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This Week in Retail: Outlook for the Fourth

Hard to believe it, but the 4th of July is just around the corner. With at or near record production levels in U.S. protein, the industry is counting on good weather and hungry consumers to move some product at retail.

Urner Barry’s weekly retail beef feature index is down roughly 4% compared to the 3-year average—and is also the lowest in 6 years for the current week.  Beef has consistently stolen the top spot for overall feature volume over competing proteins recently, with few exceptions. This week, beef claims 26% of protein ad volume and is on track to be the number one category for the week of July 4th as well.

Burgers are arguably the most popular grilling item for large Independence Day gatherings in backyards across America. The year-to-date average for 80% lean ground beef is...

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Jun 28 8:22 AM, UB Newswires



MLB Fans will Enjoy 18.3 Million Hot Dogs and Nearly Four Million Sausages at Ballparks in 2019

When it comes to what we eat at Major League Baseball (MLB) parks, the top dogs for well over a century have been hot dogs and sausages—and once again, they will reign supreme in 2019. According to a survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), MLB fans this season are expected to consume about 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages.

"It's easy to see why hot dogs and sausages have been stadium staples since the very beginnings of Major League Baseball itself," said NHDSC President Eric Mittenthal. "They are delicious, convenient and nostalgic. What would America's pastime be without these most American of foods?"

While it might not take the sting out of two straight World Series losses, the Los Angeles Dodgers will still top the big leagues wiener-wise, with projected sales of...

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Mar 28 9:20 AM, General News


Minor League Baseball and Applegate to Provide a “Cleaner” Option of Classic Ballpark Fare

Applegate Farms will become the “Official Natural and Organic Meat of MiLB,” the first-ever partnership in the category for Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced that Applegate Farms, LLC , the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company will become the “Official Natural and Organic Meat of MiLB,” the first-ever partnership in the category for Minor League Baseball.

By partnering with Minor League Baseball, Applegate will give fans cleaner, more natural choices of traditional ballpark staples – including “The Cleaner Wiener™” – Applegate’s 100 percent grass-fed beef hot dogs. Made with only simple ingredients (100 percent grass-fed beef, water, salt and spices) and never any chemical nitrites or nitrates added, fans can spend more time thinking about how to top their hot dog versus what’s inside.

The Applegate “cleaner, crave-able food for everyone” mantra will carry over to concessions options at select Minor League Baseball ballparks, with teams offering ...

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Dec 5 9:28 AM, General News




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