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CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Apr 22 3:18 PM, Urner Barry



February Exports Below Year-Ago Levels for U.S. Pork, Beef

February exports of U.S. pork and beef fell below last year’s levels while lamb exports trended higher, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Pork export volume was down 9% from a year ago in February to 186,745 metric tons (mt), while export value dropped 17% to $455.9 million — the lowest monthly value total since February 2016. For January through February, pork exports were 5% below last year’s pace in volume (388,580 mt) and 13% lower in value ($950 million).

Pork export value averaged $45.12 per head slaughtered in February, up slightly from January but 21% lower year-over-year. The January-February average was $44.93, down 16%. Exports accounted for 24% of total February pork production and ...

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Apr 22 10:04 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: The Rundown on Easter Features

Pork moved into the top spot this week just in time for the holiday, claiming 25.4 percent of protein feature volume. Beef came in second, scoring 23.6 percent, with seafood closely following at 23 percent. Chicken accounted for 16.2 percent. Turkey features were bumped up to 5.6 percent, compared to 3.6 the week prior.

When comparing holiday week retail prices year-over-year, we have to go back to the week of March 26th, 2018, as Easter fell three weeks earlier last year. Looking at the retail ham complex, ham features come in at an average price of $1.66 per pound, compared to $1.86 per pound during the week leading up to Easter a year ago. That’s an 11 percent drop YOY and should...

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Apr 18 12:24 PM, UB Newswires


PathProven from Performance Food Group Providing First-Ever DNA Trace Back System from Farm to Plate in North America

Nearly 93 percent of all consumers are more likely to be loyal to a brand when it commits to full transparency, according to a 2017 Label Insights study from the Food Marketing Institute. The survey also revealed 74 percent of consumers would switch from the brands they usually buy to ones that provide more in-depth product information beyond the physical packaging. In Europe, the fresh meat industry has been moving toward this goal for twenty years. In the U.S., Performance Food Group Company (PFG) has been working with European technology innovator, IdentiGEN, for 10 years to align supply chains, building the first complete DNA Trace Back System to the farm. PFG has connected the information loop to provide greater accountability, improve sustainability, ensure quality, and...

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Apr 18 11:50 AM, General News


Technomic: Shifting Consumption Impacts Menu Offerings in Canada

While red meat continues to maintain strong interest among consumers, growing concerns for health and sustainability are having an increasing impact on these staples in Canada, Technomic reveals in the 2019 Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report. The growing popularity of alternative proteins will increasingly encroach on beef and pork’s share of the plate.

“We are seeing a rise in vegetarian or vegan dishes which have primarily impacted beef and pork consumption. But the impact will broaden going forward as plant-based substitutes emerge for other categories,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Consumers are far more likely to ...

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Apr 18 8:21 AM, General News


U.S. Beef, Poultry and Egg Products Gain New Market Access in Tunisia

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia.  This announcement follows meetings between U.S. and Tunisian officials on the safety and wholesomeness of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products.

“President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products, and we welcome Tunisia’s agreement to begin imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “New access to the Tunisian market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products.”

“I'm convinced that when the Tunisians get a taste of U.S. beef, poultry, and eggs, they're going to want more. These products coming into Tunisia are...

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Apr 18 8:16 AM, General News


CDC Suspects Ground Beef is Source of Latest E. coli Outbreak

As of Friday, April 12, 2019, 109 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states. The CDC is reporting the 109 illnesses that the PulseNet laboratory network has confirmed are part of this outbreak. States are now investigating additional illnesses that might be a part of this outbreak.

Illnesses began on dates from March 2, 2019, to March 6, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years, with a median age of 18. Of those infected, 53 percent are female. Out of 81 people with information available, 17, or 21 percent, have been hospitalized. No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported at this time. Illnesses that occurred after ...

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Apr 15 12:14 PM, Urner Barry


Denver Processing LLC Recalls Raw Pork and Beef Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection

Denver Processing LLC, a Denver, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 13,865 pounds of raw pork and beef products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw pork and beef items were produced on April 9, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Apr 15 9:16 AM, General News


$20 Million JBS Global Food Innovation Center Opens on Colorado State University Campus

The JBS Global Food Innovation Center In Honor of Gary & Kay Smith officially opened on the Colorado State University campus Tuesday, April 9, when JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira cut the ribbon on the $20 million state-of-the-art facility.

In March 2017, JBS USA entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with CSU that included a $12.5 million investment toward construction of the building and educational programming for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members.

“We’re so pleased to be here today to help celebrate the opening of this center,” Nogueira said at the grand opening ceremony. “Our mission at JBS is to be the best, and the mission of this facility is to advance best practices in ...

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Apr 12 2:25 PM, General News


Quaker Steak & Lube Unveils New Limited-Time Offers and Beverage Menu Perfect for Patio Season

Quaker Steak & Lube, one of the nation's leading family casual-dining restaurant chains with franchise opportunities available, has rolled out a new limited time offer menu, featuring food and beverages that provide guests with fresh, new flavors that build upon the fan-favorite classics for which Quaker Steak is known. At the same time, Quaker Steak & Lube has revamped its all-day beverage menu focusing on quality spirits and trending drink categories.

Just in time for patio season, Quaker Steak's limited-time menu features five new flavor-stacked steakburgers. The line-up starts with a Baja Burger, topped with fresh and spicy south-of-the-border flavors. With continued international flair, the Reuben Burger — piled high with...

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Apr 12 2:18 PM, General News


Yoakum Packing Co. Recalls Venison Sausage Products

Yoakum Packing Co., a Yoakum, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 12,388 pounds of smoked venison sausage that contains pork products that were not represented on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The fully cooked smoked venison sausage containing beef, pork and other nonmeat products items were produced from May 3, 2017 through March 22, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Apr 11 9:18 AM, General News


Rabobank: Rising African Swine Fever Losses to Lift All Protein Boats

Production losses from African swine fever (ASF) have eclipsed initial estimates. The Chinese pork production shortfall, along with shortfalls in Southeast Asia, will create challenges and opportunities for animal protein exporters.

In 2019, we expect Chinese pork production losses of 25% to 35% in response to ASF. Reports of extreme losses (over 50%) are limited to confined areas.

Sizable breeding herd losses will delay the Chinese pork industry’s recovery. Rebuilding efforts will be further complicated by the risk of recontamination, despite ...

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Apr 11 9:14 AM, General News


TGI Fridays Introduces Four New Sizzling Entrées

When it comes to mouthwatering sizzle that satisfies every appetite, no one does it hotter or tastier than TGI Fridays™, especially with the addition of four new Sizzling Entrées that join two of the brand's most popular, best-selling entrées – Sizzling Chicken & Cheese and Sizzling Chicken & Shrimp.

"Simply put, Fridays always brings the sizzle," said Cindy Syracuse, TGI Fridays Vice President of Marketing. "That's why we decided to expand the Sizzling menu for a limited time only – with taste innovations that celebrate everyone's favorite flavors."

The four new Sizzling Entrées that are featured for a limited time include ...

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Apr 10 2:10 PM, Urner Barry


Central Valley Meat Holding Company to Acquire Harris Farms’ Beef Operations

Harris Farms, Inc. (“Harris Farms”) Owner John Harris and Central Valley Meat Company, Inc. President and CEO Brian Coelho announced today that Central Valley Meat Holding Company will acquire Harris Ranch Beef Holding Company (“Harris Ranch Beef”), including its wholly owned subsidiaries, Harris Feeding Company and Harris Ranch Beef Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We have known and respected John Harris and Harris Ranch Beef for decades, and I am pleased to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue the business’ family-owned legacy and pursue its tremendous potential for growth here in the Central Valley,” said Mr. Coelho. “While Central Valley Meat Company and Harris Ranch Beef will continue to ...

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Apr 10 8:14 AM, General News


Verde Strengthens Market Leadership with Appointment of Two Meat Industry Veterans

Verde Farms, the leading U.S. provider of 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, organic beef has added Marc Broccoli, Vice President of Operations, and Matthew Landis, Vice President of Sales to its leadership team.

At grocery, more than half of shoppers (54%) want to see their stores carry more grass-fed beef, as well as products free from antibiotics and hormones (52%).* This interest is directly reflected in year-over-year sales growth across the grass-fed category.* As Verde continues to lead the industry with its 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, Never Ever, and organic products, the addition of these two strategic hires will help Verde drive further innovation and accelerate growth in ...

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Apr 9 12:39 PM, General News


JBS Plainwell, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products

JBS Plainwell, Inc., a Plainwell, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 43,292 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically, pieces of hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef loaf products were produced on March 20, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Apr 9 8:49 AM, General News


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Apr 8 2:56 PM, Urner Barry


Applegate to Bring an All-Star Lineup of Ballpark Fare to Fans this Summer

Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand, and Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) have announced a homerun partnership that will bring cleaner options of classic ballpark favorites to stadiums across the country this summer. As the first-ever “Official Natural and Organic Meat of Minor League Baseball,” Applegate will be putting in some of its power hitters and serving up Better Flippin’ Meat, including THE CLEANER WIENER™ – APPLEGATE NATURALS® Beef Hot Dog and THE GREAT ORGANIC BLEND BURGER™ BEEF BURGER, one of the brand’s newest innovations at MiLB ballparks this season.

When the Minor League Baseball season kicks off with Opening Night on April 4th, a stellar line up of APPLEGATE® brand clean eats will be available in concessions at select ballparks across the country. Throughout the season, Applegate also will ...

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Apr 3 2:00 PM, General News


Meet Chuck Knows Beef: Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. Launches All-Knowing Virtual Beef Assistant

Beef goes virtual as the iconic Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand brings the knowledge of a rancher, the expertise of a chef, and the humor of a dad into the kitchen with the official launch of Chuck Knows Beef, a new beef virtual assistant. Powered by Google Artificial Intelligence and developed in partnership with VMLY&R, a leading digital marketing agency, Chuck is the new virtual go-to expert on all things beef. Chuck can be easily accessed at ChuckKnowsBeef.com or by simply enabling Chuck Knows Beef with Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant devices.

Funded by beef farmers and ranchers and designed to be a go-to consumer resource for beef knowledge and recipe inspiration, Chuck provides instant access to recipes, cuts and nutrition information and cooking tips– plus a whole lot more. Consumers can ask Chuck questions like ...

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Apr 3 8:48 AM, General News


AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. Recalls Frozen Beef Patties

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 20,373 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft purple plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen RTE flame broiled beef patties were produced on Nov. 30, 2018. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Apr 3 8:23 AM, General News


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Apr 2 10:38 AM, Urner Barry


Burger King Restaurants Test the Impossible Whopper 

Can a plant-based patty deliver all the flame-grilled, juicy craveability of the revered BURGER KING® restaurants WHOPPER® sandwich? We think so, but can you really believe anything you hear on April Fools’ Day? In a new video, BURGER KING® restaurants surprised its loyal guests by serving the Impossible™ WHOPPER® instead of the classic WHOPPER® -- and filmed their reactions. Watch the Impossible™ WHOPPER® film at www.YouTube.com/BurgerKing.

Starting today, 59 exclusive BURGER KING® restaurants in and around St. Louis will be testing the Impossible™ WHOPPER® -- a flame-grilled, plant-based patty topped with ...

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Apr 1 9:41 AM, General News


FAT Brands Announces Multi-Unit Development Deal in Shanghai

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FAT) (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand™, announces the development of six new co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo's Express restaurants throughout Shanghai with Bloomfield Pty. Ltd. The new locations will build on FAT Brands' existing presence in China, where the company currently operates multiple successful locations in both Beijing and Shanghai.

Fatburger, the beloved Hollywood burger chain founded by Lovie Yancey, maintains and upholds its unique culture and trademark menu offerings crafted by founder Lovie Yancey when she launched the brand almost 70 years ago. Each Fatburger burger is made-to-order with traditional fixings and ...

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Mar 29 3:35 PM, General News


Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Becomes the Largest Restaurant Chain to Serve the Impossible Burger

Red Robin takes its menu of innovative, gourmet burgers very seriously, and its newest addition is no joke! Starting on Monday, April 1, guests visiting Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews nationwide can order The Impossible™ Burger, which delivers all the taste, aroma and beefiness of meat, but is entirely plant-based. Guests can customize any of their favorite Red Robin burgers by asking for the Impossible Burger patty.

"Our guests have come to expect culinary innovation and variety at Red Robin, so it was important for us to offer a new meatless protein option that appeals to traditional burger lovers, flexitarians or ...

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Mar 29 11:17 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Warmer Weekend Forecast Beckons Grillers, Retailers Promote Accordingly

While much of the Midwest remains somewhat stuck in winter (our condolences), temperatures elsewhere in the U.S. are starting to feel more like spring—and that means grilling season is almost here.

Both coasts, parts of the Northeast, and much of the Southeast looks to be thawing out with average temperatures this weekend expected to be 60 degrees and above. Hints of spring result in many consumers dusting off the grill and heading to grocery stores to procure their favorite proteins—and grocers are more than happy to answer the call.   

Ground beef feature volume soared this week, claiming nearly 30 percent of beef ad space versus just 16 percent the week prior. Steak features are also higher week over week, accounting for...

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Mar 29 10:54 AM, UB Newswires


Red Meat Export Volume Fairly Steady in January; Pork Value Still Sluggish

January exports of U.S. beef and pork were slightly below last year’s volume levels while export value posted mixed results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef exports slipped 1 percent year-over-year to 104,766 metric tons (mt), but value still increased 3 percent to $642.3 million. Export value per head of fed slaughter pulled back from the red-hot pace of 2018, averaging $284.86, down 3 percent from a year ago. January exports accounted for 12.2 percent of total beef production and 9.7 percent for muscle cuts only, down from 12.4 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively, in January 2018.

January pork exports were also down 1 percent from a year ago at 201,835 mt, with value dropping ...

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Mar 29 9:12 AM, General News


Carl’s Jr. Launches New Bacon Truffle Angus Burger and Bacon Truffle Cheese Fries

Carl’s Jr.®, known for impossible to ignore flavors and craveable menu items, today introduced its latest menu innovations, the Bacon Truffle Angus Burger and Bacon Truffle Cheese Fries, now available for a limited time at participating Carl’s Jr. locations.

The new Bacon Truffle Angus Burger features a decadent truffle-infused white cheddar sauce*, which has a deep, rich and savory flavor including notes of garlic, toasted onion and aged parmesan. The burger includes a charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patty topped with ...

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Mar 28 9:24 AM, General News


USDA to Inspect Brazil Beef and Pork Products 

The USDA has announced that it will be carrying out an audit of the inspection system of agricultural establishments from June 10 to June 28 at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply. The inspection will include beef and pork from Brazil.

Minister Tereza Cristina stated, "This is an important step so that we can re-export, in the near future, fresh meat to the United States.

During an official visit of the Brazilian government to Washington last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture of Sonny Perdue established ...

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Mar 27 12:27 PM, Urner Barry


Hooked on Sustainability

I sat in a minimally furnished room in an office-cum-apartment across from Ben Turley, butcher and businessman. It was Thursday. Brooklyn was bustling and shrouded in grey. Horns and sirens outside cut through the din and the damp and down Graham Ave, wafting through the mist and the walls as muffled echoes. Cool light was leaking in from the windows. Ben brought a thermos of coffee, and had a tattoo on his arm, “Let’s party. Together.” I sat down with him to talk about The Meat Hook.

The Meat Hook is a sustainable, nose-to-tail butcher shop founded in early 2010 by Turley and Brent Young. What makes The Meat Hook special is a deep commitment to healthy farms, happy farmers, and healthy, happy, tasty animals. Not to mention their...

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Mar 27 9:45 AM, Urner Barry


Aurora Packing Company, Inc. Recalls Beef Products 

Aurora Packing Company, Inc., a North Aurora, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,838 pounds of beef heel and chuck tender products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The bulk beef products were produced and packed on Feb. 27, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 27 8:34 AM, General News


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Mar 25 3:27 PM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Wing Demand Feeling the Madness

The first round of the college basketball tournament dubbed March Madness is officially underway—and retailers are certainly going mad over food promotions for the nearly month-long event.

On the wholesale side of the equation, wings are in high-demand as foodservice and retail buyers alike look to secure inventory for March Madness. This has driven prices up in recent weeks, as supplies grow increasingly tight. Spot market prices for small sized wings are currently up nearly 12 percent over last year at this time, or 17 cents per pound, and up about 4 percent compared to the 3-year average. Wholesale prices on jumbo wings, more often found at retail, are up a whopping 36 percent year-over-year. Buyers are paying nearly 50 cents more per pound on the spot market for jumbo size wings this week—that’s up 14 percent from the 3-year average.  

This is the second “peak” of the year for wings in 2019, the first summiting in early February. The downslope was relatively short-lived, bottoming out later that month. The current uptick, while seasonal, is especially...

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Mar 22 8:12 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Ground Beef Pricing

Ground beef represents almost half of the beef consumption in the U.S. COMTELL tracks wholesale prices, along with everyday and retail ad prices for the category from a variety of sources. Wholesale ground beef values tend to be more volatile while... 

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Mar 21 10:02 AM, Urner Barry


Beef + Lamb New Zealand Launches Multi-Million Dollar U.S. Branding Campaign

New Zealand grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb is praised by chefs, retailers and consumers all over the world. Thanks to growing U.S. market demand, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, which represents New Zealand's beef and sheep farmers, is launching an integrated marketing campaign in partnership with leading retail brands to educate consumers on the benefits of grass-fed meat from New Zealand, under the Taste Pure Nature origin brand. The multi-faceted program will launch first in California with online display and video ads, social media, public relations and a bespoke website with information and recipe inspiration.

The campaign will launch with retail-leading brand partners including, The Lamb Company™, the largest North American supplier of lamb and its flagship brand, New Zealand Spring Lamb™, First Light™ and its renowned ...

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Mar 21 8:16 AM, General News


La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products 

La Rosita Fresh Market Inc., a Mt. Prospect, Ill. retail store, is recalling approximately 54 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw ground beef items are ground in the store and packaged for consumers behind the meat counter in varying weights. The raw ground beef items were packed on March 13, 2019 and March 14, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 20 8:44 AM, General News


Hormel Takes Pepperoni Lovers Beyond the Pie

A new Hormel ad campaign launched today, with the tagline Think It Up, Make it Up, Pep it Up! The initiative consists of three animated “pepisodes” featuring an animated scene surrounding the use of pepperoni in a different food, from nachos to pizza bagels.

One spot replaces a basketball with a slice of pepperoni which is then “dunked” onto a pizza bagel, and another has a couple lifted airborne by pepperoni “balloons” that then ascend further onto the surface of a quesadilla.

Hormel has launched this campaign as part of...

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Mar 19 9:48 AM, Urner Barry


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Mar 18 3:16 PM, Urner Barry


Alternative Cuts of U.S. Beef Focus of Retail, Restaurant Promotions in Taiwan

Encouraging restaurants and retailers in Taiwan to use alternative cuts of U.S. beef, USMEF collaborated with Taiwan Fresh Supermarket (TFS) and the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain in a series of promotional activities and product tastings. The efforts, funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, were designed to maintain the competitiveness of U.S. beef in the Taiwanese market by providing consumers, foodservice operators and importers with information on available products.

“Taiwanese consumers have adopted more beef in their diets over the past couple of decades, but their knowledge of beef remains relatively limited,” explained Davis Wu, USMEF director in Taiwan. “People are used to purchasing meat with a tender texture and rich marbling, such as ...

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Mar 18 9:39 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: 2018 Becomes Record Year for U.S. Beef Exports

The USDA released export numbers for the last month of 2018. December exports for beef, including variety meat, was reported at 112.8 thousand metric tons compared to 113.3 metric tons for December 2017...

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Mar 18 9:27 AM, Urner Barry


Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc. Recalls Beef Products

Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc., a San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 4,940 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE corned beef items were produced on Feb. 28, 2019. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 18 8:29 AM, General News


Oregon Cattleman to Congress: Livestock Producers Serve as Conservation Allies

Today Oregon cattleman Rodger Huffman told a Congressional hearing that livestock producers across the country serve as stewards of the environment and allies in conservation. Despite the efforts of some in Congress to vilify livestock producers, effective wildlife conservation depends on strengthening the partnership between government agencies and ranchers. In fact, livestock producers maintain over 660 million acres of open spaces and landscapes, about a third of the U.S. landmass and home to many species of wildlife.

“Federal and state wildlife managers have no greater ally in the effort to conserve America’s species than ranchers,” Huffman said in prepared testimony. “Ranchers steward these landscapes for generations ...

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Mar 15 8:15 AM, General News


Tyson Fresh Meats and IdentiGEN Collaborate to Trace Beef Using DNA Technology

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), is collaborating with IdentiGEN to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin. IdentiGEN’s signature DNA TraceBack® system will be a key tool to trace the cattle raised for Tyson’s Open Prairie® Natural Angus Beef.

A DNA sample from cattle entering the Open Prairie program will be used to trace the origin of individual cuts of beef as they move through the supply chain. The DNA TraceBack process is intended to assure customers that the Open Prairie beef products they buy were sourced from ranches where the cattle were raised to meet specific requirements, such as no antibiotics ever and no added hormones.

“This is about meeting growing demand for more transparency about how food is produced,” said Kent Harrison, vice president of marketing and premium programs at Tyson Fresh Meats. “Through DNA TraceBack, we’re providing ...

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Mar 14 9:27 AM, General News


Teton Waters Ranch Launches the First Line of 100% Grass-Fed and Finished Beef Burger Blends

Teton Waters Ranch, the original 100% grass-fed & finished beef company, announces the launch of its brand-new Burger Blends. The frozen burger patties are made from a unique blend of 100% grass-fed beef and savory mushrooms and will be the first of their kind available in the frozen food aisle.

The Burger Blends from Teton Waters Ranch will be available in three delicious varieties: Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Mushroom and Onion and Southwest. All three varieties are made with a mindful mix of 70 percent grass-fed and finished beef and 30 percent mushrooms. They are Whole30 approved and ...

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Mar 14 8:14 AM, General News


Carnivore Meat Company, LLC Recalls Beef and Pork Sausage Products 

Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Franklin, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 379 pounds of raw ground beef and pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The raw ground beef and pork sausage products were produced on Jan. 8, Jan. 28 and Feb. 7, 2019. The following products are subject to recall...

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Mar 13 8:25 AM, General News


National Beef to Own Iowa Premium LLC

National Beef Packing Company, LLC, today announced that it has approved a transaction that will result in it owning 100 percent of the ownership interests in Iowa Premium, LLC, (IP). The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

Iowa Premium, located in Tama, Iowa employs over 800 people and processes approximately 1,100 head of Black Angus fed cattle per day. The company is well known for ...

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Mar 12 8:17 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Annual Power of Meat Study Highlights

The 2019 Power of Meat Study was unveiled this past week at the Annual Meat Conference in Dallas, Texas. Anne-Marie Roerink presented the findings, revealing a number of trends from a retail meat perspective, examining how today’s meat case fits into modern food culture. This week in retail, we recap a few of the exceptionally thought-provoking findings from this annual report.

Across all departments, convenience-focused meat and poultry saw robust growth in 2018, including value added (+5.1 percent), fully-cooked (+2.5 percent) and frozen (+2.2 percent). This is a trend that we’ve known to have massive growth potential in recent years. Insight from the report suggests that the industry needs to focus on the meal occasion for consumers, rather than just the view from the meat department.

Surprisingly, the report found that one-quarter of shoppers buy meat and poultry one meal at a time! Only 4 in 10 shoppers buy enough meat and poultry to last for several days, and 35 percent...

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Mar 8 12:01 PM, UB Newswires


2018 Beef Exports Record-Large; Pork Export Volume Just Short of 2017 Record

Last year U.S. beef exports shattered the previous value record and achieved a new high for volume, according to year-end 2018 statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork export volume came up just short of the record set in 2017 while value slipped 1 percent year-over-year. U.S. lamb exports rebounded from a down year in 2017, largely due to stronger variety meat demand in Mexico.

Fueled by tremendous demand in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the ASEAN region, U.S. beef exports reached 1.35 million metric tons (mt), up 7 percent from 2017 and exceeding the 2011 record by 5 percent. Export value soared to ...

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Mar 8 8:15 AM, General News


Del Taco Elevates Fast Food Box Quality and Value with Fresh Faves Boxes

Grilled Chicken Tacos made with fresh-grilled chicken, Half-Pound Bean & Cheese Burritos crafted with slow-cooked beans made from scratch in each restaurant, and the signature Del Taco, loaded with hand-grated cheddar cheese. These are just a few of the items that Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant,** is offering in its new line-up of Fresh Faves Box Meals that deliver quality and quantity at a price point that only Del Taco can deliver.

“For Del Taco, value means offering guests an unbeatable combination of freshly prepared, craveable items served at a price that’s less than the national competition,” said Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We created these Boxes based on ...

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Mar 7 9:55 AM, General News


MorningStar Farms Announces Plant Based Commitment, Introduces Vegan Cheezeburger 

MorningStar Farms has announced its commitment to convert the entire portfolio to be completely plant-based, or vegan, by the year 2021. This conversion includes products available to 25,000 restaurants and eating establishments within schools, colleges and universities, and hospitals. This decision by MorningStar Farms comes at a time when consumption of meatless dishes remains strong as consumers are increasingly following restrictive or specialty diets. According to a recent report by Technomic, 50% of consumers eat vegetarian or vegan dishes at least once a month, while only 27% of those who eat such dishes say restaurants do a good job of providing options that taste good.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for us – by making this change, MorningStar Farms favorites can be enjoyed by even more people at home and ...

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Mar 6 12:56 PM, Urner Barry


Applebee's 3-Course Meal Deal Returns

Now for a limited time, Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants nationwide are serving unbeatable flavor and choice and giving the people what they want with the return of Applebee’s 3-Course Meal. With your choice of THREE crave-worthy items from a selection of some of Applebee’s most popular dishes – a mouth-watering appetizer, side salad and a delectable entrée – you can build your own feast starting at $11.99. Head to Applebee’s for this unforgettable real meal deal.

“After drawing a big crowd with the successful introduction of the 3-Course Meal last year, we wanted to treat our guests to another round of deliciousness that provides an abundance of value,” said Joel Yashinsky, chief marketing officer at Applebee’s. “We know our guests love bigger portions, and with more than ...

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Mar 5 8:51 AM, General News


Sonic Puts an Egg on It with the All-New Brunch Burger

SONIC® Drive-In brings you brunch on-demand any time with the new limited-time Brunch Burger. Made with a 100-percent pure beef patty topped with melty cheese, crispy bacon, and a perfectly fried egg, served on a bakery-soft brioche bun, this glorious combination of breakfast and lunch with a side of medium crispy Tots is available all day for just $2.99*.

For the extra-hungry brunch fan, SONIC also offers the Bigger Brunch Burger that doubles the beef, available a la carte for $4.99*. Guests can even take their brunch all the way by ...

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Mar 5 8:13 AM, General News


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Mar 4 1:36 PM, Urner Barry


Washington Beef, LLC Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Washington Beef, LLC, a Toppenish, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 30,260 pounds of ground beef chubs products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef chubs were produced on Dec. 27, 2018, and include a “Use or Freeze by” date of 01/20/19. The following products are subject to recall ...

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Mar 4 8:28 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Filet vs. Fillet

Next week marks the start of the Christian Lenten season—a period that has significant impact on consumer purchasing behavior at retail and foodservice.

The timing of Lent is determined by the date in which Easter falls. In 2019, Lent is falling three whole weeks later than it did last year. Lent begins as early as February 4th or as late as the 10th of March, making this year one of the latest dates possible. Easter lands on Sunday, April 21st this year.

This period of 40 days often structures the purchasing decisions of a potentially large group of Americans—in fact, roughly three quarters of the population identify as Christian. Conservatively, even though we can assume that not all observe or practice Lent, it’s still a sizeable portion of households that may opt to abstain from eating meat on weekly occasions. Let’s say a quarter of...

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Mar 1 12:39 PM, UB Newswires


Verde Elevates Grilling Classics with 100% Grass-Fed, 100% Free-Range Beef

Verde Farms, the leading U.S. provider of 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, organic beef announces the addition of two new grilling favorites to its product line. As the demand for grass-fed beef continues to grow dramatically at grocery,* consumers can now find flavorsome all-time favorites with honest ingredients and truly responsible sourcing. Verde's savory all-beef hot dogs and dinner sausages feature real ingredients and inspired flavors for today's consumer.

Ready-to-eat hot dogs and sausages from true grass-fed beef

Like all of its products, Verde's 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range, all-beef hot dogs and dinner sausages are sourced from humanely-raised beef raised entirely on ...

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Mar 1 11:39 AM, General News


Beef Industry Satisfies America's Yen for Sushi

The North American Meat Institute, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is celebrating America's love of beef and sushi during National Deli Meat Month this March by shining a light on Beefshi. Beefshi is a creative, new culinary concept that uses prepared beef products like bologna, summer sausage, corned beef and pastrami as central ingredients in sushi.

"Americans have always loved beef and over the past few decades, their love of sushi has catapulted," said Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs at The North American Meat Institute (NAMI). "In fact, sushi is one of the fastest growing categories in ...

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Mar 1 9:29 AM, General News


Rabobank Beef Quarterly Q1 2019: China’s Trade Sending Waves through South-East Asia

Stricter border policing in China as a consequence of African swine fever is restricting the unofficial meat trade, with flow-on effects in other countries, according to the latest RaboReseach Beef Quarterly report.

Following the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in August 2018, the Chinese government strengthened border controls. Rabobank believes the increased enforcement measures have led to the sharp decline in the volume of trade through unofficial channels in Q4 2018. The increased Chinese border enforcement has slowed unofficial bovine trade from Hong Kong and Vietnam. Subsequently we have seen Vietnamese imports of Indian carabeef in Q4 2018 down 60% YOY at 120,370 tonnes and in turn Indian buffalo prices have dropped. But this could easily be reversed.

Other important developments include ...

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Mar 1 9:15 AM, General News


Bold New Flavors Highlight Additions to Subway Restaurants' Signature Wraps Collection

Today, Subway® restaurants is launching two daring additions to its Signature Wraps collection – Sesame-Ginger Glazed Chicken Signature Wrap and Sweet N' Smoky Steak & Guac Signature Wrap. These protein-packed wraps, which feature double the meat of an average 6-inch sub, will be available until April 24 at participating restaurants, so try them while you can!

The Thai-inspired Sesame-Ginger Glazed Chicken Signature Wrap delivers a refreshing and exotic flavor combination, while the Sweet N' Smoky Steak & Guac Signature Wrap highlights rich flavors and subtle spices with the help of Subway's smoky Guajillo Mesquite Sauce. The two new mouth-watering builds are ...

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Mar 1 8:18 AM, General News


Tyson Fresh Meats Team Unveils New Chairman’s Reserve Prime Beef Offering and Fresh Look

February 28, 2019 Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork experts™, is excited to reveal a new Chairman’s Reserve Prime beef offering and refreshed brand look. Chairman’s Reserve Meats is known for providing high-quality products.

“Our USDA Prime quality grade beef keeps in step with the exacting standards of our Prime Pork counterpart,” explained Ozlem Worpel, senior brand manager of Tyson Fresh Meats. The Prime Beef offering boasts strict specifications that require a Ribeye Area of 10 - 16 square inches and a hot carcass weight of less than 1,050 lbs. “It’s a welcome addition to an already-impressive portfolio.”

Chairman’s Reserve Meats now consists of Premium and Prime: a two-tier, dual-protein mix marked by different scoring specifications.

Along with an exciting new offering, the Chairman’s Reserve Meats team revealed a ...

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Feb 28 12:07 PM, General News


USMEF Economist Stresses Importance of Trade with Japan at USDA Outlook Forum

The importance of Japan as a trading partner for U.S. agriculture was the focus of a Feb. 22 panel discussion at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist Erin Borror explained that Japan is the leading value destination for both U.S. beef and U.S. pork, with 2018 exports expected to reach $2.1 billion and $1.65 billion, respectively, when year-end data is available. But Borror also cautioned that the competitive terrain in Japan has gotten steeper for U.S. red meat due to Japan’s preferential trade agreements with Australia, the European Union, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Chile, and this situation will worsen unless the United States secures similar access terms with Japan.

Borror noted that U.S. beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $320.72 in 2018, up 14 percent year-over-year and shattering the previous high ($300.36) set in 2014. Japan accounts for one-fourth of this total, or $82.75 per head. The ratio is similar for ...

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Feb 27 12:52 PM, General News


Boar's Head Brand Expands its Simplicity Line to the Delight of All Natural and Organic Shoppers

Boar's Head Brand®, one of the nation's leading providers of premium fine crafted foods products, is excited to give shoppers more options to choose from when selecting all natural and organic products for themselves and their families. Boar's Head Simplicity® line, launched in 2016 with a few selected items, now offers a complete line of products in categories such as beef, turkey, ham, cheese, bacon, franks, charcuterie and hummus.

"In the past, consumers who chose all natural and organic products believed they needed to trade taste for these attributes. At Boar's head, we disagree. We leveraged over a century of experience in crafting fine foods along with our culinary expertise to deliver both things in our newly expanded Simplicity line. The response has been...

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Feb 25 10:02 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Winners and Losers at Retail

Which items saw the lowest year-over-year ad prices this week—and which saw the highest.

Feature prices at retail can fluctuate—a lot. Even when circular real estate is consistently earmarked for certain items, the price point can be a notable variable. This week in retail, we rank some of the most attractive buying opportunities for popular proteins and some of the highest comparable YOY prices.

We compared 35 items from the retail meat case and found that 15 showed higher average price levels compared to the same week last year, while 20 items displayed lower prices—a favorable split for consumers.  

Amongst the items boasting lower YOY ad prices, the beef complex took the top three winning spots. Tenderloins are currently featured at a whopping 32 percent below year ago on average, at $9.56 per pound. This is likely a by-product of...

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Feb 22 8:35 AM, UB Newswires


Brisket Is Booming at Foodservice

Boston Market has added Rotisserie Brisket to its menu as a new item following the success of its Rotisserie Prime Rib, which debuted last year. In response to strong consumer demand, locations will be increasing availability of prime rib from three to five days a week, with the remaining two days filled out by the new brisket offering. Brisket will take up rotisserie residency Monday and Tuesday, while prime rib will expand from Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday to cover Thursday and Saturday as well.

Although best known by many as a chicken-focused eatery, Boston Market has a history with red meat, including a brief foray into brisket nearly a decade ago. Their first beef item was meatloaf, which entered menus in 1995. In 2005 the restaurant first introduced a specific cut of beef with a top sirloin menu item, and in 2009 they introduced brisket as a summer special.

Boston Market isn’t alone in bringing the brisket. Wawa, a convenience store chain on the east coast, also...

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Feb 15 11:54 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Filet Mignon a Steal at Retail This Valentine’s Day, While Lobster Prices Soar

Beef takes the top spot for protein feature volume this week, with 30 percent of ad space. Seafood follows up with 27 percent, while pork claims 21 percent. Chicken ads make up 15 percent of total protein features.

Of course, steaks make up an overwhelming majority of beef ads for Valentine’s, accounting for 51 percent of beef buying opportunities. The top featured steak cuts for this week include ribeyes, top sirloins, and tenderloin filets.  Bone-in rib steaks average $7.54 per pound, which is up from a year ago at $6.96. Top sirloin steaks are a little more economical for the budget minded shopper, at $6.39 per pound, down nearly 8 percent from a year ago. Filets average $14.13 per pound on feature, which is down nearly $2 per pound from last year—and 15 percent lower compared to the 3-year average, making this item a relative steal for V-day dinner at home.

Pairing that steak with a succulent lobster tail? Cupid himself would be impressed, but you’ll be paying more than last year...

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Feb 15 8:32 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Beef Index Three Times Higher than the Pork Cutout

The Urner Barry Beef Index has been holding onto stronger pricing from November into February. There has only been a two percent variance throughout the holiday season... 

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Feb 14 10:16 AM, Urner Barry


Technomic Finds Sustainability Concerns and Alternative Proteins Shift Dynamic for Beef and Pork

Beef and pork have long been staples of Americans’ plates but with growing sustainability and health concerns, shifts are taking place in this category. Technomic’s 2019 Center of the Plate: Beef and Pork Consumer Trend Report explores how the rise of popularity in alternative proteins and the transparency of animal treatment are affecting consumers’ preferences.

“While demand for beef and pork still remains strong, consumers report a slight decline in consumption of these proteins over the past two years due to the growth in health and sustainability concerns,” explains Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Adjusting to consumers’ evolving approach to beef and pork consumption will be vital to growing sales. Focus should be placed on innovative and ...

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Feb 8 11:44 AM, General News


November Beef Exports Remain on Record Pace; Headwinds Weigh on Pork Exports

U.S. beef exports continued on a record pace in November while pork exports trended lower year-over-year, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef exports totaled 112,842 metric tons (mt) in November, up 1 percent from a year ago, while value climbed 6 percent to $709.2 million. For January through November, exports reached 1.24 million mt, up 8 percent year-over-year and 6 percent above the record pace of 2011. At $7.63 billion, beef export value was up 16 percent and has already broken the full-year record set in 2017 ($7.27 billion).

Beef export value per head of fed slaughter is also on a record pace, averaging $322.97 in ...

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Feb 8 11:28 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Falling into the February Funk

Super Bowl spending was exceptional this past weekend—and now grocers return to another period of lackluster retail action following the conclusion of the second biggest food holiday of the year (Thanksgiving is number one).  

February is quite the doldrums at retail, lacking any real buying occasions. Valentine’s Day is traditionally a foodservice holiday, benefitting fine dining establishments—and the steak and lobster markets, of course. However, the outlook for V-day in 2019 has been questioned by some, given that the date falls on a weekday. This could delay romantic dinner dates until the weekend, which may boost retail spending for a quiet dinner at home for those struck with Cupid’s arrow next Thursday.  

Additionally, the Christian Lenten season began on February 14 in 2018, but with a late Easter in store for 2019, Lent is not set to begin until March 6th this year. That’s a three-week difference for the start of a period of time that has a lot of impact in the food industry...

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Feb 8 10:26 AM, UB Newswires


Introducing Knick Knacks: Blue Apron’s Newest and Most Flexible Culinary Offering

Blue Apron, known for creating incredible meal experiences, today introduced its most flexible culinary innovation to date: Blue Apron Knick Knacks™, a new line of recipe solutions that give consumers the flexibility to combine the protein and produce of their choice with specialty, pre-portioned, refrigerated ingredients and step-by-step recipes to enjoy a delicious meal for two.

“Our promise, through every product we create, is to inspire and support home cooks by bringing quality, discovery, and convenience to their meal experiences. We are proud to introduce Knick Knacks as our latest culinary innovation, which gives consumers the ‘secret sauce’––from our test kitchen to their home––to create a delicious meal, while allowing for the flexibility to ...

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Feb 8 9:22 AM, Urner Barry


NCBA Campaigns With Facts About Fake Meat

Today the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association launched a new campaign highlighting critical questions about the production of lab-grown fake meat. The Fake Meat Facts campaign will shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products.

“The federal government is moving in the right direction on lab-grown fake meat oversight, but new information raises more questions than answers,” said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. “The lack of scientific consensus surrounding cell-cultured protein products became crystal clear to me when I participated in last year’s joint public meeting. NCBA will continue to push for increased transparency to ensure consumers know the facts about lab-grown fake meat production.”

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a framework for regulating lab-grown fake meat. USDA will have primary oversight of food production and labeling, while the FDA will have oversight of cell collection and cell growth. However...

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Feb 7 9:50 AM, General News


Ball-Tip Becomes More Expensive Compared to Top Butt

The charts below show the correlation of the top butt and ball tip, two value cuts. Movement trends for these two items seemed to mirror each other up until October 2017...

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Feb 7 9:38 AM, Urner Barry


FAO Food Price Index Rises in January

Global food prices began the year on a buoyant note, as the FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.8 points in January 2019, up 1.8 percent from the previous month.

A sharp rebound in dairy price quotations and firmer prices of palm and soy oils drove the increase, the United Nations agency said today. The Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly changes in international prices of a basket of food commodities, was still 2.2 percent below its January 2018 level.

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 168.1 points in January, up marginally from December. Prices of the major grains were generally firm amid tightening export supplies and robust world demand.

International soy oil prices also rose on the back of...

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Feb 7 9:33 AM, General News


Nathan's Famous, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Nathan's Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ: NATH) today reported results for the third quarter of its 2019 fiscal year that ended December 23, 2018.

For the fiscal quarter ended December 23, 2018:

  • Revenues were $20,222,000, as compared to $22,021,000 during the thirteen weeks ended December 24, 2017;
  • Adjusted EBITDA, as subsequently defined, was $16,306,000, as compared to $5,855,000 for the thirteen weeks ended December 24, 2017;
  • Income before provision for income taxes was $13,349,000, as compared to a loss before benefit for income taxes of $7,086,000 for the thirteen weeks ended December 24, 2017;
  • Net income was $9,722,000, as compared to a net loss of $3,779,000 for the thirteen weeks ended December 24, 2017;
  • Earnings per diluted share were $2.30 per share, as compared to a loss per diluted share of ...
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Feb 5 8:45 AM, General News


CHART: Industry Expectations for Weekly Cattle Slaughter

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Feb 4 2:40 PM, Urner Barry


P.F. Chang's Celebrates Chinese New Year with Limited Time Offers 

P.F. Chang's is unveiling its Year of the Pig celebration starting February 5. Each day through March 25, 2019, P.F. Chang's is featuring three new Year of the Pig hand-crafted cocktails. Guests that dine in the restaurant will also receive a limited-edition Fortune-Telling Pig, that, once placed in the palm of the hand, reveals your hidden secrets. For the first time, P.F. Chang's is also launching a Chinese New Year-inspired gift card featuring a pig made entirely of fresh peppers, with chili seeds positioned to create the Chinese symbol for 'pig.' The Year of the Pig gift card will be available online and in restaurants throughout 2019.

"P.F. Chang's is a thoroughly modern Asian restaurant with lasting connections to its Chinese heritage," said Tana Davila, P.F. Chang's senior vice president of marketing and brand development. "We celebrate Chinese New Year as an homage to the culture that created us and to share good fortune with our guests in the best way we know how – delicious food and drinks ...

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Feb 4 11:49 AM, General News


Wendy's Beefs Up its Menu with Three New Made to Crave Cheeseburgers

Trying to take your go-to cheeseburger to new heights? We Got You™! Wendy's® new Made to Crave menu unlocks a whole new world of cheeseburgers made with unforgettable flavors that take craveability to its peak. The new Made to Crave line introduces a trio of cheeseburgers to the fresh, never frozen beef* family: S'Awesome Bacon Cheeseburger, Peppercorn Mushroom Melt and Barbecue Cheeseburger.

Let's face it, foodies want maximum craveability and quickly get hooked on the Deliciously Different® flavors Wendy's is known for bringing to the table – but sometimes, these on-trend flavors are offered for a limited time. Now, Made to Crave offers the same deliciousness as an exclusive menu item, but is here to stay, so you can have flavor for days ... 

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Feb 4 10:03 AM, General News


Markets Expected to Continue Strong; Leverage Shift on the Horizon

During the first half of 2019, the United States will see a shift away from El Niño conditions as equatorial ocean currents begin to cool into the summer, Art Douglas, Ph. D., professor emeritus at Creighton University, told the audience during the popular 2019 CattleFax Outlook Seminar today. The session, held as part of the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La., saw a capacity crowd as cattlemen and women gathered to hear expert market and weather analysis.

Douglas explained the developing trend will turn the eastern third of the United States drier, as the jet stream pushes moisture from the Gulf of Mexico across the southern tier of the nation. “After a cooler February, the United States will mostly enjoy a relatively mild spring with a reduced threat of delayed planting,” said Douglas. He pointed out that summer weather will be dependent on...

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Feb 1 8:49 AM, General News


Bob Evans Farms Successful Family Classics Product Line 

Bob Evans Farms announced today that it is adding an entirely new side dish product line, Steamables, and two more meal solution products to the already-beloved Family Classics product line. The new Steamables product line launched with three mouth-watering varieties of potato wedges, including Sea Salt Red Potato Wedges, Steak House Red Potato Wedges, and Garlic Red Potato Wedges. Additionally, the Family Classics product line has gained two new protein-rich pasta meals: Italian Sausage Marinara Pasta and Beef Stroganoff Pasta. These products are available at select retailers nationwide where Bob Evans Farms foods are sold starting Feb 1st.

New "Steamables" Product Line

Bob Evans Farms Steamables offer three varieties of redskin potato wedges, are available in a 22-ounce bag, and contain 100 calories or less per serving. Steamables are ready after just five minutes in the microwave and come in ...

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Jan 30 10:04 AM, General News


Corpus Christi Kane Beef Processors Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to Implement Sale

In order to facilitate the ongoing sales process of the assets of Sam Kane Beef Processors, LLC ("Sam Kane"), and to assure the fair treatment of our creditors and employees, the Receiver has, in accordance with the powers provided to him by the Receivership Order, decided to place Sam Kane under the protection of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court by filing Chapter 11.

Under these circumstances, the Receiver made the determination that bankruptcy is the best implementation method to assure a speedy sale and transfer ...

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Jan 25 9:22 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Proteins Ads Plentiful and Sporting Attractive YOY Prices

While major buying occasions may be few and far between this time of year, there is no shortage of protein features in grocery circulars.

Representatives from nearly all protein categories grace the front pages of ads this week, with retailers putting special emphasis on roasts and other cold weather cooking applications—you know, the kind that pairs nicely with a root vegetable of sorts. The deep-freeze has set in throughout the Midwest and the Northeast as of late, motivating consumers to stock up on hearty proteins and comfort foods.

Buying opportunities for beef have dominated...

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Jan 25 8:47 AM, UB Newswires


White Castle Adds New Turkey and Cheddar Slider to Expanding Retail Product Lineup

White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain and pioneer of the slider, today announced the addition of the new Turkey Slider to its expanding and ever-craveable retail product line. The new Turkey Slider, made with a Butterball® all natural white meat turkey patty, topped with smoked cheddar cheese and served on a White Castle signature bun, will begin to arrive on shelves in March and adds to a diverse lineup of retail offerings available at grocery, mass, dollar and convenience stores across the United States.

Since becoming one of the first restaurant brands to offer its menu items in retail over 30 years ago, White Castle has been innovating to add new products that cover every hunger. Today, White Castle's retail lineup has grown beyond hamburgers and cheeseburgers to include ...

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Jan 23 3:43 PM, General News


Hofmann Sausage Company Launches Grab-n-Go Items in Stores

Hofmann Sausage Company added pork hunter sticks and beef jerky to its product mix. The new Hofmann products debuted in late December with a soft introduction in select SavOn and Maple Leaf Market convenience stores in Upstate New York. According to Statista, 126.34 million Americans consumed meat snacks and beef jerky in 2018.

"For the first time, we are offering grab-n-go snack items. Hunter sticks and beef jerky are just another way for fans of our iconic New York brand to enjoy the great taste of Hofmann," said William Hulley, Chief Operating Officer of Hofmann Sausage Company. "Initial sales were ...

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Jan 22 9:17 AM, General News


The New Big King XL Sandwich at Burger King Restaurants Outsizes the Competition

Burger King restaurants is flame-grilling the competition with a new sandwich that has 175% more beef than the Big Mac. Introducing the BIG KING XL sandwich, featuring more than 1/2 lb** of flame-grilled 100% beef, topped with melted American cheese, sliced onions, zesty pickles, crisp lettuce and our special savory sauce all on a toasted sesame bun.

Available at restaurants nationwide and starting today, the BIG KING XL sandwich will make guests want to swap their bread for beef—literally ...

 

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Jan 17 9:15 AM, General News




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