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New Industry Resource Captures Culinary Evolution of the Caribbean

Developed in collaboration with local food scholars and regional chefs, the textbook is a go-to resource for educators and foodservice professionals

Honoring island traditions and promoting regional variations of local dishes are at the heart of a new USMEF marketing program to incorporate U.S. beef and pork into culinary communities throughout the Caribbean islands.

“The culinary histories of the islands are fascinating and ever-evolving,” says USMEF Caribbean Representative Elizabeth Wunderlich. “But there are no resources available that capture the multi-cultural influences...

 

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Feb 21 12:05 PM, Urner Barry



Kraig Westerbeek Named President, Smithfield Hog Production

Smithfield Foods has named Kraig Westerbeek as president of its hog production operations effective Feb. 29, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Shane Smith.

“Kraig has been an extremely valuable asset to Smithfield Foods throughout his career,” said Shane Smith, chief executive officer for Smithfield. “His extensive experience in our hog production division has helped keep Smithfield on the forefront of our industry, and I look forward to his continued leadership.”

Westerbeek brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his new role...

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Feb 21 8:57 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Finalizing February’s Features

Retailers are finalizing their February features while actively preparing for spring demand, which is bolstered by seasonal factors like warmer weather along with holidays including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

Retail features are shifting from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin the 40 days of fasting and reduced meat consumption. 

The seafood complex continues to hold the top spot within total protein features, accounting for 37% this week. Beef follows with 21% of retail buying opportunities, while pork closes in at 19%. Chicken claims almost 16% of ad space, nearly...

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Feb 21 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


Don Novo & Son Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meat Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Don Novo & Son, a Miami, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 9,330 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE meat products were produced on December 21, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 1-lb. shrink-wrapped packages containing “Don Novo CHORIZO FULLY COOKED” with the expiration date of 3/30/2024 printed on the package.
    • 1-lb. shrink-wrapped packages....
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Feb 16 9:13 AM, Urner Barry


CDFA Issues New Proposition 12 Guidance Document on Certificates

The California Department of Agriculture's (CDFA) Animal Care Program has issued a new guidance document to aid stakeholders in distinguishing between the various certificates issued for Proposition 12 compliance.

Proposition 12 (2018) went fully into effect on January 1, 2024. The law prohibits the sale of shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole pork meat, or whole veal meat in California from animals that fail to comply with specific standards for freedom of movement, cage-free design, and specified minimum floor space. 

The Supreme Court upheld Proposition 12...

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Feb 12 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


U.S. Pork Export Value Sets Annual Record; Strong Finish for Beef Exports

Led by a record-shattering performance in Mexico and broad-based growth in other markets, U.S. pork exports set a value record in 2023, according to year-end data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). While 2023 beef exports were below the record totals posted the previous year, December exports were the largest since August and December export value increased 10% year-over-year.

December pork exports climbed nearly 10% from a year ago to 268,399 metric tons...

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Feb 9 9:11 AM, Urner Barry


Macgregors Meat and Seafood Ltd Recalls Frozen Ready-To-Eat Pork Products 

Macgregors Meat and Seafood Ltd, a Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 2,745 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork products that were not presented for import reinspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture 's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 1.5-lb. cartons containing "44TH Street Slow Cooked BABY BACK RIBS MAPLEWOOD SMOKED SAUCE" with Julian dates 3453 and 0154 printed on the side of the immediate package...
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Feb 5 9:00 AM, Urner Barry


UK Pork Producers Explore Export Opportunities to CA Amid Prop 12 Enforcement

British meat producers are exploring export opportunities to California after Proposition 12 went into full enforcement on January 1, 2024.

Proposition 12 originated as a ballot initiative in 2018 and was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on May 11, 2023. The Californian law prohibits the sale of meat and eggs in the state that were raised under certain farming conditions.

Under the law, breeding pigs must have a minimum of 24 square feet of usable floor space per animal. Proposition 12 applies to...

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Feb 1 6:55 AM, UB Newswires


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Raw Frozen Pork Dumpling Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Dim Sum Factory Inc., a Flushing, N.Y., establishment, produced and distributed raw, frozen pork dumpling products without the benefit of federal inspection. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

The raw, frozen pork wonton dumpling products were produced on various dates since September 6, 2023, and have a shelf life of 18 months. The following product is subject to the public health alert...

 

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Jan 31 9:24 AM, Urner Barry


Analysis: Elevated Pork Cutout Values Amidst Supply Disruptions in January

The average weekly Urner Barry pork cutout value currently stands at about $88.1/cwt for last week, reflecting a 7.9% increase compared to the same period last year. This marks the second-highest level for this week in January historically since data collection commenced in 2003; with the only higher value recorded being in 2022 largely due to labor challenges stemming from the pandemic.

The recent uptick in cutout value is primarily linked to holiday downtime around production schedules and extensive disruptions from winter weather across the US...

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Jan 30 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Navigating the Path to Sustainable Pork Production: A Reflection on FAO Reports

Jamie Burr, chief sustainability officer at NPB, reflects on the recent FAO reports and how U.S. pork is committed to producing sustainable products.

In December, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is the leading international agricultural organization, released two important reports touching on animal agriculture – the first report notably concludes that continued efficiency is the most promising way to reduce livestock’s emissions. The second report is a roadmap for ending hunger while achieving the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C...

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Jan 30 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Welcome to BBQ Lovers’ Bliss! SONIC Introduces Pulled Pork BBQ Cheeseburger and Totchos

Get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey at SONIC® Drive-In with new menu additions that will redefine your love for barbeque. Celebrating the best of BBQ piled on top of menu favorites, the Pulled Pork BBQ Cheeseburger, Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos, and the Pulled Pork Sandwich are available starting February 5 through March 31 at SONIC locations nationwide, though SONIC App users can get early access to these new craveable creations starting January 29...

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Jan 29 3:31 PM, Urner Barry


U.S. Pork and Beef Nutrition Showcased at Ironman Event in Colombia

USMEF partnered with Colombian importers to promote U.S. pork and beef nutrition and product availability during an athletic competition in Cartagena. When promoting the health and nutritional benefits of high-quality U.S. pork and beef in Latin America, USMEF sometimes establishes a high-profile U.S. industry presence at targeted events in key markets. One recent event was in Colombia, where an Ironman competition brought health and nutrition-conscious athletes and families together for three days in Cartagena.

With an audience focused on nutrition and athletic performance, USMEF put...

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Jan 26 7:40 AM, Urner Barry


China to Encourage Hog Farmers to Reduce Capacity After Price Slump

China will "guide" farmers to reduce hog production capacity as it steps up regulation of the industry, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, after an aggressive expansion drive led to an oversupply of pigs and heavy losses.

Big agribusinesses in the world's top pork producer have modernised farms and expanded pig herds so rapidly in recent years that a downturn in demand led to plummeting hog prices, mounting losses, and rising debt last year.

Farmers lost an average of 76 yuan ($10.60) per hog in 2023...

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Jan 23 10:09 AM, Urner Barry


NPPC Welcomes Steph Carlson as AVP of State and National Relations

Steph Carlson has joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as assistant vice president (AVP) of state and national relations. In her role, she will serve as the primary NPPC point of contact for state pork organizations. Carlson will be based in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Steph’s wealth of experience will be a huge asset to NPPC and state associations,” said Cody McKinley, NPPC vice president of operations and state and national relations “Her agricultural roots run deep, and I’m confident she will represent the industry well and...

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Jan 18 9:38 AM, Urner Barry


Albertsons Companies Launches New Signature SELECT® Mix + Match Meal Solution 

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced the launch of its newest Own Brand innovation, the Signature SELECT Mix + Match meal solution. Designed to save customers time both in the store and in the kitchen, this new line of frozen entrees, sides and veggies cook together in one standard oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes. Available now at 1,900 Albertsons Cos. stores including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, ACME and Shaw’s, this customizable meal solution feeds a family of four at a great value...

 

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Jan 15 10:23 AM, Urner Barry


November Pork Export Value Highest in 30 Months; Asia Headwinds Persist for Beef

Fueled by record performances in Mexico, Central America and Colombia, November exports of U.S. pork reached the highest value since mid-2021, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). U.S. beef exports slowed in November, recording the third lowest value of 2023. November lamb exports also trended lower.

November pork exports totaled 258,601 metric tons (mt), up 5% from a year ago and the highest in six months. Export value was up 2% to $737.4 million, the highest...

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Jan 15 9:49 AM, Urner Barry


Paving the Way for Pork at Convenience Stores

Across the U.S., numerous pork products are being showcased in convenience stores, driving demand for high-quality pork and encouraging consumers to purchase pork more frequently.

While pork dominates breakfast offerings in convenience stores (c-stores), how do we get more pork purchased throughout the day? Collaborating closely with c-store partners, NPB is committed to developing new products, overcoming barriers, coordinating potential sales opportunities and moving more product in convenience stores.

Why Convenience Stores?

In a fast-paced world, consumers often opt for on-the-go meals. Creating innovative products specifically...

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Jan 15 8:34 AM, Urner Barry


REPORTER: The Evolving Campaigns for Marketing Pork 

This article was originally featured in the WINTER 2024 Edition of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine.

From the day we saw Mikey bravely decide to try the cereal that none of his friends would dare to try, to Clara Peller muttering “Where’s the beef;” creative marketing campaigns have been at the core of top of-mind awareness for food products for millions of consumers. However, much strategy goes into creative campaigns like the ones mentioned above. At the core of each successful campaign, it’s the existence of key elements such as identifying goals...

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Jan 10 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


REPORTER: Gauging Beef and Pork Supplies in 2024

This article was originally featured in the WINTER 2024 Edition of Urner Barry’s Reporter magazine. 

2023 was a year characterized by extreme financial losses for the nation’s hog producers.

The average return to farrow to finish operations in the first half of the year was minus $34.64 per head, based on research from Iowa State University (ISU). Producers experienced a brief period of profitability over the summer but faced losses once again by the fourth quarter.

The steep losses gripping the hog industry have prompted herd liquidation efforts since...

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Jan 8 2:30 PM, Urner Barry


Major U.S. Winter Storm May Hinder Livestock Movement

Livestock producers and road crews are preparing for a major winter storm that will impact a significant portion of the country this week. 

The Plains and Midwest, where the bulk of the nation's cattle and hog-producing regions are located, could experience heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions through Tuesday. Meanwhile, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms are expected for the deep South through the Northeast today into tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

Whiteout conditions due to heavy snowfall combined with severe wind gusts could...

 

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Jan 8 9:27 AM, UB Newswires


Green Chef Expands Wellness Offerings with New Gut & Brain Health-Focused Recipes

Green Chef, the #1 meal kit for clean eating, announced today a new menu expansion that features Gut & Brain Health recipes. The new science-backed meals are powered by fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats that aim to support energy and immunity while helping to improve digestion. Both new and existing Green Chef customers can now choose to select a Gut & Brain Health lifestyle preference in their profile, to receive a curated selection of recipes that offer functional benefits.

To help consumers jumpstart and maintain their wellness goals, Green... 

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Jan 8 9:17 AM, Urner Barry


Forging Future Leaders: Unveiling the Distinctive Class of the Pork Leadership Institute

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the National Pork Board (NPB) proudly unveil the dynamic lineup for the Pork Leadership Institute’s (PLI) class of 2024. Each year, the PLI program selects a distinguished group of pork producers, and 2024 is no exception. Collaborating closely with state pork association executives and field representatives, NPPC and NPB have identified 19 outstanding individuals from across the nation to join this esteemed group.

The PLI Class of 2024:

  • Alabama – Daniel Tubbs
  • Arizona – Kevin Rogers
  • California – Shelby Sopocy...
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Jan 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc. Recalls Busseto Foods Brand Ready-to-Eat Charcuterie Meat Products 

Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc., a Mount Olive, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,097 pounds of Busseto Foods brand ready-to-eat charcuterie meat products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat (RTE) charcuterie sampler product was produced on October 30, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 18-oz. plastic tray packages containing “BUSSETO FOODS CHARCUTERIE SAMPLER Prosciutto, Sweet Sopressata, and Dry...
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Jan 4 8:40 AM, Urner Barry


Russian Pork Exports to China Gear Up Following Lifted Bans and Bilateral Protocol

In addition to Beijing scrapping regional restrictions for some Russian farm exports, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision announced its plans to commence pork exports to China in January 2024. This follows a bilateral inspection and quarantine protocol in December 2023, which was signed during the 28th conference between the heads of government of China and Russia.

On 25 December 2023, Abi, a leading Russian processed meat producer, announced the initiation of product exports to China, marking the beginning of this new trade development...

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Jan 4 8:00 AM, FeedInfo


The Retail Rundown: Consumer Sentiment Rises at Year's End

Consumer sentiment spiked at the tail end of 2023, boosted by improved viewpoints of inflation in the new year. According to the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Survey of Consumers, consumer sentiment climbed by 14% in December, reversing the declines from the previous four months.

All age, income, education, geographic, and political identification groups saw gains in sentiment in December, said U-M. The index is just shy of the midpoint between the pre-pandemic reading and the historic low hit in June 2022, added U-M.

The University of Michigan's...

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Jan 3 6:32 AM, UB Newswires


Farmers Concerned About Effects of California's New Animal Welfare Law

A new animal welfare law going into effect in California Jan. 1 that mandates space requirements for pigs, cows and chickens has some livestock farmers on edge.

Proposition 12 prohibits sales in California of pork, veal and eggs from livestock whose confinement doesn't meet certain minimum space rules. Those rules mandate hog pens to be large enough for an animal to turn around.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law, ruling 5-4 that "while the Constitution addresses many weighty issues, the type of pork chops California merchants...

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Jan 2 8:49 AM, Urner Barry


Mintec Releases "Christmas Dinner Index 2023" Report

Mintec's Christmas Dinner Index, which measures price fluctuations across key food commodities that make up a traditional Christmas dinner (main meal and dessert), increased by 2.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) in November 2023.

 Mintec enables the world's largest food and manufacturing brands to implement more efficient and sustainable procurement strategies. We do this through our cutting-edge SaaS platform, Mintec Analytics, which delivers market prices and analysis for thousands of commodities, food ingredients and associated materials. Our data and tools empower our customers to understand prices better, analyze their spend...

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Dec 22 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Triumph Foods to Create 88 Jobs During St. Joseph Expansion

Triumph Foods announced that it will expand operations at the company's 800,000-square-foot facility in St. Joseph, Missouri, creating 88 new jobs in the process.  

“Triumph Foods is a Missouri-made, leading pork processor that we’re excited to see continuing to grow,” said Governor Mike Parson on X, formerly known as Twitter. “This company’s expansion is an exciting development for the local community and regional economy and will further strengthen our state’s thriving agriculture industry. We look forward to Triumph Foods’ continued success as it invests and creates jobs...

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Dec 22 6:55 AM, UB Newswires


Prop 12 Enforcement Begins: Landmark Crate-Free Animal Welfare Law Fully Implemented in New Year

Beginning January 1, 2024, fresh pork sold in California and Massachusetts must be gestation-crate free as the two states’ historic animal welfare laws—Proposition 12 and Question 3—are fully implemented and enforceable. Humane animal care leader Niman Ranch is 100% audited, compliant and ready for implementation with available supply of crate-free, Certified Humane® fresh pork raised sustainably and without antibiotics by independent family farmers.

“The best resolution the pork industry and consumers can make this new year is to commit to...

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Dec 21 9:06 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Ham Features Increase for the Holidays

The countdown to Christmas is rapidly winding down and shoppers are busy stocking up on last-minute gifts and food for visiting family and holiday gatherings.

For the second week in a row, pork features claim the top spot among protein ads this week with 28.4%. Seafood follows with 25.7% of total protein ad volume, while beef comes in third at 20.5%. Chicken retail buying opportunities declined to 8%, compared to 13.8% the previous week. Turkey features advanced to 9.7%, up about four points from last week...

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Dec 20 7:30 AM, UB Newswires


Analysis: Current Trends in the Pork Butt Market

The ¼-inch bone-in butt market has experienced elevated price levels, with the weekly average price currently standing at $118.5/cwt. This price is comparable to levels observed in 2011 and 2014, during the PEDv outbreak, yet it remains slightly below the 2022 levels.

Currently, it ranks as the third-highest price historically recorded for this week in December. This trend can be primarily attributed to more active demand from South Korea compared to past years, despite the current pace of U.S. total pork production...

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Dec 18 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


duBreton Farms are Now Certified by the California Animal Care Program (Prop12)

As a leader in animal welfare, duBreton is proud to announce that they are one of the first companies to be certified and ready for the implementation of California's Proposition 12 which restricts gestation crate usage and requires 24 square feet of space per sow.

"Today, we take another step forward, since we are not just compliant, but fully audited and ready for California's Proposition 12, which goes into effect on January 1st, 2024," declared Vincent Breton, CEO...

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Dec 15 7:57 AM, Urner Barry


Another Record Month for Pork Exports to Mexico; Beef Exports Show Modest Rebound

U.S. pork exports posted another strong performance in October, led by record-large shipments to Mexico and broad-based growth elsewhere, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October beef exports remained well below last year’s large totals but improved from September, led by stronger demand in Mexico and Taiwan.

October pork exports totaled 245,345 metric tons (mt), up 3% year-over-year and the largest since June, valued at $688.2 million – down 2% from a year ago....

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Dec 8 10:42 AM, Urner Barry


Hormel's All-New Ultimate Pepperoni Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit

The makers of HORMEL® Pepperoni, America's No. 1 pepperoni brand*, are making the holiday season extra merry with the launch of an all-new, limited-edition** Ultimate Pepperoni Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit. Whether fans are stocking up on flavorful beverages for holiday gatherings and gift giving, or getting ready for National Bloody Mary Day on Jan. 1, the Ultimate Pepperoni Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit should be on everyone's holiday shopping list.

Beginning on Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. EST, pepperoni and Bloody Mary lovers...

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Dec 6 11:38 AM, Urner Barry


Smithfield Foods to Terminate Grower Contracts With 26 Farms in Utah

In a press release issued Tuesday, Smithfield Foods announced it will terminate contracts with 26 hog farms in Utah amid challenging market conditions. 

The contract terminations will eliminate Smithfield positions that support contract farm relationships, said the company. The number of Smithfield positions eliminated may be up to one-third of the 210 currently employed in its Utah hog production operations. The company will offer relocation opportunities for the affected employees.  

Smithfield Foods is one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies and employs nearly 60,000 people in seven countries...

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Dec 6 6:55 AM, UB Newswires


U.S. Pork a High-Quality, Convenient Option for Consumers in Korea

USMEF is partnering with Korean retailers to develop and promote U.S. pork in new home meal replacement products.

Korean processors, retailers and restaurants are working aggressively to develop new ideas to satisfy the needs of fast-growing, single-person households in Korea, which now account for 41% of all households.

Consumer demand for quality and convenience is booming and USMEF is partnering with retailers to develop and promote new products with U.S. pork for as home meal replacement (HMR) options.

One such partnership has been an ongoing collaboration with...

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Dec 1 9:28 AM, Urner Barry


Travis Kelce Launches Travis Kelce's Kitchen, a Line of Game-Changing Refrigerated Entrees

Travis Kelce, one of the greatest tight ends of all time and a staple of the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013, is taking his love for Kansas City BBQ to a whole new level. With the launch of Travis Kelce's Kitchen, his own line of flavorful refrigerated entrees, Kelce aims to share his passion for great food, especially the hearty BBQ that Kansas City is famous for. This new line features seven of his favorite dishes inspired...

 

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Nov 30 8:35 AM, Urner Barry


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at The Fresh Market!

The Fresh Market is making prepping for the holidays easier than ever this year, with the specialty food retailer’s prepared holiday meals available now for pre-order, a special holiday print edition of The Fresh Market Magazine, and a holiday-themed shoppable livestream featuring brand ambassador, Chef Anna Rossi. 

Whether it's a festive feast with family and friends or a small gathering, The Fresh Market offers everything guests need to create memorable and delicious meals. To make holiday shopping even more convenient, The Fresh Market also...

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Nov 29 11:17 AM, Urner Barry


Logan’s Roadhouse “Beefing” Up Holiday Offers For A Limited Time

Logan’s Roadhouse, the leading steakhouse known for its scratch-made rolls, mesquite grilled steaks, and ice-cold beer, is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of Prime Rib, just in time for the holiday season. Logan’s invites guests to indulge in a special Prime Rib experience that will be available exclusively on weekends from through February 18, 2024.

The Prime Rib special features a juicy 13 oz. prime rib, seasoned to perfection in Logan’s signature rub, and then masterfully slow-roasted for six hours and hand-carved to order. Logan’s...

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Nov 29 9:32 AM, Urner Barry


Mintec Releases "Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023" Report; Read It Here

Mintec enables the world's largest food and manufacturing brands to implement more efficient and sustainable procurement strategies. We do this through our cutting-edge SaaS platform, Mintec Analytics, which delivers market prices and analysis for thousands of commodities, food ingredients and associated materials. Our data and tools empower our customers to understand prices better, analyze their spend and negotiate with confidence.

Mintec’s latest report, “Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023,” is a look at the components that make up the traditional holiday dinner...

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Nov 22 9:29 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Feasting on Holiday Features

Thanksgiving is here and the retail segment is teeming with all things turkeys, sides, sweets, and treats!

Fittingly, turkey leads the protein category with 31.1% of total feature volume, up from 22.5% the week prior. Pork follows with 22.8%. Seafood narrowly overtakes beef for the third spot, with 18.8%. Beef claimed 17.4%, nearly flat with last week.

Mintec recently took a look at the components that make up the traditional holiday dinner in its "Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023" report. The index, which measures price fluctuations across key food commodities that make up a...

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Nov 22 7:15 AM, UB Newswires


Urner Barry’s Market Briefing Provides Insights on Commodity Protein Markets

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Click HERE to view the latest report...

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Brazil Food Processor BRF Widens Net Loss in Q3 on Grain Prices, Chicken Glut

BRF SA, the Brazilian pork and poultry processor, widened its third-quarter loss from the year-ago period as it continued to deal with a chicken oversupply while also trying to rein in grain prices, it said on Monday.

BRF reported a 262 million real ($53.37 million) net loss in the third quarter, larger than the 136.7 million loss a year ago but slightly better than an LSEG consensus forecast of a 279 million real loss.

Despite the hit, BRF said improvements in the company's...

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Nov 14 8:40 AM, Foodmarket


North 49 Foods Opens New Sow Processing Plant in Moose Jaw

A new pork processing facility in Canada has come online, marking the first time for such an occasion in over a decade. 

North 49 Foods, a division of Thunder Creek Pork, officially opened its federally inspected sow slaughter and processing facility in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in late October. 

The 120,000-square-foot facility was retrofitted from the former JBS/XL Foods beef plant, which was acquired by Donald's Fine Foods in 2019.

Donald's Fine Foods already operates a hog slaughter plant in Moose Jaw that was opened in 2011...

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Nov 10 6:51 AM, UB Newswires


Fine-dining Initiative Underway to Differentiate U.S. Pork in Taiwan

USMEF kicks off a new campaign to revitalize U.S. pork’s image with the trade and consumers

Following setbacks that slashed exports of U.S. pork to Taiwan in recent years, demand has rebounded in 2023. Taiwan’s zero-tolerance policy for ractopamine residues and persistent trade tensions kept ractopamine in the public eye, creating a difficult business climate as U.S. exports plunged in 2021 and 2022.

While these headwinds linger, the business climate for U.S. pork has improved as supplies from Europe and domestic producers have...

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Nov 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Sonny's BBQ Redefines BBQ Classics with BBQ Tour Inspired by Regional Flavors

Sonny's BBQ, the purpose-driven BBQ restaurant known for quality BBQ and spreading kindness in the communities they serve, introduced today the BBQ Tour Sampler, a new limited time menu offering. Inspired by the legendary flavors of some of the best barbecue in the country, Sonny's BBQ Pitmasters created this new offering as a tribute to their favorite regional barbecue styles and dishes.

The BBQ Tour Sampler features a generous helping of three proteins, each with their own unique regional flavor profile: Carolina Pulled Pork...

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Oct 30 9:20 AM, Urner Barry


ALDI Decks the Halls with Over 350 Curated Food Items for Holiday Hosting

Dust off your holiday wish lists because ALDI is ringing in the season with the introduction of over 350 festive food offerings – from gourmet cheeses and charcuterie to snacks, wine and beyond – rolling out through the rest of the year.

And there's even more to unwrap: the ALDI holiday food selection is larger than ever before, including over 70 new items with the majority priced under $10. These thoughtfully selected, budget-friendly offerings allow shoppers to cherish moments with loved ones and focus on what...

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Oct 27 12:15 PM, Urner Barry


Nepal Added to USDA List of Regions Affected by African Swine Fever

In a notice issued earlier this week, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) indicated that they have added the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to the APHIS list of regions considered to be affected by African swine fever (ASF). 

“We have taken this action because of the confirmation of ASF in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal,” said the government agency. The first outbreak of ASF in Nepal was reported by the World Organisation of Animal Health in May 2022...

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Oct 27 7:06 AM, UB Newswires


Cold Storage: End Sep Combined Meat/Poultry -1.3% on Mo, -7.8% on Yr

USDA monthly cold storage data released Wednesday afternoon showed combined meat and poultry stocks held in the nation's freezer warehouses at the end of September at about 2.146 billion pounds, 1.3% below the previous month and 7.8% less than a year ago.

Turkey and pork stocks were below the previous month while chicken and beef were up from their respective August figures. Turkey stocks were up from a year ago while chicken, pork, and beef were smaller. The combined stocks were 9.3% below the five-year average of...

 

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Oct 25 3:25 PM, UB Newswires


The Retail Rundown: Roast Features Heat Up as Temperatures Dip

An early-season snowstorm has arrived for portions of the Northwest, bringing accumulations of up to a foot in areas including Mondana and North Dakota. The system is forecast to spread into the North Plains by midweek, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front will bring frigid temperatures southeastward towards the week's end, with single-digit temperatures possible for some regions. In contrast, much of the central and eastern U.S. is experiencing near or above-average temperatures this week...

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Oct 25 7:10 AM, UB Newswires


Capitology, LLC Recalls Ineligible Pork Chicharrones Products Imported from Honduras

Capitology, LLC, the importer of record located in Charlotte, N.C., is recalling approximately 4,679 pounds of pork chicharrones products. The products were imported from Honduras, a country ineligible to export pork products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall, regardless of the product date:

  • 5.3-oz. foil pouch packages containing "Rica Sula TAJADITAS con CHICHARRON Platanos Con Chicharron."

The product subject to recall does not bear an establishment number nor a USDA...

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Oct 24 9:17 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Bacon's Market Journey Through 2023

According to the most recent data from Circana on COMTELL, as of October 15, 2023, the average price of non-discounted bacon across all U.S. foods was $6.66/lb. This figure was preceded two weeks prior by the highest price recorded this year, at $6.95/lb. In the period from January to May of 2023, supplies of bellies in cold storage saw an increase, attributed to lackluster interest in bacon from foodservice sectors during the first half of the year. However, a decline in both frozen and fresh belly supplies became evident...

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Oct 24 8:07 AM, Urner Barry


Del Valle Import and Export LLC Recalls Pork Chorizo Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

Del Valle Import and Export LLC, a Kenner, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 21,105 pounds of raw pork chorizo products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw pork chorizo items were produced from October 1, 2021, through October 18, 2023. The following products are subject to recall, regardless of the product date [view labels]:

  • 14-oz. plastic tub containers containing “Chorizo Olanchano Mezcla de chorizo Centroamericano Centroamerican...
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Oct 23 9:14 AM, Urner Barry


East Coast Food Distributors, Inc. Recalls Ineligible Pork Chicharrones Products

East Coast Food Distributors, Inc., the importer of record located in Hudson, N.H., is recalling approximately 7,767 pounds of pork chicharrones products. The products were imported from Colombia, a country ineligible to export meat products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall, regardless of the product date [view labels]:

  • 165-g foil pouch packages containing “De Todito BBQ PARA COMPARTIR” and UPC code 7702189057624...
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Oct 20 8:11 AM, Urner Barry


TGI Fridays® Launches New Line of Single-Serve Meals

TGI Fridays expands its extensive range of frozen food offerings by introducing four new mouthwatering, restaurant-inspired, single-serve meals. Available now at Walmart locations nationwide, these entrées include:

  • Whiskey-Glazed Chicken and Mashed Potatoes: Flame-grilled, boneless, skinless chicken topped with our delicious whiskey BBQ glaze and paired with buttery mashed potatoes to complete this tasty dish.
  • Spicy Cajun Style Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo: Spice up your Fridays with our indulgent and spicy Cajun-style sauce, loaded with tender chunks of all-white-meat chicken, served atop perfectly al dente...
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Oct 19 9:01 AM, Urner Barry


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Celebrates National Pulled Pork Day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will once again treat barbecue lovers across the country to a fan favorite – pulled pork!

This Thursday, October 12th, the Texas-style barbecue brand will be celebrating National Pulled Pork Day by offering guests their famous Pulled Pork Sandwich for only $4.99. The popular menu item features slow-smoked pulled pork on a brioche bun. This deal will be available to guests, at participating locations, ordering in store, on Dickeys.com, or in the Dickey’s App found under the DEALS category...

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Oct 10 1:38 PM, Urner Barry


Family Dinner Host Andrew Zimmern Debuts New Frozen Food Line, By Andre Zimmern

A chef known for exploring culture through food, Zimmern leverages his diverse life in food to bring crave-worthy, home-cooked flavors to the freezer aisle.

A chef known for exploring culture through food, Zimmern leverages his diverse life in food to bring crave-worthy, home-cooked flavors to the freezer aisle.

Connecting people through a shared love of food and cultures has been both a passion and life theme for Zimmern in his roles as a chef, on TV in series such as Family Dinner...

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Oct 10 9:26 AM, Urner Barry


Smithfield Foods to Close Charlotte Plant

Smithfield Foods will close its Charlotte, North Carolina, pork-processing plant and transfer production to its Tar Heel, North Carolina, facility to increase efficiency and better utilize existing capacity.

The company will provide financial and other transition assistance to the 107 employees who are affected by this closure and will meet with employees to discuss options including transfer to other Smithfield locations. Smithfield will also provide a financial incentive package for hourly employees to remain at Charlotte until the final day of production in December... 

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Oct 10 8:29 AM, Urner Barry


Record Value for Mexico Fuels August Pork Exports; Modest Rebound for Beef

August exports of U.S. pork were steady year-over-year, led by another tremendous performance in Mexico, according to data released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. Beef exports were well below the large totals posted in August 2022 but showed improvement over July results.

August pork exports totaled 226,519 metric tons (mt), steady with last year, while export value fell 1.5% to $649.5 million. Through the first eight months of 2023, pork exports were 11% above last year’s pace at 1.91 million mt, valued...

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Oct 10 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


New Data Highlight Continuous Improvement, Sustainability Across Meat Sector

In the second year of the meat sector’s pioneering data collection and reporting on five key focus areas for continuous improvement, the number of companies submitting data grew by nearly 60% and now covering more than half of all establishments operated by Meat Institute members.

With 93% of the Meat Institute’s largest member companies (more than 2000 employees) submitting data, the report reflects commitments and actions covering an estimated 90% of meat sold in the United States. The Meat Institute's metrics and goals align closely with on-farm efforts in beef...

 

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Oct 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats Inc. is recalling Signature Master Carve Half Ham

In a letter addressed to Costco members, Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats Inc announced its recalling a single code date for its Kirkland Signature Master Carve Half Ham, Natural Juices Boneless Smoked Half Ham.

The item has a use/Freeze by date of January 20, 2023 and Lot# 264 - 4 sticker. The company states this item is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination and are advising customers to return product for a full refund.

The product was available for purchase between September 26-29 in Northern California...

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Oct 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Chef Competition Showcases U.S. Pork Quality in Vietnam

In Vietnam’s price-sensitive market, the U.S. pork industry is working to differentiate U.S. pork as top quality with the trade and consumers.

Already the preferred meat in Vietnam with annual per capita consumption near 60 pounds, pork consumption is projected to grow 3.1% per year through 2030, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Strong pork demand, combined with domestic production challenges following the discovery of African swine fever in 2019, are factors behind the U.S. pork industry’s interest in this developing market. U.S...

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Oct 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Supply Concerns Maintain Pressure on CME Lean Hog Futures

Lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) extended Friday’s steep declines on Monday, pressured by concerns about larger-than-anticipated supplies outlined in USDA’s quarterly data.

The government's latest hogs and pigs report, released Thursday, indicated the number of swine on U.S. farms as of September 1 at 74.319 million head, 0.3% above a year ago. This outpaced expectations for a 0.7% decline in the nation's herd, based on Urner Barry's survey of analysts. 

Prior to the report, the December contract advanced to $76.10 per cwt, a one-week high...

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Oct 3 7:00 AM, UB Newswires


The Retail Rundown: Pork and Seafood Share the Spotlight Next Month

Pork and seafood will share the spotlight next month, as October is recognized as both National Pork Month and National Seafood Month. Retailers are expected to increase feature volume for the two proteins in the weeks ahead to promote spending this fall. 

October is reserved for National Pork Month to help move product when hog supplies are large. While a seasonal expansion in supplies typically takes place around this time of year, ongoing liquidation efforts may keep a lid on supplies this fall and winter.

Weekly hog slaughter levels...

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Sep 27 6:39 AM, UB Newswires


Del Valle Import and Export, LLC, Recalls Ineligible Pork Chicharrones Product

Del Valle Import and Export, LLC, a distributor and importer located in Kenner, La., is recalling approximately 1,271 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork chicharrones product that was imported from Honduras, a country ineligible to export pork products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following product is subject to recall, regardless of the product date [view label]:

100g foil pouch packages containing “DEL RANCHO CHICHARRONES AUTENTICOS 100% PRODUCTO DE CERDO.”...

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Sep 26 9:07 AM, Urner Barry


Return of the King's Hawaiian® Pork & Slaw Sandwich After More Than Eight Years

Guests asked, and Firehouse Subs® listened. After a hiatus of more than eight years, the brand is celebrating the sweet return of the King's Hawaiian® Pork & Slaw Sandwich. Available for a limited time only in U.S. locations, the sandwich features slow-smoked pulled pork, melted pepper jack cheese, and sweet and tangy slaw all on a King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Bun.

"For more than eight years, guests have been continuously sending us messages asking us to bring back the King's Hawaiian Pork & Slaw," ...

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Sep 25 9:20 AM, Urner Barry


Green Valley Foods Recalls Frozen Meat Pizza Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Green Valley Foods, a Devils Lake, N.D. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,062 pounds of frozen meat pizza products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen meat pizza items were produced from September 20, 2022, through September 20, 2023, and may contain the lot codes 2632 through 2633. The following products are subject to recall...

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Sep 25 8:41 AM, Urner Barry


USMEF Partners with Chilean Importer to Grow its Portfolio of U.S. Pork Cuts

To address reduced U.S. pork sales with a major importer in Chile, USMEF South American Representative Jessica Julca worked with the importer to develop a client database to segment its customers based on their purchasing patterns and potential needs.

“El Carnicero used to import several cuts of U.S. pork but with greater availability from competitors, they were down to importing one U.S. cut,” says Julca. “The database contains purchasing data for 211 of its customers and helps them to identify loyal customers and market opportunities...

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Sep 22 8:02 AM, Urner Barry


Christensen Farms Announces Leadership Succession

Christensen Farms President and CEO, Glenn Stolt, a 13-year veteran of the company, announced his intention to retire from his position during the latter part of 2024 and is excited to announce the promotion of Greg Howard to President, effective immediately.

“At Christensen Farms, we continue to focus on building a development-oriented culture providing advancement opportunities for our team,” said Mr. Stolt. “This announcement, albeit at the senior level of the organization, demonstrates our commitment to proactive individual and organizational development and succession planning."...

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Sep 21 8:01 AM, Urner Barry


NPPC Welcomes Meghan Cline as Director of Policy Communications

Meghan ClineMeghan Cline has joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as director of policy communications. In her role, she will focus on strategies for effectively communicating NPPC’s policy positions to a wide variety of audiences, including producers, lawmakers, the media, and consumers.

“Meghan is a welcome addition to the NPPC communications team,” said NPPC Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications Annemarie Pender. “Her unique blend of industry, federal government, and global corporate experience will be an asset to NPPC.”

Cline most recently served as the director of communications for...

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Sep 21 7:55 AM, Urner Barry


Volpi Foods Announces Product Launch in Target in Midwest and Southern U.S.

Volpi Foods, the fourth-generation family-owned charcuterie company based in St. Louis, is excited to announce its new partnership with Target in the Midwest and Southern U.S. regions. The company's line of high-quality charcuterie products will now be available in Target stores, offering customers a taste of traditional Italian dry-cured meats made with Raised Responsibly™ Midwest pork and packaged in the Eco-Pack™, Volpi's eco-friendly packaging that reduces plastic use by 80%. Plus, Volpi is a WBENC-certified business, the gold standard...

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Sep 20 7:59 AM, Urner Barry


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Canned Meat Product Due to Possible Under Processing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for canned meat product due to under processing. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the product is no longer available for consumers to purchase.

The canned meat item was produced by Hormel Foods Corp. Services, LLC, an Austin, Minn. establishment, on Aug. 17, 2023...

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Sep 18 9:36 AM, Urner Barry


Olymel Continues Consolidation Efforts, Announces Closure of Two Further Processing Plants

On Wednesday, Olymel announced the definitive closure of two of its further processing plants as part of the company's ongoing efforts to streamline its operations and ensure profitability across its facilities. 

Olymel is the leading producer, processor, and distributor of pork and poultry in Canada. It has production and processing facilities in QuebecOntarioAlbertaSaskatchewan, and New Brunswick. 

In its fresh pork sector, Olymel announced the closure of its boning and packaging plant in Princeville, Centre-du-Québec. The facility is slated to close on November...

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Sep 15 7:13 AM, UB Newswires


Louisville CBP Agriculture Specialists Intercept Shipments with Prohibited Meat

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists at the Louisville Port of Entry in Kentucky stopped 13 shipments containing Porky Pig’s Porky Pig’s relatives not declared in boxes from Hong Kong. 

From August 20 to August 28, Agriculture Specialists intercepted the shipments, which were heading to the same company in Bellerose, New York. Each shipment contained pork items, some contained pork and poultry items, and one contained pork and other prohibited food, according to the CBP.

A total of 1,104 pounds of pork, 298 pounds of poultry, and 88 pounds of prohibited foods were seized...

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Sep 11 7:24 AM, UB Newswires


Japan’s Largest Pork Cutlet Restaurant Chain Switches to U.S. Pork

Global strategies to build demand for the U.S. pork loin are paying dividends in several markets, including high-value market Japan. Katsuya, Japan’s largest pork cutlet restaurant chain, has switched to using U.S. pork loin and tenderloin at its 450 outlets.

“Our team is working closely with targeted foodservice accounts, looking for menu opportunitites for U.S. pork. We have had some successes this summer,” says USMEF Japan Director Satoshi Kato. “Katsuya appreciated our partnership approach and has switched to chilled U.S. pork...

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Sep 8 11:31 AM, Urner Barry


July Pork Exports Continue Above Year-Ago; Slow Month for Beef Exports

Building on a robust first-half performance, July exports of U.S. pork continued to outpace year-ago levels, according to data released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. Beef exports took a step back in July, posting the lowest volume since January, but export value per head of fed slaughter again exceeded $400.

July pork exports totaled 219,014 metric tons (mt), up 5% year-over-year, while export value increased 1% to $628.7 million. Through the first seven months of 2023, pork exports were 13% above...

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Sep 8 9:00 AM, Urner Barry


Empacadora Frape, USA LLC, Recalls Pork Products Imported Without Benefit of Import Reinspection

Empacadora Frape, USA LLC, the importer of record located in Houston, Texas, is recalling approximately 20,455 pounds of frozen, not ready to eat (NRTE) pork chicharron and pork carnitas products that were not presented for import reinspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 19- to 24-lb. box containing “Chicharrón con carne/Pork Skin with Meat” with lot codes 2193CON0281, 2203CON0283, 2213CON0285, 2223CON0287, 2233CON0289 and use by date between...
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Sep 8 8:42 AM, Urner Barry







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