September 21, 2017  

Today's News Summary:

Today's News opens reporting that US Foods announced the launch of its Fall Scoop™ 2017 product lineup themed, “Make It Yours.” The lineup features 26 products, six of which were developed in collaboration with award-winning chef, author and independent restaurateur, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. As operators strive to design the ideal menu and run an efficient kitchen and streamlined business, Fall Scoop helps provide the inspiration they need. The issue includes on-trend products inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s distinct global flavors, versatile items that maximize ingredients and help cut food costs and prepared foods that save chefs time in the kitchen.

In other news, according to the latest Rabobank Poultry Quarterly report, the industry is currently benefiting from improved market conditions after avian influenza (AI) pressure has reduced significantly, following the northern hemisphere winter months, even though it has not moved away fully. Relatively tight supply in the aftermath of the 1H 2017 perfect storm, caused by AI and the Brazilian ‘weak flesh’ meat scandal, is another positive for the global poultry industry. On the other hand, demand is recovering as AI has faded from the headlines.

After reports that it was in talks to acquire the meal-kit service, Albertsons Cos. has announced its acquisition of Plated, advancing a shared strategy to reinvent the way consumers discover, purchase and experience food. Plated will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons Cos. upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur later this month.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has approved construction of Costco’s chicken processing complex in Fremont and said it will issue a permit, allowing construction to proceed on the $280 million project. More than a dozen people told the Department of Environmental Quality at an August hearing that they were concerned that the operation could hurt air quality in their community. The department reviewed and responded to those comments in a document signed Sept. 14 by Kevin Stoner, administrator of the air quality division.

Finally, Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based protein, announced the soft launch of the groundbreaking Beyond Burger at participating TGI Fridays restaurants in the greater Boston area. With more than 470 restaurants nationwide, TGI Fridays is the largest restaurant brand to partner with Beyond Meat. The Beyond Burger will be featured on the menu as an eight-week test item and will feature a 6-oz. patty – 2 oz. more than the brand’s standard patty – to appeal to heartier appetites.

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