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Global Animal Protein Outlook 2023: Deciding How to Grow Amid Challenges and Opportunities

Even though global animal protein production is expected to grow modestly in 2023, it will be another year of change for the sector. The industry will face high costs along the full supply chain, swings in consumption, and other areas of uncertainty for producers, such as elevated disease pressure and regulatory and market-driven changes. As a result, margins will be squeezed as buyers push back on higher production costs. But opportunities still exist, although they will be more restricted.

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Dec 6 9:38 AM, General News

USMEF Conference Concludes with Election of New Officers, Overview of Current Trade Landscape

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Strategic Planning Conference wrapped up Friday in Oklahoma City with the election of a new officer team. Dean Meyer, a corn, soybean and livestock producer from Rock Rapids, Iowa, is the new USMEF chair.

In addition to raising corn and soybeans, Meyer’s diversified operation – which he oversees with his three sons – includes a cattle feedlot and a farrow-to-finish hog facility. This provides him with a deep appreciation of the diverse range of agricultural sectors that make up USMEF...

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Nov 14 9:22 AM, General News

WNY Tops & Wegmans Adds New Sahlen's Cocktail Wieners

Sahlen Packing Co., the family-owned and operated food manufacturer founded in Buffalo, New York, in 1869, announced that its newest product, Sahlen's Skinless Smokehouse Cocktail Wieners, is now available at all Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans locations across Western New York. This comes after two months of slowly rolling the product out to two of the regions biggest shopping markets.

The public demand for a smaller, bite-sized version of Buffalo's own hot dog had been growing over the past several years. As a result, Sahlen implemented new food manufacturing processes...

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Nov 11 8:30 AM, General News

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meat and Cheese

Deli meats (cold cuts, lunch meats, hot dogs, and pâtés sold at the deli) and cheeses are known sources of Listeria illnesses. This is because Listeria can easily spread among food on deli countertops, deli slicers, surfaces, and hands. Listeria is a hardy germ that can be difficult to fully remove once it is in the deli. It can survive and grow at cold temperatures in the refrigerator.

Source of the Outbreak

Information collected so far shows that deli meat and cheese purchased at deli counters in multiple states are the likely...

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Nov 10 8:48 AM, General News

September Pork Exports Continue Upward Trend; Pace Cools for Beef

U.S. pork exports topped year-ago totals for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). September beef exports were below last year for the first time in 2022, but exports remain on a record pace through the first three quarters of the year.

Pork exports reached 222,202 metric tons (mt) in September, up 1% from a year ago. Export value increased 9% to $664.8 million – the highest since June 2021. Through September, pork exports were...

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Nov 7 8:56 AM, General News

Meat District Partners with Los Angeles Rams to Introduce The Champ Burger

Meat District, the creator of butcher-crafted premium fresh and frozen burgers, and the defending Champion Los Angeles Rams are proud to announce a multi-year partnership that kicks off with the introduction of "The Champ" Burger which is now available across Southern California.

The Champ Burger, made from the very best premium steak cuts of Chuck, Brisket and Short-Rib Angus Beef, will be easy to find in the meat aisles as it features Meat District's unique and attractive co-branded packaging with a striking neon...

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Nov 4 8:50 AM, General News

The Largest Ever Giant Mortadella in the Big Apple: 661 lbs in Weight 6.4 ft in Length

In Italy, the land of culinary excellence, mortadella is synonymous with good food and the joy of life. Veroni, the first brand for the Italian charcuterie* in the US, celebrates the mortadella tradition and taste, bringing the largest one ever seen in the US to the Big Apple's biggest culinary Festival.

The giant mortadella, the queen of Italian charcuterie, – 661 lb in weight, 6.4 ft long, and 18 inches in diameter – is ready to delight every palate during the Food Network New York...

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Oct 28 8:00 AM, General News

CBP Officers Seize Bulks of Undeclared Bologna & Cheese During Separate Early Morning Encounters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing in downtown El Paso seized 484 pounds of bologna and 285 pounds of cheese during the early morning hours of Oct. 27.

“In both these cases the travelers concealed these commodities and failed to properly declare merchandise acquired abroad to the CBP officer upon arrival and entry,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Ray Provencio.

The 484-pound bologna seizure occurred just after 1:30 a.m. when a 32-year-old male...

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Oct 28 8:00 AM, General News

QDOBA Mexican Eats® Introduces Brisket Birria

QDOBA, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing the true flavors of Mexico and the hottest trend from food trucks in the U.S. to its menu with the introduction of Brisket Birria, made with tender, shredded beef brisket slow cooked for 10 hours in chiles and garlic to infuse authentic Mexican flavors. With the new protein option, guests can create their own entrée with Brisket Birria or enjoy two new chef curated recipes: the QuesaBirria Quesadilla and QuesaBirria Burrito, both of which layer Brisket Birria with QDOBA's much loved 3-cheese queso...

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Oct 14 8:00 AM, General News

SPAM® Sales Sizzle with the Help of Social Media

Spam, the square canned meat, with the iconic blue and yellow label, has been feeding families for more than 85 years. Hormel Foods says with the help of social media, it’s become even more popular.

Austin’s canned ham was made by Hormel Foods at the end of the depression in 1937 as an affordable and convenient meat option. The product, made up of only six ingredients, is now in more than 47 countries...

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Oct 14 8:00 AM, General News

Holiday Plans: Desire for Food Gifting, Bigger Gatherings & Robust Food Spending Despite Inflation

New Results from Omaha Steaks' Annual Harris Poll of 2,000 Americans Reveals Insights on Holiday Attitudes and Behaviors

Americans are craving experiences and togetherness this holiday season, while also planning to spend more on holiday feasts and gather in larger groups than recent years. These are a few of the findings from the third annual Harris Poll, commissioned by Omaha Steaks gauging Americans on a wide variety of holiday-related food, entertaining and gifting plans. While 7 in 10 Americans (71%) are looking forward to time around...

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Oct 12 9:24 AM, General News

Potbelly Heads into Fall with a Deli Classic

Potbelly is bringing the 'strami back! A hit with Potbelly fans, the Pastrami Sandwich made its anticipated return on Monday, Oct. 3rd for a limited time.

Layered with signature spiced and smoked beef, the savory Pastrami Sandwich is topped with Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard, then served Potbelly style, always toasted at 500 degrees.

"At Potbelly, we are always putting tasty twists on classic sandwiches." said David Daniels, CMO of Potbelly. "As the temperature drops this time of year and our fans are seeking the toasty, warm comfort of our craveable..."

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Oct 6 8:00 AM, General News

U.S. Red Meat Industry Commemorates 45 Years in Japan

Leaders representing the U.S. red meat industry recently traveled to Tokyo to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the inaugural U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) office, which opened in Tokyo in 1977. Japan has consistently been a top customer and is the leading international market for U.S. red meat, purchasing nearly $4.1 billion in 2021. Through July 2022, U.S. red meat exports to Japan reached $2.4 billion.

The U.S.-Japan trade partnership is highly valued by those in the U.S. pork, beef and lamb industries. While in Tokyo for meetings...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Boarderie Offers First and Only Pre-Assembled Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, Shipped Nationwide

Gift better with hand-selected artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts and chocolates artfully arranged on a keepsake Acacia wood board that arrives pre-assembled and ready-to-share

Boarderie, the first and only company delivering a delightfully simple way to give and share pre-arranged, catering-quality cheese and charcuterie boards, today announced its direct-to-consumer website is live. Founded in fall 2020 and uniting everyday convenience with gourmet artistry, their expert team sources the highest-quality, artisan inspired ingredients from around the world for...

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Sep 27 1:00 PM, General News

U.S. Salami Makers Adds On-Trend New Flavor Combination to its Charcuterie Snack Packs

One of the fastest-growing names in Italian-style salami is expanding its popular snack pack line with a new pairing that combines two of its most-requested, on-trend deli flavors for the very first time: pepperoni and mozzarella.

Oceanside, Calif.-based Olli Salumeria has set a late-summer launch date for its Olli® Pepperoni Mozzarella Snack Pack, the latest offering in its line of high-protein grab-and-go mini meals, This newest snack pack, combining sliced, slow-cured Olli Pepperoni and Mozzarella...

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Aug 29 8:37 AM, General News

Stryve Foods Partners with Military Nonprofit in Support of Fallen and Disabled Service Members

Stryve Foods, Inc., the premium air-dried meat snacks brand conquering the intersection of healthy and convenient, is proud to announce its partnership with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides academic scholarships to the children and spouses of America's fallen and disabled service members. Folds of Honor pays tribute to the sacrifice of America's heroes by allowing their legacy to live on through their families through educational scholarships, partnering with brands such as Stryve Foods in order to achieve the goals that allow for...

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Aug 24 1:00 PM, General News

Hormel® Black Label® Bacon Celebrates National Bacon Lovers Day

When it comes to celebrating bacon, the experts at the Hormel® Black Label® bacon brand have their fans covered. To mark National Bacon Lovers Day, the brand has several tasty recipes that will take you beyond the breakfast plate. From sweet to savory, everything is better with Hormel® Black Label® bacon.

From Hormel® Black Label® bacon street corn and taco shells to cookies and cupcakes. We believe Hormel® Black Label® bacon brings any dish to the next level. The flavor and...

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Aug 22 8:58 AM, General News

Veroni Becomes the First Brand of Italian Charcuterie in the U.S.

The Italian cured meat producer Veroni continues to grow in the US market – With a 23.7% increase in 2021 revenues, the company has been ranked among the top 20 players in the US luncheon meat segment, becoming the first brand for Italian charcuterie. The first-quarter 2022 results show a further acceleration with a 30% rise in revenue compared to Q1 2021.

"The results we have achieved in the US since we opened our slicing facility in Logan, NJ in 2016 have exceeded our expectations," says Marco Veroni, president...

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Jun 27 9:57 AM, General News

Red Meat Exports Deliver Value Back to Corn and Soybean Producers, Says Study

Record-level red meat exports of $18.7 billion in 2021 had a major impact on the corn and soybean industries, according to an independent study by the Juday Group. The study quantified the returns that red meat exports brought to corn and soybean producers in 2021 nationally, and at state levels for leading corn-producing and soybean-producing states.

“The study validates the red meat industry’s collaborative approach to export market development,” says U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Chair-elect Dean Meyer, who produces corn...

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Jun 17 8:24 AM, General News

NAMI: Special Investigator to Cost Taxpayer $9 Million; is Redundant

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Cost Act, a bill that establishes a special investigator for meat and poultry at the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

"We are disappointed the House voted to waste $9 million in taxpayer dollars on a redundant special investigator when that money would be much better spent helping Americans seeking assistance from record inflation," said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat...

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Jun 17 8:07 AM, General News

Another $1 Billion Month for Beef Exports; Pork Exports Remain Below Year-Ago

U.S. beef exports maintained a remarkable pace in April, topping $1 billion for the third time this year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). April pork exports were well below the large totals posted a year ago, while lamb exports continued to trend higher.

Beef exports totaled 124,408 metric tons (mt) in April, up 3% from a year ago and the fifth largest on record, while export value soared 33% to $1.05 billion – second...

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Jun 10 6:00 AM, General News

The Makers of the HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Brand Launch New Product to Spice up Sandwiches

The makers of HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® products, a lunchtime favorite and tasty solution for any mealtime, announced its newest product, HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Sandwich Pepperoni. Created specifically to help consumers satisfy their pepperoni cravings and guarantee a 100 percent natural* and flavor-forward experience. The versatility of HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Sandwich Pepperoni creates endless shared food opportunities with family and friends from snacking to mealtime.

"Consumers are ready to have shared experiences with family and..."

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Jun 8 9:27 AM, General News

USMEF Spring Conference Spotlights U.S.-China Trade Relations, Innovative Promotions for US Red Meat

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its spring conference Friday in San Antonio. The three-day meeting examined a number of key issues for U.S. exporters while also updating members on promotional activities for U.S. pork, beef and lamb in a wide range of international markets.

Thursday’s general session focused on agricultural trade relations between the U.S. and China, including a deep dive into the market access gains achieved for U.S. beef and pork through the 2020 Phase One Trade and Economic Agreement...


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May 31 9:09 AM, General News

Silver Fern Farms Celebrates Launch of Net Carbon Zero Beef in NY with New Zealand Prime Minister

Today, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's leading red meat producer and exporter, celebrated the launch of its USDA-approved Net Carbon Zero by Nature 100% Grass-Fed Angus Beef at a New York City event attended by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"It's great to see NZ exporters like Silver Fern Farms bringing their own initiatives to sustainability and our regenerative future," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the event. "It's a wonderful example of how Aotearoa New Zealand prides..."

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May 25 1:00 PM, General News

Hofmann Sausage Company Adds Ingles Markets as a Grocery Retailer

Hofmann Sausage Company announces that three of its retail hot dog items are now being sold chainwide in Ingles Markets. As of May 1st, Ingles Markets sells Hofmann Skinless German Franks, Skinless Beef Franks, and Skinless Dinner Franks.

Ingles Markets is based in Asheville, North Carolina, where the company began in 1963. The grocery chain operates 200 grocery stores in the southeastern United States with annual sales of almost $4 billion. Ingles Markets are in the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Virginia...


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May 18 2:42 PM, General News

Beef Export Value Sets Another Record; Pork Exports Improve but Remain Below Last Year’s Total

U.S. beef exports soared to another new value record in March, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). March pork exports were the largest so far this year but well below the record-large totals posted in March 2021. Lamb exports continued to gain momentum in March, reaching the third largest monthly volume on record and the highest value in nearly eight years.

Beef exports totaled 126,285 metric tons (mt) in March, up 1% from a...

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May 6 8:09 AM, General News

Rising Retail Prices Will Increasingly Test Consumers’ Appetite for Meat

Full effects of producer price inflation will become apparent in grocery meat cases

U.S. consumer demand for retail meat remains exceptionally strong despite higher prices stemming from increased production costs and supply chain limitations. However, once the full effects of producer price inflation finally hit retail meat cases, consumer demand for meat will be tested again, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange.

“Retail meat prices will remain elevated throughout 2022,” said Brian Earnest, lead animal protein economist with CoBank. “The sharply higher costs for feed..."

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News

MLB Fans Will Eat More Than 19 Million Hot Dogs and Nearly 5 Million Sausages at Ballparks in 2022

Hot dogs and sausages are consistently among the most ordered food items at Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums. And in 2022, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates MLB fans will consume 19.1 million hot dogs and nearly five million sausages at games this season.

“Baseball is back and fans are once again excited to enjoy sunny games in a stadium with juicy ballpark frank in their hands,” said NHDSC President Eric Mittenthal...

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Apr 8 8:55 AM, General News

Global Demand for U.S. Beef Continues to Soar; Pork Exports Below Last Year

U.S. beef exports posted another strong performance in February, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), led by excellent value growth in key Asian and Latin American markets. Pork exports trended lower year-over-year, as larger shipments to Mexico and Japan did not offset the continued decline in demand from China/Hong Kong. Lamb exports continued to gain momentum, reaching the highest monthly value since 2014.

“Rarely have we seen so many outside forces creating headwinds for..."

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Apr 7 9:29 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Pizza Expert Talks Toppings Trends

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company and the maker of the best-selling retail pepperoni in the United States, is talking about pizza trends on the heels of its annual showing at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Brand Manager Anthony Panichelli, who for years has focused on the company's industry-leading pizza-toppings portfolio, offered five trends to watch in the coming months.

Plant-based pizza toppings
The plant-based market is continuing to boom as curious consumers experiment with meat alternatives to add more plant-based protein...

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Apr 6 12:53 PM, General News

The Best Ham to Order for Your Holiday Dinner

Easter is coming (and before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas). Find out what the best ham options are to serve up on your table, according to a blind taste test.

Best Thick Cut Ham

Hormel® Cure 81® Bone-In Half Ham
Many spiral-cut hams have super thin slices that are great for piling high on sandwiches. For a holiday entrée, though, you may want a more substantial slice like with a Hormel® Cure 81® Bone-In Ham.

According to Catherine Ward...

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Apr 5 9:12 AM, General News

Impact of the Ukraine-Russia War on the Meat and Livestock Value Chain

Last week, National Pork Board hosted a Checkoff-funded webinar – The Ukraine-Russia War and the Meat Livestock Value Chain – to provide pork producers with an analysis of the current situation. Panelists included:

- Rupert Claxton, Gira
- Joe Kerns, Partners for Production Agriculture
- Dr. Steve Meyer, Partners for Production Agriculture

Impact of War Has Market Consequences Worldwide
Rupert Claxton shared the global economic impact of the Ukraine-Russia War on energy, fertilizer, feed and the livestock markets.


Russia accounts for 13% of globally traded fertilizer value, producing...

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Apr 5 8:23 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

North American Meat Institute to House Agriculture Committee: Asked and Answered

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today issued the following statement regarding House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott’s announcement of an upcoming hearing on the beef industry and food prices:

“The Meat Institute and its members have already made themselves available to Chairman Scott and all Members of Congress on several occasions to help improve the understanding of the beef markets,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “This hearing will be no different. The questions have been asked and answered...”


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Mar 22 8:27 AM, General News

Carolina Pride Refreshes Packaging with Updated, Classic Look

Carolina Pride, a leading regional producer of Bacon, Hot Dogs, Sausage and Lunchmeats, has unveiled a new logo and visual identity along with new packaging for their Carolina Pride Meats brand.

Carolina Pride's new branding provides a more contemporary look for the brand, while continuing to honor a 100-plus year heritage of delivering "true Southern taste" loved by generations of loyal consumers. The new look will incorporate the redesigned logo and visual identity across print and digital collateral, including their website (coming soon) and packaging, which will appear on grocery...

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Mar 18 8:51 AM, General News

Strong Momentum Continues for U.S. Beef Exports; Pork Exports Trend Lower

Coming off a record-breaking performance in 2021, U.S. beef exports remained red-hot in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports continued to trend lower in January, despite another outstanding month for exports to leading market Mexico.

Beef exports totaled 119,066 metric tons (mt), up 13% from a year ago, while value soared 57% to $1.03 billion. This was the third-highest value total on record – trailing only August and November of last year – and export...


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Mar 15 8:35 AM, General News

Analysis Finds Meat Shoppers Seek Cooking Inspiration from Digital Sources

The 17th annual Power of Meat report released today reveals nearly all American households (98.5%) purchase meat, a trend supported by an increase in volume sales (up 3.9% for all meat compared to pre-pandemic levels). This increase is due, in part, to several grocery shopper trends resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased home cooking, record-high online shopping, and a shift to digital sources for recipe inspiration.

“The Power of Meat shows Americans continue to count on meat’s taste, quality, convenience, and value throughout..."

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Mar 9 8:34 AM, General News

National Hot Dog and Sausage Council Reveals Most Popular Hot Dog and Sausage Cities in the U.S.

In 2021, Americans spent more than $7.5 Billion on hot dogs and sausages in U.S. Supermarkets. And thankfully, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) just announced the American cities that contributed most to those numbers, referencing Nielsen data for total sales and per capita sales from that year.

Los Angeles isn’t just the newest Super Bowl champion, but the city also retained its title as the top dog of total hot dog sales, followed by New York and Dallas...

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Mar 8 8:20 AM, General News

Carando® Brings Robust Flavor to the Dinner Table with its New Sweet Italian Sausage

Carando®, the artisan of Classic Italian Meats, is expanding its offerings with the launch of Sweet Italian Sausage. Using Carando's time-honored recipe, the new dinner links are prepared with 100% pork and blended with Italian herbs and spices to deliver a complex, robust, and authentic taste.

Convenient and easy-to-prepare, Carando's flavor-packed Sweet Italian Sausage helps turn a weeknight dinner with family or a weekend gathering with friends into an unforgettable dining experience. The links pair perfectly and effortlessly with a...

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Mar 4 8:00 AM, General News

2021 Beef Exports Shatter Previous Records; Pork Export Value Also Reaches New High

U.S. beef exports greatly exceeded previous volume and value records in 2021, surpassing $10 billion for the first time, according to year-end data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports finished slightly below the record volume reached in 2020 but set a new value record, topping $8 billion for the first time.

December beef exports totaled 121,429 metric tons (mt), up 1% from a year ago, while value climbed 33% to $991.8 million – the third largest...

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Feb 14 8:49 AM, General News

Justice Department & USDA Start Program for Farmers, Ranchers to Report Anticompetitive Practices

Today, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Agriculture (USDA) launched, a new online tool that allows farmers and ranchers to anonymously report potentially unfair and anticompetitive practices in the livestock and poultry sectors. The launch of the new portal will advance the goals of Biden-Harris Administration’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, including by creating more competitive agricultural markets that are fairer to producers and consumers. As part of the agencies’ enforcement partnership, the agencies are...

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Feb 4 7:57 AM, General News

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