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REPORTER: Turkey Market is Soaring, Supply Indicators Leave Little Doubt Why

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2021 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Day-to-day market dialogue, along with the upward appreciation of items such as consumer packed whole birds and breasts, breast meat and parts, continue to underscore this year’s strained supply-side scenario within the turkey complex. While ancillary factors such as plant labor complications, some of the steepest seasonal feed costs realized in the past seven years, and robust, pipelinefilling demand patterns, are all playing a contributing role in the current market environment...

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Oct 8 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Hard to Turn Your Back on Breast Meat

Despite the hum of Thanksgiving-induced anticipation surrounding whole birds, turkey market participants can’t seem to pull their eyes away from the whole muscle white meat complex, and with good reason...

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Oct 7 8:48 AM, Urner Barry

Blue Apron Brings Back Thanksgiving Offering in Time for Holiday Planning

Blue Apron is bringing back its popular Thanksgiving menu available to order starting on October 11, just in time for the holiday season. The offering includes a wide variety of options for customers to build a dinner experience that fits their holiday plans and dietary needs, whether it’s a cozy dinner for two or a friendsgiving for up to eight, all with the ease and convenience that comes from cooking with Blue Apron.

“Thanksgiving is a holiday that can be filled with great traditions and delicious meals..."

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Oct 1 11:22 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Turkey Production Expansionary Expectations Not in the Signals Sent

Last week our analysis focused on the impact variables such as feed costs, poult placements and, ultimately, head count, had and are having on the valuation of breast meat...

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Sep 23 8:55 AM, Urner Barry

Jennie-O Turkey Store Shares 2021 Thanksgiving Trends And Predictions

Jennie-O Turkey Store, one of the most beloved turkey brands in the world, today announced its Thanksgiving survey results. The surprising answers revealed how people across the country feel about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, how they plan to celebrate, the dishes they find most intimidating and even how many pounds of food a single person plans to eat during the meal. The survey of 2,000 consumers was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jennie-O.

CELEBRATION: To Be or Not To Be (In Person)
- The majority of those polled...

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Sep 22 8:01 AM, General News

The Executive Conference is Back and Better Than Ever This Year—and There's Still Time to Register!

We're bringing you in-person networking, impactful content, and a hard-hitting lineup of speakers, including the one and only Bo Jackson!

Urner Barry’s Executive Conference is just a few weeks away and there’s still time to register and make your way to Las Vegas for this exclusive event!

This year’s show is at The Venetian in Las Vegas, September 26-28th. Yes, we are LIVE and in-person this year and we know you are anxious to get back down to business and meet with fellow colleagues to network and learn at the industry’s most prestigious event!

The past 18 months have brought countless challenges and disrupted market dynamics more than ever before. Our industry has...

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Sep 14 8:51 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: July Turkey Exports: Less Is More

As our day-to-day market canvassing efforts have suggested, July’s turkey export figures were a mixed bag with some countries increasing...

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Sep 10 9:15 AM, Urner Barry

CBP Seizes Over 300 Pounds of Pork Bologna and Turkey Ham at the Paso Del Norte Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists assigned to the Paso Del Norte Border Crossing seized 320 pounds of pork bologna and 30 pounds of turkey ham Thursday.

The discovery was made shortly after 6:00 a.m., when a 20-year-old United States citizen, resident of El Paso, Texas, presented himself for inspection. A CBP officer observed what appeared to be meat products hidden in the back seat of a 2012 Honda Odyssey driven by the individual.

A negative declaration for...

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Sep 2 8:40 AM, General News

Sep 1 8:43 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup August 31

Urner Barry's reporters discuss turkey production, liquid eggs, and plant proteins. 

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ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Holdings Continue Year-over-Year Thaw

The latest release of July’s Cold Storage Report underscores what many players in the turkey industry already know: That supplies are tight...

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Aug 26 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Tallying up Turkey Production

In light of seasonally stout performance, this week we thought a dive into the production side of the equation to investigate how it is influencing the '21 market was in order...

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Aug 19 8:31 AM, Urner Barry

Jennie-O Launches New Turkey Barbacoa Innovation for Foodservice

Jennie-O Turkey Store announced the company's newest, recipe ready turkey innovation that is geared toward foodservice operators – a fully cooked turkey barbacoa seasoned and marinated with paprika, garlic and guajillo chili pepper spices. This lean turkey protein is on trend with consumers who are seeking more flavorful, nutritious menu options.

"Our new turkey barbacoa is an exciting product that foodservice operators can just heat and shred," said Katie Lynch, associate brand manager for Jennie-O Foodservice. "We were intentional about the use of guajillo chili pepper for seasoning..."

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Aug 19 8:29 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: June Turkey Exports Run the Gamut

Although four of our largest trade partners continue to display encouraging year-over-year (YoY) advancements in both volume and value, the most recent monthly data through the end of June was a little more mixed...

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Aug 12 8:34 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Raw Materials Continuing to Ride Updraft

Following last year’s lack of seasonal underpinnings, marketers on the raw material side of the business are breathing a collective sigh of relief thanks in large part to what has, so far, amounted to be stout performance for whole muscle white meats and the related trim lines...

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Aug 5 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Quick 'N Eat Angus Beef Patties and New Burger Product Lines Now Sold in U.S. Walmart Locations

Quick 'N Eat is introducing authentically flame-grilled beef patties to frozen, fully cooked meat aisles at Walmart locations across the country.

The rapidly growing producer of affordable, high-quality beef products has also extended its products within the fully cooked burger category, including an all-new turkey burger. Now available at...


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Jul 30 8:34 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Hard to Sell from an Empty Wagon

After a great deal of anticipation, the latest release of USDA’s Cold Storage Report lends credence to what many participants have been suspecting, especially those who have been following Urner Barry’s Weekly Cold Storage Estimate...

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Jul 29 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Sweet Earth Foods Debuts New Plant-Based Breakfast Bowls and Reformulated Deli Slices Nationwide

Plant-based foods innovator Sweet Earth Foods is announcing the nationwide launch of their new heat-and-eat Breakfast Bowls and reformulated, ready-to-eat Deli Slices. As consumers return to on-the-go busy lifestyles, these prepared meal and plant-based protein offerings provide quick plant-based solutions.

The three new Sweet Earth Breakfast Bowls meet this demand and are inspired by classic regional scrambles, all while offering between 17 - 20 grams of plant protein and three to five grams of fiber in every bowl. New flavors found in the frozen meals section include...

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Jul 28 8:23 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Frozen Turkeys Steal The Seasonal Show

It’s no secret that the majority of turkey lines are continuing to enjoy a strong showing here in early Q3. While recent market dialogue and trade activity has unquestionably gravitated towards...



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Jul 22 8:27 AM, Urner Barry

OZO Expands Line of Plant-Based Proteins in Frozen and Fresh Aisle

Colorado-based Planterra Foods is expanding its portfolio of plant-based products in the fresh and frozen category by launching a variety of new items for families to have more options of convenient plant-based meals at home. Available now, consumers can add the OZO™ Frozen Nuggets (10.6 oz), plant-based Chicken Patties (4, 2.5 oz patties), and Italian Style Meatballs (12-1 oz meatballs) as well as fresh Smokehouse Burgers (2-4 oz patties) and plant-based Ground Turkey (12 oz) to their plant-based rotation of OZO™ meals.

These new OZO™ products offer a spin on plant-based proteins in the categories of chicken, turkey and beef, with bold flavors for delicious meat-free possibilities stored...

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Jul 21 10:36 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat and Pork Ham Quotations Reaching an Inflection Point?

With Q3 in full swing, further processors, especially those who reside south of the border, are paying particularly close attention to the price relationship between boneless pork hams and turkey thigh meat...

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Jul 15 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

Jul 14 8:21 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup July 13

Urner Barry's reporters discuss egg production & exports; chicken WOGs, wings & breasts; plus turkey production.

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Prestage Farms to Construct $150 Million Processing Facility in South Carolina

The South Carolina division of poultry and pork firm Prestage Farms is set to make a $150 million investment to construct a new processing facility in Kershaw County.

The new plant, located at the Governor’s Hill Industrial Park in Camden, will create 292 new jobs and will be the second facility in the county for Prestage.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce said the new operation will process poultry products using state-of-the-art technology and high levels of automation. The facility will utilize...

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Jul 9 9:23 AM, General News

Jul 9 8:37 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup July 8

Urner Barry's reporters discuss boneless beef 50s, tom turkey shortage, and chicken wings. 

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ANALYSIS: May’s Turkey Trade Volume Underscores Global Economic Revival

By just about every measure, the latest turkey export figures bring with them signs of encouragement for turkey marketers, as well as...

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Jul 8 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

Subway Debuts Largest Menu Update in Brand's History

Subway restaurants announced the biggest changes in the brand's history, making improvements to almost every core menu item and introducing important digital upgrades that elevate the guest experience. The Eat Fresh Refresh™ arrives in U.S. restaurants nationwide on July 13, and is marked with unprecedented moments, including participating Subway restaurants across the country closing for a Refresh Break and a one million sub sandwich giveaway to encourage people to come see and taste the changes.

Starting on July 13, the Eat Fresh Refresh comes to life in all U.S. Subway restaurants. The more than 20 menu updates include...

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Jul 7 8:21 AM, General News

Poultry Industry and OSHA Partner on Safe + Sound Week

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council (NCC) and National Turkey Federation (NTF) are pleased to again partner with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for Safe + Sound Week, August 9 – 15. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and correcting hazards in the workplace.

Safe + Sound Week is co-sponsored by the National Safety Council, American Industrial...

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Jul 2 8:22 AM, General News

Market Trends to Watch Ahead of Independence Day

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.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE.  

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Jul 2 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Fresh and Frozen Turkey Drum Quotations at a Mid-Year Crossroads

As we round the corner to Q3, turkey marketers have a pep in their step and a glimmer in their eye thanks to the admirable trade environment that they’ve enjoyed throughout...

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Jul 1 8:15 AM, Urner Barry

Chaz Wilson Re-elected Chairman of The Board at USAPEEC 

Chaz Wilson, head of international sales for Pilgrim’s USA in Greeley, Colo., was re-elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2021-22 during the 2021 USAPEEC Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Wilson, who has served on the board of directors since 1998, will head the board, which sets policy and provides direction to USAPEEC, an organization whose mission is to promote and increase exports of U.S. chicken, turkey, duck, and egg products worldwide.

Wilson along with the entire executive committee was reelected by the membership due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the global pandemic which...

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Jun 29 8:21 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Reductions Coincide with Stout Market Performance

Over the past several weeks, we've covered a number of factors which are playing an influential role in constricting the supply of just about every line within the turkey complex...

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Jun 24 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Freshly Introduces Multi-Serve Proteins and Sides for Mealtime Shortcuts

Freshly Inc., a leading fresh-prepared meal delivery service in the U.S., announced the launch of Proteins & Sides, new menu items offering customers multi-serve portions of eight signature Freshly fan favorites. The chef-cooked, ready-to-heat proteins and side dishes are designed to mix and match for meal customization and use for cooking shortcuts. Perfect to share or provide for multiple meals for one, the new offering gives consumers a time-saving solution to simplify meal prep and supplement Freshly weekly meal plans.

Developed in response to evolving consumer habits coupled with customer feedback on the desire for more options and flexibility when it comes to mealtime, the addition of Proteins & Sides to the menu reinforces...

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Jun 16 8:31 AM, General News

Jun 9 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup June 8

Urner Barry's reporters discuss the poultry market plus the fallout from the JBS cyberattack.

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Summer is Almost Here and UB Has the Scoop on Market Trends Heading into MDW

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.

Access the latest UB Market Briefing HERE...  

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May 28 8:28 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Lends Credence to Seasonally Strong Market Environment

The most recent cold storage figures for the month of April generally fall in line with the seasonally strong undertone exhibited by just about every line within the turkey complex...

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May 27 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Applegate Announces Partnership with The New York Yankees

Applegate has been named a Proud Partner of the New York Yankees. As a Proud Partner, Applegate will be stepping up to the plate with 100% natural deli meats, pizza toppings, and snacking options.

"The Yankees have such a rich history of being leaders in the league, with the highest of standards, and a drive to be the best," said Nicole Glenn, Applegate Vice President, Brand Strategy and Innovation. "We strive for similar standards and share a mutual drive at Applegate, which is why...

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May 27 8:28 AM, General News

May 20 4:42 PM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup May 18

Urner Barry's reporters discuss pork packer margins, turkey exports, and liquid eggs.

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ANALYSIS: Turkey--Gauging Whole Bird Price Momentum

Although white meats and parts have received a great deal of attention in recent weeks as refreshed demand patterns and supply shortages carry spot prices higher, frozen whole birds have been...

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May 20 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Thigh Meat and Ham Relationship Perseveres Through Thick and Thin

Amidst the various challenges that 2021 has presented so far, market participants are taking notice if not solace in what appears to be...

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May 13 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

Jennie-O Turkey Store Announces Launch of Jennie-O Turkey Burger Blends

Jennie-O Turkey Store announced the launch of a new product called Jennie-O® turkey burger blends. Made from a combination of white meat turkey, black beans, whole grain rice and pepitas, these carefully selected and nutritious ingredients offer consumers the combined benefits of lean, meat-based and plant-forward protein (15g) and fiber (5g) in one tasty turkey burger.

"We know that people are becoming increasingly interested in adding more plant-focused...

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May 13 8:31 AM, General News

May 12 8:52 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup May 11

Urner Barry's reporters discuss turkey raw materials, chicken record highs, egg inventory & exports, plus a CNBC guest spot!

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ANALYSIS: Turkey Buyers Climb the Rungs of the Seasonal White Meat Ladder

Despite the unique set of challenges that 2021 has presented to the turkey industry, market participants take solace in the fact that...

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May 6 8:28 AM, Urner Barry

May 5 8:28 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup May 4

Urner Barry's reporters discuss labor shortages in cattle, turkey, and chicken, plus a record high in eggs.

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ANALYSIS: Turkey Production and Cold Storage-As Goes One

In recent months, the turkey complex has experienced a surprising level of price volatility, most of which has pointed towards the upside...

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Apr 22 8:31 AM, Urner Barry

Hungry Planet Closes $25 Million Series A Funding Round

Hungry Planet a leading plant-based meat company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, announced that it closed an oversubscribed $25 million Series A financing round. This round of funding will be used to build capacity for Hungry Planet’s breakthrough plant-based meats, and accelerate growth across retail, foodservice and e-commerce channels, both domestically and internationally.

Post Holdings led the round, joined by Singaporean investment group TRIREC, and included other leading plant-forward investors. With the market value of plant-based meat expected to reach $35.4 billion by 2027, Hungry Planet determined that now is the time to...

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Apr 20 8:31 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Commodity Prices Surging Higher; Is This the Next Supercycle?

Commodity prices have moved higher coming out of the initial phase of the pandemic with the price trough seen in...

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Apr 19 8:32 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Production: Changing With the Times

The turkey industry has become accustomed to not getting too comfortable in their own shoes, at least for very long. Counting on external change to...

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Apr 14 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

Apr 14 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup April 13

Urner Barry's reporters discuss labor issues in the Pork and Turkey Markets, as well as prices in the Egg Market.

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Raw Ground Turkey Products Linked to Salmonella Hadar Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC, a Pennsylvania establishment, due to concerns the products may have caused Salmonella Hadar illness. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Retail locations that may...

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Apr 12 9:33 AM, General News

Apr 8 9:51 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup March 30

Urner Barry's reporters discuss Cash Cattle, UB Beef Index, and Turkey Thighs and Breasts.

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ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meats Get a Leg Up

With springtime now in full swing, seasonal outreach is beginning to develop...

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Apr 8 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

Jimmy Dean Launches New Breakfast Nuggets and Skillets 

Jimmy Dean is helping keep breakfast exciting with new Breakfast Nuggets and Skillets varieties.

"We know it's important to people to have a variety of breakfast options in order to keep mornings delicious and fun," said Scott Glenn, senior director of marketing, Jimmy Dean brand. "We believe breakfast helps people have a great start to their day, whether on-the-go with our bite-sized Breakfast Nuggets, or...

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Apr 8 8:20 AM, General News

U.S. Top Chicken and Turkey Exporter to China

The U.S. was the top exporter of chicken and turkey to China in the first two months of the new year, according to newly released data from the General Administration of Customs China (GACC).

In January, the U.S. surpassed Brazil for the third consecutive month as the leader for broiler imports by China with a total of 56,214 tons, compared to 51,290 tons by...

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Mar 30 8:24 AM, General News

Canada’s Sofina Foods Buys Eight Fifty Food Group, Owner of Young’s Seafood

Eight Fifty Food Group, the owner of Young’s Seafood, is being sold to Sofina Foods, a leading Canadian multi-protein producer. The sale has been agreed upon by CapVest partners, an international private equity firm. The amount of the sale has not been disclosed.

CapVest acquired leading UK pork processor Karro Food Group in 2017. Two years later CapVest acquired the UK’s iconic seafood business, Young’s Seafood, creating Eight Fifty Food Group. Eight Fifty Food Group later consolidated five other protein businesses from across Europe to become a...

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Mar 29 10:54 AM, SeafoodNews

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Lending Credence to the Strong Market Climate

The latest release of February’s Cold Storage Report further validates the strong seasonal performance that most key lines within the turkey complex have exhibited...

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Mar 25 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

Mar 18 9:05 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup March 16

Watch Urner Barry's reporters give insight into what is happening in the international markets this week in UK Beef, Mexican Beef, Turkey Exports and EU Eggs.

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ANALYSIS: Frozen Tom Breast Meat Values Buck Seasonal Norm

It isn't every year that the topic of frozen tom breast meat catches the eye of market participants this early in the "season"...

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Mar 18 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

Mar 11 2:19 PM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup March 9

Watch Urner Barry's reporters give insight into what is happening in the markets this week in UK Beef, Pork Trimmings, Mechanically Separated Turkey and...

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NTF Partners with Kansas City Barbeque Society to Continue Turkey Smoke Series

To encourage both professional and amateur pitmasters to showcase the versatility and creativity of using turkey on the smoker or grill, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is pleased to partner with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to kick off the second year of the Turkey Smoke Series. The Turkey Smoke Series will incorporate a turkey category into barbeque competitions throughout the United States during the 2021 barbeque season, adding thousands of dollars in extra prize money and bragging rights among pitmaster competitors at numerous KCBS-sanctioned barbeque contests. Winning recipes will also be featured across KCBS and NTF digital platforms.

“The inaugural year of the Turkey Smoke Series was very well received by competition pitmasters, contest organizers and Certified Barbeque Judges,” said Emily Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “Competition pitmasters from both the Master and Backyard Series enjoyed the creativity and...

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Mar 11 9:00 AM, General News

J&J Distributing Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Salads and Wrap Products

J&J Distributing, a St. Paul, Minn., establishment, is recalling approximately 33 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry salads and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The fully cooked, not shelf stable salads and wraps were produced and packaged on Feb. 23, 2021 and list a “Sell-by” date of Feb. 28, 2021 on the packaging label. The following products are subject to recall...

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Mar 1 9:59 AM, General News

APHIS Reflects on 2015 HPAI Outbreak and Addresses the Importance of Biosecurity

In a recent webinar hosted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Dr. Dale Lauer, Dr. Rocio Crespo, and Dr. Denise Heard reflected on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak of 2015, and steps that can be taken to protect poultry flocks going forward.

HPAI can be spread from bird to bird through direct or indirect contact with infected birds including feathers, bodily discharge, or from the equipment, hands, shoes, and clothes of caretakers. Signs of the disease include depression, decreased feed and water intake, runny eyes and nose, and swollen head. The disease can affect an entire flock and has a death rate up to...

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Mar 1 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: An Early-Year Check-up on Turkey Cold Storage Holdings

As we turn the corner into late Q1, turkey market participants are peering into the freezer to evaluate how the supply side of the equation is fending so far this year...

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Feb 25 8:31 AM, Urner Barry

Hormel Deli Solutions Launches New Brand Offering Consumers a Touch-Free Dinner Experience

As more consumers shop for touch-free meal options that are not challenging or time consuming to prepare, yet still deliver on quality, taste and convenience, retailers can turn to the Hormel Deli Solutions Group for the "perfect" selection. The new Perfect Plate™ products are made to make it easy for retailers to deliver what consumers are looking for in a touch-free, convenient meal while easing the back of house challenges that may come with prepared meal products.

"Our new Perfect Plate™ products were specifically designed for retailers to capitalize on this growing trend in prepared meal options, while eliminating the need for deli staff to assemble, or even handle the food before putting it on shelf," said Megan Ward, deli brand manager, Hormel Deli Solutions Group. "The Perfect Plate™ products offer...

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Feb 24 8:23 AM, General News

National Turkey Federation Elects Farbest Farms’ Phil Seger as 2021 Chairman

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced the 2021 officer team and Executive Committee members elected by the Board of Directors.

Phil Seger of Farbest Farms, Inc. was elected 2021 NTF chairman. Ronnie Parker of Circle S Ranch will serve as vice chairman and John Niemann of Cargill as secretary-treasurer. Ron Kardel, an Iowa turkey grower and Vice Chairman of the Board of West Liberty Foods, LLC, will move into...

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Feb 22 8:34 AM, General News

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup Feb 16

Watch Urner Barry's reporters give insight into what is happening in the markets for hogs, beef, eggs and turkey....
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Feb 17 2:15 PM, Urner Barry

Jimmy Dean Introduces New Breakfast Bites 

Jimmy Dean is introducing two new breakfast favorites in the form of warm, poppable bites. New Jimmy Dean Loaded Sausage Bites and Jimmy Dean Omelet Minis are made with premium, signature seasoned Jimmy Dean breakfast meats, real eggs and cheese and are served in a convenient single-serve cup, ready to enjoy in seconds at home or on-the-go.

"Breakfast habits continue to change as families navigate new routines," said Chris Olson, senior brand manager, Jimmy Dean brand. "At the start of 2020, people were cooking every meal at home, including breakfast. Over time, however, peoples' energy for making multiple fresh meals throughout the day has waned, with...

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Feb 17 8:25 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Seasonal Trend Highlights Turkey Exports

Following a challenging and somewhat underwhelming year of turkey trade activity, the most recent monthly export figures through December 31st, displays a modest...

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Feb 11 8:21 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Thigh Meat Begins to Gain Seasonal Traction

Several months ago, we investigated the seemingly inverse price relationship between boneless pork ham and turkey thigh meat, and highlighted the record disparity of $1.13 that both lines achieved during Q4 2020...

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Feb 4 2:24 PM, Urner Barry

Auntie Anne's Introduces New Pretzel Rollups Featuring Bacon and Turkey 

Auntie Anne's is here to help consumers shake up mealtime with something different. With more than 40% of consumers feeling challenged in having to plan different meals on a daily basis, Auntie Anne's is taking away the stress of mealtime and adding golden pretzels, cheddar, bacon, and turkey to everyday meals and snacks with all-new Pretzel Rollups.

Available in Turkey & Cheddar and Bacon & Cheddar, the Pretzel Rollups are made for pairing with dips and beverages, and no prep is required. Delivery is also available through...

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Feb 2 8:26 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Prompts A Double Take

With another year under the turkey industry’s belt, players in the frozen whole bird sector are turning to the charts in an effort to hone their expectations for...

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Jan 28 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

Cargill Expands Value-Added Protein Footprint Through Acquisition of ProPortion Foods

Cargill, the global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, announced the expansion of its value-added protein footprint through the acquisition of ProPortion Foods, a food manufacturer that supplies a variety of innovative fully cooked products, portion control steaks and marinated ready-to-grill meats.

Through the purchase, which closed in December 2020, Cargill gains two further-processed protein plants in Round Rock, Texas and Vernon, California. The Round Rock and Vernon facilities will deliver a variety of quality, fully cooked protein products for Cargill’s...

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Jan 27 8:23 AM, General News

The Latest Market Briefing is Here! 

Breakdown the poultry, egg, red meat and seafood markets with exclusive analysis from UB Market Reporters

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...

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Jan 22 8:38 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Whole Body Turkeys: Searching for a Seasonal Perch

With another year under the turkey industry’s belt, buyers and sellers of bagged birds are once again rolling up their sleeves as they...

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Jan 21 8:30 AM, Urner Barry

USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left a deep impact on the farm economy, and we are utilizing the tools and monies available to ease some of the financial burdens on American producers to ensure...

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Jan 19 8:24 AM, General News

NTF Applauds Expanded Eligibility for CFAP 2

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) welcomed the announcement that USDA will provide additional assistance to contract turkey farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2).

“No industry has escaped the economic challenges of COVID-19, including turkey farming families across the country,” said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president. “The announcement by Secretary Perdue...

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Jan 19 8:23 AM, General News

Contract Broiler Growers Can Begin to Apply for Federal COVID-19 Relief on January 19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between January 19 and February 26.

Contract producers of broilers, pullets, laying hens, chicken eggs (breeders), turkeys and...

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Jan 18 9:29 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: November’s Turkey Export Figures Paint a Mixed Picture

Last month’s uptick in in total year-over-year turkey export tonnage was short-lived, as November’s figures fell back in line with...

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Jan 14 8:25 AM, Urner Barry

Butterball to Invest a Total of $8.7 Million in Two Arkansas Processing Facilities

Butterball, one of the largest producers of turkey products in the United States, announced that it is investing a combined $8.7 million and creating a total of 360 new jobs within three years in two processing facilities in Northwest Arkansas. The expansion includes a $4.7 million investment in Ozark where the company will create 160 jobs and a $4 million investment in Huntsville where it will create 200 new jobs.

“Having been a longstanding employer in Arkansas through our feed mills, turkey growing operations and production facilities, Butterball appreciates the continued support from the state of Arkansas as we look to...

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Jan 14 8:21 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Frozen Turkey Drums Continue to March Forward

Turkey marketers are welcoming 2021 with open arms thanks to the relatively admirable set of early-year trade conditions...

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Jan 7 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: A November to Remember

With November in the rear-view mirror, the time has finally come for turkey market participants to peer into the freezer and assess...

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Dec 24 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

New Hire Joins Butterball’s Risk Management Team

Butterball, LLC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Darrell Bradfield as director, corporate safety, health and security. Bradfield provides strategic planning and oversight of policies, programs, and processes to ensure on-the-job safety, health, and well-being of all Butterball team members. He is responsible for supporting Butterball’s Safety-First culture and promoting continuous improvement of safety performance.

Bradfield brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental health and safety leadership across manufacturing and service industries. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

“Darrell’s depth of experience in developing and implementing...

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Dec 18 7:31 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: The Impact of External Variables on the Turkey Hatch

In retrospect, the turkey market landscape has shifted dramatically in only a couple short years...

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Dec 17 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Exports Find Some Q4 Lift

After nine months of consecutive year-over-year reductions in total turkey export volume, October marks...

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Dec 10 8:24 AM, Urner Barry

Continental Glatt Kosher Meats Corp. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products 

Continental Glatt Kosher Meats Corp., doing business as First Choice Kosher Meat & Deli Inc., a Spring Valley, N.Y. firm, is recalling approximately 61,504 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The RTE meat and poultry items were produced on various dates from June 26, 2020, through Nov. 20, 2020, with various sell-by dates ranging from October 2, 2020, through April 18, 2021. The products subject to the recall can be found on the following...

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Dec 7 9:54 AM, General News

U.S. Poultry Industry Provides 2.1 Million Jobs; Economic Impact Up 15 Percent in Two Years

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States.

A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides 2,139,617 jobs, $121.1 billion in wages, $576.6 billion in economic activity and...

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Dec 7 8:11 AM, General News

Boston Market Announces December Holiday Meal Offerings

Boston Market is offering countless festive meal options this December. Whether looking to bring home a pre-cooked feast, have one shipped directly to any doorstep or add a few a la carte staples to round out your holiday menu, Boston Market offers a variety of meal solutions.

"This year more than ever, the holidays should be a time to enjoy precious moments with loved ones, whether that be around a table or on a computer screen," said Boston Market President Randy Miller. "We pride ourselves on serving up hassle-free meal solutions that allow our guests more time to...

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Dec 4 8:18 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: What’s Next for Whole Body Turkeys?

After processors successfully marketed their whole body tom and hen production and the fruits of their labor are being enjoyed, they now shift their attention...

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Dec 3 8:20 AM, Urner Barry

COVID-19 Impacts the Turkey Market this Thanksgiving 

As coronavirus restrictions continue to impact our daily lives, it seems the holidays will be no exception. Retail and foodservice attempted to adapt to these unprecedented changes this Thanksgiving, by promoting deals with smaller birds or meals that feature turkey items instead of a whole bird.

Restaurants like Denny’s brought back its family-style Turkey and Dressing Dinner Pack, which included a carved turkey breast and sides portioned for four people. Cracker Barrel added multiple holiday meal options to the menu, with Thanksgiving meal offerings that serve...

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Dec 2 8:22 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage Traveling Down a Well Worn Path

Not only did Monday’s release of the Cold Storage Report closely coincide with the present state of the turkey market, but it also...

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Nov 30 8:17 AM, Urner Barry

President Trump Welcomes NTF and National Thanksgiving Turkey to the White House

National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Ron Kardel presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Corn” to President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

“Corn” and his alternate, “Cob,” received a formal pardon from the president and will now reside on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a time-honored American tradition, dating back to...

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Nov 25 8:38 AM, General News

Top Meat, Poultry, Egg and Seafood Price Action Broken Down in the Latest Market Briefing 

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...

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Nov 25 8:23 AM, Urner Barry

West Liberty Foods Announces Retirement of Gerald Lessard, President of Operations 

West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods announced the retirement of longtime leader, Gerald Lessard, President of Operations. Gerald celebrated 16 years at West Liberty Foods this year.

Gerald will leave the company on November 30th, 2020, with over 40 years of food industry knowledge as well as expertise in livestock production and manufacturing. Throughout his career, he experienced progressive responsibilities starting with live turkey production through...

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Nov 24 10:53 AM, General News

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