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REPORTER: Will AB5 Spread Across the U.S.?
This article was originally featured in the Fall 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.
The trucking industry has taken its lumps over the last several years be it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of drivers, chaos at ports due to ongoing supply chain issues, and other factors. Now comes the potential impact of a bill that has been around for a couple of years and is finally starting to make significant waves in California, the state where it was enacted. It’s called...
REPORTER: Meat Industry Looks to Automation to Solve Labor Woes
Players within the poultry industry have certainly had their fair share of challenges to contend with over the past two years. While inclement weather, cyberattacks, disease, along with rising feed and freight costs, have undoubtedly resulted in some sleepless nights, one variable which continues to rattle just about every processor and plant manager is the dreaded “L” word...labor. As the country gradually recovers from the pandemic...
REPORTER: Egg Replacements Are Mostly Off The Menu After This Year’s Bird Flu
When highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) began to spread in the spring of this year, so too did concerns about the potential for demand destruction in the egg-products sector. Harkening back to the bird flu of 2015, egg processors were fearful that high prices and a lack of availability would once again prompt food manufacturers and foodservice operators to reduce or remove the amount of...
REPORTER: The Scariest Thing This Season? High Prices
There is no denying that the pandemic changed the way we shop for groceries. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index report released in March, in 2020 online grocery sales increased 103% year-over-year to $73.7 billion. And while it was initially a safer way to shop, it also became a more convenient way to shop. Even when restrictions were lifted, shoppers continued to grocery shop online...
Urner Barry's Fall 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now
Check out a brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter!
"Inflation continues to haunt the nation" in the fall 2022 edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. This issue features a deep dive into what a recession means from Urner Barry's Consulting team. Plus, as always, there is plenty of can't miss content from our team of market reporters -- like a look at the historic ride of pork back ribs by pork market reporter Russell Barton and how the scallop market is under pressure by seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione.
Read Volume 17, Number 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.
REPORTER: Automation in the Trucking Industry Ramps Up as Supply Chain Issues Linger
This article was originally featured in the Summer 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.
The supply chain front is as perplexing as ever. One moment the logjams are improving, but then the next there is an exorbitant number of ships idling once again outside the Port of Los Angeles. Even as this situation persists in the supply chain, the show must go on for the trucking industry. And that is apparent when talking about Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs)...
REPORTER: Former MLB Pitcher Todd Stottlemyre Dives Into Poke Concept
For World Series champion Todd Stottlemyre, entering the foodservice industry wasn’t something he was interested in.
Stottlemyre heard the war stories of former athletes getting into the foodservice industry and how some of those ventures didn’t have a storybook ending.
However, he was convinced to take a lunch and check out a restaurant concept. “I thought at least I’ll get a meal out of it,” he said frankly...
REPORTER: How Brand Loyalty is Being Affected by Inflation
With inflation causing grocery prices to rise, customers may be swapping out their usual brands for the more inexpensive options on the shelves. This is leading some to question customer loyalty to brands and how brands can keep shoppers returning to them.
The rise in grocery prices is causing consumers to find smarter ways to shop and save. Brands with customer loyalty rewards, promotions, and discounts have a...
REPORTER: The Metaverse is Helping the Food Industry Engage With Their Consumers
Fast-food brands are trying to understand the marketing potential of the metaverse by testing their companies in the virtual world. Just one question... what is the metaverse?
Facebook was recently rebranded to Meta, and now is focused on becoming the “metaverse.” However, asking what is the metaverse is kind of like asking what the internet is. The metaverse is a digital environment where people create...
REPORTER: Summer Travel on the Comeback Trail
For the first time in two years, normal summer travel trends are expected to return. With the CDC removing mask mandates and many COVID restrictions a thing of the past, many are ready to take normal vacations and travel somewhere during summer break.
During the onset of the pandemic, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint travel numbers showed screenings drop to 244,000 on May 16, 2020. A year later, that number jumped...
Urner Barry's Summer 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now
The summer 2022 edition is our special annual analysis market issue, featuring insights from Urner Barry's team of market reporters. The summer issue includes stories about shoppers feeling the heat as prices continue to rise.
Read Volume 17, Number 3 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.
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REPORTER: Has Backyard Farming Cut Into National Retail Egg Sales?
This article was originally featured in the Spring 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.
Social isolation and work-from-home orders have led to a tremendous surge in U.S. pet adoptions since the onset of COVID-19. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, more than 23 million households—nearly 1 in 5 nationwide—have adopted a pet during the pandemic. But it turns out that furry friends aren’t the only way people have been...
REPORTER: “Selling Sunset” Star Emma Hernan Turns Passion Into Profits With Plant-Based Empanadas
As a female entrepreneur, luxury real estate agent, and model, “Selling Sunset” star Emma Hernan is generally pretty busy. But she found a silver lining during the early stages of the pandemic: spare time.
Hernan has always had a passion for cooking and reflects on spending quality time in the kitchen with her grandmother growing up. “My Nana and I would cook...
REPORTER: Grocery Shopping Continues to Evolve During the Pandemic
There are many chapters to the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and grocery shopping. Initially, consumers across the nation began panic buying and running shelves bare of toilet paper and other household cleaning supplies as the country began to learn how to live during a pandemic.
Then, consumers quickly saw their trips to the grocery store change. Retailers began promoting non-contact pickup options, delivery and other methods so...
Urner Barry's Spring 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now
The spring 2022 edition features an annual review of the state of the seafood industry with insights from Urner Barry's team of seafood market reporters. The magazine also explores the impact labor has had on the pork market, a look at the future of cage-free egg requirements and so much more!
Read Volume 17, Number 1 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here...
REPORTER: Planterra Foods Strives to Achieve Quality While Expanding Into New Markets
This article was originally featured in the Winter 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
Planterra Foods, founded in 2019, belongs to JBS’ portfolio of brands. Operating independently from JBS, Planterra Foods boasts that they are committed to providing plant protein options to consumers and share JBS’ vision to feed future generations, with a mission to share the delicious taste of plant-based food with the world.
“The commitment and vision come out of the acknowledgment that animal protein alone cannot sustainably...
REPORTER: Is This The New Normal For The Pork Industry?
As we approach a postpandemic life some questions need to be answered: Will labor shortages ever go away? How long will supply chain and logistic disruptions last? Is this the new normal? All three of these questions are valid and need to be answered. For now, we can take a close look at how these issues have impacted the pork market from summer to fall...
REPORTER: Stay Up-To-Date With The Comtell Product Roadmap
The COMTELL product roadmap continues to evolve as we learn more about the needs and expectations of Urner Barry customers. And as development on several key components of the 2021 roadmap ends, the team at Urner Barry has been analyzing improvements which lie ahead in 2022.
Most recently, the focus remained on completing the development of the COMTELL Excel Add-in, designed to increase efficiency and productivity by providing access to...
REPORTER: Hog, Veal, And Egg Producers Brace For The Start of Proposition 12
December 27, 2021
California’s Proposition 12 has generated widespread controversy and pushback among those involved in the egg and meat trades. A state ballot initiative passed by California voters in 2018, the second phase of the law is set to begin on January 1, 2022.
Under the law, veal calf producers are required to provide their animals with at least 43 square feet of usable floor space per calf...
Urner Barry's Winter 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now
The winter 2022 edition takes a deep dive into how rising prices are adding more pressure to markets. Find stories on U.S. shrimp imports; European dried egg white prices; and how hog, veal and egg producers are bracing for the start of Proposition 12.
Read Volume 17, Number 1 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.
REPORTER: Urner Barry Market Reporters Preview The Upcoming Holiday Season
With the holiday season in full swing, this year’s food trends are top of mind for the protein industry.
Many are wondering what the 2021 season will bring following a tumultuous and uncertain holiday in 2020—will we, in fact, see larger at-home gatherings again? Or perhaps continue with smaller gatherings featuring more premium cuts? Could there be more reliance on foodservice? Are we truly in for a “new normal?”
Protein Markets Contend with More Than Just "Seasonal" Issues Heading Into Q4
ANALYSIS: Shell Egg Prices Crack New Record Highs Amid Strong Demand, Depleted Inventories
This Week in Retail: Seasonal Trends Start to Shift
Urner Barry Releases September Soy & Wheat Report
Urner Barry Releases September Pulse Protein Report