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Chipotle’s Fan-Favorite Carne Asada Is Back on the Grill for a Limited Time
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is bringing back Carne Asada in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. The popular protein has been revered by Chipotle fans for years, and this marks the third time it is making a comeback to Chipotle’s menu.
Carne Asada’s Return
The legend of Carne Asada is real. Carne Asada made its debut in September 2019 as Chipotle’s second limited time protein offering and quickly became a guest favorite. Chipotle estimates that more than 10 million customers...
Turn up the Heat! Native Grill & Wings Partners with Kickstand Cocktails for Annual Gridiron Classic
Native Grill & Wings, known for its signature wings and vibrant atmosphere, today announces its annual Gridiron Classic fall menu. This year, Native will raise the stakes by partnering with Kickstand Cocktails, the spice-forward vodka canned cocktail brand. The limited menu featuring Kickstand Cocktails flavors and giveaways is available now and will run through Dec. 17.
The Gridiron Classic’s limited-time menu items are sure to provide fans an authentic tailgating experience, regardless of their proximity to the field. Playing into classic football fare, Native...
The Retail Rundown: Seafood Features Swim to the Top
Closing out the last full week of July, seafood features make up 32.7% of total protein ad volume, marking the fourth consecutive week that they have claimed the top spot. Beef comes in second with 25.4% of retail buying opportunities. Pork takes third with 21%, followed by chicken at 16.6%. Eggs claim 2.6% of total ad space, down from 3.2% last week.
Fresh/frozen fillets account for the bulk of seafood feature volume, with swai fillets making up 24.6%. According to the latest IRI data, fresh swai averaged $4.82 discounted last week, while its frozen counterpart was featured at $5.43 discounted...
Darden Restaurants Completes Acquisition of Ruth's Hospitality Group
Darden Restaurants, Inc., announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. ("Ruth's"). The Ruth's Chris Steak House brand now joins and complements Darden's portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V's and Bahama Breeze.
Ruth's Chris features signature USDA Prime steaks served sizzling on 500-degree plates, New Orleans-inspired sides and an award-winning wine list. Ruth's Chris has 155 locations around the globe, including 81 company-owned or company-operated restaurants...
Jumping on June's Next Retail Occasion
Now that June is within reach, grocers are preparing for the next major grilling event—Father's Day, which is just over two weeks away.
Consumers often seek out premium cuts of meat like steaks for Father's Day as opposed to lower-cost options such as burgers, which are typically favored to feed large gatherings during Memorial Day.
This could provide a needed boost for the steak complex, which saw a slowdown in total sales dollars last week. According to the latest Circana data, fresh beef loin retailed at $13.54 discounted (up 39 cents from last week)...
The Retail Rundown: Grilling Ads Galore
Spending on meat purchases for this year's Memorial Day cookout is expected to total $1.6 billion, according to WalletHub. For this week’s retail rundown, we’ll take a look at how this year's protein features compare to Memorial Day 2022.
Beef features climbed to the top spot with 27.3% of buying opportunities this week. Pork comes in second with 25% of total protein ad volume, closely followed by seafood with 24.6%. Chicken has 19.7% of total retail activity, up slightly from last week.
Starting with the beloved burger, ground beef prices are mixed. Circana data indicated that 74-84% lean ground...
This Week in Retail: The Christmas Countdown
Jingle bells—or should we say alarm bells—are ringing now that just two short weekends are left to shop for Christmas.
In the lead-up to the big day, grocers are focused on holiday spending as consumers prepare to celebrate the season with food and drinks. This sparks interest in the protein case and traditional favorites for the Christmas dinner table, including hams and rib roasts.
This week in retail, pork leads the charge in retail buying opportunities with 30 percent of total protein ad space. Seafood follows with 24.2 percent, while beef comes in with 22.3 percent. Chicken accounts for 15.5 percent, up slightly from the week prior.
Upon closer inspection, bacon features make up a large chunk of category ads within the pork complex. Brand-label bacon currently averages $6.43 per pound, up 19 cents a year ago and at a near seasonal all-time high. Shoppers can find holiday hams at a more palatable price point of $1.96 per pound on average, below $2.23 last year. Pork roasts are situated above 2021 levels at an average of $2.98 per pound but are competitively priced against many beef and chicken items...
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