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ANALYSIS: Chicken Production: Is Hatchability Beginning to Heal?

With 2022’s trade environment riddled with challenges ranging from price volatility to disease, buyers and sellers of chicken are going through the production stats with a fine-tooth comb in hopes of finding any sign of relief...

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May 23 8:29 AM, Urner Barry



This Week in Retail: Beef Ads Lag Leading Up to Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday is just one weekend away and grocers are gearing up for the unofficial start to the summer grilling season.

This major retail occasion typically drives sales from the meat case, with items like burgers and hot dogs stealing the spotlight.

Beef features account for 28% of total protein ad volume this week, up slightly from the previous week. Pork and seafood are tied for second with 25%. Chicken claims 16%, even with the week prior. 

While beef holds the top spot in retail buying opportunities, market participants have reported lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

While beef holds the top spot in buying opportunities, market participants have noted lackluster beef features for this time of year. May is typically the strongest period of the year for beef demand...

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May 19 8:20 AM, UB Newswires


Do Good Foods Launches Carbon-Reduced Chicken in Philadelphia

Today, a new climate-forward food company, Do Good Foods, has officially launched Do Good Chicken in grocers throughout Philadelphia. The company is on a mission to change the world with products that enable people to "Do Good" with everyday purchases. Its first introduction, Do Good Chicken, is a simple, tasty, good for plate and planet option that helps fight food waste and combat climate change.

Each year, about 40% of healthy grocery food gets tossed into landfills. According to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization...

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May 16 8:40 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Protein Demand and Rising Food Inflation

Fueled by rising food inflation, consumers nationwide continue to see higher prices for protein along with other goods, both at retail and foodservice. 

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.3% in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—down slightly from the month prior. However, the latest figure was still near a 40-year high and slightly above what some analysts had anticipated. 

The food index increased 0.9% last month, its seventeenth consecutive monthly increase. 

Five of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in April. The fruits and vegetable category was the only index that declined last month. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.4% in April, driven by a 10.3% increase in the egg index...

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May 12 8:07 AM, UB Newswires


McDonald's USA Helps Fans Unleash Their McNugget Persona with In-App Deal on April 27

There's no wrong way to enjoy Chicken McNuggets® – whether you use them as a delicious way to get to your fave dipping sauce, eat all the McNugget shapes in a specific order, or swear by your own menu hack (like dunking your McNuggets into a McFlurry®... IYKYK).

Some people may not understand the way you roll, but we do. Take the McNuggets Personality Quiz to find out if you're the Creative Type, Sauce Superfan, Shape Connoisseur or Sharer. Then, test out your...

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Apr 26 10:02 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Q2 Chicken Production Expectations Buck Protein Downtrend

The latest release of the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook Report is certainly eye-opening as ready-to-cook (RTC) production of most key proteins is projected to decline on a year-over-year (YoY) basis throughout Q2...

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Apr 25 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Chicken n' Biscuits by Cracker Barrel™ Enters the Chicken Sandwich Competition

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® has announced its original virtual brand Chicken n' Biscuits, known for serving up hearty portions of delicious chicken-forward meals and fresh biscuits, will now offer a new, exclusive Homestyle Chicken Sandwich at 400 locations nationwide via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. The new Homestyle Chicken Sandwich is built from the brand's quintessential chicken fried chicken – hand-breaded fried chicken with signature breading, perfectly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The sandwich is adorned with fresh pickles and...

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Apr 8 9:32 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Weighing Chicken Slaughter Expectations

The chicken industry is no stranger to upward-trending bird weights...

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Apr 8 7:54 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage: A Contra-Seasonal Tale

A quick glance at the latest Cold Storage Report highlights the contra-seasonal inventory movement of several key lines within the chicken complex...

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Mar 25 8:01 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Steak Features See Boost from Warmer Weather; Eyeing HPAI

Sunday marked the official start of spring. For retailers, that means grilling season is rapidly approaching, and with it—the opportunity for increased meat sales.

Steak features surged this week, accounting for 50.5 percent of total beef ads—up 16 percentage points from the week prior. Feature volume for roasts, meanwhile, has decreased, falling from 38.2 percent last week to 23.2 percent this week.

This week in retail, the steak complex averages $8.12 per pound, up 12.8 percent from a year ago. Boneless strip steaks are widely featured at grocery outlets across the nation and average $11.68 per pound, up 36 percent from a year ago. Top sirloin steaks are up 3.3 percent YoY at $5.64 per pound while bottom round steaks clock in at $5.54 per pound, up a whopping 68.4 percent from this week last year...

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Mar 24 8:27 AM, UB Newswires


Panera Announces New Chef's Chicken Sandwiches

Today, Panera is announcing new Chef's Chicken Sandwiches, available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide on March 30. The addition to the menu will feature two new seared, chef-crafted chicken sandwiches elevating even the highest of chicken sandwich expectations with each bite. To satisfy every craving, Panera is unveiling two takes on the Chef's Chicken Sandwich: the "Signature Take" and the "Spicy Take." Both handcrafted masterpieces will be available starting at $10.99;* and Panera is confident the combination of its chefs' sandwich expertise along with high quality, Clean ingredients** is worth it, and...

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Mar 22 8:32 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Cumulative Chicken Slaughter Walks Along Well-Worn Path, With Some Caveats

With Q1 all but in the rearview mirror, and in light of the recent volatility surrounding much of the chicken complex, we thought it would be a timely opportunity to assess how the year-to-date (YTD) slaughter figures are stacking up so far...

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Mar 18 8:32 AM, Urner Barry


New Study Highlights Benefits of the Partnership Between Contract Farmers and Chicken Companies

The National Chicken Council today released a study that presents the results of a recent broiler industry survey designed to capture key live chicken production statistics. In addition, the study summarizes several key trends in broiler production efficiency, returns and loan quality data.

“Raising chickens under contract is one of the best and most reliable sources of cash flow that helps keep families on the farm,” noted agriculture economist and the study’s author, Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC. “The business partnerships between chicken farmers and chicken companies are mutually beneficial, viable and profitable. The real winner is the American consumer, though, who benefits from the healthiest and most affordable protein in the meat case.”

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Mar 16 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports Keep in Line with Seasonal Trend

Although the newly released chicken export figures for January were a mixed bag, trade volume generally followed along a familiar, albeit enhanced, seasonal path...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Chipotle Launches Pollo Asado in the U.S. and Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its all new Pollo Asado is available at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. Pollo Asado is grilled fresh in Chipotle's kitchens using classic cooking techniques to build bright, craveable flavor. The protein is available at participating locations and via the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.

An Entirely New Chicken Experience

Chipotle's first chicken menu innovation in its 29-year history, Pollo Asado's elevated flavor profile offers a new take on your go-to order. Grilled fresh and...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: The “Why” Behind WOG Values

For anybody keeping tabs on the chicken market recently, they know that trade experiences and sentiment have been diverse and, at times, contentious...

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Mar 4 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Chicken Hatch Anchors Production Potential

With nine of the past twelve months year-over-year (YoY) pullet placement advancements in the books, chicken market participants are turning to the charts and wondering why headcount figures continue to reside below 2021...

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Mar 3 8:02 AM, Urner Barry


Smashburger® Launches New Nationwide Menu with the Addition of Two Chicken Tender Offerings

Smashburger®, the better burger fast casual restaurant, announces the launch of its brand new menu, launching nationwide today. The new revamped menu will feature two brand new menu items: Adult Chicken Tenders and Scorchin' Hot Chicken Tenders. Inspired by successful menu testing at select locations and the popularity of the 2021 Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the new chicken offerings will be available in 3-piece and 5-piece quantities and are made of crispy, all white meat chicken, with your choice of sauce...

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Mar 3 8:00 AM, General News


Zaxby's Launches New Signature Club Sandwich

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is adding the new Signature Club Sandwich to its lineup of award-winning sandwiches. Zaxby's version of the Signature Club Sandwich features the brand's Signature Sandwich adding two slices of bacon and American Cheese with a choice of Zax sauce or Spicy Zax sauce. The sandwich is served as a meal with crinkle fries and a drink and will replace the Zaxby's Club that is currently on the menu. Prices may vary by location.

"With the launch of..."

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Mar 1 9:24 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Farewell February; What's Next?

Wrapping up the final full week of February, wintry weather is in full force as back-to-back storms rip through the Eastern two-thirds of the country. Amidst the havoc, retailers are eagerly looking towards spring demand, which is boosted by seasonal influences including more favorable grilling conditions and holidays like Easter.

Retail protein sales are typically sluggish in February, leaving much to be desired among grocers. However, consumer retail demand for meat has remained strong so far this year despite a normal seasonal lull and higher prices for most items. In the near term, grocers will begin to shift their retail features from red meat and poultry towards seafood as Lenten observers begin a 40-day period of fasting and reduced meat consumption starting on March 2nd.

The seafood complex accounts for 27% of total protein features this week. Beef makes up 26.5% of feature volume, while pork closes in on 21%. Chicken claims almost 13% of ad space, followed by eggs...

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Feb 24 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


Church's Chicken® Brings Back Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp For a Limited Time

Church's Chicken® is taking customers to the Great State of Flavor™ by bringing back two fan favorites and introducing a new and sweet soon-to-be favorite. The Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp, which made its debut in 2021, is returning for a second year along with the Strawberry Blast drink option. To accompany the limited-time meal, Church's is also introducing a brand-new Banana Pudding dessert topped with classic Nilla® Wafer cookies.

The Texas Tenders™ 'n Butterfly Shrimp...

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Feb 18 8:46 AM, General News


Zaxby's offers 'Get One, Give One' Boneless Wings Meal on Random Acts of Kindness Day

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant known for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and signature sauces, is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day with a special 'Get One, Give One' online-only deal all day long on Feb. 17, while supplies last. Zaxby's Boneless Wings Meal features five, tender, tasty boneless wings tossed in new Buffalo Garlic Blaze or another one of nine different sauces and is served with Texas Toast, crinkle fries and Ranch sauce.

"We wanted to serve up some kindness for our..."

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Feb 16 1:05 PM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports: An Admirable Conclusion to a Choppy Year

With 2021’s ending export figures now released, chicken market participants are digging into the stats to gauge how December’s exporting efforts ultimately played out...

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Feb 14 8:55 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: February Lull Lifted by Game Day Food Purchases

Among retailers, February is normally a sluggish period for protein sales since wintry weather foils efforts to grill outdoors (except for the select few devoted fans, that is). A disruptive winter storm is currently blasting through the central, northeastern, and southern U.S. following a Nor’easter that hammered the East Coast last weekend.

Along with the weather, other factors that typically contribute to sluggish meat sales this month include tighter budgets following holiday shopping in December along with the absence of major holidays.

Grocers are looking for ways to increase store traffic this month by featuring attractive prices, when possible, on cuts of meats commonly used by families to stretch their food dollars. This includes pork butt and beef shoulder, which are great for slow-cooking and can be used in leftovers. Moreover, the upcoming Super Bowl presents an opportunity for grocers to drum up additional interest in the meat case. The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will battle for the coveted Lombardi Trophy next weekend...

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Feb 4 9:02 AM, UB Newswires


Wendy's New Hot Honey Duo of Craft Sandwiches Delivers Sweet, Sweet Heat Morning, Noon and Night

Wendy's® answers the question, "where does heat meet sweet?" with the launch of the new Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich and Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit. Marrying the sweet taste of honey with the fiery habanero kick you expect from the Queen of Spice, the hand-crafted duo packs a punch Wendy's fans will love all day long. With the Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit for breakfast and Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich available rest of day, Wendy's reigns supreme when it comes to bringing...

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Feb 3 8:44 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Hatchability Struggles to Gain Altitude

Nine of the past twelve months have brought with them a notable increase in year-over-year (YoY) pullet placements, and with a 12.7% advance now in the books, December’s figures were no exception...

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Jan 31 7:53 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Wing Prices Take Flight Ahead of Super Bowl

Seafood feature volume advanced to 28% this week, taking the top spot across proteins in retail buying opportunities. Beef closely follows with 27%, while pork and chicken features claim 18% and 10%, respectively, of ad space. Egg features climbed to 13%, up from 7% the week prior.

At the seafood counter, catfish, cod, and tilapia fillets average $6.55 per pound, nearly 13% above year-ago levels. Cooked shrimp features are roughly 90 cents higher than a year ago, averaging $8.49 per pound. Raw shrimp is featured at $7.57 on average for various counts, down 8.4% from this time last year.

In the retail beef complex, 80% lean ground beef averages $3.49 per pound, up 7% from a year ago but lower than both boneless skinless chicken breasts and chicken tenders. The steak and roast complexes continue to maintain hefty premiums to year-ago levels. Steaks average $8.47 per pound, up from $7.19 per pound in 2021. Roasts are featured at $6.06 per pound on average, a nearly 34% YoY increase...

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Jan 28 10:00 AM, UB Newswires


New Year, New Flavor: 7-Eleven Introduces Limited Time Only Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller

Attention, spicy food lovers! The menu at 7-Eleven, Inc. is getting spicier this winter. That's right, the world's leading convenience retailer is dropping a hot new item on its iconic roller grill: the Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller.

The mouthwatering roller is perfect for lunch on the go or an anytime snack and is available now for a limited time only at participating 7-Eleven® stores nationwide. The Spicy Garlic Chicken Roller has all white meat chicken and a smooth swiss cheesy blend breaded in...

 

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Jan 26 8:00 AM, General News


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Write a Love Note on Tyson® Nuggets to Express Your 'I Love You'

Food is often an expression of love. And this Valentine's Day, Tyson® brand is inviting Americans to show their love to a sweetheart, friend or family member with the brand's beloved heart-shaped chicken nuggets, Nuggets of Love. Made with 100% white meat chicken raised with no antibiotics ever, Tyson Nuggets of Love are now available for a limited time at select retailers nationwide.

To help people say, "I love you" this Valentine's Day, Tyson brand is...

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Jan 25 9:11 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Wintry Weather Boosts Protein Sales

While major buying occasions are sparse in January, wintry weather helps support sales at the meat case this month as consumers stock up on protein for hearty, comfort food recipes.  At present, the National Weather Service is calling for significant winter weather in the Southern and Eastern U.S.

Buying opportunities for seafood and beef have dominated the protein complex so far this year. Seafood narrowly beats out beef for first in buying opportunities this week, claiming 28% of total ad volume. Beef accounts for 26%. 

Retail feature prices for most beef roast cuts—popular with cold-weather cooking—are higher than year-ago levels. Bottom round averages $4.98 per pound, a 15% YoY increase. 80% lean ground beef is up $1.04 per pound, or 37.4%, from last year at $3.82 per pound on average.  

Pork makes up 24% of total ad volume this week. Hams are featured at competitive price points since retailers are looking to clear out excess inventory after the holidays...

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Jan 21 8:02 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Jumbo Wings: Keeping an Eye to the Sky

During NFL playoff season, which is now upon us, wing marketers would typically be gearing up as they prepare for one of the busiest quarters of the year...

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Jan 21 7:44 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: November Broiler Exports: A Month of Extremes

With the latest export figures hot off the press, poultry players are enthusiastically digging into the stats as they attempt to gauge the end result of November’s marketing efforts...

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Jan 14 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


You Pick 2®: Panera Ignites 2022 Menu with New Soup and Salad Duo

Today, Panera Bread has announced two delicious new menu items curated by Panera's expert chefs: Thai Chicken Soup and Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with chicken. Both items are from Panera's new platform of bold, globally-inspired, authentic flavors that begin rolling out this year. They can be enjoyed alone or as part of the ultimate flavor-packed You Pick 2. Panera's iconic You Pick 2 combination entrees allow guests to mix and match — from comforting and classic to bold and adventurous – into 465 combinations...

 

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Jan 13 8:57 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Eyeing Prop 12, Pandemic Uncertainty in 2022

Rounding out the first week of 2022, uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic continues to impact businesses and the overall wellbeing of the world’s population.

Retailers, along with other participants throughout the supply chain, are monitoring labor constraints, made worse by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Prolonged disruptions to the production, further processing, and distribution of consumer goods from worker absenteeism and potential further government restrictions remain key concerns for producers and buyers alike in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the second phase of California’s Proposition 12 went into effect on January 1. Under the law, veal calf producers are required to provide their animals with at least 43 square feet of usable floor space per calf. Sows must have a minimum of 24 square feet of usable space per animal. Laying hens are required to be cage-free. Proposition 12 prohibits the sale in California of veal, pork, and eggs not raised in compliance with these...

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Jan 7 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Chicken Production: Down the Hatch

Between January and November ’21, monthly broiler type pullet placement figures advanced above year-ago levels eight times...

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Jan 7 7:50 AM, Urner Barry


Church's Chicken® Shows Customers How They Do Val-YOU as the Holiday Season Wraps

As customers begin to think of ways to save following a busy holiday season of spending and giving, Church's Chicken® is showcasing its commitment to providing value. To continue the season of giving even after the holidays, Church's is providing a variety of value options for customers to save on the bold, craveable flavors from its made-from-scratch menu.

Offering both value and quality, Church's 10-piece chicken leg and thigh deal starts at $10.99 or the 3-piece chicken deal...

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Jan 3 1:41 PM, General News


PLANT PROTEIN: Get to Know Players in the Plant Protein Market: CHKN Not Chicken

Portland, Oregon-based startup CHKN Not Chicken vows that its blend of plant-based proteins and spices is real food, not a science experiment.

“We’ve been working on the recipe for CHKN Not Chicken for more than two years now. It took a lot of work to develop a product that we were all proud of and that we knew delivered on the taste and texture of chicken,” says co-founder & CEO Brian Pope. “We also wanted to ensure that the product was...

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Dec 29 8:54 AM, Plant Protein


UB Consulting: Assessing the Impact of Inflation on Protein Producers

Inflation. The subject is being discussed everywhere, from your favorite news station to the line in the grocery store. Prices for producers and consumers alike have increased. The pandemic has created a supply chain headache across sectors, including the food industry. With the flu season underway, concerns are growing over the OMRICON variant.

Like many others, protein producers struggle with increased input costs for production and transportation. This short analysis examines several key indexes, such as Producers Price Indexes (PPI), to illustrate such claims relative to recent developments of price accelerations over the past few years...

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Dec 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Pure Prairie Farms Breathes New Life Into Midwestern Chicken Plant

New premium chicken integrator, Pure Prairie Farms Inc., completed its long-anticipated purchase of a former Simply Essentials chicken processing plant last week. The former plant, which previously closed in August of 2019, is a state-of-the-art retail tray-packaging facility and features air-chill technology, an under-represented and underserved attribute in the market. In addition to organic offerings, additional product features include all natural, highly trimmed products, made from chicken flocks in which antibiotics have never, ever been used, and that have been fed a...

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Dec 21 1:15 PM, General News


Urner Barry's New Market Briefing Provides an In-Depth Look at the Protein Trade Before the Holidays

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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Dec 17 10:06 AM, Urner Barry


Jollibee is Bringing Heat Inside and Out with Spicy Chickenjoy

International fast-food chain Jollibee®, world-famous for its next-level crispy and next-level juicy Chickenjoy, is continuing their fried chicken legacy with the introduction of the New Spicy Chickenjoy, available at all U.S. locations.

New Spicy Chickenjoy is next-level spicy from crunch to core. Each piece is marinated spicy to make the chicken flavorful to the bone and is hand-breaded with a signature savory batter to deliver spice in every bite—inside and out. The New Spicy Chickenjoy is the perfect balance of flavor and...

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Dec 8 1:00 PM, General News


Erie Meat Products Ltd. Recalls Chicken Bologna Products Imported Without Benefit of Inspection

Erie Meat Products Ltd., the importer of record in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 1,224 pounds of fully cooked chicken bologna products that were imported and distributed into the United States without the benefit of FSIS import reinspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The fully cooked chicken bologna items were imported on or around November 15, 2021. The following products are subject to recall:

24-lb. cases containing 12, 2-lb vacuum-packed packages of “GOLDEN MAPLE...

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Dec 6 8:40 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Year-End Chicken Production Begins to Recede

With the final month of Q4 upon us, market participants are reflecting on what has been a topsy turvy year...

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Dec 3 8:16 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Jingle Bells, December Sells

December has arrived and retailers have been proactively preparing for what could be a record-breaking season for holiday spending.

The National Retail Federation predicts the highest holiday retail sales on record this year. According to the NRF’s forecast, holiday sales during November and December could grow between $843.4 billion and $859 billion. This compares with a previous high of $777.3 billion in 2020.

Rising incomes along with household wealth, a desire to return to in-person events, and a favorable weather forecast for the holiday season are among the factors contributing to a promising spending outlook...

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Dec 2 8:30 AM, UB Newswires


Bojangles Celebrates Chicken Supremes, Art and Culture in NFT Collaboration

The Southern expert in flavorful food is mixin’ up a cultural blend so perfectly seasoned, you know it can only be from Bojangles. Today, the brand is launching its first ever batch of NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens – individually crafted by seven North Carolina artists with a nod to Bojangles’ beloved Chicken Supremes™.

NFTs exploded on the scene this year as a non-reproducible form of digital assets, many of which have sold for millions of dollars and some even auctioned off at Christie’s Auction House for fine art...

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Dec 1 1:00 PM, General News


Analysis: WOGs Reluctant to Give up the Limelight

After a prolonged period of seasonally strong market conditions which spanned from April to mid-October, WOGs continue to retain their lofty position in minds of market participants...

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Nov 22 7:55 AM, Urner Barry


Survey Says Americans Want Chicken on their Friendsgiving Plates

Please pass the…chicken! As Americans kick-off the holiday season, many are also gearing up for Friendsgiving – a moment to appreciate our friends that matter most. And this year, friends are choosing chicken as their Friendsgiving centerpiece.

A recent survey of more than 1,000 people across America revealed 65% of people who celebrate Friendsgiving want chicken during the holidays and 77% want to create new traditions, which may include anything from who is at the table to decorations to games played. More than two thirds want...

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Nov 17 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Q3 Chicken Exports Conclude With Mixed Undertone

With the latest export figures now revealed, players are eagerly digging into the stats as they reflect on the conclusion of Q3...

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Nov 12 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Applegate Farms LLC Presents New APPLEGATE NATURALS® Spicy Breaded Chicken Tenders and Bites

Applegate Farms LLC, the nation's leading natural and organic meat brand, today announced two new additions to its APPLEGATE NATURALS® Breaded Chicken line that's sure to bring the heat: APPLEGATE NATURALS® Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast Bites and APPLEGATE NATURALS® Spicy Breaded Chicken Tenders.

"From Nashville hot chicken to hot honey, Americans are craving the heat, and we're excited to put our own spin on it through our new bites and tenders," said Nicole Glenn, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Innovation at Applegate...

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage Holdings: Any Which Way but Average

With all the volatility surrounding the chicken complex in recent weeks, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. With that in mind, this week we’ve decided to delve into the most recent Cold Storage Report to shine some light on what lies behind the freezer doors...

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Nov 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Chipotle Tests Pollo Asado In Select Markets

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Pollo Asado, the first menu innovation with chicken in its 28-year history, at 95 restaurants across Cincinnati, Ohio and Sacramento, Calif. A new flavor of chicken to hit the grill, Pollo Asado features the unique taste of garlic, fresh lime, guajillo peppers and hand-chopped cilantro.

"Chicken has long been the top protein choice among Chipotle guests," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "With the celebrated Adobo chicken recipe already on our menu, we decided it was time to add another option and..."

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Nov 4 8:00 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Price Correction: Seasonal or Exceptional?

With the dust appearing to settle following the notable price correction on several key lines within the chicken complex, players have begun to recalibrate their expectations for Q4...

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Oct 29 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Tyson® Brand Introduces Air Fried Chicken Bites

Tyson® brand is bringing more tasty options to the game-day table with its new Tyson® Air Fried Chicken Bites—the protein-packed snack you won't feel guilty serving your guests. Tyson Air Fried Chicken Bites have 75% less fat and 35% less calories than fast food breaded chicken options1, but with the same great taste and crunch of traditionally fried chicken.

Americans today want better-for-you versions of comfort foods, and Tyson Brand is meeting this trend by launching chicken bites in Spicy and Parmesan flavors that have...

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Oct 26 7:55 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Buying Opportunities Increase for Pork

Meat and poultry features are bountiful this week as consumers hunker down for hearty home-cooked meals during chilly autumn evenings. While Halloween is just around the corner, some retailers are already showcasing Thanksgiving promotions.

This week in retail, buying opportunities were lower week-over-week for turkey and seafood features. Towards the tail-end of October National Pork Month, marketing campaigns pushed pork features higher than the previous week. Meanwhile, retail activity for chicken and beef was nearly flat with the week prior. 

Buying opportunities for seafood this week are centered around fresh/frozen fillets—namely tilapia—and raw shrimp. The fresh/frozen fillets complex makes up 33% of ad space and averages $6.89 per pound, 20.1% above a year ago. Tilapia is up 7.8% from this week last year at $5.93 per pound on average. Atlantic salmon boneless filet is also widely featured and averages $8.68 per pound, compared to $7.70 per pound last year. The raw shrimp complex claims 23% of ad space. The regional price spread for 16-20 raw ranges from $6.99 per pound to $8.99 per pound, generally on par with year-ago levels...

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Oct 22 8:00 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Shining Light on Chicken Slaughter

Considering what has been a volatile couple of weeks in the world of chicken, both in terms of pricing and spot availability, we thought it would be a good opportunity to back away from the day-to-day in favor of a broad assessment on the current state of production...

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Oct 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Spread Between Food at Home vs Away from Home Narrows

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed the food index up 0.9 percent last month after gaining 0.4 percent in August. The Food at Home (FAH) index showed a 1.2 percent over the month increase with gains across all six major food group indices. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs demonstrated a 2.2 percent over the month increase. The index for dairy and related products posted the smallest increase at 0.7 percent. 

The BLS defines the CPI as the change in prices paid by consumers for goods and services. Overall, the CPI rose by 0.4 percent in September. Notably, gains in the indices for food and shelter contributed to more than half of the monthly all items increase. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 5.4 percent before seasonal adjustment. 

The BLS reports that the index for Food Away From Home (FAFH), which was up 0.4 percent in August, gained 0.5 percent in September. Over the last year, the FAFH index rose 4.7 percent. Increases for limited and full-service meals offset a decline in the index for food at employee sites and schools...

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Oct 15 7:59 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Have Times Changed for Chicken Breast Meat?

Several months ago, Urner Barry published an analysis piece titled “Will Chicken Ever Come Up For Air?”...

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Oct 8 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


This Week in Retail: Seafood Reigns Number One in Retail Ads This Week

Grocers' protein promotions this week included more seafood, which claimed the top spot in retail buying opportunities at about 30%. This is up from 27.3% the week prior and 25% this time last year.

The uptick in seafood featuring might be attributed to increased marketing campaigns for National Seafood Month. Organizations such as NOAA Fisheries utilize this month as a time to educate consumers about the U.S. seafood industry while sharing creative recipes to integrate fish, shrimp, and more into mealtimes and even tailgating parties. 

Retailers widely featured 16-20 raw shrimp this week at an average of $7.78 per pound. Down 7.5% from the week prior, this attractive price point could draw more consumers to the seafood case. 

The regional price spread for Atlantic Salmon boneless fillet ranged from $7.66 per pound to $8.86 per pound, generally down from week-ago levels but up on average from 2020. In the fresh/frozen fillets complex, tilapia averaged $4.99 per pound, down 8.6% from the week prior and 6.2% below 2020... 

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Oct 8 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Looking Ahead to October

Don’t blink—it’s nearly October. Corn and soybean harvests are underway, sweater weather is approaching, and grocers are seeing additional opportunities to promote protein sales. Pork and seafood are receiving special accolades next month, as October is recognized as National Pork and Seafood Month.

Both campaigns are aimed at supporting farmers and encouraging household consumption by showcasing creative ways to incorporate pork and seafood into mealtimes. Whether it's for back-to-school lunches or family-time dinners, there are no shortages of pork and seafood-centric recipes to celebrate October and fall time festivities. 

Traditionally, hogs were marketed in October. These days, specialized facilities allow for year-round production. While every...

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Oct 1 7:55 AM, UB Newswires


Espi’s Sausage and Tocino Co. Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken and Pork Hot Dog Products 

Espi’s Sausage and Tocino Co., a Seattle, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,048 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken and pork hot dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen ready-to-eat chicken and pork hot dog product was produced on May 19, 2021. The following products are subject to recall:

- 12-oz vacuum packed plastic packages containing “Argentina MIGHTY MEATY CHICKEN AND PORK HOTDOG JUMBO” and...

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Sep 29 8:50 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Tight Cold Storage Stocks Keep Prices Elevated for Many Meat Items

Pumpkin spice lovers, rejoice! Yesterday marked the first day of autumn and consumers are gearing up for cooler temperatures and hearty home-cooked meals. As we approach the fourth quarter, retailers are optimistic that fall-oriented demand will help maintain a strong consumer pull for meat and poultry products.  

For hog producers, autumn typically signals a period of seasonal expansion in supplies. Buying interest among packers who purchase hogs in the open market has slowed considerably in recent weeks, according to livestock dealers. This suggests that hog supplies overall are adequate for packers’ needs and current processing capacity, which continues to be strained by labor challenges...

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Sep 23 9:23 AM, UB Newswires


This Week in Retail: Heat Lingers, but Grocers Look Towards Fall Demand

Heat continues to blanket much of the country in mid-September. Meanwhile, hurricane season is wreaking havoc along the eastern U.S. and Gulf Coast, with tropical storm Daniel being the latest system to rear its ugly head.

With some communities still reeling from the devasting damage of Hurricane Ida and others flooded by torrential rainfall from Nicholas, late-summer grilling plans are far removed from the priority list for many households. 

Meanwhile, the first day of fall is just under one week away. For retailers, the transition to autumn will mean increased consumer preference for fall favorites like roasts. Weather-permitting, tail gaiting at sports events as fans celebrate NFL season could prolong demand for grilling cuts while supporting popular game-time foods like wings.

Speaking of wing fanatics, the National Chicken Council recognizes September as National Chicken Month. Some grocers are advertising additional chicken cuts to encourage consumer spending on poultry. However, the number of chicken advertisements this week in Urner Barry’s survey was down from a week ago and was also below the last half of August...

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Sep 16 9:39 AM, UB Newswires


Sep 15 11:08 AM, Urner Barry

VIDEO: Morning Market Roundup September 14

Urner Barry's reporters discuss the plant fire at JBS, weather affecting plant proteins, and chicken wing prices.

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The National Chicken Council Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report

The National Chicken Council (NCC) today released its inaugural sustainability report. The report provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. chickens raised for meat, known as “broilers,” and the industry’s collective progress in its environmental, broiler welfare and social impact journey, as well as efforts to build a more sustainable food system.

The 2020 U.S. Broiler Chicken Industry Sustainability Report was submitted to the Scientific Group of the U.N. Food Systems Summit 2021, ahead of the U.N. Food Systems Summit to be held September 23 in New York City. Guided and inspired...

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Sep 15 9:30 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: Weekly Chicken Production Stats Exhibit Uncommon YoY Decline

Reflecting back over the past year, chicken production has been anything but uniform...

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Sep 10 9:15 PM, Urner Barry


Tyson Foods Categorically Rejects Conclusions Drawn by White House

Tyson Foods categorically rejects the conclusions drawn by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the National Economic Council in a White House press briefing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a report detailing the drivers of consumer inflation in the food sector, none of which are related to industry consolidation or scale. The report can be found here.

Increase in Beef Prices due to Unprecedented Market Conditions

As we have explained in great detail to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, in testimony provided in August 2021, which can...

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Sep 9 8:49 AM, General News


Wingstop Adds Thighs to Its Menu

Wingstop, the leading technology-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, gained virality this summer with the announcement of its virtual brand, Thighstop. Starting today, thighs are officially joining the Wingstop menu, which means flavor fans can now enjoy delicious, crispy bone-in thighs and boneless Thigh Bites alongside Wingstop's famous wings, tenders, sides and dips.

"When launching Thighstop as a virtual brand, we knew our fans would be excited to try thighs," said Wingstop's Chief Growth Officer Marisa Carona. "The response was overwhelming, and...

 

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Sep 9 8:28 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: How the Ads Stack Up for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is a stone’s throw away and retailers are spotlighting popular grilling items as we approach the final weeks of summer. 

Beef reigns number one in circular ad space this week with 28.6 percent of total feature volume, followed by seafood with 25.5 percent. Pork surpasses chicken for third with 24.3 percent. Chicken claimed 17.1 percent.

In the beef complex, 80% lean ground beef is on feature for an average of $3.19 per pound, down from $3.25 per pound last year. 80% lean ground beef is the only item in the beef complex displaying lower YOY feature prices this week. Top round London Broil, a favorable choice for grillling, is featured at $4.16 per pound, 27.2% above a year ago. The steak complex currently averages $8.70 per pound, nearly one dollar more per pound versus last year. T-bone and top sirloin are heavily advertised this week and their feature prices average about 23% and 8%, respectively, above 2020...

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Sep 3 8:39 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: The Ebb and Flow of YoY Chicken Production

So far, 2021 has been a long and drawn-out year for those in the chicken industry...

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Sep 3 8:39 AM, Urner Barry


Tyson Foods to Accelerate Brand Growth by Investing in Virginia

Tyson Foods will invest $300 million to build a new, fully-cooked plant in Danville, Virginia, company officials announced. The project is part of the company’s commitment to meet increasing demand and deliver on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth. The new facility is expected to create nearly 400 jobs when production begins in the spring of 2023.

“As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand,” said Noelle O’Mara, President, Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods. “Our continued focus on consumer driven innovation will accelerate this momentum and...

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Aug 27 8:50 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: The Value of Labor

Labor Day – a holiday to honor the American labor movement – is a little over one week away. The invaluable contributions made by our nation’s workers warrants special recognition this year as nearly all sectors face widespread labor shortages during these unprecedented times.

These days ‘Help Wanted’ signs are commonplace and many restaurants have pared down their menu offerings in response to tight supplies. The retail landscape across nearly all proteins has been shaped by labor and processing constraints as some grocers struggle to secure enough product. Retail prices for several red meat, poultry, and seafood items this week continue to trend above 2020 levels.

Labor Day ads will be in full view next week and retailers will promote popular grilling items like pork chops, ribs, and steak. Grocers are also prepping for an influx of...

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Aug 27 8:41 AM, UB Newswires


ANALYSIS: Pondering the Potential of Chicken Wings and Boneless Breasts

Chicken market participants and football fans alike are on the edge of their seats as we inch closer towards the first kickoff of the year...

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Aug 27 8:40 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Debuts the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco Nationwide

Beginning Sept. 2, Taco Bell's long-awaited Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco will be available nationwide at participating locations for a limited time. After locally testing earlier this year in Nashville, TN and Charlotte, NC to much success, the test kitchen masterminds knew it was time to go nationwide. Fans can also get their cravings met with early access on Aug. 30 during Happier Hour via the Taco Bell app.

Fluffy like a sandwich, but folded like a taco, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is the latest from the masterminds in menu item mashups. Taco Bell is no stranger to the world of crispy chicken after introducing fan-favorites like...

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Aug 27 8:38 AM, General News


Lightlife and Pizza Pizza Partner to Add Plant-Based Chicken to the Menu

Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife and Field Roast announced a partnership with Canadian pizza chain and quick-serve restaurant leader, Pizza Pizza. Available now, Pizza Pizza is expanding its plant-based menu offerings by adding plant-based chicken items for the first time, including a Lightlife Plant-Based Chick’n Sandwich and Plant-Based Chick’n Bites.

“Lightlife is excited to partner with Pizza Pizza to offer consumers something they can enjoy without compromise: a delicious and satisfying breaded plant-based chicken made with simple ingredients they can feel good about,” said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, SPC.

For over 50 years, Pizza Pizza has been serving Canadians using...

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Aug 26 8:27 AM, General News


U.S. Poultry and Egg Exports Surged in First Half, on Pace for Record Year

The Covid-19 pandemic, an uncertain economy, and logistics problems like port closings and shipping bottlenecks haven’t slowed the tremendous demand for U.S. poultry and eggs around the world.

Exports of U.S. broiler chicken and shell eggs set records in the first half of 2021 and are on pace to break all-time marks for the year, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), citing government trade data.

Total broiler export volume reached an all-time high for the January through June period, with Mexico, China, Cuba, and Philippines leading the way. Cuba, and Philippines set records for both...

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Aug 25 9:50 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: Prepping for Labor Day; Pork and Beef Indices Forge Record Highs  

Labor Day weekend – a symbolic end of summer – is sadly within reach for families scrambling to fit in one last vacation before school resumes. For some college students, the fall semester has already begun. Among retailers, the Labor Day holiday is widely viewed as the last major grilling weekend of the year.

Grocery stores could see an uptick in foot traffic as parents restock on school staples like breakfast and lunch foods. Typically, aside from back-to-school demand and Labor Day grilling opportunities, the meat case takes a back seat in mid to late August. This year, however, beef and pork appear well-positioned to remain in the spotlight despite a traditional period of seasonal... 

 

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Aug 19 10:15 AM, UB Newswires







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