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Kroger Announces New Senior Vice President of Supply Chain

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Robert Clark, senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and enterprise sourcing, after more than 35 years of service, effective February 1, 2021. Clark will be succeeded by Gabriel Arreaga, who is joining The Kroger Co. as senior vice president of supply chain, starting October 1, 2020.

Robert Clark, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Enterprise Sourcing, Announces Retirement

Clark began his career in the Fry's division as a bagger in 1985. He advanced to occupy several store, district and division leadership roles for Fry's, including being named vice president of merchandising in 2002. Clark relocated in 2010 to the Columbus division to serve as...

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Sep 30 8:22 AM, General News



U.S. Shoppers Shift Shopping Strategies to Brace for Recessionary Effects

A much more discerning grocery shopper is emerging in the wake of initial widespread panic-buying sparked by COVID-19 this past spring that led consumers to disregard prices and stock up on products and ingredients required to prepare the entirety of their family meals at home. Retailers and their trading partners responded as rapidly as possible to the sudden spikes in demand by pulling back on promotional efforts and focusing on their supply chains to keep up, which led to higher prices on 64% of more than 500 grocery store categories.

The short-term result? FMCG sales shot up $77.9 billion across all U.S. channels for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 12, 2020, translating to year-over-year growth of 9.3%. While this lift was astounding for the retail industry, it’s time for stakeholders to...

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Sep 30 8:21 AM, General News


Beyond Meat to Expand Walmart Distribution

Beyond Meat, Inc. announced a major expansion in its long-standing relationship with Walmart. Following this summer’s successful launch of the Cookout Classic value pack, Beyond Meat’s most affordable product offering to date, this fall, Walmart plans to triple availability of the Beyond Burger from approximately 800 locations to more than 2,400 stores nationwide beginning next week. The move comes as part of Beyond Meat’s effort to increase worldwide accessibility to simple, plant-based meat products made without GMOs.

Beyond Meat first launched its frozen products at Walmart in 2015. Since then, Walmart has expanded its Beyond Meat in-store offerings to include the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage in the fresh meat aisle and most recently...

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Sep 29 10:30 AM, General News


The Hartman Group's Shelley Balanko on Consumer Buying Trends in a Pandemic

During extraordinary times, insights into consumer behaviors become more vital than ever to businesses. The Hartman Group, a food culture consultancy, provides such trends, insights, and strategic counsels to professionals in the food and beverage industry. The company conducts its own primary research with expertise in areas including sustainability and the health and wellness consumer.

In 2012, the Hartman Group developed the Eating Occasions Compass, a database that documents the who, what, when, where, and why of eating occasions in the United States...

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Sep 29 9:36 AM, Urner Barry


Kroger and Ocado Announce Location of Customer Fulfillment Center in Michigan

The Kroger Co. and Ocado announced Romulus, MI, as the latest location for a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC). The location confirms a previous announcement stating Kroger and Ocado would construct a CFC in the Great Lakes Region.

"Kroger is incredibly excited to develop one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Michigan in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before," said Robert Clark, Kroger's senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing. "We continue to invest in and constantly improve our e-commerce capabilities, focusing on...

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Sep 29 8:23 AM, General News


Kroger Provides Resources to Help Families Prevent Food Waste While Enjoying More Meals at Home

In September 2017, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced the launch of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, the company's bold social impact plan aimed at ending hunger in the communities it calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

Three years later, Americans are more conscious of food waste than ever before. A recent national survey of Kroger shoppers conducted by 84.51˚, Kroger's data analytics subsidiary, revealed that food waste prevention is top of mind for many families as they continue to enjoy more meals together at home...

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Sep 25 8:23 AM, General News


Landlords and Retail Tenants Compromise to Emerge Stronger Post-COVID-19, says NRF and PJ SOLOMON

With close to zero revenue coming in the door for many bricks-and-mortar retail operations during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, retailers and their landlords are working together to address outstanding rent obligations, the National Retail Federation and PJ SOLOMON said today.

“We started to see some encouraging signs for the retail industry with June’s positive sales growth and within the backdrop of a gradually reopening economy,” said David French, NRF’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations. “The influx of stimulus-driven consumer spending and negotiations with landlords has helped keep retailers afloat. As retailers look ahead to cover rent and other expenses in the coming months, more federal government relief is needed to ensure the industry can continue to rebound and fuel the economic recovery..."

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Sep 24 9:05 AM, General News


Gardein Debuts First-Ever Collection Of Plant-Based Meat Alternative Soups

Gardein, a brand of Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), is taking its collection of plant-based meat alternatives from the freezer case to the soup aisle with the debut of five new Gardein Soups, the first-ever line-up of soups featuring plant-based meat alternatives. Delivering "meaty" taste with 100% vegan ingredients, the soups are destined to be a cold-weather favorite for anyone seeking an alternative to traditional meat-based soups.

"For years Gardein has been providing delicious foods that deliver the taste of meat in a plant-based offering," said Tim Nangle, Conagra Brands' vice president and general manager, Meals and Sides...

 
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Sep 23 8:42 AM, General News


Walmart Sets Goal to Become a Regenerative Company

Building on more than 15 years of sustainability leadership, Walmart today announced it is doubling down on addressing the growing climate crisis by targeting zero emissions across the company’s global operations by 2040. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are also committing to help protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030 to help combat the cascading loss of nature threatening the planet.

“We want to play an important role in transforming the world’s supply chains to be regenerative. We face a growing crisis of climate change and nature loss, and we all need to take action with urgency,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer, Walmart Inc...

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Sep 22 12:55 PM, General News


Tofu Sales Skyrocket During the Pandemic, as Consumers Search for Affordable Meat Alternatives

American grocery store shoppers became accustomed to limits on certain household staples during the first half of 2020. The quest for toilet paper, ground beef and hand sanitizer sparked panic buying and supermarket aisle scuffles, while overzealous bread bakers desperately searched for flour and a drop in carbon dioxide supply threatened the soda industry.

But the biggest surprise of this year's COVID-19 public health crisis may be a sudden outpouring of love for tofu.

Since U.S. coronavirus shutdowns began in mid-March, tofu shortages have been reported from Seattle...

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Sep 22 8:30 AM, General News


New York City Partners with Mercato to Equip Independent Grocers with Online Ordering & Delivery

Mercato has been selected by the City of New York to become the eCommerce marketplace that will connect underserved NYC communities to local grocery stores. Through this partnership, select stores in all five boroughs will begin offering their inventory online and via local delivery - a functionality these stores weren't previously equipped with.

"As a native New Yorker and the son of an independent grocer in Brooklyn, I am excited to work with the City to support these neighborhood grocers and to announce Mercato's commitment to improving access to quality food for residents of areas that were impacted by the COVID crisis while also providing these local retailers with a new sales channel..."

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Sep 21 1:30 PM, General News


Top Plant-based Protein Producers Make Expansion, Distribution Efforts

A pair of companies leading the way for the plant-based protein industry, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods both announced moves to boost their presence in the retail and foodservice landscape.

On Monday, Beyond Meat announced it will double the distribution of its Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties. The company said the product will be available in additional Kroger, Super Target, Walmart, Publix and Harris Teeter stores by the end of the month.

“Following the initial release of our Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties at retailers earlier this year, we heard an enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive response from consumers who asked for increased availability,” said Chuck Muth, Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat...

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Sep 21 9:51 AM, General News


Johnsonville Welcomes Vermont Smoke & Cure to its Brand Portfolio

Johnsonville, LLC added a new brand to its portfolio with the purchase of a leading East Coast meat-snacking company, Vermont Smoke & Cure (VSC). The Vermont-based, privately held company will operate as a part of Johnsonville, while maintaining its current brand name, leadership team and operations. Established in 1962, VSC produces dozens of high-quality, clean-ingredient, hand-crafted meat snacks. Among its long list of delicious products are:

  • Meat Snack Sticks (pork, beef, poultry and grass-fed beef)
  • Bulk Pepperoni
  • Summer Sausage
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Sep 18 3:45 PM, General News


Publix Named Among Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women

Publix has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Best Workplaces for Women, ranking No. 29 out of 100 companies on the 2020 list.

“We are honored to be recognized by Fortune as a best workplace for women,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous. “Our inclusion on the 2020 list reflects Publix’s commitment to create a diverse culture that makes us stronger as a company.”

In a survey conducted by Great Place to Work, women were asked about experiences in their workplace based on their ability to reach their full potential and how their gender shapes those experiences. Great Place to Work then analyzed trends based on an organization’s size, industry and region...

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Sep 18 12:57 PM, General News


Plant-based Protein Labeling Legal Battle Heats Up in Oklahoma

Upton’s Naturals Co, a plant-based protein producer, and the Plant Based Foods Association are suing the state of Oklahoma for its ‘Meat Consumer Protection Act’ which will come into effect on November 1 and force products to print a label the size of the brand name stating that the product is plant-based.

Upton’s argues the Act is infringing on the company’s first amendment rights, per a complaint filed to a U.S. District Court. This is the second time the parties have taken...

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Sep 18 7:51 AM, General News


NRF: August Retail Sales Grow as Pandemic Recovery Continues

Retail sales continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic in August, showing a gradual improvement from July and larger gains year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today.

“While August retail sales numbers were a bit mixed, we believe the consumer is resilient and is in good shape as we head into the holiday season,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Over the past several months, consumers have responded well to federal relief measures that have supported the recovery, so it comes as no surprise that they would take a pause on spending as some of these programs tapered off at the end of July..."

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Sep 17 8:42 AM, General News


Study Sheds Light on U.S. Consumer Preferences on Conventional and Alternative Protein Products 

In the past six months, players within the plant-based protein industry have been dazzled by the performance of their alternative burgers, patties, nuggets, and sausages. As reported by the Good Food Institute (GFI) overall plant-based product sales increased to a peak of... 

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Sep 16 9:40 AM, Urner Barry


SpartanNash Announces New President and CEO

SpartanNash Company announced that it has hired Tony B. Sarsam as President and Chief Executive Officer. Sarsam will assume that role and join the Board of Directors, effective September 21, 2020. Interim President and CEO Dennis Eidson will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board and will serve as Executive Chairman for a period of thirty days to ensure a smooth transition with Sarsam.

Sarsam is an accomplished CEO who has a unique blend of consumer products and supply chain expertise in the food industry, which positions him especially well to lead SpartanNash Company. Sarsam most recently served as CEO of Borden Dairy Company, Inc. where he led business growth and positive trends in a challenging industry. He successfully led Borden through its recent restructuring and...

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Sep 15 8:23 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Introduces Beyond Meatballs at Grocery Stores Nationwide 

Beyond Meat announced that Beyond Meatballs will be rolling into grocery stores nationwide starting this week. With more consumers looking for nutritious options that are delicious and easy to prepare, Beyond Meatballs are conveniently pre-seasoned with a signature blend of Italian spices, pre-rolled and ready to cook.

Beyond Meatballs will be launching at grocery stores nationwide including Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Albertsons, and others by early October. Sold in the fresh meat section with a suggested retail price of $6.99 for 12 meatballs, Beyond Meatballs have...

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Sep 14 9:36 AM, General News


Amazon Hiring 100,000 New Employees Across the U.S. and Canada 

Amazon continues to provide opportunities for regular full-time and part-time jobs in its fulfillment and logistics network as it expands its footprint to better serve customers in communities where they live. The company announced that it is hiring an additional 100,000 regular employment opportunities throughout the U.S. and Canada on top of the 33,000 Corporate and Technology jobs announced last week. The roles offer a starting wage of at least $15 per hour, and in select cities Amazon is offering sign-on bonuses up to $1,000 to new hires. On top of Amazon’s minimum $15 wage, the company offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits, which include health, vision and...

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Sep 14 8:51 AM, General News


Kroger Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results and Updates Full-Year 2020 Guidance

The Kroger Co. reported its second quarter 2020 results, provided a Restock Kroger progress update on the three-year transformation plan, and shared a COVID-19 response update.

Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen

"Each day I'm inspired by the work our incredible associates do to bring to life our purpose, to Feed the Human Spirit. I am proud of our dedicated associates who are serving our customers when they need us most. Our top priority is to provide a safe environment for associates and customers and as the pandemic continues, we will continue to rise to meet the challenge.

Customers are at the center of everything we do and, as a result, we are...

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Sep 11 9:44 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Q4 Wing and Tender Performance Dependent on Price and Seasonality

It is certainly a relief to have our daily lives slowly returning to something we might recognize as normal. There is no doubt that is the case for...

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Sep 11 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


Imports Spike as Economy Continues Recovery and Retailers Stock Up for Holidays

Imports surged to unexpected high levels this summer and may have hit a new record as the U.S. economy continues to reopen and retailers stock up for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“It’s important to be careful how much to read into these numbers after all we’ve seen this year, but retailers are importing far more merchandise for the holidays than we expected even a month ago,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Some of these imports are helping replenish inventories that started to run low after...

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Sep 11 8:21 AM, General News


Bell & Evans Begins Construction On an Organic Chicken Facility

Premium poultry producer Bell & Evans began construction on a new 411,500 square foot, Organic-Certified Chicken Harvesting Facility in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. The first precast walls were placed in July, and the facility will be operational by late 2021. The project will cost the company approximately $330 million and double its current production capacity.

Bell & Evans produces 100% premium Raised Without Antibiotics chicken and Organic chicken, approximately 60% and 40% of its business, respectively. The additional capacity will allow Bell & Evans to continue expanding...

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Sep 10 9:15 AM, General News


NotCo Closes $85 Million Series C Round and Announces U.S. Expansion

NotCo, a food-tech company in Latin America, has announced the closing of an $85 million Series C investment round, co-led by Future Positive. NotCo is a startup that utilizes proprietary technology that can match animal protein to its replacement among plant-based ingredients. NotCo has launched plant-based products including dairy, eggs, and meat. The company has launched NotMilk, NotBurger, NotIceCream, and NotMayo in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. In less than three years it has become a fast-growing food-tech company in Latin America.

The new funding comes as the company announces scaled up operations and marks plans for international expansion leading with an entry into the United States, a promising market for its portfolio of products of plant-based food. The company will evaluate both...

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Sep 10 8:44 AM, General News


Planterra Foods Launches Plant-Based Offerings for Foodservice Operators 

At a time when foodservice operators are pivoting to counteract the world's health pandemic, menu innovation, and addressing consumer's evolving demands are more vital than ever. Innovative Colorado-based start-up Planterra Foods is answering the call and launching a line of OZO plant-based protein products for foodservice. The OZO foodservice line is now available in four plant-based offerings: burgers, ground, nuggets and breakfast sausage patties, catering to all dayparts.

The debut of OZO will elevate the protein possibilities that foodservice operators can feature on their menu to attract new customers and increase check averages. To support its partners during this recovery period and...

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Sep 10 8:21 AM, General News


Walmart Now Piloting On-Demand Drone Delivery

Walmart's latest initiative has the company exploring how drones can deliver items in a way that is convenient, safe, and fast. Walmart is taking the next step in the exploration of on-demand delivery by announcing a new pilot with Flytrex, an end-to-end drone delivery company.

The pilot is launching in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and focuses on delivering select grocery and household essential items from Walmart stores using Flytrex's automated drones. The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help...

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Sep 10 8:21 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Debuts in Canada as International Expansion Accelerates

Canada’s most reputable chefs are launching Impossible Foods’ flagship product at their restaurants from coast to coast.

In response to overwhelming demand, the Impossible Burger will become available later this year in a wide variety of additional restaurants and grocery stores nationwide -- but patrons of the country’s top restaurants can get an exclusive sneak peek for the next two weeks.

Starting today, Canadians can try the plant-based Impossible Burger in world-class restaurants by...

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Sep 8 9:46 AM, General News


Costco Wholesale Reports August Sales Results 

Costco Wholesale Corporation reported net sales of $13.56 billion for the retail month of August, the four weeks ended August 30, 2020, an increase of 15.0 percent from $11.79 billion last year.

For the 16-week fourth quarter ended August 30, 2020, the Company reported net sales of $52.3 billion, an increase of 12.7 percent compared to net sales of $46.4 billion during the similar period last year.

For the 52-week fiscal year ended August 30, 2020, the Company reported...

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Sep 8 9:02 AM, General News


Eat Just Announces Retail Expansion for JUST Egg Product

Eat Just Inc. announced the largest expansion yet for its award-winning plant-based egg. By the end of the month, JUST Egg will be available at more than 17,000 points of retail distribution in the United States, a 40% increase and a testament to the breakout success of the pioneering product that launched nationwide last year.

Walmart will add the original 12-ounce pourable JUST Egg – perfect for scrambles, omelets, quiches, stir-fries and a variety of baking applications – to more than 1,900 stores coast-to-coast after it became a strong seller at hundreds of regional locations. About 900 Food Lion stores in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. and 170 Giant stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and...

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Sep 3 8:19 AM, General News


Retailer Introduces ‘Dark Store’ Focusing Solely on Online Grocery Shopping

Whole Foods is launching its first ‘dark store’ a facility that will solely operate to fulfill the Amazon-owned grocer’s online orders.

The store will not be open to the public, so customers cannot stroll in like a traditional grocery store. This new experiment follows the COVID-19 pandemic where online grocery ordering witnessed a significant uptick as customers were unwilling to risk a trip to pick up food.

According to USA TODAY, the new concept was in the works pre-COVID...

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Sep 2 11:53 AM, General News


NRF Chief Economist Says Coronavirus 'Continues As a Shock' for Small Businesses

Data indicating that small business owners are increasingly pessimistic about the coronavirus shows the need for continued economic stimulus measures, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said today.

“The coronavirus continues as a shock to America’s small employers,” Kleinhenz said. “Small businesses are the backbone of American ingenuity and impact local economies in cities and towns across the country, but responses to recent surveys highlight the fragility of many small business enterprises and the importance of the need for well-tailored economic policy.”

“Just as a physician checks a patient’s pulse to measure the rhythm and strength of the heartbeat, small business is...

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Sep 2 8:36 AM, General News


Dr. Praeger’s Introduces New Plant-Based Turkey Burger

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods has introduced their newest meat-alternative patty — the Perfect Turk’y Burger.

The Perfect Turk’y Burger was created to have the look, taste, and texture of a turkey burger without the meat. Packed with 20g Pure Plant Protein and infused with carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, the Perfect Turk’y Burger is plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free and non-GMO project verified.

“At Dr. Praeger’s we’re always innovating and looking to create new products that fill the needs of our ever-evolving community,” said Dr. Praeger’s CEO Larry Praeger. “As the average consumer seeks out more options for...

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Sep 2 8:22 AM, General News


Walmart Introduces New Membership Program 

Walmart is launching a new membership program that brings together in-store and online benefits to save customers money and time: Walmart+.

Walmart+ uses the company’s unique assets to make life easier for busy families. Along with the power of its online presence, Walmart+ has the reach of more than 4,700 stores, including 2,700 stores that offer delivery as fast as same day. Members will receive unlimited free delivery from stores, fuel discounts and access to tools that make shopping faster for families. Membership will be available to...

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Sep 2 8:20 AM, General News


New Study Finds Many Americans Going Plant-Based for Breakfast 

Over half of Americans are eating fewer animal products since the COVID-19 pandemic began and nearly six in 10 find themselves transitioning to a more flexitarian, or semi-vegetarian diet, citing health as their top reason for making the change, according to a new survey conducted by market research firm OnePoll. The poll of 2,000 adults was commissioned by Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create sustainable foods, ahead of Better Breakfast Month, observed annually in September.

Nearly 60% of respondents in the national general population survey said they “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” when asked whether their eating habits were increasingly shifting to plant-based, with 39% of participants 18-25 years old and 23% of participants 26-41 years old stating that...

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Sep 1 9:53 AM, General News


Premium Brands Announces Acquisition of Global Gourmet Foods and Allseas Fisheries 

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, announced that it has acquired Global Gourmet Foods Inc. and signed an agreement to acquire Allseas Fisheries Inc.

Global Gourmet is one of Canada’s leading providers of ready-to-eat kettle cooked food solutions, including protein-based fillings, specialty sauces, soup bases and side dishes, to retailers and restaurants in Canada and...

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Sep 1 8:53 AM, General News


Impossible Foods' Flagship Product Rolls Out at Sprouts Stores

Impossible Foods is rolling out its flagship product, Impossible Burger, starting this week at more than 350 Sprouts Farmers Market stores in 23 states.

Sprouts shoppers can find Impossible Burger in the frozen meat section of the store in convenient, versatile 12-ounce packages for the price of $9.99. The product is available for curbside pickup and delivery.

Impossible Burger is versatile in all ground meat recipes, including...

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Sep 1 8:24 AM, General News


The Nature Conservancy, Cargill, McDonald’s and Target Unite to Invest in Beef Sustainability 

The Nature Conservancy, McDonald’s, Cargill and Target are coming together to launch a new five-year, $8.5 million project aimed at working with Nebraska farmers to advance proven soil health practices to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change. Overall, this effort has the potential to sequester 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the course of the project – equivalent to removing over 32,000 cars from the road in one year.

Nebraska is one of the top states for U.S. beef production and among the top three states for corn production, a key ingredient for cattle feed. This project will work with interested farmers to reach...

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Aug 31 9:11 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Launches New E-Commerce Site 

In an effort to make plant-based meat accessible to more consumers, Beyond Meat is launching a new e-commerce site and a whole new way to shop for Beyond Meat products. Featuring unparalleled access to a vast portfolio of signature plant-based meats, including all-new bulk packs, mixed product bundles, limited-time offers, trial packs and more, the direct-to-consumer site is a new and convenient way to experience Beyond Meat.

Available for order in the contiguous U.S., the online shop brings the plant-based meat directly to consumers doors, with...

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Aug 28 8:23 AM, General News


Incogmeato Launches Partnership with Postmates to Bring a One-Bite Challenge to Plant-Based Skeptics

To celebrate National Burger Day on Aug. 27, Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms is issuing a simple challenge to flexitarian eaters in Dallas and Denver, and Twitter users nationwide – give Incogmeato's plant-based burger just one bite.

Sixty percent of Americans want to eat more plant-based but hesitate due to fears it won't taste as good as meat. Incogmeato is attempting to reassure flexitarians that its line of plant-based burgers, brats, sausage and chik'n nuggets look, cook and taste just like the real thing. To make overcoming first bite fears easy, Incogmeato is...

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Aug 27 2:32 PM, General News


ANALYSIS: The Spread Between Wholesale and Retail Beef Prices

During the COVID-19, wholesale beef prices have moved through phases as the situation changed...

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Aug 27 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Lidl Unveils Plans to Add 50 New Stores and 2,000 New Jobs By the End of Next Year

Lidl US announced plans to open 50 new stores by the end of 2021. The stores will be located in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. Below is a full list of the new locations, which will bring Lidl’s total number of stores to more than 150.

Lidl will invest more than $500 million in the new stores and will create about 2,000 new jobs across these communities. Lidl offers a leading wages and benefits package that includes healthcare insurance for...

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Aug 26 8:58 AM, General News


Jimmy Dean to Launch New Breakfast Products this Fall 

Jimmy Dean, is bringing two new products to tables, counter tops and desks to enjoy this fall. Jimmy Dean Casserole Bites and Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Wraps will join the brand’s product portfolio, delivering new warm and satisfying breakfast options, no matter the morning routine.

“Breakfast plays a comforting role in people’s lives and daily routines, especially as many of us continue to navigate...

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Aug 26 8:18 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Launches Impossible Burger Patties in Grocery Stores

Impossible Foods’ flagship product is now available in packages of two pre-formed, quarter-pound (4-oz) patties at nearly 2,000 grocery stores nationwide owned by Kroger.

Patty packs of the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger will begin rolling out this week at Kroger-affiliated stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Mariano’s, Smith’s and more. Customers can find Impossible Burger patties in...

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Aug 25 9:20 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Taking a Look At the Spread Between Ribeyes and Strip Loins 

Typically, ribs and loins follow the same sort of trend, and are largely sought after in the foodservice sector. This year, with the pandemic, there has been...

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Aug 25 8:20 AM, Urner Barry


BJ’s Wholesale Club Adds Contactless Shopping Option with Launch of Curbside Pickup

BJ’s Wholesale Club announced the availability of contactless, curbside pickup at all BJ’s Wholesale Club locations to make it even more convenient for members to shop.

“It’s more important than ever to provide our members with a variety of convenient options to shop the club,” said Jeff Desroches, executive vice president, Club Operations Officer. “Our new, contactless curbside pickup service is another example...

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Aug 24 9:05 AM, General News


7-Eleven's 'Sips & Snacks' are Back

7-Eleven is launching Sips & Snacks 2.0 – a sequel of its 2019 in-store test which includes a new wave of food and beverages – and Californians get to be first to try them. This year's Sips & Snacks program will stock 200 7-Eleven stores in both the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas with 84 exclusive items from a list of 25 hand-picked brands.

This special product assortment includes options for power-snackers, restricted diet-followers and anyone looking for ways to incorporate more functional, better-for-you sips and snacks to...

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Aug 21 8:23 AM, General News


BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Announces Record Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. announced its financial results for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended August 1, 2020.

Highlights

  • Comparable club sales, excluding gasoline sales, increased by 24.2%, including digitally enabled sales growth of over 300% for the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Income from continuing operations increased by 96.5% year-over-year to $106.7 million, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 41.6% year-over-year to $216.9 million, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Earnings per diluted share of...
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Aug 21 8:23 AM, General News


Convenience Store Sales Growth Doubles Between 2019 and 2020 

The pandemic has given an impressive boost to convenience store sales this year helping the market grow by more than double the rate achieved in 2019. According to the latest Mintel research, convenience sales will grow by almost 8% in 2020 - compared to the 3% achieved last year.

The significant increase in in-home food and drink experienced as a result of COVID-19 will see the convenience store market increase from £44.1 billion in 2019 to an estimated...

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Aug 20 11:13 AM, General News


Over a Fifth of Canadians Have Bought More Groceries Online Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated Canadian usage of e-commerce with online grocery being one of the main benefactors. The latest research from Mintel reveals that by mid-April, almost four in 10 (37%) Canadians were shopping more online, with 22% of Canadians specifically noting they were buying more groceries online due to COVID-19, including 10% of seniors (those aged 65+).

Physical grocery stores have a big challenge to encourage consumers to come back into stores and spend time inside. Mintel's research shows that as of mid-April, 70% of Canadian shoppers were...

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Aug 20 10:59 AM, General News


Amazon to Add Thousands of Jobs to Phoenix Metro Area

Amazon.com, Inc. announced 11 new sites across the Phoenix metro area expected to be open by the end of 2020 to support customer fulfillment and delivery operations. The new sites are expected to create more than 3,000 new full- and part-time jobs with a minimum $15 per hour wage and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

The news follows Amazon’s recent announcement of the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub expansion at 100 Mill, which will bring more than...

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Aug 20 8:33 AM, General News


Coronavirus Revitalizes Shrinking Retail Center Store Products and Frozen Foods

The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has revitalized sales in the center of retail stores, home of shelf-stable and frozen foods that have generally been experiencing declining or slow sales growth over a number of years, reports market research firm Packaged Facts in the report U.S. Food Market Outlook 2020: Home Cooking, Grocery Shopping, & Food Trends in the Age of Coronavirus.

Previously, consumer's increasing desire for fresh unprocessed, healthier foods—found in store sections such as produce, meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, and deli and bakery—has been the main driver for the center store decline...

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Aug 18 8:20 AM, General News


July Increase in Retail Sales Continues Recovery from Coronavirus Pandemic

Retail sales continued to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in July, growing more slowly than the month before but adding to the strong turnaround seen since this spring’s declines, the National Retail Federation said today.

“Retail sales for July were another positive step in the right direction as our economy continues to slowly reopen,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Americans are showing their continued resilience and willingness to spend in the face of this unprecedented pandemic and government actions to date...

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Aug 17 8:20 AM, General News


SpartanNash Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

SpartanNash Company reported financial results for its 12-week second quarter ended July 11, 2020.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Net sales growth of 9.4% to $2.18 billion from $2.00 billion in the prior year quarter, representing the seventeenth consecutive quarter of growth.
  • Retail comparable store sales of 17.1% were positive for the fourth consecutive quarter, representing a continuation of trends driven by increased consumer demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • EPS of $0.80 per share, compared to...
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Aug 14 8:23 AM, General News


Eckrich Debuts New Packaging for Deli Products in Stores Nationwide

Eckrich is introducing bold new packaging for the Deli collection which will begin rolling out in stores nationwide this month.

Through both qualitative and quantitative market research, Eckrich successfully created a design that breathes new energy into the heritage brand with a modern, approachable look, all with its key consumer top of mind. The designs feature a white background and crisp imagery, displaying the product and information in an organized, eye-catching way. The imagery also...

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Aug 14 8:21 AM, General News


Kroger Ship to Integrate a Marketplace this Fall

The Kroger Co. announced Kroger Ship will expand to offer an extended ship-to-home assortment through a marketplace offering of third-party sellers powered by Mirakl, the leading software platform enabling B2C and B2B digital marketplaces.

"Our customers are increasingly turning to our e-commerce solutions provided at Kroger.com for their grocery and household essential needs. To better serve our customers, we're continuing to invest in technology that enables us to expand our digital services to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere," said Jody Kalmbach, Kroger's group vice president of product experience. "Leveraging Mirakl's best-in-class marketplace solution, we are...

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Aug 13 8:21 AM, General News


PODCAST: The Grocerant Guru - Steve Johnson, An Expert on Innovative Distribution in the New Normal

What can protein producers be doing to get product into new and innovative channels? Laura sat down with Steve Johnson, the Grocerant Guru, to discuss just that. With extensive research and experience with ever-changing consumer trends, Steve shares his recipes for success...

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Aug 12 11:38 AM, Urner Barry


Feltman's of Coney Island Debuts At Publix Super Markets Across Southeast U.S.

The original American hot dog, Feltman's of Coney Island (est. 1867), has launched at 1,190 Publix Super Market locations across FloridaGeorgiaAlabamaSouth CarolinaNorth CarolinaVirginia, and Tennessee.

In Feltman's biggest supermarket retail launch to date, the small veteran-owned and operated hot dog company has debuted a new 12.8 oz. eight-count pack SKU of its Uncured Beef Natural Casing Hot Dogs—a perfect match for an eight-pack of hot dog buns—which are now available at Publix locations across the Southeast, and through Publix curbside pickup and delivery powered by Instacart in select locations...

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Aug 10 12:48 PM, General News


Retail Imports to See Lowest Annual Total in Four Years

Imports at major U.S. retail container ports during 2020 are expected to see their lowest total in four years as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy continues, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“The economy is recovering but retailers are being careful not to import more than they can sell,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Shelves will be stocked, but this is not the year to be left with warehouses full of unsold merchandise. The more Congress does to put spending money in consumers’ pockets and provide businesses with liquidity, the sooner we can get back to normal..."

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Aug 10 10:09 AM, General News


Aramark Prepared to Welcome College Students Back to Campuses Across the Country

As many college campuses make arrangements to safely open amid COVID-19, Aramark, a leading food and facilities partner with hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S., is prepared to meet the safety and hygiene standards required in today’s ever-changing environment. This includes introducing a variety of new programs and service offerings to support a safe, enjoyable campus dining experience.

“As with many other aspects of campus life, dining services will look and feel a little different this Fall,” said Jack Donovan, President of Aramark’s Higher Education business. “Knowing health and safety is imperative for returning students and faculty, as well as...

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Aug 6 8:23 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Beyond Meat, Inc. reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 27, 2020.

Beyond Meat President and CEO Ethan Brown commented, "I am proud of our record net revenues and growth during a very challenging period. As the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the foodservice industry, we repurposed assets and repacked and rerouted products to meet increased consumer activity in the retail aisles. Throughout the quarter, our brand experienced an enviable combination of consumer trends – increasing household penetration; increasing buying levels per household; and strong repeat purchase rates of nearly...

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Aug 5 8:28 AM, General News


Weis Markets Reports Second Quarter Results

Weis Markets reported its sales increased 23.7 percent to $1.1 billion during the thirteen-week period ended June 27, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, while second quarter comparable store sales increased 24.1 percent.

The Company's second quarter net income increased 102.5 percent to $41.5 million compared to $20.5 million in 2019, while earnings per share totaled $1.54 compared to $0.76 per share for the same period in 2019. Ecommerce sales increased 243 percent during the same period.

"The coronavirus pandemic has altered most aspects of daily life in our seven-state market area which was impacted by...

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Aug 5 8:24 AM, General News


National Retail Federation: Economic Recovery May Not Be a Steady Climb 

According to the National Retail Federation’s Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, it is difficult to determine how steady the economic recovery will be following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Optimism about the economy and retail spending is being tested daily with the spread of the coronavirus,” Kleinhenz said. “Big questions are looming, and we are all grappling to discern what incoming data is telling us about the health of the economy and consumers. Depending on the data selected, the answers are not entirely clear.”

Kleinhenz commented in the NRF’s August edition of its Monthly Economic Review...

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Aug 4 10:45 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Expands Club Store Distribution with BJ's Wholesale and Sam's Club

Beyond Meat is working to increase accessibility to plant-based meat through the development of new sales channels, including club and convenience stores. The company, which offers an 8-pack of its flagship Beyond Burger, first broke into the club channel last year at Costco. This summer, Beyond Meat added partnerships with BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club, unlocking partnerships with three major club stores.

“Having entered all national conventional retailers in the US, we looked for where the white space existed and club stores were the next logical step towards increasing accessibility to plant-based meat among mainstream consumers,” said Chuck Muth, Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat. “By offering the Beyond Burger in a larger format, we’re able to provide value to consumers and a more accessible entry point for...

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Aug 4 8:25 AM, General News


Impossible Foods Debuts at Walmart 

Impossible Foods’ flagship product will begin rolling out at Walmart.

The Impossible Burger has started hitting Walmart shelves and will soon be stocked in nearly 2,100 Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Neighborhood Market locations. Customers can find Impossible Burger in the fresh meat section of the store in convenient, versatile 12-ounce packages. Impossible Burger is also available through Walmart Grocery Pickup & Delivery.

With the addition of Walmart locations, Impossible Burger will be available in more than 8,000 brick-and-mortar grocery stores across all 50 states -- a more than 50X increase...

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Aug 3 8:56 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Jumbo Wings: A Mid-Year Coin Toss

2020 has been anything but predictable and the wing market is no exception. While a seasonal increase in buying interest and in paid prices is...

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Jul 31 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


Leading Food Firms Create Dedicated Teams for Plant-Based Products 

A four-year investor engagement with 25 giant food retailers and manufacturers, led by the FAIRR investor network, has found that two in five global food giants with combined annual revenues of $459 billion now have dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy; with Tesco and Unilever ranked top.

New research shows that over $1.1 billion of venture investment has flowed into alternative proteins in the first half of 2020, more than double last year's total investment ($534 million). The alternative protein market is expected to grow to...

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Jul 29 8:22 AM, General News


Albertsons Reports First Quarter Results

Albertsons Companies, Inc. reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended June 20, 2020.

First Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Identical sales growth of 26.5%
  • Digital sales growth of 276%
  • Diluted net income per share of $1.00; Adjusted net income per share of $1.35
  • Net income of $586 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 billion, an increase of 93% compared to the first quarter last year
  • COVID-19 related investments of approximately...
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Jul 28 9:24 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Cold Storage: A Mid-Year Freeze

Wednesday’s release of the USDA’s Cold Storage Report closely coincides with the current standing of most major chicken lines and also reflects...

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Jul 24 8:22 AM, Urner Barry


Food and Beverage E-Commerce Sales Growing Rapidly but Still Small

Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, online sales of food and beverages in the U.S. have been growing rapidly and totaled about $17 billion in 2018. They are forecast to increase 32% per year through 2023, according to Packaged Facts in the report U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2020: Grocery Shopping & Personal Consumption in the Coronavirus Era.

Yet, while e-commerce sales are growing rapidly, they still represent a very small percentage—about 4%—of total food and beverage sales.

The impact of online sales varies by food category, ranging from less than 1% to 3% of sales. Coffee and tea sell the best, while dairy and juices...

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Jul 24 8:21 AM, General News


NCBA and NAMI Respond to USDA Report on Cattle Markets 

The USDA suggested broader reporting requirements for meatpacking companies as it investigates cattle market movements driven by the coronavirus pandemic and a fire at a major beef plant. The USDA stated in a report in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice that it continues to investigate potential regulatory violations and anticompetitive conduct within the industry. However, the report does not detail any wrongdoing by meat processors.

“In its analysis of the effects of the fire and the pandemic, USDA found no wrong-doing and confirms the disruption in the beef markets was due to devastating and unprecedented events,” said North American Meat Institute President and CEO, Julie Anna Potts. “It is difficult to see how the USDA’s recommended legislative proposals would have...

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Jul 24 8:21 AM, Urner Barry


Beyond Meat Brings Latest Iteration of the Beyond Burger to Canada

Beyond Meat is announcing its latest iteration of the Beyond Burger, produced locally at a co-manufacturing facility in Canada, is now available at major grocery stores nationwide. This latest version of the Beyond Burger, Beyond Meat’s flagship product, has 20g of protein derived from simple, plant-based ingredients like peas, mung beans and rice, and features marbling made from cocoa butter that is designed to melt and tenderize like beef.

Canada continues to be an important part of Beyond Meat’s long-term growth strategy and producing the Beyond Burger locally in Canada enables Beyond Meat to better serve the Canadian market, while...

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Jul 23 8:22 AM, General News


ALDI Surpasses 2,000 Stores and Embarks on Next Wave of Coast-to-Coast Expansion

ALDI opens its 2,000th store and kicks off a new wave of expansion. ALDI plans to open more than 70 new stores by the end of the year, announces plans to enter the greater Phoenix market and will support further Gulf Coast store expansion with a new distribution center in Loxley, Alabama.

"Each new store is an opportunity to serve another community, which is an honor and responsibility we do not take lightly," said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI U.S. "As we continue to expand, we promise to do everything in our power to offer the lowest prices, every day, without exception. In fact, as food costs are rising across the country, we're lowering prices on...

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Jul 22 8:24 AM, General News


PODCAST: Calling All Pork People - ASF, Retail Demand, Exports, and More

In this week's segment Russell Barton discusses retail demand, slaughter, exports, African Swine Fever, and COVID-19...

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Jul 21 10:04 AM, Urner Barry


Pork Remains on the Menu in Spain and Italy Even if Tourists Stay Away

Spain and Italy face a miserable summer tourism season. But does this mean a terrible year for pork, too? Remarkably, Rabobank's analysis shows that decreased international tourist activity will have a limited impact on total pork consumption in these countries.

For the full year of 2020, Rabobank expects a decrease in total pork consumption of about 6% in Spain and 2% in Italy due to reduced demand in foodservice and retail. Furthermore, pork exports to Italy from major exporters, such as Germany, Spain and Denmark, are expected to remain largely unaffected by...

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Jul 20 9:45 AM, General News


National Retail Federation Pushing for all Retailers to Adopt Face Mask Policy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, the National Retail Federation (NRF) called upon retailers to adopt a nationwide face-covering policy.

The NRF urged business, including grocery stores to implement the policy to protect the health of customers, associates and partners during the pandemic.

“The health and safety of associates and customers is retailers' number one priority and wearing a face covering or mask is scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the NRF said in a press release...

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Jul 16 10:21 AM, General News




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