Another Panama Canal Red Flag: Spiking Product Tanker Rates

Yet another signal on the Panama Canal situation is flashing red: Spot rates are surging for product carriers — specialized tankers carrying diesel, gasoline and jet fuel — that transit the waterway.

America is the world’s largest exporter of refined petroleum products. The west coast of South America is a traditional destination and the Panama Canal is pivotal to this trade. Alternate routes are more than twice as long.

Since the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) began heavily restricting reservation slots at the start of November, waiting time for ships without reservations has dramatically...

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Cracker Barrel Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 ended October 27, 2023.

First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Highlights

  • The Company reported first quarter total revenue of $823.8 million. Compared to the prior year first quarter, total revenue decreased 1.9%.
  • Comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.5%, while comparable store retail sales decreased 8.1%.
  • GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $11.4 million, or 1.4% of total revenue, and adjusted1 operating income was $19.0...
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Dec 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

DoorDash Launches Annual 12 Day Holiday Savings Event

Whether you’re making your list or you’re checking it twice, DoorDash is the special ingredient for a joyful holiday season with Deck the Doorstep, twelve festive days of massive deals to help make holiday hosting and shopping more convenient than ever. From December 1st through December 12th, DoorDash users can look forward to limited-time discounts, daily deals, and exclusive DashPass offers from local and nationwide favorites featuring groceries, retail, and restaurants — all in one place.

During DoorDash’s annual savings event, people will be able to...

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Dec 1 9:42 AM, Urner Barry

Dominique Bertolone Named President of Maggiano’s Little Italy, SVP of Brinker International

Casual dining restaurant brand Brinker International, which owns concepts Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy, announced this week that they’ve appointed Dominique Bertolone to serve as one of their Senior Vice Presidents. In addition, Bertolone has also been named the President of Maggiano’s Little Italy.

“Dominique is the perfect leader to usher in the next wave of Maggiano's growth," said Kevin Hochman, Brinker International President and CEO. "His experience leading all types of foodservice concepts has direct application to accelerating the three Maggiano's channels of dine-in...

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Dec 1 11:29 AM, SeafoodNews

Sam’s Club to Open Two New Distribution Centers in St. Louis and Minneapolis Areas

Sam's Club®, a division of Walmart Inc. and a leading membership warehouse club, today announced plans to open two new distribution centers in early 2024 outside St. Louis and Minneapolis. The new facilities are part of a multi-year growth plan to transform the supply chain at Sam’s Club and evolve network and end-to-end capabilities. In addition to bringing new jobs to the areas, the new distribution centers will also give Sam’s Club members a better shopping experience witH...


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Dec 1 8:09 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Turkey Cold Storage: Less Than What Meets the Eye

The recently released October 31 Cold Storage Report paints a familiar seasonal picture to much of the turkey complex. At the same time, the latest data illuminates the stark contrast between this year's inventory levels and the record lows realized back in 2022.

October’s closing tally reveals a total of 319.7 million pounds of turkey in public warehouses. When pitted against last year, frozen stocks rose by just shy of 13%. Conversely, outward monthly movement kept closely in line with seasonal expectations, dropping 24.1% below...


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Dec 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

PODCAST: Episode 2 of Agri-Food for Thought Now Available!

Jamie and Simon are back with Episode 2 of the Agri-Food for Thought podcast. Listen now as they discuss food inflation and the consumer mindset during the 2023 holiday season. 

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Nov 30 11:23 AM, Urner Barry

QDOBA Completes Whole Business Securitization, Providing Additional Liquidity to Supercharge Growth

QDOBA Restaurant Corporation (“QDOBA”), the leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant franchisor and portfolio company of Butterfly Equity (“Butterfly”), today announced the closing of its inaugural $305 million whole business securitization through Qdoba Funding LLC.

The transaction optimizes QDOBA’s capital structure for ongoing growth and provides meaningful interest expense savings. Proceeds from the transaction will be used primarily to refinance QDOBA’s existing senior debt facilities and provide liquidity to invest meaningfully in general corporate initiatives, such as remodeling more than 80 corporate restaurants and adding digital menu boards to... 

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Nov 30 9:25 AM, Urner Barry

Tyson Foods Opens Innovative New Fully-Cooked Food Production Plant in Virginia to Drive Business 

Tyson Foods has officially opened a new $300 million fully-cooked food production facility in Danville, Virginia, delivering on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth, operating as efficiently as possible and investing in its poultry business. It is one of the company’s most-automated plants to date, marking the deployment of innovation pilots and prototypes at scale.

The 325,000-square-foot facility represents a significant investment in the local community and will produce approximately four million pounds of premium quality, fully-cooked poultry...

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Nov 29 10:29 AM, Urner Barry

Ingles Markets, Incorporated Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today reported results for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2023.

Robert P. Ingle II, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We are happy to report results for the quarter and year-end. We continue to thank our associates for the dedication and hard work they provide to serve our customers.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales totaled $1.58 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, compared with $1.45 billion for the quarter ended September 24, 2022...

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Nov 29 10:17 AM, Urner Barry

Global Growth Continues to Surge for Hooters, Announces Recent Mexico Development

Hooters®, the original American wing joint, expands its global presence as international development continues to surge. The legacy brand and industry leader recently opened four locations across Mexico, and just opened its newest location in Queretaro Antea this month. The iconic brand has made international growth a centerpiece of its overall growth strategy, with prime territories available overseas and in the United States.

Spearheading Hooters massive growth across Mexico is multi-unit franchisee, Hooters de Mexico led by Paolo Pagnozzi. The Queretaro Antea restaurant is the sixth...

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Nov 29 10:12 AM, Urner Barry

Publix Shuffles Leadership For The New Year

American supermarket chain Publix announced that they have shuffled their leadership ahead of the new year. Effective January 1, 2024, current CEO Todd Jones will transition to an Executive Chairman role. Meanwhile, President Kevin Murphy will be promoted to CEO and Senior Vice President John Goff will be promoted to President.

Jones is a long time employee at Publix, beginning as a front service clerk at the store’s New Smyrna Beach, Florida, location. He ultimately worked his way up to Store Manager in 1988...

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Nov 29 8:07 AM, Urner Barry

New Markets and Award Recognitions Position the Noodles & Company Franchise for Momentum in 2024

Noodles & Company, (NASDAQ: NDLS) the national fast-casual chain known for its globally inspired noodle bowls, best-in-class service, and values-centric culture, entered new franchise markets and achieved high accolades in 2023 with honors from top publications including Forbes, Denver Business Journal, and Franchise Times. Noodles' franchise growth and award achievements demonstrate how the franchise continues to be an enticing opportunity for experienced multi-unit, multi-concept operators.

This year Noodles & Company made significant strides in furthering its franchise growth strategy called...

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Nov 28 12:17 PM, Urner Barry

Maggiano's Little Italy® Welcomes the Winter Holidays With Festive Flair

Maggiano's Little Italy® is continuing to celebrate the holiday season by providing delicious options for upscale winter gatherings with family-style dine-in, carryout options and winter menu features for December! In the spirit of togetherness, Maggiano's will also have their doors open to anyone who doesn't feel like turning on the oven this Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

From Nov. 30 to New Year's Eve, guests can dine in at Maggiano's for an extravagant three-course holiday menu featuring refined Italian Classics...

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Nov 28 12:00 PM, Urner Barry

Quiznos Launches Latest Globally Inspired Seasonal Offer: Club Peri Peri Sandwich

Promising innovation with each new creation, Quiznos’ new Club Peri Peri Sandwich is the latest limited-time offer from the iconic sandwich chain that provides a new flare on a familiar favorite and brings flavors from around the world to restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

The Club Peri Peri Sandwich is made with grilled chicken, creamy peri-peri sauce, bacon, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños and melted cheese, served on Italian white bread. A traditional South African sauce, peri-peri adds a touch of spice to Quiznos’...

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Nov 28 10:34 AM, Urner Barry

Mama’s Creations Launches Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce Platform

Mama’s Creations, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAMA), a leading national marketer and manufacturer of fresh Deli prepared foods, today announced the launch of its nationwide direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform, offering popular MamaMancini’s retail products for delivery throughout the continental United States.

During the first phase of the platform launch, customers can shop online from a curated selection of MamaMancini’s bestselling products including Beef Meatball On-the-Go Cups, Beef Meatballs Family Meals, Turkey Meatballs Family Meals, Stuffed Meatballs Family Meals and... 

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Nov 28 9:37 AM, Urner Barry

Modern Market Eatery First Drive-Thru Location Now Open

Modern Market Eatery, the Colorado-based fast casual concept specializing in scratch-made foods using clean ingredients, has opened the brand's first drive-thru restaurant in Colorado Springs at 3015 New Center Point, Suite 100, in the First & Main Town Center on Friday, Nov. 17.

The new company-owned restaurant is the third Modern Market Eatery location in Colorado Springs. Offering dine-in, drive-thru and delivery options, it will serve the full Modern Market menu, including the new winter menu that launched on Nov. 1, featuring eight brand-new dishes...

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Nov 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Leads Hot Food Solutions

Krispy Krunchy Chicken®, one of the nation’s fastest-growing foodservice businesses, is soaring ahead of the competition with its “freshly made, perfectly Cajun” offerings that are hot and ready to serve for on-the-go customers. According to the 2023 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle Study, which polled over 1,500 regular c-store shoppers, the primary factors taken into account when buying prepared food at a convenience store include price, value, food quality, taste, and freshness. With rapid popularity and aggressive expansion, the brand is a top contender in these...

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Nov 27 10:26 AM, Urner Barry

Popeyes® Crashes the Wing Game Adding Five Flavors Permanently to the Menu

Today, with 51 years of expertise and the industry benchmark Chicken Sandwich under its belt, Popeyes announces the permanent introduction of Wings to menus nationwide. Starting this Wednesday, chicken wing enthusiasts across the nation can savor five signature flavors with varying degrees of kick - Honey BBQ, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Signature Hot, Ghost Pepper, and Sweet 'N Spicy - each one a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation, flavor, and its Louisiana roots.

“At Popeyes, we like to challenge the status quo and are consistently... 

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Nov 22 11:22 AM, Urner Barry

Holy Cannoli! Carrabba's Italian Grill Has a New App

Authentic Italian cuisine is just a click away with the all-new Carrabba's mobile app, the latest way to taste the flavors and fun of Carrabba's Italian Grill. The app serves a satisfying selection of exclusive benefits including free dessert for downloading with any adult entrée through Sunday, Dec. 3.

"The Carrabba's app was designed to make it easier than ever for guests to dine with us," said Bronze R. Major, Head of Marketing for Carrabba's Italian Grill. "We've added a number of features to enhance...

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Nov 22 11:13 AM, Urner Barry

Uber Eats Adds Big Lots As First National Home Discount Retailer

Today Uber Technologies (NYSE: UBER) announced a new nationwide partnership with Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), bringing the home discount retailer's massive selection to the Uber Eats app, furthering its mission to help consumers get almost anything they need, delivered on-demand. Just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year more than 1,200 Big Lots retail locations across the US are now available for consumers to shop with Uber Eats.

With Big Lots on Uber Eats, consumers will discover thousands of items including wide variety of home goods...

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Nov 22 11:07 AM, Urner Barry

Holiday Meals Simplified

(Family Features) With holiday entertaining on the minds of many this time of year, it's important to take steps to make setting the table stress-free and keep focus on what really matters – spending time with loved ones.

With 92% of customers expressing some level of concern about inflation, according to Walmart's Holidays 2023 Seasonal Survey, it's important to take steps to save time and money during an expensive time of year.

To help combat inflation, the retailer – which has saved customers more than $1 billion on seasonal baskets and rollbacks during the past year...

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Nov 22 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Mintec Releases "Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023" Report; Read It Here

Mintec enables the world's largest food and manufacturing brands to implement more efficient and sustainable procurement strategies. We do this through our cutting-edge SaaS platform, Mintec Analytics, which delivers market prices and analysis for thousands of commodities, food ingredients and associated materials. Our data and tools empower our customers to understand prices better, analyze their spend and negotiate with confidence.

Mintec’s latest report, “Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023,” is a look at the components that make up the traditional holiday dinner...

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Nov 22 9:29 AM, Urner Barry

HPAI Detected in Commercial Flock; Caroline County, Maryland 

One year since the state's last confirmed case, Maryland has reported another outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) commonly known as the bird flu.

According to the state's Department of Agriculture, the preliminary confirmation was as a result of an investigation of a broiler operation in Caroline County, just over 2 hours outside of Baltimore. Officials await for United States Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory to confirm in the coming days.

State officials have quarentined all affected premises and birds of which will be depopulated to deminish...

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Nov 22 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

Publix Announces Officer Promotions

Today, Publix President Kevin Murphy announced three officer promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

With John Goff’s upcoming promotion to president, Vice President of Product Business Development for Grocery Norman Badger, 44, will be promoted to senior vice president of retail operations, and Business Development Director of Alcoholic Beverages Chris Shaw, 54, will be promoted to vice president of product business development for grocery.

Also, to enhance our ability to support our operations, Publix is adding another officer promotion. Director of Facility Refrigeration and Energy Management Mikhael Ser, 53, will be promoted to vice president of...

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Nov 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Feasting on Holiday Features

Thanksgiving is here and the retail segment is teeming with all things turkeys, sides, sweets, and treats!

Fittingly, turkey leads the protein category with 31.1% of total feature volume, up from 22.5% the week prior. Pork follows with 22.8%. Seafood narrowly overtakes beef for the third spot, with 18.8%. Beef claimed 17.4%, nearly flat with last week.

Mintec recently took a look at the components that make up the traditional holiday dinner in its "Thanksgiving Dinner Index 2023" report. The index, which measures price fluctuations across key food commodities that make up a...

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Nov 22 7:15 AM, UB Newswires

Corn Harvest Nears Completion in Latest Crop Progress Report

In the latest Crop Progress report, the USDA shows 93% of corn is now harvested, up from 88% the week prior and ahead of the 5-year average figure by two percentage points. Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas are reporting 100% harvest completion. 

Winter wheat plantings are nearing completion as well, with 95% of the crop in the ground as of Sunday, November 19. 87% of winter wheat has emerged and 83% is rated in fair to excellent condition overall.

Nearby corn futures contracts are 2 to 2 ½ cents higher...

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Nov 21 10:02 AM, UB Newswires

McDonald's to Acquire Carlyle's Stake in McDonald's China

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that McDonald's has agreed to acquire Carlyle's minority ownership stake in the strategic partnership that operates and manages McDonald's business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The CITIC Consortium, mainly through its equity affiliate CITIC Capital, will maintain its controlling ownership stake. Upon completion of the transaction, the CITIC Consortium will continue to own 52%, and McDonald's will remain a minority partner while increasing its stake from 20% to 48% ownership... 

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Nov 21 7:50 AM, Urner Barry

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Meat and Poultry Jerky Products 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for meat and poultry jerky products due to misbranding and undeclared allergen. The product may contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for purchase.

The meat and poultry jerky items were produced on various...

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Nov 20 8:47 AM, Urner Barry

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Unveils New Restaurant Prototype at Annual “Family Reunion” Conference

Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken, a celebrated name in delicious, home-style fried chicken for more than 55 years, recently hosted its “Family Reunion” Brand Conference in Louisville, KY, bringing together employees and franchisees to recognize their top performers. A highlight of the event was having the daughter and granddaughter of the brand’s founder and namesake, Lee Cummings, on-hand to kick off the conference.

“Our annual Brand Conference is an opportunity to honor our amazing team members and spotlight their achievements,” said Ryan Weaver...

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Nov 20 8:03 AM, Urner Barry

More People Than Ever Expected to Shop During Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

An estimated 182 million people are planning to shop in-store and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. This figure is 15.7 million more people than last year and is the highest estimate since NRF began tracking this data in 2017.

“The Thanksgiving holiday weekend marks some of the busiest shopping days of the year, as consumers enjoy the tradition of shopping for the perfect gifts for friends and loved...


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Nov 17 12:02 PM, Urner Barry

Amazon Leads U.S. Grocery Retailers in Personalization Followed by H-E-B and Kroger, dunnhumby Finds

Dunnhumby, the global leader in customer data science, today released a special edition of the dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), designed to determine which retailers in the $1 trillion U.S. grocery market personalize the shopping experience best for their customers. In this inaugural RPI for Leadership in Personalization, dunnhumby found that Amazon stands apart from all other retailers followed by H-E-B in second and Kroger rounding out the top three. These three retailers are at the top of the rankings because...

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Nov 17 9:52 AM, Urner Barry

Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx Stores are Now Live on DoorDash

DoorDash (NASDAQ: DASH), the local commerce platform, announced a partnership with The Save Mart Companies to bring Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx locations to the DoorDash Marketplace. Starting today, consumers across California and Nevada can access Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx on DoorDash to get groceries delivered same day in under an hour, on average*, directly to their door.

“We are excited to extend the reach and accessibility of our fresh quality offerings, local favorites, and everyday essentials with DoorDash to strengthen our commitment of providing grocery solutions for...

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Nov 17 9:46 AM, Urner Barry

Holiday Grocery Shopping Habits

Though technology has undeniably evolved the way we communicate, I’ve found that no text, call, or video chat can replace the warmth of hugging my mom. The holiday season for me is a time of strengthening familial bonds, gifting joy, and indulging in the “Superbowl” of meals. Raised by a large village of multigenerational family and friends, these moments spent together come few and far between and are deeply cherished. Whether hosting or traveling home, our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, Holiday Season report finds more than 90% of Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving and the December holidays...

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Nov 17 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Census Says Retail Sales Grew Year Over Year in October But Growth Continued to Slow

Retail sales kept up a long streak of year-over-year gains in October even though the rate of growth continued to slow, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of monthly retail sales data today.

“Fourth-quarter consumer spending stepped off on a more moderate pace, as expected,” Kleinhenz said. “The staying power of the American consumer has been the story of 2023, but financial conditions have...


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Nov 17 8:02 AM, Urner Barry

Pure Prairie Poultry Launches New Retail Brand

It's been just shy of two years since the Midwest's premium chicken newcomer, Pure Prairie Poultry™, purchased a state-of-the-art chicken processing facility in Charles City, Iowa, that showcased its air-chilled technology. Now, its launched its charter retail brand, named after the company—Pure Prairie Poultry™, emphasis on "pure." Initially offered at more than 50 locations across Coborn's, Cashwise, and Marketplace stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, the company has big plans to grow throughout the Midwest and beyond...

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Nov 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

President Biden Signs Stopgap Funding Bill, Avoiding Gov't Shutdown

A government shutdown was narrowly avoided once again after President Joe Biden signed a stopgap spending bill Thursday evening. 

Funding was due to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, raising concerns about widespread disruptions ahead of the hectic holiday season. 

The short-term bill, or continuing resolution (CR), passed the Senate and House this week and splits the extension into two dates: January 19 and February 2. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 87-11 to approve the stopgap bill.

A statement released by the White House yesterday reads...


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Nov 17 6:49 AM, UB Newswires

Dickey’s Barbecue Offering Holiday Feasts and a New Side Dish

This holiday season, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has everything you need to enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving, as well as the debut of a new featured side dish!

Through January 5th, the Texas-style barbecue brand is offering their guests a variety of gathering-friendly options — The Complete Feast and Dinner Feast — as well as its fan-favorite Ready to Eat Holiday Big Yellow Box. Each option will be available to order in-store, online, or on the Dickey’s App.

Along with their popular holiday heat and serve feast options, Dickey’s...

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Nov 16 4:07 PM, Urner Barry

Checkers & Rally's Strengthens Leadership Team with Appointment of New CFO and CMO

Checkers & Rally's, an iconic drive-thru restaurant chain known for flavorful, craveable food at a great value, today announced the appointment of Michael Blair as Chief Financial Officer and Scott Johnson as Chief Marketing Officer. In their respective roles, Blair and Johnson will help fuel growth in the business, focusing on driving profitability, guest engagement and continued expansion of the brand. Mr. Blair and Mr. Johnson will report to Checkers & Rally's President and CEO, Frances Allen.

"I am pleased to welcome Michael and Scott to the Checkers & Rally's... 

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Nov 16 3:08 PM, Urner Barry

OpenTable Debuts Annual Top 100 Restaurants List Alongside 2023's Biggest Dining Trends

As 2023 comes to a close, bringing holiday and year-end celebrations, OpenTable is helping diners select the perfect venue with the debut of its Top 100 Restaurants in America list for 2023. Featuring an updated methodology using OpenTable diner reviews and new metrics, the list uncovers some of the most in-demand restaurants by OpenTable diners this year.1

Additionally, OpenTable insights from the year (January 1 – September 30) compared to 2022 reveal shifts in diner behaviors and cravings. Highlights include...

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Nov 16 9:23 AM, Urner Barry

Subway® Names Jeff Shepherd as Chief Financial Officer

Subway, one of the world's largest restaurant brands, today announced the appointment of Jeff Shepherd as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Shepherd will report directly to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Chidsey and oversee Subway's global finance organization, responsible for managing and optimizing the brand's global financial performance and information security. Shepherd succeeds Ben Wells who will retire at the end of the year after a 46-year career.

"Jeff has a well-earned reputation for driving strong financial results for global brands, bringing nearly 30 years of financial and accounting...

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

Urner Barry’s Market Briefing Provides Insights on Commodity Protein Markets

Urner Barry is the leading provider of protein market news and information in the food industry. Through daily canvasses of the trade and an unrivaled historical database, our analysts are uniquely positioned to report on the underlying conditions and significant disruptors to the market. In this Market Briefing, Urner Barry reporters outline the latest action in the commodity protein markets, highlighting seasonal factors, disruptors, and current supply and demand fundamentals.

Click HERE to view the latest report...

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Kraft Heinz Announces Updates to Executive Leadership Team

Today, The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (the “Company” or “Kraft Heinz”) announced new members of its Executive Leadership Team that will partner with Carlos Abrams-Rivera when he assumes the Chief Executive Officer role beginning in the 2024 fiscal year.

“Over the past four years under Miguel’s leadership, we’ve made great progress and now have a solid foundation to build our future,” said Carlos Abrams-Rivera, President of Kraft Heinz and incoming CEO. “Our strategic plan maps our ‘jobs to be done’ in each of our...


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Nov 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Mintec, along with its Urner Barry and Feedinfo brands, is proud to launch this brand new podcast for agriculture and food professionals! Join hosts Jamie Chadwick and Simon Duke as they dive into everything happening in the agri-food space. Featuring market insights, trends, and news. Listen to Ep 1 now.

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Nov 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen launches 3 New Game-Changing Wing Flavors

3 New Wing flavors hit Pei Wei Asian Kitchen's menu!

Flavor continues to take flight at Pei Wei Asian Kitchen with the addition of 3 new Wing flavors! Following the spectacular success of their recent menu addition, Honey Sriracha Wings, 3 brand new wing flavors in 3 different size options are landing on Pei Wei's menu.

On November 15th, Pei Wei will be introducing a brand-new menu featuring Sticky Wings, Spicy Korean BBQ Wings, and Mango Habanero Wings...


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Nov 15 2:45 PM, Urner Barry

Gala Foods Deploys eGrowcery Platform to Grow Online Sales and Enhance Shopper Engagement

Gala Foods, a full supermarket banner with on-site butchers, bakery, full deli, pharmacy, flower shop and hot food, has one of its ownership groups upgrading its online shopping experience and has chosen eGrowcery, developer of the leading retail food industry eCommerce platform for grocers, as its digital partner for the future. Gala Foods is offering online shopping for customer pick up or delivery beginning at the Bridgeport, CT location.

“Our customers want to us be a modern retailer and that means offering them every option for...

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Nov 15 2:09 PM, Urner Barry

Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Down Slightly from Record High in 2022

Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner won’t take as much of a toll on your pocketbook this year compared to 2022, but the meal still reflects historically high costs. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 38th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic holiday feast for 10, which is $61.17 or less than $6.20 per person.

This is a 4.5% decrease from last year’s record-high average of $64.05, but a Thanksgiving meal is still...


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Nov 15 10:05 AM, Urner Barry

Brett Friedman Joins Logile as Chief Revenue Officer

Logile, Inc., the leading retail labor planning, workforce management, inventory management and store execution provider, today announced that Brett Friedman has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. Brett will be responsible for leading all of Logile’s revenue generation and marketing operations, utilizing his extensive experience to position Logile as the leading provider for store-level planning, scheduling and task execution. Logile delivers the ideal solution to connect empowered workers, and Brett’s experience will drive Logile’s growth.

"Brett is the right leader to bring in now,’’ said Purna Mishra, President and CEO...

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Nov 15 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Lineage Celebrates Grand Opening of Houston ColdPort Facility

Lineage (the “Company”), one of the leading temperature-controlled industrial REIT and integrated solutions providers worldwide, today celebrated the grand opening of its newest facility in Houston, Texas. Houston ColdPort is strategically located near the Jacintoport Terminal at Port Houston, a leader for the Houston Ship Channel and an integral component of Houston’s international trade activity.

Spanning approximately 315,000 square feet, the new facility marks the sixth location in Lineage’s Greater Houston network and is designed to support many customer profiles and business needs, complementing the Company’s additional locations across...

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Nov 15 9:03 AM, Urner Barry

TiNDLE Chicken Makes Official Retail Debut in the United States at Giant Eagle and FreshDirect 

TiNDLE Foods announces the retail debut of TiNDLE Chicken in the United States through select outlets this week, including grocery store chain, Giant Eagle, online grocery provider, FreshDirect, and several popular independent markets on the West Coast including Berkeley Bowl and BESTIES Vegan Paradise. This marks the first time that shoppers in America can find TiNDLE Chicken products in their grocery aisles, after successful launches earlier this year in Europe, including Whole Foods Market and Morrisons in the UK and the EDEKA Group, Germany's largest...

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Nov 15 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: 2023 Thanksgiving Outlook

Thanksgiving is just one week out and grocers are bracing for a busy weekend ahead as shoppers secure any remaining needs for the holiday feast. Below, we have the latest outlook on what Turkey Day 2023 may bring.

The Star of the Show 

Shoppers this Thanksgiving may breathe a sigh of relief when looking at prices for the big bird. Last year, households shelled out more money for their turkeys due to factors including highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) complications, low cold storage holdings, and inflation.

A lull in bird flu detections following the initial outbreak...

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Nov 15 7:50 AM, UB Newswires

Indulge in the Essence of the South with O'Charley's Limited-Time-Only “Southern Comfort” Menu

O'Charley's is thrilled to announce the launch of its much-anticipated and limited-time-only Southern Comfort Specials Menu, set to delight taste buds and bring a touch of Southern charm to guests starting today.

The Southern Comfort Specials Menu features a delectable array of dishes that pay homage to the rich culinary heritage of the American South.

Highlights of the new menu include:

  • Pecan Chicken Tender Appetizer — O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders with special pecan breading, served with our own...
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Nov 14 11:46 AM, Urner Barry

Corn Harvest 88%, Soybeans 95% Complete in Latest Crop Progress Report

In the latest Crop Progress report, the USDA shows 88% of corn is now harvested, up from 81% the week prior and two percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. 

Nearby corn futures contracts are fractionally higher in early Tuesday trading following yesterday's rally. December corn was last trading nearly flat at $4.77 ½ per bushel. 

The soybean harvest is nearly complete at 95%, up from the previous week's figure of 91%. The five-year average rate is also 91%...

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Nov 14 9:30 AM, UB Newswires

Brazil Food Processor BRF Widens Net Loss in Q3 on Grain Prices, Chicken Glut

BRF SA, the Brazilian pork and poultry processor, widened its third-quarter loss from the year-ago period as it continued to deal with a chicken oversupply while also trying to rein in grain prices, it said on Monday.

BRF reported a 262 million real ($53.37 million) net loss in the third quarter, larger than the 136.7 million loss a year ago but slightly better than an LSEG consensus forecast of a 279 million real loss.

Despite the hit, BRF said improvements in the company's...

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Nov 14 8:40 AM, Foodmarket

Giant Food and UFCW Locals 400 and 27 Ratify New Contract

Giant Food is pleased to announce that our store associates have ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement negotiated between Giant Food and UFCW Locals 400 and 27. The agreement significantly enhances the wages and benefits for our 17,000+ represented associates, and demonstrates the respect we have for our associates' contributions and commitment to Giant Food.

"I am tremendously proud of our 87-year history as a local employer of choice. As a team, we continue to build upon that foundation for thousands of associates throughout the...

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Nov 14 8:09 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart Spotlights Stress-Free Holiday Celebrations with New Brand Campaign

Instacart (NASDAQ: CART), the leading grocery technology company in North America, today announced "The Holiday Rescue App" – its most extensive holiday campaign yet, which reinforces its position as an indispensable partner to families throughout the entire holiday season. "The Holiday Rescue App" brand campaign will run for seven weeks in the U.S. and Canada and features multiple campaign extensions, from hosting family and gifting the ultimate presents to preparing for New Year's Eve celebrations. The new creative spotlights how Instacart is the one-stop destination that can serve every holiday...

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Nov 14 8:05 AM, Urner Barry

Agricultural Markets Brace for Potential Gov't Shutdown Ahead of Holiday Season

Agricultural market participants are bracing for a potential government shutdown, which is just days away should Congress fail to extend funding past November 17. 

House Speaker Mike Johnson proposed a two-step spending bill, which has received tentative support from Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. If passed, it would extend government funding for four appropriation bills to January 2024 and funding for the remaining eight bills into February. The bill must clear the House before moving to the Senate...

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Nov 14 7:25 AM, UB Newswires

Uncle Julio's Announces Leadership Appointments

Uncle Julio's Restaurant Group ("Uncle Julio's") today announced that it has named Scott Lawton as CEO and RJ Thomas as President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead the company and accelerate its growth.

Lawton is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience. In 2011, he co-founded bartaco, a coastally-inspired restaurant serving upscale street food with 29 locations in 13 states, and he subsequently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Barteca until its sale to Del Frisco's Restaurant Group in 2018...

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Nov 13 2:03 PM, Urner Barry

Kroger's Freshgiving Prices are Even Low, Low, Lower than Last Year's

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today shared its zero-compromise Freshgiving meal offering customers a holiday basket that includes all the staples for less than $5 per person—even more affordable than the retailer's turkey day bundle last year. Complete with pumpkin pie, turkey at the center of the plate and plenty of fresh sides, this feast is sure to please.

"No matter how families gather, Kroger's Thanksgiving is Fresh for Everyone," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's Chairman and CEO...

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Nov 13 11:48 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Introduces NEW Holiday Combos

The holidays just got better at Applebee’s with four NEW Holiday Combos starting at $13.99*! Warm up this winter with a variety of hearty combos each featuring two popular proteins including Honey BBQ Chicken Breast, Blackened Cajun Salmon, 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin, Applebee’s Riblets, and Double Crunch Shrimp. Each Combo also includes garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and crispy onions. Available for dine-in, To Go, and delivery, Applebee’s Holiday Combos are only available for a limited time.

These fa-la-la-la finger lickin' good combos include two delicious proteins...

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Nov 13 9:55 AM, Urner Barry

Wonder Announces Closing of Blue Apron Acquisition to Enhance its Leading Platform for Mealtime

Wonder Group, a company founded by entrepreneur Marc Lore that is redefining at-home dining and food delivery, today will close its previously announced acquisition of Blue Apron (Nasdaq: APRN), the pioneer of the meal kit industry in the United States.

The acquisition will further enhance Wonder’s creation of the super app for mealtime, serving a broad range of dining occasions that feature cuisines from some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants.

Having pioneered a new category of “Fast Fine” dining through its collection of...

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Nov 13 9:25 AM, Urner Barry

New US House Speaker Tries to Muster his Republicans to Avert Government Shutdown

Fledgling U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson faces his first big legislative battle this week as his tries to marshal his fractious Republican majority into supporting an unconventional plan to avert a partial government shutdown beginning on Saturday.

Some House Republican hardliners were already pushing back at Johnson's proposal for a two-step stopgap bill that would not otherwise cut spending, a "clean" bill of the kind that led to the historic ouster of Johnson's predecessor, Kevin McCarthy...


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Nov 13 8:37 AM, Urner Barry

JX Restaurant, Inc. Recalls Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

JX Restaurant, Inc., a Maryland Heights, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 621 pounds of fully-cooked chicken product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains sesame oil, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The fully-cooked chicken product was produced on various dates between Oct. 27 and Nov. 8, 2023. The following product is subject to recall [view labels]...


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Nov 13 8:03 AM, Urner Barry

Bird Flu Has Infected a Second Commercial Egg Layer Farm 

After an almost 11-month lull in detections, industry sources tell Urner Barry that high-path avian influenza (HPAI) has infected a US commercial egg layer flock for the second time in as many weeks. The latest outbreak is said to have occurred in Iowa, which is home to approximately 45 million laying hens, making it the nation’s largest egg-producing state.

Last week, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that a 940,000-bird farm housing mostly conventional hens...

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Nov 13 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Majority of Thanksgiving Celebrations Predicted to Include Whole Turkeys this Year

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, Cargill's U.S.-focused Future of Turkey study indicates a return to traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, with more than 8 in 10 consumers who responded saying they plan to purchase a whole turkey this year. This marks a turnaround from previous years when consumers often purchased individual turkey parts such as turkey breasts as they exercised caution during the pandemic with smaller gatherings and celebrations.

“Americans hold onto the belief that a whole turkey should be the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends,”...

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Nov 10 3:41 PM, Urner Barry

Branded Hospitality Ventures and Results Thru Strategy Announce Partnership

Results Thru Strategy (RTS), strategic advisor to restaurant brands, technology companies, and investment firms, and Branded Hospitality Ventures (Branded), the leading investment and solutions platform dedicated to the hospitality and foodservice industry, today announced they had reached a partnership agreement.

Through this partnership, RTS will provide culinary, supply chain, and branding advising and consulting across operations, technology, marketing, and go-to-market strategy to Branded clients, partners and connections, which include emerging and growing restaurant brands and technology companies.

"We're excited to bring complementary resources to support...

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Nov 10 2:52 PM, Urner Barry

Chef José Andrés Joins Wonder Group’s Board of Directors

Wonder Group, a company founded by serial entrepreneur Marc Lore that is redefining at-home dining and food delivery, today announced that renowned chef José Andrés will join the company’s board of directors to help advise Wonder on future chef partnerships, growth strategies and more.

“As one of the most admired and respected chefs and philanthropists in the world, José brings an incredibly unique perspective to Wonder, one that will help us grow and connect with customers in meaningful ways,” said Marc Lore, founder and chief executive officer of Wonder Group...

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Nov 10 2:40 PM, Urner Barry

Louisiana Fish Fry Products Reveals New Survey Findings Around America's Fried Chicken Obsession

In honor of National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day and National Louisiana Day on Nov. 9, Louisiana Fish Fry Products, the leading supplier of Louisiana-inspired breadings & batters, boil seasonings, sauces, and spices, has released new insights around all-things fried chicken. 2,000+ people across the country were asked to weigh in on their fried chicken consumption habits and preferences, and the results support the current consumer fried chicken craving craze.

Key findings of the survey include the following:

  • People love fried chicken...
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Nov 10 8:21 AM, Urner Barry

USDA Announces Progress to Further Competition in Agriculture, Level Playing Field for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced progress on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) comprehensive approach to address the many, complex competition issues in agricultural markets and create a fairer playing field for small- and mid-size farmers. In support of these efforts, USDA has finalized the first in a series of rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which is aimed at helping contract poultry growers compete more effectively and better understand the terms of their agreements with major processing companies...

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Nov 9 9:58 AM, Urner Barry

Chipotle Names Ilene Eskenazi Chief Human Resources Officer

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced that it has hired Ilene Eskenazi as its Chief Human Resources Officer. Serving on the Executive Leadership Team, Eskenazi will begin on November 27, and report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol.

Eskenazi comes to Chipotle from Petco Health and Wellness Company, where she served as Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, overseeing compensation and benefits, human resources operations, talent management, as well as all legal matters. Prior to that, Eskenazi was the Global General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer at...

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Nov 9 9:17 AM, Urner Barry

Campbell Appoints Charles A. Brawley, III Executive Vice President

Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today announced the appointment of Charles A. Brawley, III as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective Nov. 30, 2023. He succeeds Adam Ciongoli who has accepted a role at another company.

Brawley joined the company in 2016 and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel, overseeing Campbell’s legal functions of corporate governance, securities law, and commercial contracts. In his expanded role, he will oversee the company’s Legal department, including Government Affairs, Global Security and...

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Nov 9 8:59 AM, Urner Barry

Customers Can Now Get Amazon's Fast, Affordable Grocery Delivery Without a Prime Membership

Today, Amazon announced it is making grocery delivery and free pickup available to all customers in all U.S. cities and towns where Amazon Fresh is available for Prime members. This service expansion, previously available only to Prime members, makes it easier for all customers to get their grocery needs met both in-store and online.

“We’re always looking for ways to make grocery shopping easy, fast, and affordable for all of our customers. Now, all customers can order... 

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Nov 9 8:50 AM, Urner Barry

US Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Earnings

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced results for the third quarter fiscal year 2023.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 2.1% to $9.1 billion
  • Total case volume increased 4.0%; independent restaurant case volume increased 5.8%
  • Gross profit increased 5.6% to $1.5 billion
  • Net income available to common shareholders was $95 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 14.5% to $402 million
  • Diluted EPS decreased 11.6% to $0.38; Adjusted Diluted EPS increased 16.7% to $0.70...
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Nov 9 8:29 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: A Turkey Production Puzzle

Given the recent resurgence in commercial HPAI cases, turkey market participants are keeping an eye trained to the sky and the other eye glued to the charts as they speculate about potential impacts that the disease could have on the spot market landscape.

Between the first outbreak in Q4, which was reported on October 4th, and the latest case reported on November 3rd, a total of 992,600 commercial turkeys have been impacted by the disease; the majority of which were being raised for next year's meat requirements...

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Nov 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Flavor Experts Celebrate National Chicken Sandwich Day with BOGO Deal All Weekend Long

Wingstop refuses to let guests settle for bland, flavorless chicken sandwiches. Enter Wingstop's cooked-to-order chicken sandwiches that can be hand sauced-and-tossed in one of the brand's 12 bold, craveable flavors. This National Chicken Sandwich Day, fans can try multiple flavors with "buy one, get one free" chicken sandwiches*, starting on Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12.

With the code BOGOSAMMY on or the app, fans can get two chicken sandwiches in their choice of Wingstop's iconic flavors, from Lemon...

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Nov 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

ANALYSIS: Strong Retail Demand, Bird Flu Outbreak Send Egg Prices Soaring to Seven-Month Highs

After more than five weeks of no change, the shell-egg market began its seasonal ascent in the penultimate week of October, as it often does, on a combination of strengthening retail demand and mounting confidence in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. Days later, that upward momentum got kicked into overdrive, following reports that the bird flu had broken out on a commercial layer farm for the first time in eleven months.

High-path avian influenza began making a resurgence among commercial turkeY...

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Nov 9 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Cultivated Meat Company Omeat Opens Pilot Plant in California

Omeat, a cultivated meat start-up based in Los Angeles, announced the completion of its state-of-the-art pilot plant, bringing the company a step closer to commercialization. 

Located outside of Los Angeles, California, the 15,000-square-foot facility can house bioreactors up to 10,000L in size and has an annual production capacity of 400 tons.

The plant executes Omeat's vertical integration approach, where consumers can enjoy a "farm-to-table" experience. Olymel's first product is 80% lean/20% fat ground beef, which is created without GMOs, immortalized cells, engineered...

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Nov 9 6:36 AM, UB Newswires

Holidays, Hugs and Warm Nuggs: Wendy's Gifting Fans An In-App 6 PC Chicken Nuggets Offer 

Wendy's® is delivering the gift of warm nuggs across the country this holiday season. Starting today, Wendy's is offering an in-app FREE six-piece nuggets offer with ANY purchase* every Wednesday through 2023.

Beginning Wednesday, November 8th, crack open the Wendy's app and find your gift of free six-piece nuggets every Wednesday until the end of the year with purchase with the Wendy's app. Yes, that is eight weeks of Wendy's Wednesdays heating up the holiday season...


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Nov 8 2:44 PM, Urner Barry

Jack Box Makes Appearance as ‘Sexiest Jack Alive’ in PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive Issue

Jack in the Box, Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) announced today their mascot, Jack Box, will be included in PEOPLE's famed Sexiest Man Alive issue. The iconic Jack Box has become well known for more than just tacos: fans of the burger/taco aficionado have been posting to TikTok, Instagram, Wattpad and more to express their love (and dare we say, lust) for the brand’s fearless leader. They are so thirsty for Jack that they recently launched a petition on in hopes that PEOPLE...


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Nov 8 2:13 PM, Urner Barry

Hearn Kirkwood Issues Safety Alert on Undeclared Soy and Milk in Various Croissant Sandwiches

Hearn Kirkwood of Jessup, Md., is issuing a voluntary recall of 5,895 clamshell containers of various Croissant Sandwiches because its labeling did not identify the following allergens in the product: soy and milk. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to these allergens run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Customers with allergies or sensitivities to soy or milk should discard the product.

The affected sandwiches were distributed from October 20, 2023 and November 3, 2023...

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Nov 8 8:54 AM, Urner Barry

Circana’s 2024 Food and Beverage Outlook Predicts Modest Volume Growth Following Three-Year Decline

Beverage and deli categories expected to outperform total food and beverage unit sales

Circana™, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, today released its 2024 food and beverage outlook, revealing that modest food and beverage volume growth is expected next year after three consecutive years of volume declines. The forward-looking outlook provides insight into the anticipated performance of the food and beverage industry throughout 2024, pointing to a more favorable landscape as several headwinds that weighed down 2023 are expected to recede...

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Nov 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

New FMI Holiday Season Trends Survey: Grocery Shoppers Exhibit Cautious Optimism Ahead of Holiday 

Despite ongoing concerns about high prices, shoppers are optimistic about their financial situations heading into the holidays and are finding ways to feed their families and meet their needs at the grocery store, according to FMI—The Food Industry Association’s new U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, Holiday Season report.

“While consumers are understandably concerned about their finances amidst continued inflation heading into the holidays, shoppers are proving to be just as resilient when it comes to preparing for their holiday meal celebrations,” said FMI President and CEO...

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Nov 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

The Retail Rundown: Tuning in to Holiday Turkey Features

For this week's retail rundown, we're tuning in to holiday turkey features as Thanksgiving inches closer. Grocers are making room for the big bird in their meat cases and freezers for the millions of turkeys that will be gobbled down in two weeks. 

Seafood maintains the top spot among protein ads with 23.8% of features this week. Turkey ads captured nearly 9% of protein features this week, up from 6.9% the previous week. Within the turkey complex, frozen whole turkey features account for 56.5% of features, up from 25% a week...

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Nov 8 7:00 AM, UB Newswires

Corn Harvest Up to 81% Complete, Soybeans Near Completion

The corn harvest has reached 81% completion as of Sunday, November 5. This compares to the 5-year average of 77% at this time.

Most of the corn harvest typically wraps up in late November, though some states harvest well into December.

December corn is currently trading at $4.74 ¼ per bushel, down 3 cents. Traders and industry participants await Thursday’s USDA WASDE report, scheduled for release at 12:00 pm EST.

The soybean harvest is 5 points ahead of the 5-year average rate at 91% completion. Louisiana reports...

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Nov 7 9:43 AM, UB Newswires

Sprouts Farmers Market Partners with Instacart's FoodStorm to Enhance Holiday Catering Services

Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the largest and fastest growing specialty retailers of fresh, natural, and organic food in the United States, and Instacart (NASDAQ: CART), the leading grocery technology company in North America, today announced a new partnership to launch FoodStorm, Instacart's order management system (OMS), across all of Sprouts' 400+ locations. The new partnership will help streamline Sprouts' existing catering operations and modernize its holiday inventory management, ensuring a seamless holiday season experience for its customers and store team members...

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Nov 7 9:40 AM, Urner Barry

Roy Rogers Restaurants Expands Partnership with Trevelino/Keller to Drive Consumer Engagement

Trevelino/Keller (T/K), recognized for its relevant and successful work with classic restaurant concepts, today announced an expanded partnership with Roy Rogers Restaurants. After more than two years of supporting Roy Rogers’ franchise sales business, Trevelino/Keller will now support the nostalgic cowboy brand with its consumer marketing initiatives.

With a track record of driving growth and success for some of the country’s most iconic restaurant and franchise concepts, Trevelino/Keller has solidified its reputation as a leader in delivering outcome-driven solutions that build, launch and...

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Nov 7 9:13 AM, Urner Barry

Golden State Foods Promotes Kate Starr to Group Vice President, Communications

Golden State Foods (GSF), one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice and retail industries, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kate Starr to group vice president, communications, effective this week. Based in the company’s Irvine, California corporate global headquarters, Starr will collaborate with GSF’s support services groups and operational business units, as she leads the team that strategizes and produces all internal and external communications initiatives for GSF to meet company and customer objectives.

A GSF associate since 2019, Starr previously served as senior director, global...

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Nov 7 9:06 AM, Urner Barry

Wingstop Pairs Spicy and Sweet with New Maple Sriracha Flavor

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ: WING) added Maple Sriracha to its flavor roster for a limited time beginning today, with the perfect, unexpected pairing of sweet and heat. The new flavor attracts two opposites, uniting sweet maple with a fiery Sriracha heat, available on cooked-to-order, sauced-and-tossed chicken sandwiches, classic or boneless wings, and crispy tenders.

The Flavor Experts have seen the success of sweet heat flavor profiles, with menu staple Mango Habanero and fan-obsessed Hot Honey Rub, a previously offered limited-time only flavor...

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Nov 7 8:05 AM, Urner Barry

Meijer Turkey Prices Help Families Combat Inflation, Celebrate Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Meijer is stocked and ready with a wide selection of turkeys at prices that roll back the clock to lessen the impact of inflation on families.

The Midwest retailer anticipates selling 1 million turkeys this holiday season, which is the equivalent of 520 truckloads. Customers can purchase Meijer brand frozen turkeys for only 59 cents per pound through Nov. 25, which is roughly the same cost Meijer offered its customers in the 1930s, said Josh Potts, Meijer Poultry Buyer...


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Nov 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Bird Flu Infects Commercial Table Egg Layer Farm for First Time in 11 Months

A commercial table egg layer operation has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu, for the first time in eleven months. 

The impacted operation had 940,000 birds in Wright County, Minnesota, according to USDA data. The government lists the confirmation data as November 3, 2023. 

Prior to last week's detection, the latest commercial layer operation to be hit by bird flu was a farm with 239,700 birds in Weld County, Colorado on December 20, 2022...


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Nov 7 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

November 14: PrimoHoagies Celebrates Customer Appreciation Day with $6.99 Primo-Size Hoagies

Beloved hoagie brand PrimoHoagies will host a Customer Appreciation Day on November 14 throughout all its locations in gratitude to its loyal customers. The brand was recently voted the #1 best sandwich shop in the USA Today 10Best Reader's Choice Awards, a recognition based on selection by a panel of industry experts and journalists as among the top 20 sandwich shops, followed by public voting to determine the winner. PrimoHoagies prides itself on crafting gourmet hoagies with high-quality meats and cheeses piled high on fresh-baked...

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Nov 6 11:56 AM, Urner Barry

Grain Oversupply and Lower Feed Prices Bolster Ukrainian Livestock Industry

As Ukraine keeps experiencing difficulties exporting grain, domestic feed prices have been following a downward trajectory for several months.

During the past three months, domestic feed prices in Ukraine have plummeted, commented Maxym Gopka, an analyst with Ukrainian Agribusiness Club UCAB. As a result, in the pig industry, feed now accounts for a 19% lower share in production costs than in June, while in the chicken industry, this figure has dropped by 17%. Cheap feed helps the Ukrainian livestock industry.

"Prices are quite low, and this helps the industry to...


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Nov 6 10:01 AM, FeedInfo

HelloFresh and Tinder Launch ‘Date Night Delights’ Recipe Series 

HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, and Tinder, the world’s most popular app for meeting new people, are introducing a new relationship phase, Forking Season. New data gathered by HelloFresh has revealed that the fifth date is usually when couples go from casual to committed, typically through the power of a homemade meal. In fact, “Cooking” is among the top 20 Interests Tinder users add to their profiles. With 81% of Americans agreeing that hosting a date for a home cooked meal for the first time signals a relationship is...

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Nov 6 8:46 AM, Urner Barry

Spend More Time Making Family Memories with Cracker Barrel's Holiday Heat n' Serve Meals

With the average American spending over nine hours in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® can handle the cooking – all season long – with convenient catering and holiday meal options for any size gathering.

Entertaining just got easier with the return Thanksgiving Heat n' Serve meals and new catering menu items like Country Fried Turkey and Broccoli Cheese Casserole. Plus, popular holiday dishes like Cinnamon Roll Pie are back by popular demand for dine-in or curbside pickup...

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Nov 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Tyson Foods Recalls Nearly 30,000 Pounds of Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Tyson Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of its frozen, fully cooked chicken “Fun Nuggets” due to consumer complaints of small metal pieces in the chicken patty product.

The product was produced on September 5, 2023, and was sold to retailers in 29-ounce packages. 

In a notice issued Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that the following product is subject to recall:

  • 29-oz. Plastic bag packages containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED FUN NUGGETS BREADED SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIES” with a Best...
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Nov 6 7:25 AM, UB Newswires

Circana Research Reveals 79% of Americans Will Celebrate Thanksgiving with Their Usual Traditions

Circana™, the leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior, today released its first Thanksgiving Tracker, offering vital insights into anticipated consumer behavior and purchasing trends for 2023 and looking back at similar trends from 2022. This comprehensive analysis will enable manufacturers, retailers and media organizations to make more informed decisions about merchandising and promotions to drive growth and profitability during the Thanksgiving season.

The week prior to and the week of Thanksgiving are critical sales drivers, although consumers also shop early for spot deals...

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Nov 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

KFC Has the Secret Recipe for Joy this Holiday Season: NEW Holiday Buckets 

With the holidays just around the corner, Kentucky Fried Chicken® is serving up extra joy this season with a new holiday bucket design and matching holiday merch collection. The famous fried-chicken chain is also serving up two new menu items to make holiday celebrations Extra Crispy™.

Since the 1960s, KFC restaurants around the world have created unique, holiday-themed buckets to celebrate the season. KFC's new, 2023 limited-edition "Secret Recipe of Joy" holiday bucket reminds us...

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Nov 2 8:03 AM, Urner Barry

Oil Up 2% Ahead of Fed Meet as Middle East Conflict Rages 

Oil prices rose more than 2% on Wednesday ahead of the keenly watched meeting of the U.S. central bank for clues on interest rate policy, while the conflict in the Middle East remains in focus.

Brent January crude futures were up about 2.5%, or $2.08, to $87.10 a barrel by 1316 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained roughly 2.8%, or $2.24, to $83.26 a barrel.

The Fed, which will end its meeting on Wednesday, is widely expected to hold rates steady...

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Nov 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Cargill’s Newly Expanded Soybean Processing Plant in Sidney, Ohio to Connect Local Farmers to Demand

Cargill has completed an expansion and modernization project at its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio. The upgraded facility, which came online in September, will help Cargill better serve farmers and meet the growing demand for soy products across food, feed and renewable fuel markets.

The project nearly doubles the previous crush capacity at the facility, providing greater market opportunities for area farmers and feed customers through creating demand for soybeans and offering greater access to soybean meal and hulls...

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Nov 2 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Publix Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results and Stock Price

Publix’s sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2023 were $14 billion, a 7.2% increase from $13 billion in 2022. Comparable store sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2023 increased 4.3%.

Net earnings for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2023 were $833 million, compared to $394 million in 2022, an increase of 111.4%. Earnings per share for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2023 increased to $0.25 per share, up from $0.12 per share in 2022. Excluding the impact of... 

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Nov 2 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Names Weldon Spangler as Chief Executive Officer

Weldon Spangler, a longtime TGI Fridays board member and highly experienced restaurant executive, has been appointed CEO of TGI Fridays, effective immediately. He succeeds Brandon Coleman, who has resigned for personal reasons.

Mr. Spangler will lead implementation of the growth plan to revitalize the iconic brand on a global scale. There are currently 700 TGI Fridays restaurants in 51 countries offering high quality American food and drinks.

Mr. Spangler brings extensive background in the restaurant industry and his impressive career spans over 30 years of experience, during...

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Nov 1 3:24 PM, Urner Barry

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