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May 9 9:03 AM, Urner Barry Video

WalMart sustainability Index;
Turkey Thigh Meat Quotations;
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May 8 9:14 AM, Urner Barry Video

Kroger's Meal Kit Announcement;
Latest Soybean and Corn Crop Figures;
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May 7 9:34 AM, Urner Barry Video

The National Retail Federation has issued a response to raise tariffs;
Frozen ready meals market expected to grow;
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May 2 9:36 AM, Urner Barry Video

Consumers Return to Frozen Foods;
GAPP and Trident Announce Partnership;
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USDA and FDA to Jointly Oversee Regulation of Cell-Cultured Food Products

The following is a statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb:

After several thoughtful discussions between our two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, we have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are today announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including...

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Nov 19 8:10 AM, General News


 Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., Recalls Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall 
Health Risk: High

Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., a Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 3,880 pounds of chicken tortellini products that were produced without the benefit of inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and imported into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The heat treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable chicken tortellini items were produced on October 20, 2018. The following products are subject to recall...

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Nov 1 9:36 AM, General News


Recall Notification Report 104-2018 (Smoked Whole Chicken Products)

Class III Recall

All People’s Food, a New Castle, Del. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,904 pounds of smoked whole chicken products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the product label.

The fully cooked, frozen smoked whole chicken items were produced on various dates from Sept. 4, 2018 through Sept. 25, 2018. The following products are subject to recall...

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Oct 26 8:55 AM, General News


NCC Says USDA Must Take Part in Regulation of Cell-Cultured Meat Products

The National Chicken Council (NCC) on October 23 delivered its priorities for cell-cultured meat products as part of the first joint meeting between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry.

“As these new technologies are being explored, it is critical that they receive fair and proper regulatory oversight to ensure that consumers maintain the same level of confidence in the safety and labeling of these products as they have since 1906 under the Federal Meat Inspection Act for traditionally-derived red meat products and since 1957 under the Poultry Products Inspection Act for traditionally-derived poultry products,” said Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

To that end, the National Chicken Council believes that the following principles are essential for ensuring that cell-cultured meat products are marketed in a safe and properly labeled manner for consumers...

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Oct 25 10:29 AM, General News


Agribusinesses Seek to Modernize Global Agricultural Commodity Trade Operations

Driven by opportunities to increase transparency and efficiency for customers, global agribusinesses are turning to emerging digital technologies – including blockchain and artificial intelligence options – to reduce resource- and time-intensive processes associated with the global agricultural commodity value chain.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) (“ADM”), Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) (“Bunge”), Cargill, Incorporated (“Cargill”), and Louis Dreyfus Company (“LDC”) are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural shipping transactions for the benefit of the entire industry. The companies also seek broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption.

Initially, ADM, Bunge, Cargill and LDC are focused on technologies to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes, as they represent a highly manual and costly part of the supply chain, with the industry spending significant amounts of money every year moving documents around the globe. Eliminating inefficiencies would lead to shorter document-processing times, reduced wait times and better end-to-end contracting visibility.

Longer term, the companies want to drive greater reliability, efficiency and transparency by replacing other manual, paper-based processes tied to contracts, invoices and payments, with a more modern, digitally based approach. Specific benefits would include...

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Oct 25 9:10 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: How Grocery Spending Stacks Up Among the States

Recent data released by the United States Census Bureau shows that meat and poultry make up the highest percentage of grocery sales in the U.S. at 10.5 percent. Produce accounts for the second highest percentage with 9.2 percent. In third place, dairy claims 7.1 percent, while frozen foods come in fourth with 5.2 percent. Deli items represent 3.8 percent of national grocery sales, narrowly beat out by soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage sales at 4 percent.  

States spending the highest proportion of their grocery sales on meat and poultry include Louisiana and Mississippi, accounting for 16.1 and 15.1 percent, respectively. Arkansas follows in third place with 14.3 percent, then Alabama with 13.8 and Oklahoma with 13.4 percent. Puerto Rico meat and poultry sales notably account for a whopping 19.8 percent of total grocery sales.  

Conversely, states spending the least amount on meat and poultry at the grocery store, or less than the national average, include Hawaii at 8.1 percent, followed by Washington and Oregon, accounting for just... 

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Oct 19 8:27 AM, UB Newswires


Church's Chicken and Texas Chicken Roll Out First-Ever Global Brand Positioning

In front of a standing-room-only crowd at a San Antonio conference center, domestic and international franchisees and operational leadership from Church's Chicken and its sister chain, Texas Chicken, came together for only the second time in the history of the brands to learn how the company will strategically reposition itself moving forward. The unveiling of the brand positioning work was a highlight moment during the recent 2018 Global Excellence in Leadership Conference.

"We are one brand serving a very similar menu but we are in distinctly different stages of our life cycles.  Our domestic roots go back 66 years, but our international footprint has really just started to take off in the past few years...

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Oct 18 2:25 PM, General News


This Week in Retail: Fall Transition Pace to Quicken Into October

The seasonal transition in retail meat and poultry features typically quickens considerably during October as cooler fall temperatures begin to dominate the majority of the nation.

The change in focus from grilling cuts to more roasts has been underway for a few weeks but will become even more evident in the weekly advertisements ahead. Portions of the upper Midwest are approaching the first frost of the season and have come close to that already this week.

The cooler temperatures are forecast to move eastward across the Ohio Valley as the week draws to a close, according...

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Sep 27 10:06 AM, UB Newswires


Protein: Consumers Want It, But Don't Understand It

U.S. consumers have a growing appetite for all things protein. In fact, 55% of U.S. households say high protein is now an important attribute to consider when buying food for their households. Across the country, 6% of households include someone who lives on a high-protein diet. That’s more than 5.4 million people.

While the popularity of plant-based proteins is certainly growing, data shows that consumers are still choosing traditional sources of protein such as meat, eggs and dairy as their primary source. They still dominate in sales as well, as these five categories...

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Sep 19 7:56 AM, General News


North Carolina Pork Council Statement on Hurricane Florence Sept. 18

In North Carolina, we raise about 8.9 million pigs on 2,100 farms. Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm’s way as the hurricane approached.

The storm’s impact was felt deeply across a very large region, and the approximately 5,500 swine losses reported by the NCDA&S Emergency Programs and Veterinary Services divisions were the result of all aspects of the storm, including wind damage and flooding. We are saddened by this outcome.

We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations ...

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Sep 19 7:46 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms, Inc. Provides Update on North Carolina Operations

LAUREL, Miss.- Sanderson Farms, Inc. on Saturday provided an update on the status of the Company’s facilities in North Carolina following landfall of Hurricane Florence and the related severe weather and flooding in the region.

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc., said, “We are pleased to report we have not received any news of injury or loss of life among our employees and growers in the North Carolina area affected by this devastating storm. We will continue to assess the situation related to our processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Kinston, North Carolina, and our processing plant and hatchery located in St. Pauls and Lumberton, North Carolina. An initial assessment ...

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Sep 17 6:54 AM, General News


New Glass Walls Video Details Variety of Worker Safety Practices in Meat and Poultry Plants

Video is 12th in Groundbreaking Glass Walls Series

Washington, DC—The U.S. meat and poultry industry employs more than 500,000 workers and keeping those workers safe is one of the top industry priorities. For the last 25 years, worker safety has been a non-competitive issue, meaning companies openly share best practices to help improve safety for all. During this period, the meat industry partnered with the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create the first industry specific voluntary ergonomic guidelines, and numerous other new safety steps and programs have been implemented as standard practices. Data show these have worked, with the industry reporting all-time lows for worker injury and illness rates in the most statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Still, many questions persist about worker safety, so the Meat Institute developed a new Glass Walls video to take ...

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Sep 6 10:54 AM, General News


Food Safety Professionals Ensure that “What’s in Your Meat” is Safe and Wholesome

WASHINGTON,— As the head of a public health agency that ensures the safety of meat and poultry, food safety is my number one priority. Americans depend on us to keep their food safe. When you see the USDA mark of inspection, you can have confidence that the products have been inspected and passed – meaning that every carcass has been inspected, samples have been taken by USDA inspectors and analyzed by scientists in a USDA laboratory, and the labeling is truthful and not misleading.

In recent years, consumers have expressed a greater interest in knowing where their food comes from, and everything associated with that process from farm to fork. As a public health regulatory agency, this movement toward greater transparency about the products we regulate is an important step for consumers to understand how food safety is achieved. Not only have we moved to proactively make otherwise non-public data available on our website, but we routinely release data in response to ...

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Aug 29 9:43 AM, General News


$60 Million USDA Chicken Products Purchase Program Announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced plans to purchase up to $60 million in chicken products (to include whole bagged chicken, consumer split breast, and dark meat parts) for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. These purchases are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation.

In response to the announcement, National Chicken Council President Mike Brown released the following statement:

“On behalf of U.S. chicken producers, I want to thank Secretary Perdue for this timely action and for his steadfast leadership at USDA, and commend the dedicated officials at the Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Nutrition Service...

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Aug 16 9:30 AM, General News


Continuous Improvement Evident as 191 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Safety Performance

DESTIN, Fla. – During the 2018 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 191 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

“Our industry has made great advancements over the past few decades to improve workplace safety. We received more applications this year for the safety awards program than ever before. It is great to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Joint Industry Safety and Health Council Chair Mick Berning, Cargill.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the ...

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Aug 15 8:20 AM, General News


USAPEEC: Morocco Agrees to Allow Commercial Imports of U.S. Poultry

The USA Poultry & Egg Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC) applaud the news announced today by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and poultry products into Morocco for the first time, bringing to fruition a 14-year-long effort to gain entry to the market.

“We’ve very pleased after 14 years, since a Free Trade Agreement was signed between our countries, for poultry to finally to have access,” USAPEEC President Jim Sumner said. Sumner noted that while the initial quota for imports is limited, “The good news is that by 2024 for turkey, and by 2030 for chicken, we will have full access.”

NCC President Mike Brown praised the action, saying, “This is welcome news and I commend the...

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Aug 7 11:26 AM, General News


Pilgrim’s Pride Reports Net Sales of $2.84 Billion

GAAP Operating Income of $185 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.43 for the Second Quarter of 2018. Excluding One-time Items, Adjusted Operating Income of $212 Million.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reports second quarter 2018 financial results.

Second Quarter Highlights

Net Sales of $2.84 billion, +3.1% vs same quarter last year (+26.0% if excluding the Moy Park numbers from last year). Net Income of $106.5 million.

Adjusted Operating Income of $212.4 million (or a 7.5% margin), excluding the impact of grain derivative loss and one-time expense. Adjusted Operating Income margins of 6.5% in U.S., 16.6% in Mexico and 4.8% in Europe operations...

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Aug 2 7:07 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Advances World-Leading Animal Care Practices with Controlled Atmosphere Stunning and Remote Video Auditing at its Edmonton Poultry Facility

MISSISSAUGA, ON: - Maple Leaf Foods announced it is investing approximately $28 million to transition its Edmonton poultry processing facility to world-class controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) technology, reflecting its commitment to building on its leadership in animal care, the poultry sector and value-added branded fresh chicken.

Maple Leaf will convert its transportation, lairage and receiving area and handling systems to optimize rest-time and create a climate-controlled environment as it implements this technology. The new lairage system will enhance lighting, air quality and temperature control, allowing chickens to rest comfortably and significantly reducing stress. The CAS technology selected is a very humane system that will ensure birds are fully insensible prior to processing. The ...

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Aug 2 1:36 AM, General News


'Let FREE-dom Wing' at Hooters this National Chicken Wing Day - July 29

10 Free Boneless Wings When You Buy any 10 Wings

Close out one of America’s most celebratory months with a must-try National Chicken Wing Day offer from Hooters. On Sunday, July 29, Hooters will offer all guests 10 free Boneless Wings with the purchase of any 10 wings at participating locations nationwide. All Hooters wings, including our hand-breaded boneless wings, can be tossed in your favorite of 17 craveable sauces or one of three dry rubs – Texas BBQ, Caribbean Jerk or Garlic Habanero.

What’s more American than spending National Chicken Wing Day at Hooters to indulge in our world-famous wings? Hooters offers six wing varieties including Smoked Wings, Original-Style Wings, Naked Wings, Daytona Beach-Style Wings, Bacon Wrapped Wings and Boneless Wings. The best wings can only be served ...

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Jul 19 7:25 AM, General News


WASDE Report Forecasts for 2018 for Red Meat and Poultry Production are Raised from Last Month

The USDA released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report Thursday at noon EST, showing the latest outlook for livestock, poultry and dairy.

The forecasts for 2018 red meat and poultry production are raised from last month. The beef production forecast is raised on higher expected cow slaughter in the third quarter. USDA will release the Cattle report on July 20th, providing a mid-year estimate of the U.S. cattle inventory as well as producer intentions regarding retention of heifers for beef cow replacement.

Forecast pork production is raised from last month as higher expected second-half hog slaughter more than offsets lower second-quarter slaughter. A more rapid pace of hog ...

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Jul 13 9:03 AM, General News


What a Chicken Wants: Windows, Wing Space, Outdoor Living and More

For the third consecutive year, Perdue Farms continues its collaborative and transparent journey to change the way it raises chickens, addressing growing public concerns over broiler chicken welfare. On July 11 and 12, Perdue will bring together animal care experts, representatives of animal welfare advocacy groups such as the Humane Society of the United States and Compassion in World Farming; animal care researchers; leading retail and foodservice customers such as Blue Apron and Wegmans; and Perdue farmers at the third Annual Perdue Animal Care Summit to share updates on the company’s advancements in animal care and garner feedback from the groups. The event coincides with the release of the 2018 Perdue Commitments to Animal Care report.

In 2016, Perdue introduced the groundbreaking “Commitments to Animal Care” program, challenging the...

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Jul 12 12:31 AM, General News


National Chicken Council Animal Care Guidelines Certified by Independent Audit Certification Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a several month review process, the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) broiler and broiler breeder welfare guidelines have been certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), a leading authority on animal welfare auditing who provides high quality training and certification credentials for auditors and audits.

“Consumers want to be sure that all animals being raised for food are treated with respect and are properly cared for during their lives,” said Dr. Ashley Peterson, NCC senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “The people, families, and companies involved in raising broilers – chickens raised for meat – share the public’s concern. With this certification, consumers and customers can feel confident that when buying and eating chicken, the birds were well-cared for and treated...

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Jul 10 10:13 AM, General News


House of Raeford Announces Sale of Mocksville, NC Plant

July 3, 2018: House of Raeford Farms announced on Tuesday the sale of its Mocksville, NC-based chicken cook plant to long-time customer Brakebush Brothers, Inc. of Westfield, WI.

In commenting on the sale, Bob Johnson, House of Raeford CEO and Owner, said:

“House of Raeford is pleased that Brakebush, one of the country’s premier further processing companies, will rebuild, upfit and continue to operate the Mocksville plant following the fire last December. The transaction will maintain quality employment and business opportunities...

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Jul 5 7:12 AM, Urner Barry


FSIS Sets New Directive on Slaughter Inspection Verification of Poultry Good Commercial Practices

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a new directive as a consolidation of relevant information from Section VII, Verification of Good Commercial Practices for Poultry, of FSIS Directive 6100.3, Ante-mortem and Post-mortem Poultry Inspection and expired FSIS Notice 44-16, Instructions For Writing Poultry Good Commercial Practices Noncompliance Records and Memorandum of Interview Letters For Poultry Mistreatment.

The directive provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) for writing a noncompliance record (NR) for noncompliance with the regulations requiring the slaughter of poultry in accordance with Good Commercial Practices (GCP), as well as instructions for composing a Memorandum of Interview (MOI) when documenting a meeting between IPP and establishment management regarding an observation of the mistreatment of live poultry ...

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Jul 3 2:12 PM, General News


Watchdog Asks DOJ to Examine Tyson Organic Poultry Acquisition

Groups says consolidation by large companies will hurt smaller companies

Organic industry watchdog The Cornucopia Institute this week submitted a formal request to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the agency to scrutinize Tyson Foods' newly announced acquisition of Tecumseh Poultry LLC, one of the leading organic poultry brands, claiming that the deal will irreparably harm competition in the already highly concentrated industry sector.

Cornucopia pointed out that the acquisition would add to Tyson’s organic chicken products under its NatureRaised Farms and Aidells brands.

Further, the group noted that the biggest players in the poultry industry -- Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue and Tyson -- are heavily invested and dominate the growing organic...

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Jun 18 7:26 AM, Urner Barry




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