USDA Awards $300 Million to Diversify Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $300 million to 66 U.S. organizations, under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), to build demand for American food and farm exports in high-potential markets around the globe.

Secretary Vilsack launched RAPP in October 2023, authorizing $1.2 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to help U.S. exporters expand their customer base beyond traditional and established markets, focusing on regions such as Africa, Latin America and...

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MDARD: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in Three New Dairy Herds

Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring announced the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in additional dairy herds from Clinton, Gratiot, and Ionia counties. Testing through the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory detected this case. Samples have been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories for additional confirmatory testing.

Regardless of species, biosecurity remains the best tool available to combat HPAI. On May 1, 2024, Director Boring issued the Determination of Extraordinary Emergency HPAI Risk Reduction...

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May 21 2:13 PM, Urner Barry



USDA Awards $300 Million to Diversify Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $300 million to 66 U.S. organizations, under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), to build demand for American food and farm exports in high-potential markets around the globe.

Secretary Vilsack launched RAPP in October 2023, authorizing $1.2 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to help U.S. exporters expand their customer base beyond traditional and established markets, focusing on regions such as Africa, Latin America and...

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May 21 2:01 PM, Urner Barry


USMEF Statement on Regional Agricultural Promotion Program Funding Allocations

On May 21, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced funding allocations for the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), which utilizes Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds to diversify export markets for U.S. agricultural products.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:

USMEF is honored to participate in RAPP and we thank Secretary Vilsack and the staff at USDA for their vision and leadership in implementing this program. The additional investment in foreign market development is very timely...

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May 21 1:31 PM, Urner Barry


BurgerFi Relaunches The Chicken Wars

Hold onto your beaks! BurgerFi® is "winging it" big time by rebranding as ChickenFi and diving into the Chicken Wars! The name change ruffles feathers and celebrates the debut of the new Fried and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and this antibiotic-free chicken is available every day including Sundays. Yes, that is right, Sundays! Bring your appetite and savor these new chicken offerings starting on May 21, 2024.

"Chicken presents a significant opportunity for business growth. We've expanded our chicken offerings by 50%, broadening our menu...

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May 21 1:12 PM, Urner Barry


G. Willi-Food international Reports the results of first quarter 2024

G. Willi-Food International Ltd., a global company that specializes in the development, marketing and international distribution of kosher foods, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2024

  • Sales decreased by 10.1% to NIS 136.0 million (USD 37.0 million) from NIS 151.4 million (USD 41.1 million) in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Gross profit decreased by 13.5% year-over-year to NIS 34.7 million (USD 9.4 million).
  • Operating profit decreased by 10.7% year-over-year to...
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May 21 8:17 AM, Urner Barry


CHEEZ-IT® Opens the Cheez-In Diner Serving a Full Menu of Delicious, Absurdly Cheezy Classics 

Imagine you've hit the road for your first summer getaway when that Cheez-It® craving hits – but you're fresh out of your favorite cheezy, crunchy snack. Suddenly, an orange glow illuminates your path, leading you to the ultimate destination for hungry Cheez-It superfans: The Cheez-In Diner is now open!

Just two hours outside New York City nestled among the scenic byways of the Catskill Mountains, this FOMO-inducing diner experience in the...

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May 20 3:57 PM, Urner Barry


Kroger Celebrates Memorial Day with Backyard Grilling Bundle for as Little as $4 per Person

The Kroger Co. today shared it is celebrating Memorial Day with Locked-in-Low prices on grilling essentials as families gather in a day of remembrance. For as little as $4 per person, the barbeque bundle includes all the staples to commemorate the holiday.

"At Kroger, we are exceedingly grateful for the sacrifice, devotion and bravery of our armed forces who unselfishly gave their lives for the fundamental promise of American freedom," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO...

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May 20 3:03 PM, Urner Barry


Mars Petcare US, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 315 Bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition 

Mars Petcare US is voluntarily recalling 315 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food in the 44 lb. bag size only, due to the potential presence of loose metal pieces in the bag.

The affected products have a Best By Date of March 4, 2025 and Lot Code 410B2TXT02. This is a limited voluntary recall only affecting 315 bags of product that were sold by Walmart in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

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May 20 2:04 PM, Urner Barry


Pizza Hut Announces Kalen Thornton as Global Chief Brand Officer

Today, Pizza Hut announced two new executive marketing appointments.

Kalen Thornton will join the company as Global Chief Brand Officer reporting to Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Powell, effective June 10. In this role, Thornton will lead Pizza Hut's global brand strategy and oversee all aspects of marketing across 110 markets and territories. Thornton will also be responsible for guiding the brand to a new chapter of relevance – harnessing the power of strategic, engaging customer connections across physical and digital touchpoints and ensuring that...

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May 20 10:13 AM, Urner Barry


Overseas Shipholding Group Enters Into A Definitive Agreement To Be Acquired By Saltchuk Resources

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., a leading provider of liquid bulk transportation services in the energy industry for crude oil and petroleum products primarily in the U.S. Flag markets, and Saltchuk Resources, Inc. (“Saltchuk”), a privately owned family of diversified freight transportation, marine service, and energy distribution companies, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Saltchuk has agreed to acquire OSG in a transaction that values the Company at an aggregate equity...

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May 20 9:37 AM, Urner Barry


MDARD: Designates Two Bovine Tuberculosis Testing Areas

Today, due to the detection of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in wild deer from Benzie, Crawford, and Otsego counties during the 2023 deer hunting season, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Dr. Tim Boring has designated two bovine TB testing areas. One area includes specific portions of Benzie and Manistee counties, and the other includes portions of Crawford and Otsego counties. Testing all the cattle and bison herds within these areas will help to protect animal health, public health, and market access for Michigan's cattle, meat, and milk products...

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May 20 8:08 AM, Urner Barry


Walmart Opens High Tech Fulfillment Center in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Walmart associates were joined by local elected officials and community members today to celebrate the grand opening of a new 1.5 million square-foot fulfillment center 10 miles north of Hagerstown, located at 1915 Ebberts Spring Court in Greencastle. This next generation facility will enable the retailer to fulfill more orders, more quickly.

"This is an exciting day for Greencastle, and we are thrilled to be the new home of Walmart's newest state-of-the-art fulfillment center," said Antrim Township Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman, Patrick Heraty...

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May 20 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


HPAI H5N1 Virus in Dairy Cattle – What We Know

In March 2024, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) A (H5N1), commonly referred to as bird flu, was confirmed in domestic U.S. livestock for the first time in a dairy operation in Texas. Since then, the virus has spread to 36 dairy operations across nine states, raising widespread uncertainty throughout the dairy and livestock markets. Industry participants have raised concerns about the outbreak's potential impact on consumer perception and demand for dairy and meat products, though government agencies reiterate that the national food supply remains safe. Urner Barry is closely monitoring the situation...

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May 20 7:11 AM, UB Newswires


Herbruck's Poultry Ranch Laying Off About 400 Staff in Michigan Due to Bird Flu

Herbruck's Poultry Ranch is temporarily laying off about 400 employees in Michigan due to the spread of bird flu.

The company's chief human resources officer Stephanie Kempa said the virus impacted the company's hen population at some farms in Ionia County.

"The company plans to rehire many positions as hen replenishing and egg production increases," Kempa said in a letter to the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

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May 17 3:48 PM, FeedInfo


ANALYSIS: Chicken Hatch Figures “Crack On”

From a historical perspective, May typically marks a pivotal time for those in the chicken industry. With chicken-centric holidays such as Superbowl, March Madness, and Mother’s Day now in the rearview mirror, market participants are keeping a watchful eye on prevailing demand patterns as consumers begin to transition into “grilling season”.

While it remains to be seen how demand will ultimately play out moving forward and whether or not chicken will remain competitive in the retail and food service spaces, market participants are opting to focus their attention on the...

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May 17 8:05 AM, Urner Barry


American, Mexican, and Canadian Cattle Producers Sign Joint Statement Raising Brazilian Beef Concern

Today, leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (CNOG), and Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) signed a joint statement to continue advocating for greater oversight of emerging lab-grown proteins, protecting cattle from animal diseases, and promoting the sustainability of the cattle industry. This action builds on the recent statement signing with Cattle Australia and furthers the international partnerships between cattle producers.

“The signing of this joint statement is an important step that unites cattle producers across North America...

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May 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


CJ Logistics America Opening Centrally-Located Cold Storage Warehouse in Kansas City

CJ Logistics America, a leading innovative supply chain and technology company, announced today that it will be opening a new cold storage warehouse in New Century, Kansas, just 30 miles outside of Kansas City. Developed in a joint venture by Yukon Real Estate Partners, a national cold storage developer, and BGO, a global leader in cold storage real estate, the project boasts a rail-served 291,000 square foot warehouse complete with Alta EXPERT refrigeration and is targeted to open its doors in Q3 2025.

 

 

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May 16 9:54 AM, Urner Barry


Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Heads to California With 10 Unit Development Deal

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, a leading family-dining restaurant serving homestyle comfort classics and fresh-from-the-oven pies, is thrilled to announce a milestone in its storied franchising history. The brand recently signed a groundbreaking 10 unit development deal, marking Perkins first foray into California and underscoring its commitment to bringing its beloved offerings to new communities.

The announcement comes at an exciting period of franchising for Perkins as the brand has experienced a record breaking year of growth....

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May 16 9:42 AM, Urner Barry


PERDUE® Expands SHORT CUTS® Product Line with Two New Varieties

PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Hickory Smoked Chicken Breast Strips and PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Shredded Roasted White Meat Chicken Bring New Flavor and Preparation Techniques to Mealtime

PERDUE®, the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., announced the expansion of its SHORT CUTS® product line with the introduction of PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Hickory Smoked Chicken Breast Strips and PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Shredded Roasted White Meat Chicken. The new offerings tap into trending flavors and preparation techniques that...

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May 16 9:35 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Checking-In on Turkey Market Supply Factors

Although mid-May trade conditions have been slow to shift the undertone surrounding whole-body turkeys and raw materials, there is no shortage of variables which are weighing heavily on the minds of market participants as they refine their expectations for the road ahead. Central to many turkey-related conversations remains disease.

As illustrated by this week’s chart, year-to-date (YTD) commercial HPAI outbreaks have risen about 84%, or 229.6 thousand head, when compared to a similar period one year prior...

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May 16 8:05 AM, Urner Barry


The Retail Rundown: Memorial Day Promotions; Latest CPI Data

Spring is in the air… and the first inklings of summer are making a reappearance too. Memorial Day is less than two weeks out and grocers are enthusiastically preparing for the official start of the grilling season.

Cookout staples like charcoal, outdoor serving ware, grilling cuts, and all things barbeque are migrating toward the front page of circulars, bringing increased visibility to the meat case, deli counter, and prepared foods sections of the store. 

In the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend last year, 78-84% lean ground beef was...

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May 15 8:45 AM, UB Newswires


2024 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Series: How Consumers Are Finding Value at the Grocery Store, FMI

Shoppers enjoy food shopping as much as ever, according to the latest annual survey by FMI – The Food Industry Association, conducted by The Hartman Group. The analysis kicking off this 2024 series, U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends: Finding Value, provides a crucial snapshot of consumer behavior and sentiment in the most frequently purchased consumer category amid ongoing concerns about the impact of inflation on the cost of groceries.

While consumer concerns about food inflation persist, FMI’s newly launched U.S. Grocery Shopper Sentiment Index, which accounts...

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May 15 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


McLane Announces Grand Opening of McLane Innovation Kitchen

McLane Company Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors and an industry-leading partner to retail and restaurant brands nationwide, recently announced the grand opening of its Innovation Kitchen at the company’s headquarters in Temple, Texas.

Designed for customers as a full-scale replica of the complete c-store experience, this state-of-the-art space showcases how cutting-edge retail foodservice equipment and products seamlessly fit into various footprints and counter spaces while exploring the world of McLane Fresh, Emerging Brands and CVP private label brands...

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May 14 2:16 PM, Urner Barry


Pizza Hut Enters the Burger Business with New Cheeseburger Melt

Starting today, Pizza Hut is entering the burger business with a better way to burger. Introducing the new Cheeseburger Melt, a parmesan-crusted thin crust Melt folded and loaded with beef, applewood-smoked bacon, onions, mozzarella, and cheddar, served with Burger Sauce on the side. The savory, cheesy, crunchy menu item ditches the bun (say goodbye to soggy bun burger deliveries) and brings together a medley of flavors for those craving a cheeseburger all wrapped into a crispy thin crust. With this handheld, Pizza Hut has cracked the code...

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May 14 9:39 AM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Celebrates Jack Box’s Birthday With a Week of FREE Food

Jack in the Box, Inc. knows that birthdays should be birth-weeks. Jack Box, the chain’s beloved leader, is known for giving fans what they want, even on his own birthday. Jack Pack members can take advantage of daily free food offers from May 13 - 19 online and through the Jack app.

For the whole week of Jack Box’s birthday, Jack Packers will get rewarded each day with a new offer with any $1 purchase. Schedule of free offers include...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Brazilian Beef Export Volumes Show a Robust 25% Monthly Growth in April

Despite the general sentiment of a softened market from key export destinations for the Brazilian beef, exports in April demonstrated a significant upturn, with total fresh beef exports reaching 208,053 MT, a 25.1% increase from previous month’s 166,303 MT. The significant rebound in export figures from March have surprised some stakeholders given the persistent talk about a subdued demand and pressured prices. Particularly from the Chinese market, a major trading partner of Brazil.

April’s overall market undertone diverged by some means from the increased export figures...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Factors Influencing Mexican Ribeye Export Levels

The Mexican market has recorded its lowest export levels to the US in the last five years during 2024, primarily due to the strength of the peso in the exchange rate and increased demand in the Mexican domestic market. Despite this, the limited availability of materials in the USA has sustained interest in Mexican ribeyes.

Throughout the year, export price trends have mirrored those in the US market, particularly with select-type materials. Notably, this cut has shown remarkable price stability, maintaining consistent demand and demonstrating robust performance in the first quarter of...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Impacts of Prop 12 Shape Memorial Day Outlook for Pork Ribs, Bacon and Butts

Memorial Day is traditionally celebrated as one of the major pork holidays each year. Ribs, bacon, and butts are all beloved staples of this popular weekend that marks the official start of summer. However, this year presents a unique situation due to rebounding cold storage levels post prop 12 proclamation, sow liquidations, and economic uncertainty, unlike the past few years.

The current values for bone-in butts show an increase of 3.9% compared to this time last year, and they are also 10.4% above the...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry







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