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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: February Lull Lifted by Game Day Food Purchases

Among retailers, February is normally a sluggish period for protein sales since wintry weather foils efforts to grill outdoors (except for the select few devoted fans, that is). A disruptive winter storm is currently blasting through the central, northeastern, and southern U.S. following a Nor’easter that hammered the East Coast last weekend.

Along with the weather, other factors that typically contribute to sluggish meat sales this month include tighter budgets following holiday shopping in December along with the absence of major holidays.

Grocers are looking for ways to increase store traffic this month by featuring attractive prices, when possible, on cuts of meats commonly used by families to stretch their food dollars. This includes pork butt and beef shoulder, which are great for slow-cooking and can be used in leftovers. Moreover, the upcoming Super Bowl presents an opportunity for grocers to drum up additional interest in the meat case. The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will battle for the coveted Lombardi Trophy next weekend...

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Feb 4 9:02 AM, UB Newswires


SpartanNash Grocery Stores Offering Free Home Delivery in February

Food solutions company SpartanNash is inviting grocery store guests to shop from the comfort of their home with free delivery on all online Fast Lane® orders exceeding $35 beginning Feb. 1.

“As part of SpartanNash’s mission to deliver the ingredients for a better life, we are pleased to offer quick and convenient home delivery for our guests who may be looking to avoid driving during wintry weather conditions or who want to stay safe at home during the pandemic,” said SpartanNash Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer...

 

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Feb 1 8:00 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Wing Prices Take Flight Ahead of Super Bowl

Seafood feature volume advanced to 28% this week, taking the top spot across proteins in retail buying opportunities. Beef closely follows with 27%, while pork and chicken features claim 18% and 10%, respectively, of ad space. Egg features climbed to 13%, up from 7% the week prior.

At the seafood counter, catfish, cod, and tilapia fillets average $6.55 per pound, nearly 13% above year-ago levels. Cooked shrimp features are roughly 90 cents higher than a year ago, averaging $8.49 per pound. Raw shrimp is featured at $7.57 on average for various counts, down 8.4% from this time last year.

In the retail beef complex, 80% lean ground beef averages $3.49 per pound, up 7% from a year ago but lower than both boneless skinless chicken breasts and chicken tenders. The steak and roast complexes continue to maintain hefty premiums to year-ago levels. Steaks average $8.47 per pound, up from $7.19 per pound in 2021. Roasts are featured at $6.06 per pound on average, a nearly 34% YoY increase...

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Jan 28 10:00 AM, UB Newswires


Plant-Based Next Meats From Japan Continues Rapid Growth With California Expansion

Founded in 2017 by entrepreneurs Ryo Shirai and Hideyuki Sasaki to help the world to eat healthier and lessen traditional agriculture's impact on the environment, Next Meats premiered its cutting-edge products, which include the world's first plant-based short rib and skirt steak, in Japan in 2020 after years of research and development.

Japanese specialty market Tokyo Central is the first grocer in California to offer three Next Meats products — Next Short Rib, Next Skirt Steak, and Next Beef Bowl — at six locations in Southern California and...

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Jan 28 8:49 AM, General News


Vital Farms Appoints Kathryn McKeon as Chief Marketing Officer

Vital Farms, a Certified B Corporation that offers a range of ethically produced foods nationwide, today announced the appointment of Kathryn McKeon to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) effective January 27, 2022. McKeon has over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, with a specific focus on building global and emerging consumer food brands. As CMO, McKeon will oversee the Brand, Content, Community Management, Shopper Marketing, Consumer Insights, Communications and Creative Design marketing functions.

McKeon joined Vital Farms in 2016 as one of the first marketing leaders. In her more than five...

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Jan 27 8:41 AM, General News


Campbell Named to 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Campbell Soup Company today was named to the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which tracks the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting. This year’s index includes 418 companies headquartered across 45 countries and regions. The GEI measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership & talent pipeline, equal pay & gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies and pro-women brand.

“Building a winning team and culture is a key element of our strategic plan, with a focus on creating an inclusive and diverse environment for..."

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Jan 26 8:40 AM, General News


New Year, New Flavor: 7-Eleven Introduces Limited Time Only Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller

Attention, spicy food lovers! The menu at 7-Eleven, Inc. is getting spicier this winter. That's right, the world's leading convenience retailer is dropping a hot new item on its iconic roller grill: the Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller.

The mouthwatering roller is perfect for lunch on the go or an anytime snack and is available now for a limited time only at participating 7-Eleven® stores nationwide. The Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller has all white meat chicken and a smooth swiss cheesy blend breaded in...

 

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Jan 26 8:00 AM, General News


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Write a Love Note on Tyson® Nuggets to Express Your 'I Love You'

Food is often an expression of love. And this Valentine's Day, Tyson® brand is inviting Americans to show their love to a sweetheart, friend or family member with the brand's beloved heart-shaped chicken nuggets, Nuggets of Love. Made with 100% white meat chicken raised with no antibiotics ever, Tyson Nuggets of Love are now available for a limited time at select retailers nationwide.

To help people say, "I love you" this Valentine's Day, Tyson brand is...

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Jan 25 9:11 AM, General News


Kraft Heinz Announces Leadership Team Transitions

The Kraft Heinz Company announced today the appointment of Andre Maciel as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Financial Officer, effective March 2, 2022. Maciel will succeed Paulo Basilio, who will step down on March 1, 2022, as part of a planned transition and will remain with the Company as a strategic advisor through August 2022. Basilio remains a partner at 3G Capital. Additionally, Yang Xu will move to Senior Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Development. These transitions happen at a moment of strength for the Company, as Kraft Heinz enters the next...

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Jan 24 8:14 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


Stop & Shop and Flashfood Team Up to Reduce Food Waste and Save Customers Money on Groceries

Stop & Shop, a neighborhood grocer with more than 400 stores throughout the Northeast, today announced it is rolling out Flashfood to its Pawtucket and Providence, RI, stores following a successful pilot. Flashfood is a digital marketplace that strives to eliminate food waste at the retail level by connecting consumers with discounted food nearing its best by date. As a result of the program’s impact to date, Flashfood has diverted 30 million pounds of food from ending up in landfills throughout the U.S. and Canada...

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Jan 20 9:17 AM, General News


Campbell Named One of the World’s Most Sustainable Corporations

Campbell Soup Company today was named as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights, a media and research company that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. Ranked number 89, Campbell is one of 23 U.S. companies, and one of only two U.S. food companies, included in the Global 100.

“At Campbell, we are committed to building a more sustainable and resilient food system,” said Stewart Lindsay, Campbell’s Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. “This recognition is a..."

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Jan 19 8:57 AM, General News


Real Good Foods' Frozen Enchiladas are Now Available in All Costco Regions Across the U.S.

The Real Good Food Company, Inc., an innovative, high-growth, branded, health- and wellness-focused frozen food company, today announced its best-selling, nutritious Grande Chicken Enchiladas are now available in all Costco regions beginning on January 22.

Our Enchilada platform is made 100% Grain Free, and with a much different macronutrient profile than others available on the market. With only 2g net carbs and 20g protein per serving, Real Good Foods Grande Chicken Enchiladas are nutrient dense and made from real food...

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Jan 19 8:23 AM, General News


Southeastern Grocers Elevates Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity With Expansion of Charitable Focus

Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announces the expansion of its charitable giving focus in the new year to support more causes committed to elevating belonging, inclusion and diversity and the local organizations that share the grocer’s passion for celebrating differences and strengthening communities. SEG’s expanded commitment to belonging, inclusion and diversity will help the grocer and its charitable arm, SEG Gives Foundation, make a larger impact within its communities while empowering authenticity, educating...

 

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Jan 17 9:38 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Beef and Seafood Dominate Ad Space; CPI Data Released

Beef and seafood currently dominate circular ad space, providing an opportune occasion for surf and turf lovers to snag attractive deals at the grocery store. Beef and seafood account for about 29% and 27%, respectively, of retail buying opportunities this week. The next highest category belongs to pork with 19%, followed by chicken at 15%.

Over in beef, steaks make up 39% of all beef ads. Boneless strip steaks average $12.21 per pound, up from $7.47 per pound last year. T-bone steaks run $8.34 per pound, up 13.9% from 2021. The steak complex is nearly 17% higher YoY on average. The roast category is featured at an average of $6.41 per pound, up $1.47 per pound from 2021. The weekly retail beef feature index is currently at $6.75 per pound, up 20.5% from the prior 5-year average...

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Jan 14 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


Longtime 7-Eleven Executive Appointed 7-Eleven International LLC Co-CEO

Today, 7-Eleven, Inc. is proud to announce Ken Wakabayashi's new role as Co-CEO of 7-Eleven International LLC ("7IN"). Previously 7-Eleven, Inc.'s SVP, Head of International, Wakabayashi will now lead the 7-Eleven brand's global growth strategy alongside Co-CEO, Shinji Abe, from Seven-Eleven Japan.

"We are thrilled to offer our congratulations to Ken Wakabayashi on this exciting new role," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer. "With this move, Ken will help lead the 7IN team to..."

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Jan 13 8:26 AM, General News


Kroger Kicks Off Ghost Kitchen Rollout

Image Kroger is launching its ghost kitchen initiative.

The Kroger Co. is officially a participant in the ghost kitchen space.

As initially announced in August 2021, the country’s largest grocery retailer is partnering with ghost kitchen startup Kitchen United to provide customers freshly prepared restaurant food for takeout or delivery in select Kroger banner locations.

Kroger is opening its first ghost kitchen center at a Ralphs store in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Customers can build freshly prepared, on-demand restaurant meals from any or all of the restaurants participating in the initiative...

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Jan 13 8:09 AM, General News


Dafne Hefner Joins Kraft Heinz as North America Zone Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

The Kraft Heinz Company today announced the appointment of Dafne Hefner to the newly created role of Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer - North America Zone, effective Jan. 18, 2022. Hefner is being hired to help accelerate the strategic growth plan in the Company’s U.S. and Canada businesses, including the broader deployment of Agile teams and a North America Zone digital agenda.

Hefner joins Kraft Heinz from Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (“AB InBev”), where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Insights. During her...

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Jan 13 8:00 AM, General News


Campbell Named One of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC

Campbell Soup Company was named one of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC, its media partner. This marks the fourth year that Campbell has been recognized for its commitment to serving its stakeholders, including employees, customers, consumers, communities, the environment and shareholders. Campbell ranked #77 overall and performed particularly well in the areas of community development and transparent consumer communications—earning top marks on both metrics.

“We are honored to again be recognized as one of America’s Most JUST companies,” said Mark Clouse, Campbell’s...

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Jan 12 2:24 PM, General News


Albertsons Companies, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Albertsons Companies, Inc. today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended December 4, 2021.

Third Quarter of Fiscal 2021 Highlights

- Identical sales increased 5.2%; on a two-year stacked basis identical sales growth was 17.5%
- Digital sales increased 9%; on a two-year stacked basis digital sales growth was 234%
- Net income of $425 million, or $0.74 per Class A common share
- Adjusted net income of $457 million, or $0.79 per Class A common share
- Adjusted EBITDA of $1,051 million..

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Jan 12 7:53 AM, General News


2022 IPPE Proceeding as Planned with Updated Safety Measures

The 2022 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will be held inperson from Jan. 25 – 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta with updated safety measures in place. IPPE’s show management’s goal is to safely bring the industry back together to evaluate new products, technologies and services while reconnecting participants with their colleagues and friends.

IPPE is a critical part of the poultry, animal food and meat industry's continuing development, offering timely and important educational information and an efficient way for producers and processors to find...

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Jan 7 8:52 AM, General News


Adam Grogan, New President of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.'s Plant-Based Protein Subsidiary Greenleaf Foods

Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a leading North American producer of high-quality, sustainable protein, announced today that Adam Grogan will assume the role of President of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenleaf Foods, SPC ("Greenleaf"), effective January 31, 2022.

Mr. Grogan has been a key contributor within the Maple Leaf Foods organization for over twenty years, holding a number of critical positions, including being the company's Senior Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, Research and Development before transitioning to Chief Operating Officer of Greenleaf in...

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Jan 7 8:17 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Eyeing Prop 12, Pandemic Uncertainty in 2022

Rounding out the first week of 2022, uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic continues to impact businesses and the overall wellbeing of the world’s population.

Retailers, along with other participants throughout the supply chain, are monitoring labor constraints, made worse by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Prolonged disruptions to the production, further processing, and distribution of consumer goods from worker absenteeism and potential further government restrictions remain key concerns for producers and buyers alike in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the second phase of California’s Proposition 12 went into effect on January 1. Under the law, veal calf producers are required to provide their animals with at least 43 square feet of usable floor space per calf. Sows must have a minimum of 24 square feet of usable space per animal. Laying hens are required to be cage-free. Proposition 12 prohibits the sale in California of veal, pork, and eggs not raised in compliance with these...

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Jan 7 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


Egglife Foods Goes Against the Grain with New Campaign and Innovative New Sweet Cinnamon Wrap

Egglife Foods, the innovative company reimagining flour-based foods by harnessing the power of eggs, is once again disrupting the tortilla category. The CPG startup that has made 'kicking flour to the curb' its mission officially announced the launch of a new creative campaign, which aims to drive awareness, familiarity and loyalty for its category disrupting egglife® egg white wraps along with its first-to-market innovation – new sweet cinnamon egglife® egg white wraps – by encouraging consumers to go against the grain...

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Jan 6 8:00 AM, General News


Campbell Appoints Daniel L. Poland Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Campbell Soup Company today announced the appointment of Daniel L. Poland as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective Jan. 10, 2022. Poland succeeds Bob Furbee who informed the company of his intent to retire after 38 years of service. Furbee will remain with Campbell until April 2022 and work with Poland to ensure a smooth transition.

Poland will lead Campbell’s end-to-end supply chain function including procurement, food safety and quality, occupational health and safety, engineering, planning and logistics, and all manufacturing sites...

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Jan 5 8:47 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, some households are proactively stocking up on holiday staples amid ongoing interruptions in the production and transportation of many commodities.

Frozen turkeys make up 89.3 percent of turkey ads this week—up from 52.1 percent the previous week. Feature prices for frozen turkey are in a wide range from 55 cents to $1.19 per pound. 

Typically, retailers will use whole turkeys as loss leaders during the holidays in order to increase customer traffic. That may be harder for grocers to do this year due to persistent snags in the supply chain. Amplifying the logistical issues affecting global trade such as a lack of labor and port bottlenecks is historically tight levels of whole turkeys in cold storage.

USDA reported total whole frozen turkeys in cold storage at the end of September at 258.4 million pounds, the lowest level for that month since 2006. At present, nearly all weight categories for whole turkeys, whether young hens or young toms, are quoted at all-time highs. Urner Barry’s benchmark quotation for young toms, East, frozen, 18 pounds is $1.43 per pound, a record high and up 27.7% from the prior five-year average...

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Nov 11 8:06 AM, UB Newswires







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