...

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Jun 14 7:35 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Competing Proteins for Father’s Day

Father’s Day, the second major grilling event of the season, is just 10 days away. Front-page circular ads are showcasing meat and poultry cuts along with other foods for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Grocers will be competing with foodservice for consumer dollars this holiday. According to the National Restaurant Association, Father’s Day is the third busiest day of the year for dining out, behind Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

The most recent National Retail Federation data shows that consumers plan to spend $32.29 million on Father’s Day dinner or brunch this year, up slightly from last year’s figure...

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Jun 9 8:30 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Prepping for the Next Major Summer Grilling Occasion

Grocers will soon be featuring meat and poultry cuts for Father’s Day, the second major grilling event of the season that falls between Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Typically, June is the most active time of the year for backyard grilling as the warmer weather beckons families to cook outdoors. Grocers will try to encourage shoppers to cook at home rather than dining out for Father's Day this year by featuring popular grilling items at attractive price points when possible...

 

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Jun 2 9:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Protein Features for Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day weekend, beef features steal the spotlight with 30% of total protein ad volume. Seafood claims 28.5%, followed by pork with 23%. Chicken features account for 15% of retail buying opportunities, while turkey sneaks in with 1.6%.

In the beef complex, steaks have nearly 48% of feature volume. Ground beef ads account for 30%. The steak complex averages $9.18 per pound, up $1.15 per pound from a year ago. All except for top round and bone-in rib are priced higher than a year ago.

The price of 80% lean ground beef averages slightly above a year ago at $3.32 per pound. Burgers are often favored as a cost-effective and easy way to feed large gatherings...

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May 26 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Beef Ads Lag Leading Up to Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday is just one weekend away and grocers are gearing up for the unofficial start to the summer grilling season.

This major retail occasion typically drives sales from the meat case, with items like burgers and hot dogs stealing the spotlight.

Beef features account for 28% of total protein ad volume this week, up slightly from the previous week. Pork and seafood are tied for second with 25%. Chicken claims 16%, even with the week prior. 

While beef holds the top spot in retail buying opportunities, market participants have reported lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

While beef holds the top spot in buying opportunities, market participants have noted lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

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May 19 8:20 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Protein Demand and Rising Food Inflation

Fueled by rising food inflation, consumers nationwide continue to see higher prices for protein along with other goods, both at retail and foodservice. 

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.3% in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—down slightly from the month prior. However, the latest figure was still near a 40-year high and slightly above what some analysts had anticipated. 

The food index increased 0.9% last month, its seventeenth consecutive monthly increase. 

Five of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in April. The fruits and vegetable category was the only index that declined last month. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.4% in April, driven by a 10.3% increase in the egg index...

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May 12 8:07 AM, UB Newswires


Breakfast Bundle Deal from Natural Grocers®

Just in time for Mother's Day, shoppers in Springfield, MO, can stock up on breakfast staples at Natural Grocers®, with a delicious "$5 Breakfast Bundle" deal.

Moms have a special place at Natural Grocers. After all, the leading family-operated organic and natural grocery retailer in the U.S. was co-founded by Margaret Isely – a nurturing, passionate, progressive mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. Natural Grocers invites customers to come in and save on ways to pamper moms and celebrate with family.

BUY BACON & EGGS: GET THE PANCAKES FREE...

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May 6 8:53 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Protein Features Spring to Life in May

May has finally arrived, sparking spring fever among consumers and retailers alike. With warmer weather beginning to arrive for parts of the country, retailers will increasingly showcase grilling campaigns for the upcoming summer season. 

The month of May hosts several retail occasions that typically heighten store traffic and sales. Baseball season is underway, leading to increased consumption both inside and outside the stadium of hot dogs, burgers, beers, and more.

The National Hog Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that MLB fans will consume 19.1 million hot dogs and nearly five million sausages at games this season. Fans are returning to stadiums at maximum capacity this season for the first time since 2019...

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May 5 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Kroger Announces Second Year of Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator

America's largest grocery retailer, The Kroger Co. today announced the second year of its groundbreaking Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, a program designed to enhance and accelerate the selection of local items sold in the Kroger Family of Companies. The program provides a pathway to entry for local businesses of all sizes by allowing American-based growers and producers the chance to work directly with the retailer. Through the Supplier Accelerator, Kroger is continuing to expand its fresh departments – including produce, deli, bakery, meat, seafood, dairy, specialty cheeses, and...

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May 5 8:00 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Roast Features Make Room for Grilling Ads

Although some portions of the country are still experiencing cool weather and even snow, various grilling cuts are beginning to surface in circulars as consumers dust off their grills—despite being a month away from the unofficial Memorial Day kickstart to summer.

For grocers, the seasonal uptick in demand typically boosts sales for items like loins, butts, and ribs over the next few weeks as warmer weather drives increased outdoor activity.

In the meantime, retailers are preparing for the next retail occasion—Cinco de Mayo. The approaching celebration could increase store traffic as shoppers stock up on pork, beef, and chicken for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and beyond...

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Apr 28 8:50 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: The Lull Before Grilling Season

The next few weeks following Easter are generally uneventful for retailers. With below-normal temperatures lingering in parts of the country, grocers are anxiously awaiting the confluence of seasonal factors that typically boost protein sales during the summertime. 

At present, grocers are securing holiday-oriented needs for May. The peak demand period for meat typically follows Memorial Day—the unofficial start of the summer season.

Leading up to Memorial Day, grocers will utilize springtime activities including baseball season and Cinco de Mayo to help fill the pauses in retail occasions.

Store circular ads will begin to display the change in season as front-page features for cold-weather items like roasts are replaced with steaks, ribs, and other grilling-centric cuts...

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Apr 21 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


UB Consulting: Is Rising Inflation Shifting Retail and Foodservice Demand?

Consumer prices continue to rise amidst economic turbulence. Ongoing COVID complications, global supply chain issues, and an unresolved Russia-Ukraine conflict have all attributed to rising prices for the consumer to some degree. As many continue to anticipate further interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation, retailers and foodservice establishments may experience a shift in consumer demand with rising prices...

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Apr 14 9:10 AM, Urner Barry


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


Wegmans Food Markets Now Accepts EBT SNAP Payments for Same-Day Delivery and Pickup via Instacart

Instacart, a leading retail enablement company in North America, and Wegmans Food Markets today announced the that they will accept Electronic Benefits Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) payments across its 106 stores in New YorkPennsylvaniaNew JerseyMarylandMassachusettsVirginia and North Carolina. EBT SNAP will be available for purchases made at Wegmans via the Instacart website and mobile app.  

With this launch, Wegmans – known for being an industry-leading, family grocer – is making same-day delivery and pickup available...

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Apr 13 11:19 AM, General News


Mark Irby Joins Publix Board of Directors

During Publix’s annual stockholders’ meeting today, Mark Irby, retired Publix vice president of marketing, was elected to the company’s board of directors.

“We congratulate Mark on his election to the board,” said Chairman Ed Crenshaw. “His extensive experience in helping build and promote our Publix brand will bring a valuable perspective.”

Irby began his Publix career in 1973 in the sign shop in Lakeland, Florida. After working in various capacities within that department, in 1983, he transferred into the advertising department as a marketing and research manager. In 1988, he...

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Apr 13 8:00 AM, General News


Beyond Meat® Expands Availability of Beyond Chicken® Tenders at over 8,000 New Outlets Nationwide

Beyond Meat, Inc., a leader in plant-based meat, today announced that it is significantly increasing the availability of its Beyond Chicken® Tenders at leading retail outlets across the country, including supermarkets, pharmacies and club stores. Starting today, Beyond Chicken Tenders are available at select Albertsons, CVS, Sprouts and Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, and are expanding into all Kroger banners throughout April. With this expansion, Beyond Meat, the #1 selling plant-based meat brand in the refrigerated category in retail and across...

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Apr 12 12:57 PM, General News


Real Good Foods Highlights Another Consecutive Period of Strong Sales and Velocity Growth

The Real Good Food Company, Inc., an innovative, high-growth, branded, health- and wellness-focused frozen food company, today released the U.S. SPINS retail scanner performance data across all its products from the most recent period ending March 20th, 2022(1). For perspective, SPINS data captures consumption data in the Food, Drug and Mass retail channel, which represents approximately 50% of the Company's sales.

- The overall Frozen category (2) grew 5.8% over the four-week period.
- The Health & Wellness Frozen Food subcategory (2), which includes Health and...

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Apr 12 9:50 AM, General News


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


Kroger Names New Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations

The Kroger Co. announced today Erin Rolfes has been named as Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations. She will be responsible for enhancing and protecting Kroger's corporate reputation, driving brand narrative across the company's many lines of business, and serving as the company's spokesperson.

"Erin is a strategic communicator who understands the importance of telling compelling and authentic stories that express our company's character," said Keith Dailey, Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Kroger. "We're excited Erin has accepted this role and look forward to her help to elevate our brand..."

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Apr 6 9:04 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Looking Towards April

Heading into April, the prospect of warmer weather encourages grocers to revamp their ads to align with seasonal trends. Increased demand for grilling items, especially for premium beef cuts, typically supports sales at the meat case.

Furthermore, the warming trend often translates to increased foodservice demand as more consumers venture out to restaurants. 

Wholesale prices for cuts like strip steaks, porterhouse, and T-bones normally begin to increase sometime in April and peak in the summer months. 

This week in retail, steaks including top round, top sirloin, and T-bone all show a rise in price versus a year ago. The steak complex currently averages 32% higher YoY. Features for 80% ground beef average $3.47 per pound, up from $2.88 per pound last year. Average roast prices are up 42 cents per pound...

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Mar 31 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Albertsons Companies Helps Expand Affordable Access to Fresh Food and Wellness Products

Albertsons Companies announced today that customers can now use supplemental benefits to purchase over-the-counter medications and fresh produce in the company’s stores. The new program provides convenient access to customers using pre-paid cards funded by Medicare Advantage plans, employer incentives, healthcare providers, or local governments, furthering the company’s commitment to support the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

“We are committed to offering solutions that deliver access to healthy produce and meals, reduce food insecurity and provide solutions for..."

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Mar 30 9:15 AM, General News


BJ’s Wholesale Club Partners with DoorDash

BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading membership warehouse club in the Eastern United States, today announced a partnership with DoorDash, the local commerce platform, to offer on-demand grocery delivery from 226 BJ’s locations across 17 states. BJ’s is the first wholesale club available on the DoorDash marketplace, providing consumers with access to home essentials and grocery needs on-demand. BJ’s products can be purchased directly on the DoorDash app, offering members and non-members alike access to thousands of BJ’s items on-demand. BJ’s members can also link their wholesale club card to receive...

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Mar 28 8:42 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Steak Features See Boost from Warmer Weather; Eyeing HPAI

Sunday marked the official start of spring. For retailers, that means grilling season is rapidly approaching, and with it—the opportunity for increased meat sales.

Steak features surged this week, accounting for 50.5 percent of total beef ads—up 16 percentage points from the week prior. Feature volume for roasts, meanwhile, has decreased, falling from 38.2 percent last week to 23.2 percent this week.

This week in retail, the steak complex averages $8.12 per pound, up 12.8 percent from a year ago. Boneless strip steaks are widely featured at grocery outlets across the nation and average $11.68 per pound, up 36 percent from a year ago. Top sirloin steaks are up 3.3 percent YoY at $5.64 per pound while bottom round steaks clock in at $5.54 per pound, up a whopping 68.4 percent from this week last year...

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Mar 24 8:27 AM, UB Newswires


Beyond Meat® and PepsiCo's Planet Partnership Debuts Beyond Meat Jerky

Beyond Meat, Inc. and PepsiCo, Inc. today announced the debut of Beyond Meat® Jerky. The delicious and convenient plant-based jerky is the first product from the two companies' joint-venture, Planet Partnership, LLC. Rolling out at stores nationwide starting in March, Beyond Meat Jerky offers a full-flavored, on-the-go snack experience that furthers Beyond Meat and PepsiCo's shared passion for creating products that are better for both people and the planet.

Beyond Meat Jerky is marinated and slow roasted to offer the savory experience of...

 

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Mar 23 9:56 AM, General News


Brazi Bites Launches New Better-For-You Pizza Bites Line

Brazi Bites, pioneer of delicious Latin-inspired, naturally gluten-free and better-for-you foods, today announced the launch of its new line of Pizza Bites. Available in three mouthwatering flavors, Pepperoni, Four Cheese, and Supreme. Brazi Bites Pizza Bites are made with the brand's award-winning cheese bread dough stuffed with delicious, classic pizza fillings for a better, clean-ingredient take on the traditional snack.

Each bag is filled with bite-size pockets that are golden and cheesy on the outside, with a pizza filling on the inside...

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Mar 22 1:00 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


REPORTER: Grocery Shopping Continues to Evolve During the Pandemic

This article was originally featured in the Spring 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.

There are many chapters to the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and grocery shopping. Initially, consumers across the nation began panic buying and running shelves bare of toilet paper and other household cleaning supplies as the country began to learn how to live during a pandemic.

Then, consumers quickly saw their trips to the grocery store change. Retailers began promoting non-contact pickup options, delivery and other methods so...

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Mar 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


PlantX Launches Same-Day Grocery Delivery Across Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario

PlantX Life Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of same-day delivery for its grocery products across Ottawa, ON and Toronto, ON. This expansion reflects the Company's commitment to enhancing its e-commerce capabilities by leveraging PlantX's physical retail stores within the Hudson's Bay in Yorkdale Mall, Toronto, ON and CF Rideau Centre, Ottawa, ON.

Same-day delivery is a key component of PlantX's goal of diversifying its on-demand delivery solutions to better service online customers across Ontario. Distribution for same-day delivery will be available through...

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Mar 16 1:00 PM, General News


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


Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Three New Cities

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced at its 2022 Business Update in Orlando it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of spoke facilities in Austin and San Antonio, TX and Birmingham, AL powered by the Kroger Fulfillment Network and Ocado Group. As a continuation of Kroger's successful entry into Florida in 2021 without physical stores, the new Texas and Alabama facilities will serve as new geographies for the organization, bringing innovation and modern e-commerce to the cities and extending the grocer's reach and ability to provide...

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Mar 7 8:00 AM, General News


Loma Linda Brand Joins the Canned Protein Aisle with the First-Ever Plant-Based, Canned Chik'n

Atlantic Natural Foods, LLC (ANF), the leading manufacturer of award-winning, awesome tasting, shelf-stable, plant-based products today announced several innovations, including the first-ever canned "Chik'n" product under the Loma Linda brand. Chik'n is designed for people seeking delicious, plant-based alternatives to enhance a healthy lifestyle (and their pantry). For audiences whose food is as much culture as lifestyle, this new innovation—100% vegan and decidedly cluck, chick & cock-free—is available in three tasty varieties.

This expansion of the company's...

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Mar 4 8:51 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Global Uncertainty and the Food Supply Chain

Headlines are currently dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which entered its eighth day today. The Russia-Ukraine war has forced a mass exodus of Ukrainians and upended the global marketplace as market participants brace for potential consequences for consumers, both domestically and abroad.

Russia and Ukraine produce and export an abundance of natural resources including crude oil, metals, and wheat. The Russian assault on Ukraine could have long-term ramifications for the global economy, which is already strained by the ongoing pandemic and enduring supply chain disruptions.

For the United States, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could intensify inflationary pressures and further increase costs for commodities including fuel and food. 

Amidst the volatility currently engulfing the global landscape, grocers are also monitoring a shift in the retail food landscape. March 2nd signified the start of the Christian Lenten season, which typically slows meat sales as Lent observers switch to other proteins including fish.

Seafood feature volume increased to 36% this week, from 28% the week prior. Currently, most seafood features stem from fresh/frozen fillets. The complex—which includes catfish, cod, and tilapia—averages $7.43 per pound this week, up nearly 41.5% from a year ago. 

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Mar 3 8:46 AM, UB Newswires


Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands with Facility in Cleveland Region

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in a new geography – northeast Ohio. The facility will be powered by the Ocado Group and combine vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly, and fast fresh food delivery service as part of the company's seamless ecosystem.

"Kroger is incredibly excited to expand our delivery business in our home state and provide northeast Ohioans access to thousands of fresh and popular products, including..."

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Mar 3 8:00 AM, General News


Hungry Planet, Chef-Crafted Plant-Based Meat Company, Pops-up at Expo West

Hungry Planet, the fast growing, chef-crafted plant-based meat company that offers the fullest range of innovative meats including burger patties, chicken cutlets, grilled chicken strips, Italian sausage crumble, crab cakes, pork Thai meatballs and more, is popping up at Natural Products Expo West this year, from March 10 - 12. Hungry Planet delivers on the promise of delicious food with a more nutritious profile, making it simple for meat-eaters to swap plant-based meats for traditional animal proteins without compromise. Packed with flavor, Hungry Planet's...

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Mar 2 1:00 PM, General News


Nasoya Fires Up Grocery Distribution for Plantspired Steak

Nasoya, a leader in the plant-based foods revolution and maker of the country's #1 brand of tofu, is debuting its premium Plantspired® Steak at grocers nationwide this spring. The initial availability at Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores follows a successful 2021 launch at nearly 200 WaBa Grills, the healthy, fast casual rice bowl chain.

Nasoya's Plantspired Steak features tender steak-like strips that are marinated then charcoal-grilled to perfection over an open flame, boasting 14 grams of plant-based protein per serving. Available in a Korean BBQ variety...

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Mar 2 9:26 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Farewell February; What's Next?

Wrapping up the final full week of February, wintry weather is in full force as back-to-back storms rip through the Eastern two-thirds of the country. Amidst the havoc, retailers are eagerly looking towards spring demand, which is boosted by seasonal influences including more favorable grilling conditions and holidays like Easter.

Retail protein sales are typically sluggish in February, leaving much to be desired among grocers. However, consumer retail demand for meat has remained strong so far this year despite a normal seasonal lull and higher prices for most items. In the near term, grocers will begin to shift their retail features from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin a 40-day period of fasting and reduced meat consumption starting on March 2nd.

The seafood complex accounts for 27% of total protein features this week. Beef makes up 26.5% of feature volume, while pork closes in on 21%. Chicken claims almost 13% of ad space, followed by eggs...

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Feb 24 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Kraft Heinz and J.R. Simplot Company Announce an Exclusive, Multi-Year Strategic Supply Agreement

The Kraft Heinz Company and Simplot Food Group, a division of the J.R. Simplot Company (“Simplot”), announced today that the two companies have signed a long-term agreement naming Simplot as the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of Ore-Ida. Kraft Heinz will continue to own the Ore-Ida brand.

As a leading expert in potato manufacturing and distribution, Simplot is expected to help grow the Ore-Ida brand by introducing world-class innovation and technology to the business as well as creating greater efficiencies through vertical...

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Feb 23 3:10 PM, General News


OZO® Unveils True Bite™ Experience at Expo West With First-of-its-Kind Plant-Based Chicken and Bacon

Colorado plant-based food brand OZO is introducing a True Bite Experience to “flexitarians” and food lovers everywhere with fresh, plant-based takes on classic favorites. For the first time ever, OZO will introduce the True Bite Experience with its new plant-based chicken and bacon products at Natural Products Expo West.

The True Bite Experience brings together everything you know and love about meat, for a complete savory experience, made from plants. With several incredible flavor offerings, the new...

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Feb 23 1:14 PM, General News


Grubhub Launches Ultrafast Delivery in Partnership With Buyk

Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and Buyk, the newest real-time grocery delivery service, announced today a partnership to bring ultrafast grocery delivery to the Grubhub marketplace through Buyk and Grubhub branded concepts.

The fulfillment and delivery of orders will be handled by Buyk, and customers will be able to order from more than 30 initial participating locations in New York City and Chicago in the coming weeks. More than 2,000 grocery and convenience items from local and national vendors, as well as Buyk's own private label products...

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Feb 23 1:00 PM, General News


Kroger's Fred Meyer Stores Launch Loop in Portland, Oregon Metro

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Loop, the circular reuse platform developed by TerraCycle, have launched a new way for customers to shop, offering a selection of products in reusable packaging rather than in single-use plastic.

Through a first-of-its-kind partnership in the U.S., customers can now walk into one of 25 Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stores in the Portland metro area and purchase more than 20 products from leading consumer brands packaged in reusable containers.

"Kroger is committed to achieving lasting positive change..."

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Feb 23 8:40 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: A Look at Protein Indices So Far in 2022

A common thread currently uniting the retail landscape for most proteins is inflationary pressure prompted in part by strong demand, persistent snags in the supply chain, tight supplies, and increased production costs. At present, Urner Barry’s beef, pork, and chicken retail feature indices are positioned at seasonal all-time highs.

Kicking off 2022, Urner Barry’s Weekly Retail Feature Beef Index displayed a contra-seasonal price movement relative to historical norms. The index normally sees a decline from early to mid-January. However, the beef index this year increased by 4.5% from January 3 through January 17 to $6.92 per pound, an all-time high for that week in history. The weekly index has been well above the 5-year average so far this year...

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Feb 18 9:00 AM, UB Newswires


Ethnic E-Grocer Weee! Appoints Three Executives To Leadership Team and Board of Directors

Weee! (www.sayweee.com), the largest and fastest-growing ethnic e-grocer in North America, today announced three key executive appointments as the company expands to meet the growing demands of its customers nationwide. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent appointment of acclaimed filmmaker, Jon M. Chu, as Chief Creative Officer. New appointments to the leadership team include: Board Members James McCann and Vivek Subramanian, and Senior Vice President of Engineering Rudy Darmawan.

"Weee!'s recent appointments bring a depth of experience in..."

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Feb 16 3:53 PM, General News


CHKN Not Chicken Launches Plant-Based Chicken Across Sprouts Farmers Market Stores Nationwide

CHKN Not Chicken, the delicious plant-based chicken alternative that makes it easy to eat less meat, live healthier, and be kinder to the planet, announced today its launch into all 370+ Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide. Shoppers can now find the delicious and healthy plant-based chicken products in the frozen plant-based meat section.

Sprouts will offer customers 4 delicious flavors of CHKN Not Chicken that replicate all the juiciness, texture, and flavor of chicken. Flavors available include: Naked CHKN (original), Zen CHKN...

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Feb 16 1:03 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Super Bowl Sales Wrap Up; Latest CPI Data 

The Super Bowl is within arm’s reach and grocers this week are promoting party-centric items including finger foods, frozen pizzas, and beverages. An estimated 184.5 million U.S. adults plan to cheer on the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams this Sunday evening, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

Seafood and beef each secured nearly 33% of promotional activity this week, according to the Urner Barry retail survey. Chicken climbed to 11.4%, up from 9.2% last week. Pork cuts were about even with recent weeks and had a 19% share of retail buying opportunities. 

The National Retail Federation reports that a combined 35% of football fans are planning on either throwing a party or attending a party for the big game this year. In the latest 15 years, 67% to 82% of total spending for the Super Bowl has been allocated towards food and beverages, according to NRF data. Chicken is likely to be a highly sought-after item in the meat case and grocers are anticipating an influx of spending on both fresh and frozen wings...

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Feb 11 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


2022 Marks 2 Decades of "The American Masters of Taste" Honoring Eggland's Best with Gold Medal Seal

For the past 20 years, Chefs In America has awarded Eggland's Best with "The American Masters of Taste" Gold Medal Seal for the superior taste, quality and freshness of its eggs. This prestigious award spans the Eggland's Best portfolio, honoring the brand's Classic Eggs, Organic Eggs, Cage Free Eggs, and Hard-Cooked Eggs. Each product was triple-blind judged and awarded superior tasting compared to other brands within its category.

"There is no surprise that Eggland's Best continues to surpass other eggs year..."

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Feb 10 8:56 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Wintry Weather Boosts Protein Sales

While major buying occasions are sparse in January, wintry weather helps support sales at the meat case this month as consumers stock up on protein for hearty, comfort food recipes.  At present, the National Weather Service is calling for significant winter weather in the Southern and Eastern U.S.

Buying opportunities for seafood and beef have dominated the protein complex so far this year. Seafood narrowly beats out beef for first in buying opportunities this week, claiming 28% of total ad volume. Beef accounts for 26%. 

Retail feature prices for most beef roast cuts—popular with cold-weather cooking—are higher than year-ago levels. Bottom round averages $4.98 per pound, a 15% YoY increase. 80% lean ground beef is up $1.04 per pound, or 37.4%, from last year at $3.82 per pound on average.  

Pork makes up 24% of total ad volume this week. Hams are featured at competitive price points since retailers are looking to clear out excess inventory after the holidays...

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Jan 21 8:02 AM, UB Newswires







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