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May 2021

Tyson poised to reap beef benefits as analysts adjust estimates

Tyson Foods Inc. — which this week reported better-than-expected sales and earnings in its second fiscal quarter — should see higher sales more...

Walmart Canada partners with 'sustainable' beef suppliers

Walmart Canada is sourcing beef from "certified sustainable farms and ranches" according to the standards established by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable more...

George's promotes two key execs

George’s Inc. announced two promotions, of Devin Cole to Chief Operating Officer and Susan White to Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial more...

Non-profit beef facility set for Montana

The first non-profit, federally inspected meatpacking plant is set to open in Montana by 2022. According to a report from KHQ, the $2.5 million plant more...

NLRB affirms ruling on Boar’s Head’s illegal anti-union efforts

Boar’s Head Provisions Co. violated federal law in its efforts to stymie union organizing activities at its Holland, Mich., plant, the National more...

EEOC fines JBS unit for violating hostile work environment rules

A member of the JBS USA family of companies agreed to pay $130,000 to settle a national origin and race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by more...

FDA reports on deli counter safety

Supermarket deli department sales have been steadily growing for years, in keeping with consumers’ need for ever-more convenient meal solutions more...

Tyson sees 'substantial inflation' across supply chain

Tyson Foods tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings as the price of beef, pork, chicken and prepared foods all climbed during the three-month more...

Guilting meat-eaters doesn’t work: study

Anthropomorphizing animals does not cause the majority of consumers to reduce their meat consumption out of guilt, but it does influence them to choose more...

Meatpacking worker protection bill advances in Nebraska

A bill that would require meat processors to provide COVID-19 protections to workers has moved a step forward in Nebraska's Legislature after garnering more...

2 Southern-style chicken chains ink expansion deals

What chicken shortage? Two restaurant chains specializing in Southern-style chicken this week announced separate agreements to expand their brands. Fast-casual more...

News briefs: Niman Ranch, Chef's Cut, 7-Eleven, Subway, Austin

Niman Ranch bacon wins award Niman Ranch said its Applewood Smoked Uncured No Sugar Bacon was awarded Gold in the Meat, Poultry and Seafood category of more...

Nebraska gov touts 'beef passport' to boost meat eating

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is amping up his campaign on behalf of the meat industry, voicing support for a new “beef passport” to encourage more...

150 small processors in Missouri receive nearly $17M

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded $16.7 million in CARES Act funding to nearly 150 small and medium-sized meat processors. As a direct more...

Monogram sees Massachusetts plant opening in 2022

Monogram Food Solutions expects to open a food distribution facility in Haverhill, Mass., by the middle of next year, according to the Memphis, Tenn.-based more...

Conagra appoints supply chain chief

Conagra Brands Inc. today announced the appointment of Alexandre "Ale" Eboli as executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective Aug more...

Seaboard pork sales post big gains to start the year

The pork processing business of Seaboard Corp. has seen sales climb nearly 25% thus far in 2021, based on financial statements from the company. According more...

McDonald's Canada changes chicken sourcing amid shortages

McDonald’s Corp. said it is temporarily changing poultry suppliers in its Canada division due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The announcement more...

Tyson appoints brand manager at its Fresh Meats division

Tyson Foods Inc. named Britney Banuelos the new senior brand manager of its Tyson Fresh Meats beef and pork subsidiary. Banuelos will be responsible for more...

Impossible debuts at Lidl’s in U.S.

The Impossible Burger has hit the shelves at 145 locations of the European discount grocer Lidl’s across nine states along the Eastern Seaboard more...

Seaboard jumps into pork processing speed debate

Seaboard Foods is asking a federal court to delay implementation of a decision that would force the company to slow down hog slaughtering speeds at one more...

Vaxx efforts reach bulk of Cargill’s High River workers

Nearly 80% of the 2,100 employees at Cargill Inc.’s High River, Alberta, beef processing plant received COVID-19 vaccinations at an on-site clinic more...

Sustainable Beef group issues organizational updates

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has issued its 2020 Annual Report and elected new leadership at its virtual 2021 General Assembly more...

Giving back: Rancher's Prime, Greater Omaha Packing, Iowa Pork, Tyson

Rancher's Prime supports Farm Rescue Foundation Rancher's Prime, a Dallas-based e-commerce business offering prime steak, beef, pork and barbecue sourced more...

Bipartisan bill would block regulation of livestock emissions

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating livestock emissions, continuing a more more...

HPAI trends on a roller coaster ride in Europe, Asia

Poland reported its largest-ever outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in recent weeks, while the often-deadly virus has abated in Germany more...

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh calls for immigration pathway to citizenship

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is calling on Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrant workers in the U.S., reportedly telling a roundtable more...

Tyson's Raised & Rooted brand rolls out grillable options

Tyson Foods' Raised & Rooted alt-meat brand is expanding its offerings with three new products ready for the grill: New plant-based burger patties more...

April 2021

DOJ: 2020 Trump order no “mandate” for meat plants

In a recent legal brief, lawyers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice have drawn a line in the sand – former President more...

Worsening drought conditions spur spring planting worries: DLR

Drought conditions have spread across most of the U.S., and dry soil is now becoming a concern during spring planting in the Midwest.  USDA data more...

Seaboard builds renewable diesel plant to use animal fat

Seaboard Energy, a division of Seaboard Foods, announced it is building a renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas, that will provide more than 60 jobs more...

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Pilgrim's CEO says labor shortages a growing challenge

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is investing in automation and other technology to replace hundreds of positions and help offset a “much more challenging more...

Processor, Shaq hope new burger is a slam dunk (UPDATE)

Meat District, a Golden West Food Group brand, said today it is teaming up with Hall of Fame basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal to launch a limited-edition more...

JBS launches blockchain platform for supply chain monitoring

JBS S.A. has started registering cattle producers in Brazil using a new blockchain platform that will allow it to expand monitoring of indirect animal more...

News briefs: Teys, Diestel Family Ranch, Little Caesars, Perdue Farms, Sahlen Packing

Teys launches fully cooked grass-fed products Teys has launched the Truly Simple fully cooked line of 100% grass-fed beef products. The single-portioned more...

Man faces attempted murder charge in shooting at Pilgrim’s plant

Authorities in Sumter County, S.C., have arrested a man allegedly involved in a shooting incident in the parking lot of a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry more...

Biden nominates USDA undersecretary for marketing, regulatory

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jennifer Moffitt to the post of undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, overseeing more...

U.S. exporters seek federal help with shipping challenges

A coalition of nearly 300 agricultural and forest product producers and industry groups are asking for federal help in combating what they say are increasing more...

Club chain names new CEO, top executives

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings appointed Bob Eddy as president and chief executive officer, replacing Lee Delaney, who died unexpectedly earlier this more...

Epicurious eschews beef

Foodie website Epicurious, the online home for Condé Nast's food- and cooking-related content and recipes, announced it will no longer publish more...

Vaccinations at Canadian meat plants back on

Alberta health officials today will launch a delayed program to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Canadian meat plant workers now that vaccine supplies expected more...

Parent of buffet restaurant chains files for bankruptcy

Fresh Acquisitions LLC and its affiliates that operate Furr’s Fresh Buffet, Ryan’s, Old Country Buffet, Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse, and more...

Meat executive, supplier Allen Jay Ross died; he was 88

Long-time meat industry executive Allen Jay Ross died earlier this month at his home in Omaha, at the age of 88. After graduation from Rutgers University more...

Farmer John and Dodger Dogs go their separate ways

Baseball fans at Dodger Stadium will no longer be able to buy the trademark extra-long hot dogs made by a division of Smithfield Foods after the contract more...

Smithfield plans $6M wastewater treatment upgrade in S.D.

Smithfield Foods is spending almost $6 million to upgrade wastewater treatment at its meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., according to a report published more...

Pilgrim’s Pride targeted in another COVID-19-related wrongful death suit

The families of two Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. employees who contracted COVID-19 last year are suing the company, alleging that it failed to protect more...

News briefs: Piedmontese, World Select Cuts, Wendy's, Menu Del Sol

Certified Piedmontese touts sustainability plans The Certified Piedmontese beef company said it recently signed a deal to use a significant amount of more...

Tyson loses bid to have turkey price-fixing complaint tossed

A federal court judge on Wednesday denied Tyson Foods' motion for judgment on price-fixing allegations brought by turkey purchasers, ruling that the plaintiffs more...

Cold storage supplies continue to be squeezed

Total red meat and poultry stocks in freezers in March were down almost 17% from a year ago, as high prices and limited supplies prevented processors more...

Nathan’s Famous expands into Walmart, nontraditional locations

New York hot dog chain Nathan’s Famous has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands to bring their new menu to 60 non-traditional locations in the U more...

Taco Bell testing proprietary alt-meat menu item

Taco Bell says it is doubling down on vegan-friendly menu items with the introduction of its own "proprietary protein" offering ahead of its Beyond Meat more...

Teen charged with setting fire at National Beef plant

Investigators believe a weekend blaze at a National Beef Packing Co. facility in Liberal, Kansas, was deliberately set and have arrested a suspect.  more...

Mountaire Farms decries NLRB ruling on union decertification

Mountaire Farms is voicing disappointment in a National Labor Relations Board ruling that ballots in a union decertification vote at its plant in Selbyville more...

Man charged in fatal pork plant stabbing unfit to stand trial: report

A man facing charges for fatally stabbing a coworker at the Prestage Foods pork plant in Eagle Grove, Iowa, is not fit to stand trial, according to a more...

Delaware county greenlights poultry waste recycling plant

The Sussex County Council in Delaware voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a conditional use application for a project designed to process chicken more...

Tyson backs cattle disease traceability initiative

Tyson Foods Inc. announced its Tyson Fresh Meats unit is the first beef processor to support the cattle disease traceability program known as U.S. CattleTrace more...

JBS USA unit set to begin $200M plant construction

The consumer packaged goods subsidiary of JBS USA said it will begin construction on a previously announced $200 million meat plant in Columbia, Mo., more...

Smithfield to reappraise its entire U.S. water supply footprint

Smithfield Foods today announced it will conduct a comprehensive watershed and water-use analysis across its vertically integrated operations to increase more...

FSIS awards pathogen detection contract to 3M

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has awarded a contract to 3M Food Safety for Campylobacter detection in poultry more...

Ag stakeholders give voice to transport and shipping concerns

Livestock, grain, crop and dairy and other agriculture industry stakeholders gave voice to their concerns about the movement of goods through the export more...

JBS invests to expand production in Brazilian processing plants

JBS is investing BRL1.7 billion ($307.9 million) in production facilities in the Brazilian southermost state of Rio Grande do Sul through 2023, according more...

Worsening drought nicks the beef supply chain into next year: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

News Briefs: Tyson, McDonald’s, Smashburger, Smithfield, NAMI

Tyson expands COVID-19 vaccination program to employee families, households Tyson Foods Inc. plans to expand its current on-site vaccination program to more...

Judge approves another JBS settlement in pork pricing lawsuit

A federal judge in Minnesota gave preliminary approval of a plan allowing JBS USA to settle a lawsuit filed by commercial and indirect purchasers of the more...

Report: COVID damages in meat plants exceeded $11.2 billion

A new report in the journal Food Policy has evaluated the 2020 damages from COVID-19 in U.S. meat plants, and arrived at some notable conclusions. The more...

JBS acquires European maker of plant-based foods

Brazil's JBS has acquired the totality of shares issued by Vivera, Europe's third-largest producer of plant-based foods, for €341 million (US$410 more...

McDonald’s plans celebrity meal collab with South Korea's BTS

McDonald’s is launching another celebrity meal, this one linked to the South Korean boy band BTS, the fast-food giant said on Monday. The announcement more...

Meat leads CPI increases

Red meat and poultry products led the pack in food price increases over the 12 months ending in March, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index more...

Cargill plant workers approve 16% wage boost

Workers at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Hazleton, Pa. have approved a new contract with increases to both base pay and hourly wages. According more...

Kevin Ryan details ‘Where meat can’t go’

Grocery items like a chicken breast redolent of bacon, but with no pork involved. A pork chop that cooks perfectly, every time, no matter what. Or a plant-based more...

News briefs: Burger King booted, USPOULTRY, AMSA

Doctor-led protest shuts down Burger King in Newark hospitalA campaign led by a New Jersey physician has successfully shut down a Burger King franchise more...

Iowa State breaks ground on one-of-a-kind turkey research facility

Iowa State University has broken ground on a research facility that, when complete, will be the only of its kind focused on turkey production at a major more...

Maryland appeals order to regulate ammonia emissions

Maryland has filed notice that is appealing a Montgomery County Circuit Court decision that would require the state to regulate gaseous ammonia generated more...

North Country Smokehouse expands to West Coast

North Country Smokehouse announced a West Coast expansion through partnerships with distributors including KeHe, Tony’s Fine Foods and Newport Meats more...

News briefs: Tyson, USPOULTRY, Thousand Hills, Nathan's Famous, Blue Apron

Tyson program finds prescription drug cost savings Tyson Foods is partnering with RX Savings Solutions to offer its employees an online tool that makes more...

Cargill appoints president of North American protein

Cargill has named Hans Kabat group leader and president of its North American protein business, effective May 1. Kabat, who began his career with Cargill more...

Natural gas leak prompts Smithfield plant evacuation

A natural gas leak on Tuesday night forced the evacuation of the Smithfield Foods-owned Patrick Cudahy pork plant in Cudahy, Wis. Fiona Loli, a human more...

USDA 2022 funding up 16% in Biden budget request

President Biden's fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending request to Congress includes $27.8 billion for USDA, a $3.8 billion increase from the level more...

Smithfield readies $6M wastewater treatment upgrade in S.D.: report

Smithfield Foods Inc. reportedly is preparing to spend nearly $6 million on improvements on the wastewater treatment operation at a plant in Sioux Falls more...

Del. court approves $205M closure in Mountaire wastewater cases (UPDATED)

Mountaire Corp. is expected to spend a total of $205 million to settle state and federal lawsuits accusing the poultry processor of illegally contaminating more...

States battle Tyson effort to keep COVID-19-related lawsuits in federal court (updated)

Attorneys general from 19 states have banded together to fight an effort by Tyson Foods Inc. to sidestep state court reviews of lawsuits linked to its more...

ARS Administrator Jacobs-Young sets the agency's dial to "thrive"

If there's one thing that guides USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Administrator Chavonda Jacobs-Young in her work, it's an aspiration to elevate more...

News briefs: Land O'Frost, Hillshire Farm, Beyond Meat, Global Conference on Sustainable Beef

Land O'Frost launches new deli flavors, package redesign Land O'Frost Inc.'s Bistro Favorites hand-seasoned, natural deli meat brand is introducing a more...

Pilgrim's faces stiff opposition to proposed rendering plants in Ga., Ala.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has run into strong opposition from local residents to its efforts to build a pair of plants that would process chicken byproducts more...

Probe into Tyson plant fire in Robards, Ky., continues

Tyson Foods and local authorities are investigating a fire over the weekend at a Tyson Foods chicken plant in Robards, Ky., that is believed to have started more...

EPA urged to regulate methane from large hog, dairy farms (updated)

Dozens of environmental and consumer organizations have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to limit methane emissions from large hog and dairy more...

USMEF upbeat on 2021 outlook despite dip in Feb exports

U.S. beef and pork exports in February remained below the rapid pace established in early 2020, according USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation more...

OSHA probes second chemical leak at Ga. poultry plant

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it is now investigating reports that an ammonia release more...

Conagra suggests snacking habit has staying power

Conagra Brands on Thursday reported third-quarter sales that exceeded its projections, driven by elevated at-home food consumption, and predicted consumers' more...

Strong demand, pricing buoy animal protein outlook: analysts

Aggressive foodservice buying will support chicken prices through the summer, while the red meat sector stands to benefit from strong exports, economic more...

Partners put snacks in backpacks, support CSU students

A collaboration between partners at several points in the meat supply chain is putting high protein beef snack sticks into the backpacks of schoolchildren more...

Groups urge FDA to maintain authority over GE food animals

Thirteen national advocacy groups this week urged agencies within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to maintain regulatory authority over genetically more...

McDonald’s testing a new chicken breakfast sandwich

McDonald’s is testing a new chicken breakfast sandwich, the company confirmed. A limited rollout over the next few weeks at restaurants in Ohio more...

Canada taps emergency fund to boost meat production capacity

Canada on Wednesday said it will spend $12.2 million from its Emergency Processing Fund to help meat companies invest in safety measures to protect their more...

USPOULTRY accepting pre-proposals for research grants

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and its research foundation announced they are accepting pre-proposals from colleges, universities and more...

Seaboard refutes union's claims in new OSHA complaint

Seaboard Foods is refuting union accusations that it failed to protect workers from COVID-19 at its pork processing plant in Guymon, Okla., saying it more...

OSHA absent on new COVID workplace regulations: report

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sailed past a deadline on issuing new workplace safety regulations for COVID-19, according more...

Hazmat team called in carbon monoxide incident at Ore. plant

A hazmat team responded to an incident at a Carlton Farms facility in Oregon that exposed workers to carbon monoxide, according to local media reports more...

Philippines commits to higher U.S. pork imports

The Philippines has committed to import a much higher volume of pork in 2021. According to a press release from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) more...

U.S., Brazil could lead the way on GHG emission reduction: study

The global beef production industry can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 50% in certain regions, with the most potential in the U.S more...

'We Are Meat' says Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods is kicking off its first national advertising campaign with the tagline, “We Are Meat.”  The Redwood City, Calif.-based more...

NAMI expands scholarship program

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Scholarship Foundation will expand eligibility and offer two $5,000 scholarships to graduate students for the more...

Giving back: Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Iowa Pork Producers, Zoe’s Meats

Tyson partnership speeds food donations Feed the Children, Americold and Tyson Foods have joined to rapidly deliver more than 500,000 meals to communities more...

Smithfield, Dominion energy project wins N.C. regulator permits

A controversial program to convert hog waste to energy in North Carolina will move forward with new adjustments now that state regulators have issued more...

Rising feed prices affect cattle markets

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

Irish study finds many alt-meats lacking in protein

Anew research report by the Irish food and nutrition organization, safefood, has found that one in four vegetarian meat-substitute products such more...

Impossible Foods jumpstarts DTC sales of alt-meat burgers

Impossible Foods is pushing its online direct-to-consumer plant-based products in response to an anticipated potential shortage of animal-based meat products more...

D.C. court rejects Tyson’s dismissal of misleading advertising suit

The D.C. Superior Court is allowing a misleading advertising case against Tyson Foods to proceed. Filed in 2019 by Food & Water Watch and Organic more...

Scientists study feed as ASF threat

A new review of research exploring the potential spread of African swine fever (ASF) through feed suggests mitigation strategies will be “critically more...

Lamb market on the rebound after volatile year

Lamb cutout values have strengthened over the past year, a volatile period marked by the closure of a key processing plant. The weekly lamb cutout value more...

Giving back: Mountaire Farms, Perdue Farms, Ill. pork producers, Wayne Farms, Piedmontese

Mountaire Farms to donate 1,100 food boxes in NC Mountaire Farms workers are volunteering time to pack more than 1,100 food boxes for the needy this Easter more...

Federal court rules against unlimited pork line speeds

A federal judge on Wednesday vacated a USDA rule allowing pork packers to slaughter with unlimited line speeds, according to court documents. U.S. District more...

Cattle operator pleads guilty to defrauding Tyson Foods

A Washington state cattle operator pleaded guilty on Wednesday to defrauding Tyson Foods of more than $244 million by pretending to buy and feed hundreds more...

Court declines to revive false ad claims against Sanderson Farms

A U.S. appellate panel has rejected an appeal from environmental and food safety advocates to revive their false advertising case against Sanderson Farms more...

Subway to bring back roast beef, rotisserie chicken: report

Roast beef and rotisserie chicken sandwiches will return to the menu this summer at Subway, according to a report by Business Insider. The two protein more...

March 2021

NAMI gathers support from 20 states in its Prop 12 battle

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) on Wednesday said 20 states have filed an amicus brief supporting the organization’s challenge of California’s more...

Judge sides with OSHA in COVID suit involving Maid-Rite

A lawsuit that alleged OSHA failed to enforce COVID-19 protocols at a Pennsylvania meat plant has been dismissed, according to a report from Law360 more...

Colorado bill would allow direct meat sales to more consumers

Colorado lawmakers are proposing an expansion of direct producer-to-consumer meat sales programs under new regulations in the latest effort by a state more...

News briefs: Old Trapper, Country Archer, USMEF, Honey Baked Ham, Beef Checkoff

Old Trapper introduces single-serve options Old Trapper meat snack company is introducing a single serve, 1.75-ounce Beef Sticks product as a line extension more...

JBS to pay $20M to settle consumer class action on pork pricing

A federal judge approved a preliminary agreement calling for JBS USA to pay $20 million to consumers who accused the processor of fixing pork prices in more...

Tofurky maker fails in Missouri meat label law appeal

Turtle Island, which does business as Tofurky Co., has lost its appeal challenging the constitutionality of a 2018 Missouri law banning companies from more...

FSIS updates recall, adds products

A recall of meat and poultry pasta products made by Evanston, Ill.-based Avanza Pasta LLC has been updated to add products and labels, USDA's Food Safety more...

Planterra rolls out OZO frozen line at Kroger

Planterra Foods has introduced a line of OZO branded frozen, fermented-pea protein products at Kroger, according to a press release. Products so far include more...

New AI outbreaks, bleak forecast for Europe

Avian influenza (AI) is showing few signs of abating across Europe, even as mitigation measures are close to being scuttled and the outlook for Europe more...

Potential drought impacts on cattle markets: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

LIVEKINDLY Collective raises another $200M for U.S., China expansion

The LIIVEKINDLY Collective has raised $335 million in its latest funding round, the group of plant-based protein brands including The Fry Family Food more...

News briefs: Dietz & Watson, Coleman Natural, Tyson, Veroni

Dietz & Watson sausage blends chicken, veggies Philadelphia-based Dietz & Watson is introducing Blends, a 50/50 blended sausage with no antibiotics more...

Tyson beef brand to go all-Angus

Tyson Fresh Meats announced its Chairman’s Reserve brand will source its beef product exclusively from Angus cattle, citing steady consumer demand more...

Iowa bill takes new angle on ag property protection

The Iowa House has approved a bill aimed at protecting the state's livestock production industry by making it illegal to enter private property without more...

Foodservice recovery on track, but challenging: report

Rabobank estimates that pent-up demand will boost foodservice sales globally in 2021, but full recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will more...

Texas Roadhouse names new CEO after founder’s passing

Texas Roadhouse Inc. has promoted Jerry Morgan, the company’s president, to CEO following the passing of Kent Taylor, revered founder and leader more...

Historic corned beef processor to build $33M storage facility, add 300 jobs

E.W. Grobbel Sons Inc., a corned beef specialist and Detroit fixture since 1883, will expand with a $33 million food storage facility as it builds new more...

Probe into recent Agri Star plant explosion continues

Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with an investigation of a Feb. 15 explosion at an Agri Star Meat more...

USDA keeps RFID ear tags optional for cattle traceability

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it will not finalize a July 2020 notice proposing that Radio Frequency Identification more...

Nolan Ryan Brands names president to lead growth

Nolan Ryan Brands announced Cody Marburger has been promoted to the office of president of the Round Rock, Texas-based company. Marburger has served as more...

The new Dem party, other thoughts for ’21: AMC political update

The 2020 election made explicit the changes to the Democratic party that have been developing over the years, and that has implications for how the meat more...

Hormel appoints new head of corporate strategy

Hormel Foods has announced that Jacinth Smiley will be the company’s group vice president of corporate strategy. In that role, Smiley will lead more...

COVID-19 outbreak confirmed in Alberta poultry plant

Health officials confirmed 75 cases of COVID-19 infections among workers at a poultry processing plant in Alberta, Canada, while separately noting that more...

JBS aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

JBS on Wednesday announced a commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. The commitment spans the company’s global operations more...

Power of Meat is pandemic’s silver lining

The pandemic, while whipsawing the meat supply chain, nevertheless underscored the popularity of meat and poultry to the U.S. consumer, as demonstrated more...

Judge OK's consumer portion of chicken lawsuit settlement

Agreements aimed at settling litigation accusing major chicken processors of price fixing moved a step closer to completion with a federal judge approving more...

NIFA helps small processors meet new Salmonella rules

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded nearly $300,000 to researchers at Michigan State University to develop tools more...

Years of battling ASF, and no end in 2021: Rabobank

Since this latest global outbreak of African Swine Fever among hogs was detected in China in mid-2018, it has spread throughout Asia and into major pork-producing more...

JBS fined for COVID outbreak at Brazilian plant

A Brazilian court ordered JBS to pay a BRL20 million (US$3.63 million) fine in damages due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at one of its beef processing units more...

Meat processing plant planned for 2023 in Missouri (updated)

Missouri cattle farmers can expect to have another processing option in the spring of 2023, with a new production facility planned in the northeast corner more...

MG Foods adds 3 items to recall list

MG Foods, based in Charlotte, N.C., has added three turkey wrap sandwiches to its previously announced recall. The additional products are: The Fresh more...

Minnesota plans to form panel on ag, plant worker health, safety

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is planning to form a 15-member committee that will focus on the health and safety of the state’s agricultural and food more...

Plan to build $200M beef plant unveiled in Nebraska

A newly formed company in Nebraska on Thursday publicly unveiled plans to build a $200 million, 300,000-square-foot beef processing plant in North Platte more...

Report: Local officials alerted Foster Farms to state inspection

A report in the Fresno Bee newspaper this week concluded that county public health officials "tipped off" Foster Farms executives about a Cal/OSHA inspection more...

2021 meetings update: One more cancelled, another moved

After scuttling most of the meat industry’s in-person conferences in 2020, the pandemic continues to take a toll on the face-to-face business in more...

Girlfriend dumped for secret McNugget scarfing

Since their introduction in 1983, the chicken McNuggets at McDonald’s have been a source of joy for millions around the world. For one vegan couple more...

Colorado counties go all in against Polis’ ‘meat-out’

Twenty-six Colorado counties, as of Tuesday, have signed “Meat In Day” proclamations to counter Gov. Jared Polis’ proclamation that more...

USMEF calls for review of Japan’s import limit on U.S. beef

The U.S. Meat Export Federation is urging U.S. and Japanese trade officials to revisit annual limits on U.S. beef imports to Japan.  The trade group more...

Senate confirms Tai as top U.S. trade negotiator

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Katherine Tai, a critic of China’s trade practices, as U.S. Trade Representative. Meat industry leaders more...

JBS USA offers free two-year college tuition for workers

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s announced the launch of Better Futures, a free two-year college tuition program providing more than 66,000 company employees more...

News briefs: NAMI, Honey Baked Ham, Wilde Brands, Smithfield Foods, USDA, South Beach Wine and Food Festival

NAMI renews call for meat plant workers to get vaccine priority As the Biden administration weighs workplace safety standards and seeks to deliver on more...

Tyson to reopen idled plant, boost beef and pork production

Tyson Foods said Wednesday it will invest an estimated $55 million over several years to reopen its idle plant in Columbia, S.C., and convert it into more...

Maryland must regulate ammonia gas released by poultry farms: judge

A Maryland county judge has ruled that the state must monitor and regulate gaseous ammonia generated by animal waste on poultry farms, tightening existing more...

Cargill taps GE alum as its new CFO

Former General Electric executive Jamie Miller has been named Cargill’s chief financial officer and will serve on the company’s executive more...

USDA taps Eskin as food safety lead

Sandra Eskin, an attorney and public policy consultant, has been named USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. Most recently, Eskin was project director more...

OSHA launches program to protect high-risk workers from coronavirus

In response to President Biden's Jan. 21 executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) more...

Mountaire worker files second set of charges against union

An employee of Mountaire Farms in Selbyville, Md., has filed a second set of charges against the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 union, according more...

Smithfield reaches preliminary settlement of overtime pay lawsuit

Smithfield Foods has reached a preliminary agreement to pay $7.75 million to settle lawsuits accusing the pork producer of failing to pay overtime to more...

Nitrogen asphyxia confirmed in Ga. poultry plant deaths

The six poultry plant workers who died in a January incident at a Foundation Food Group poultry plant in Gainesville, Ga., were killed by the liquid nitrogen more...

February delivers strong results for the meat department

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. After an increase in store trips during the December holidays more...

Higher meat prices supported by foodservice return: analyst

There’s no immediate end in sight to elevated protein prices with an anticipated comeback in foodservice further supporting demand for chicken, more...

Brazilian beef processors focus on exports; domestic demand, supply low

Brazilian beef suppliers have been focusing on exports amid low domestic demand and reduced cattle supply, according to market experts over the past week more...

Wage-fixing case against poultry processors continues

A class-action lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest chicken processors of conspiring to fix and depress wages paid to workers since 2009 will continue more...

Cherokee plant to open in April: report

With pandemic-related delays behind it, the Cherokee Nation is planning to open its new custom meat processing plant in Oklahoma next month with limited more...

Amazon expanding its grocery store footprint

Amazon is preparing to open 28 more Amazon Fresh supermarkets across the United States, offering prices that are competitive with Walmart and Aldi, according more...

Nathan’s Famous effort spotlights a hot dog’s ability to unite people

New York-based Nathan’s Famous has introduced a series of videos that demonstrate how its hot dogs can bring people together and foster moments more...

Cargill unveils senior management changes

Cargill announced today that Jon Nash is joining the company’s executive team as the leader of the global protein and salt enterprise, as the company more...

Longtime employee dies in accident at Koch Foods plant

Koch Foods confirmed the death of a worker in an accident at its poultry processing plant in Montgomery, Alabama.  “We had an employee who more...

Turkey sandwiches recalled due to Listeria link

MG Foods of Charlotte, N.C., issued a recall of various turkey sandwiches due to potential contamination from Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and more...

CME creates Boxed Beef Index to manage price risk

CME Group is now offering a Boxed Beef Index that gives producers, packers, processors, wholesalers and others another tool to track and forecast beef more...

U.S. pork supply faces ‘significant disruption’ from Prop 12 in '22: Rabobank

An upcoming regulation on animal welfare in California has the potential to cause "significant disruption" to the nation’s pork industry as West more...

JBS in talks to acquire Hebrew National from Conagra: report

JBS S.A. may be back on the acquisition trail and looking to buy the Hebrew National hot dog business from Conagra Brands Inc., The Wall Street Journal more...

FSIS internet access proposal faces resistance

A new proposed FSIS regulation is facing quick resistance from small processors. The proposed rule, Internet Access at Official Establishments and more...

WASDE estimates strong meat production, elevated grain prices

The USDA released its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), and the outlook was mostly positive for meat production. For 2021 more...

Fraudulent meat sellers get hefty fines, no prison time

Two meat sellers from Brooklyn, N.Y., who pleaded guilty in a scam to sell Choice graded beef as Prime, have received more than $100,000 in fines and more...

U.S. beef, pork exports slipped in January, but 2021 optimism remains

U.S. meat processors exported less beef and pork in January 2021 compared with January one year ago, although COVID-19 vaccine programs and potential more...

USDA seeks comments on COVID-19 grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking feedback through public comments and listening sessions regarding more...

Wendy’s, Ruth’s 2020 earnings trend in opposite directions

Both The Wendy’s Company and and Ruth’s Hospitality Group reported their earnings for the fourth quarter and all of 2020, and the respective more...

USDA OIG to examine moves to protect meat inspectors from COVID

USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is moving forward on an investigation of how the agency responded to the spread of COVID-19 at meat processing more...

Alaska seeks a $2-bil piece of chicken price-fixing pie: report

The state of Alaska is asking a state court to collect more than $1 billion from the defendants in the poultry price-fixing litigation that has continued more...

Washington state Senate passes bill on state inspection

The state of Washington's Senate has approved legislation that paves the way for creation of a state-run meat and poultry inspection system. The bill more...

Can't beat price, convenience even in a pandemic: report

Consumers changed their meat-eating ways over the past year, partly in reaction to the ongoing pandemic.  Recently released research by Midan Marketing more...

Central Valley Meat looks to expand beef plant

Central Valley Meat has applied with Kings County, Calif., for a permit to expand its beef processing plant in Hanford, according to a local news report more...

OSHA’s pandemic response scrutinized in WSJ report

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is yet again coming under fire for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As detailed in a new more...

White Oak Pastures settles worker overtime lawsuit

A U.S. district court judge in Georgia has approved a settlement that ends a dispute over overtime premiums dating back to 2015 between White Oak Pastures more...

News Briefs: Zaxby's, USPOULTRY, Wellshire Farms, Star Ranch

Zaxby's Signature Sandwich goes national Zaxby's announced the national rollout of its Signature Sandwich to all 909 locations across the brand's 17-state more...

Olymel pork plant restarts after COVID-19 outbreak

The Olymel pork processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta, is resuming slaughter operations after a 14-day shutdown due to a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 among more...

NPPC names new leadership, sets priorities

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) elected Jen Sorensen, communications director of Iowa Select Farms, as the group’s new president. She more...

Nicholas Meat reopens beef plant after snow melt allows land application

Nicholas Meat LLC officials said the company’s Logantown, Pa., beef packing plant reopened Wednesday following a temporary closure to due a dispute more...

Aleph, BRF to co-develop cultivated meat

Israel's Aleph Farms Ltd. and Brazilian pork and poultry processor BRF S.A. have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-develop and produce cultivated more...

Tyson chicken price-fixing settlement includes $99M for consumers

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $99 million to consumer members of the class of plaintiffs that accused the processor of fixing prices for broilers along with more...

Vaccination efforts for plant workers gain more momentum

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a press conference on Tuesday that the state's food manufacturing workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 more...

24 meat plants in Canada get emergency funds for safety upgrades

Canadian government officials on Tuesday announced the allocation of up to $7.8 million to 24 meat processors to support investments in safety measures more...

Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain emerges from bankruptcy

Restaurant operator Ruby Tuesday said a Delaware bankruptcy judge last month confirmed the casual dining chain’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan more...

COVID rates in meat plants plummeted in Feb.

Analysis of independent data showed that COVID-19 infection rates among meat and poultry workers averaged just 4.81 new cases per 100,000 workers per more...

Customs seizes nearly 500 lbs. of illegal bologna last month

Efforts to protect U.S. markets from foreign animal diseases continued making progress last month with the seizure of a total of almost 500 lbs. of bologna more...

Beyond Meat’s bumpy ride likely to continue

Beyond Meat Co. late last week reported significantly wider net losses for fiscal 2020, compared to the year earlier, despite healthy growth in revenues more...

S.D. college, processor team to offer instructional program

Western Dakota Technical College announced a new partnership with Wall Meat Processing to implement a meat processing instructional program at the school more...

Processors ramp up vaccine rollouts

Tyson Foods Inc. said this morning it will offer free, onsite COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of frontline team members at its Iowa plants this week more...

COVID-19 killed three Olymel Red Deer workers: health officials

The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the Olymel pork processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta, played a role in the deaths of three workers, according to Canadian more...

Global ASF outbreaks continue as U.S. prevention efforts expand

Efforts to contain African Swine Fever (ASF) infections among hogs worldwide are showing limited effectiveness while U.S. officials step up potential more...

Iowa bacon-products producer hikes base pay

An Iowa producer of bacon products as of Monday is paying its workers a minimum of $15.25 an hour as it looks to retain and expand its workforce. Quality more...

February 2021

Judge finds Bell & Evans unit liable for wastewater violations

A federal district court judge has ruled that Keystone Protein Co., a subsidiary of Bell & Evans, is liable for violating limits on the discharge more...

Tax abatement gives $200M meat plant momentum

Officials in Boone County, Mo., have approved a tax abatement that will help Swift Prepared Foods to build a $200 million meat processing plant in Columbia more...

Chicken price increases point to sector profit recovery: DLR

The chicken industry is poised for a profit recovery based on price increases for products such as breast meat at a time when production is trending lower more...

USDA extends CFAP deadline for farmers, ranchers

Farmers and ranchers will have at least 30 more days to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) past the originally set Feb. 26 deadline more...

Sanderson: Higher poultry pricing offsetting grain costs for now

Higher poultry pricing and solid retail demand are more than offsetting rising feed expenses, Sanderson Farms said in reporting results for the first more...

Pa. beef packer halts production amid environmental dispute

Nicholas Meat has temporarily closed its Loganton, Pa., cattle slaughterhouse as it addresses a state-issued order demanding the company come into compliance more...

Iowa helps 2 small processors expand

Two small meat processing companies will expand to meet growing demand for locally sourced beef and pork, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) more...

Maple Leaf posts strong Q4, fueled by meat protein

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said sales in its meat protein group grew 11.3% in the fourth quarter, while plant protein sales softened. Brand renovation and more...

Pilgrim’s pleads guilty in price-fixing plea deal with DOJ

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a multi-million-dollar fine to settle allegations of manipulating chicken prices in a more...

JBS Greeley workers in line for COVID-19 vaccine (Updated)

JBS USA and UFCW Local 7 announced that the company's employees in Colorado will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine on March 5 and 6 in Greeley, in coordination more...

Hormel dinners target shoppers seeking touch-free meals

Hormel Foods' Deli Solutions Group is introducing a line of dinner meals aimed at consumers looking for touch-free meal options. Called Perfect Plate more...

Deli Star, Saint Louis U. partner to offer hands-on learning

Deli Star Corp. is preparing to launch a partnership with Saint Louis University (SLU) designed to provide access to the protein company’s new Food more...

Russia reports first H5N8 jump to humans, WHO to investigate

Russian officials say they have confirmed what they describe as the first cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in humans, contracted from infected more...

Cargill's Sikes levels up

Brian Sikes has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Cargill, and will also serve as a management director on the Cargill Board of Directors, the more...

Investors pressure Tyson on lobbying activity, worker safety (UPDATE)

Outside investors are leaning on Tyson Foods for greater accountability in its lobbying activities and humans rights practices in the wake of the COVID-19 more...

Tons of beef tallow recalled

GLG Trading Inc., in Chino, Calif., is recalling about 96,810 pounds of beef tallow products that were imported from the People’s Republic of China more...

NAMI counters consumer group’s claims on NSIS safety

Consumer advocacy groups say data collected in the years leading up to USDA implementing its New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) proves that contamination more...

John Oliver swipes at meat plants, COVID, line speeds

Comedian and social and political commentator John Oliver took aim at the U.S. meat industry — not for the first time — in Sunday night's more...

Olymel addresses backlog from COVID-19-related plant closure

Canada’s Olymel is shifting some of its hog processing operations to U.S. facilities in response to a temporary closure of its Red Deer facility more...

Taco Bell makes its bid in the chicken sandwich wars

Taco Bell announced a test run of its Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco in two cities ahead of a nationwide launch later this year — the Tex-Mex QSR's more...

Tyson, Washington ranch agree to move cattle amidst court dispute

Tyson Fresh Meats and Easterday Ranches Inc. have a court-approved agreement that will allow for the transfer of cattle while the companies work through more...

Ga. poultry plant cleared to reopen after deadly leak

Foundation Food Group has reportedly been given the green light by local and federal agencies to reopen its poultry plant in Gainesville, Ga., after a more...

Hormel outlook bolstered by business overseas

Analysts are offering a mixed take on Hormel Foods a day after the company reported record sales along with a drop in income in the first quarter as its more...

Meijer offers 50% off meat, other perishables near sell-by date

The Meijer grocery chain in the Midwest is rolling out a food waste reduction program that lets customers buy meat and other perishable foods nearing more...

Hormel Foods see early signs of foodservice recovery

Hormel Foods on Thursday reported record first-quarter sales of $2.5 billion, up 3% from the year-ago period, with strong retail and deli sales growth more...

USDA deploys APHIS personnel to help vaccination efforts

Officials with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said the agency has deployed 119 employees to assist administration of more...

Maker of 3D-printed meat substitute raises $29 million

Alt-meat producer Redefine Meat said it completed a $29 million A-series funding round led by Happiness Capital and Hanaco Ventures. The investment will more...

USMEF eyes red meat rebound in Colombia

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is looking to help U.S. beef and pork sales rebound in Colombia this year, in part by expanding the retail presence more...

Fatal stabbing at Prestage plant leads to arrest

Authorities are still looking into an incident at the Prestage Foods pork processing plant in Eagle Grove, Iowa, on Tuesday that left one man dead and more...

2 workers injured in explosion at Agri Star plant

Two workers were injured in an explosion Monday at the Agri Star meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, according to local media reports. KWWL News more...

Tyson, Pilgrim's halt some operations due to extreme weather

Both Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's have temporarily suspended or scaled back operations at some faciliites due to extreme winter weather conditions across more...

Tyson to offer special incentive for COVID-19 vaccinations

Tyson Foods has announced a new incentive for its plant workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to a statement from the processor, Tyson will more...

COVID outbreak temporarily shutters Olymel Red Deer plant

A new COVID-19 outbreak has prompted Olymel to temporarily close its pork processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta, the company announced in a news release more...

Beef: 15, plant-based: 0

New research shows that a nationally representative selection of consumers rate beef — in steak or ground form — at higher scores than a plant-based more...

Whitmore leaves Tyson

Justin Whitmore, Tyson Foods’ executive vice president - alternative protein, is leaving the company to become Chief Strategy Officer for Keurig more...

Giving back: Perdue Farms, Cargill, Smithfield Foods

Perdue Farms awards grants for charitable facility upgrades Perdue Farms Inc. has awarded separate grants to help two charitable organizations make improvements more...

JBS USA delivers COVID-19 vaccinations at Illinois plant

JBS USA has announced that nearly 700 team members at its Beardstown, Ill., pork production facility have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  more...

J. Alexander's Holdings 'pursuing strategic alternatives'

J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc., owner and operator of J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and other restaurants more...

Popeye’s rode chicken sandwich wave in 2020

The past year, while taxing on so many levels, was huge for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, which saw sales rise more than 20% for the year, buoyed by a 15 more...

'You gotta have goals': Wayne Farms' Juan De Villena talks poultry processing

Like most kids in Peru, Juan De Villena wanted to be a pro soccer player when he grew up. "Of course, I was born playing soccer," he says with a chuckle more...

Grain costs, Planters acquisition to challenge Hormel: analyst

Stephens analyst Ben Bienvenu trimmed his earnings outlook for Hormel Foods on Friday, saying the sharp rise in grain markets is likely to hit the company's more...

Smithfield plant continues battle with COVID in California

Smithfield Foods continues to battle COVID-19 at its Farmer John hot dog plant in Los Angeles, whose home county and state lead the nation in reported more...

Vermont looks to add processing capacity as demand surges

A sharp upturn in demand for local meat, particularly beef and pork, in the COVID-19 pandemic has Vermont officials looking for ways to boost processing more...

Hofmann rolls out chicken sausage line at Tops Friendly

New York's Tops Friendly Markets is the first major retailer to sell Hofmann Sausage Co.'s new line of chicken sausage products.   The Syracuse more...

Tyson Foods’ operating earnings top $1 billion in Q1

Tyson Foods early Thursday reported its first-quarter adjusted operating earnings rose 24% to more than $1 billion, with the Springdale, Ark.-based protein more...

Pilgrim’s plays to strengths as feed costs rise, foodservice lags

Pilgrim’s Pride officials said today the company is leaning on its diverse product portfolio and operational improvements to overcome market challenges more...

Aldi to add 100 new stores

Value-oriented grocery chain Aldi announced plans to add 100 new stores nationwide in 2021, with a focus on Arizona, California, Florida and the Northeast more...

Wisconsin governor supports ag industry in new budget

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to include $43 million to support the state’s agricultural industry as part of his 2021-2023 budget proposal. The more...

Olymel opts to continue operations as COVID-19 outbreak expands

Olymel said its Red Deer, Alberta, pork processing plant is running at half volume – despite calls by the local union to temporarily shut down the more...

Tyson buys 49% stake in Malaysian poultry operation

Tyson Foods has announced a new partnership with Malayan Flour Mills Berhad (MFM), a vertically integrated poultry business based in Malaysia. Once approved more...

Higher slaughter outlook lifts meat production forecast: WASDE

USDA projections for red meat and poultry production in 2021 moved higher in part because of expectations for increased slaughter rates and greater protein more...

Alt-meat companies team up to tackle cost, sustainability

Alternative protein company PURIS Holdings today announced the creation of two joint ventures with LIVEKINDLY Collective that aim to accelerate adoption more...

Feds point to conveyor belt in deadly nitrogen leak

In an update on its investigation posted on its website, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) noted that the poultry processor more...

Clemens Food Group slates $228M expansion of pork operations

Clemens Food Group is preparing to invest more than $228 million to build a new pork processing facility in Hartsfield Township, Pa., in response to a more...

Global pork outlook improving but uncertainties remain: Rabobank

Demand for pork products should increase in 2021, although the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to affect production in many parts of the more...

Aleph Farms, Technion produce first slaughter-free ribeye

The world’s first slaughter-free ribeye steak made of animal cells — with no genetic engineering or immortalization — has officially more...

Olymel sees new COVID-19 cases as union seeks shutdown

Canadian health officials confirmed a flare-up of new outbreaks of COVID-19 at an Olymel pork plant prompting the union representing the plant workers more...

Public poultry firms should see '21 earnings boost: analyst

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Sanderson Farms and Tyson Foods Inc. are poised to show improvements in fundamentals this year and higher prices for chicken more...

Chef’s Warehouse expands Allen Bros. brand

The Chefs' Warehouse Inc. plans to transition its Del Monte Capital Meat Company, Bassian Farms and Ports Seafood brands to the Allen Brothers brand for more...

Gainesville victims' families get help from coalition

A "Gainesville Relief" fund has been created to help support the families of six employees of Foundation Food Group who died in the January nitrogen leak more...

2 challenges to New Swine Inspection System advance in courts

A lawsuit by environmental and consumer advocacy organizations challenging USDA's New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) will proceed after a federal judge more...

Smithfield’s sustainability claims challenged in FTC complaint

Food & Water Watch and other consumer advocacy groups on Thursday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the body to enjoin Smithfield more...

Olymel to boost capacity at Ange-Gardien pork plant

Olymel has announced it will be investing $9 million to establish a second shift at its Ange-Gardien pork processing plant in Montérégie-Est more...

Giving back: Sanderson Farms, Illinois Pork Producers

Sanderson Farms Championship donates $1.45M The Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in January presented a $1.45 million donation to Friends more...

National Beef worker dies in industrial accident in Kan. (Updated)

An employee at the National Beef plant in Liberal, Kansas, died as a result of an industrial accident at the plant on Sunday, the company has confirmed more...

Tyson investigates ammonia leak at Missouri plant

Tyson Foods is investigating an ammonia leak that occurred Wednesday morning at its Noel, Mo., plant, the company confirmed to Meatingplace.  Multiple more...

JBS expands plant, boosts bologna production

JBS S.A. announced this week that the company has invested R$60 million (US$11 million) to expand its processing plant in Jaguariúna, a city in more...

Tyson unveils career development program for frontline workers

Tyson Foods said it is launching an in-plant career development program to give frontline team members job skills training and workforce certifications more...

Cattle operator targeted in Tyson fraud lawsuit files for Chapter 11

Easterday Ranches Inc. is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Tyson Foods Inc. accusing the company of swindling more...

FSIS issues public health alert for E. coli in ground beef

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for a raw beef product produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co more...

Impossible drops MSRP by 20%

Impossible Foods credits growth and improving economies of scale for its plans to drop the manufacturers suggested retail price by 20% across its product more...

News briefs: Regeneration Farms, Hormel, Hofmann Sausage, Ill. Pork Producers

Regeneration Farms teams with Blue Nest Beef Regeneration Farms said it will sell its Tree-Range Chicken brand through Blue Nest Beef's website. Blue more...

Deadly Ga. gas leak probe continues, activists reportedly seek change

The organization investigating last week’s nitrogen leak that killed six employees at a poultry plant in Gainesville, Ga., is focusing on cryogenic more...

Lawmakers look to jump-start interstate state-inspected meat sales

Provisions to allow for the sale of state-inspected meat across state lines are heating up on both federal and local levels in an effort to boost the more...

Meat plant COVID case rates higher in Jan., still lower than May

New COVID-19 infection rates among meat and poultry workers are 60% lower than in the general U.S. population and two-thirds lower than case rates in more...

Hormel’s Leitch to retire, two promoted

Glenn Leitch, Hormel Foods Corp.’s executive vice president of supply chain, will retire during the second calendar quarter of 2021, the company more...

COVID ‘guidelines’ hit the fan with Congressional investigation

Conflict over how meatpackers have handled worker safety issues as COVID-19 emerged across the country — then re-emerged — has been moved more...

Foster Farms worker dies in industrial accident (Updated)

California safety officials are reportedly investigating the death of a Foster Farms employee in Livingston, Calif.  Mario Ramos Espinoza, 50, died more...

Tyson seeks dismissal of wrongful death case in federal court

Tyson Foods Inc. is challenging whether a federal court is the proper forum to decide a lawsuit accusing the processor of “willful misconduct” more...

Foodservice, meat sector recoveries uneven: CoBank

The U.S. animal protein sector must remain flexible in service to its various customers as the foodservice industry continues to climb out of a big hole more...

January 2021

Smithfield to trim sodium, sugar and ingredient statements

Smithfield Foods Inc. today set out to reduce sodium, sugar and ingredient statements as part of sustainability goals that include health and wellness more...

New worker protection laws proposed in Minn., Iowa

State lawmakers in Minnesota and Iowa announced proposed legislation intended to improve the safety of workers in meat processing plants, according to more...

McDonald's says core items like Big Mac lift Q4 sales

McDonald's reported its fourth-quarter same-store sales rose 5.5%, bolstered by core menu items such as the Big Mac and Egg McMuffin. The company said more...

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Nitrogen leak at Ga. poultry plant kills 6, injures 11 (updated)

Six people were killed and 11 others were treated for injuries after a liquid nitrogen line ruptured at the Foundation Food Group poultry plant in Gainesville more...

Tyson sues cattle operator for $200 million in losses

A large Washington state cattle operator “fed” more than 200,000 non-existent cattle for years, Tyson Foods alleges in a lawsuit filed this more...

Thomas Foods adds operations in Toronto, Rio

Thomas Foods International has opened offices in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in Toronto, the company said in a news release. The additional more...

Texas A&M plans $850,000 upgrade for poultry science

Texas A&M University will be investing $850,000 in new faculty and infrastructure improvements to its poultry department, the school announced more...

Pilgrim’s Pride probes fatal accident at Texas poultry plant

The death of an outside contractor working on the roof of a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. poultry processing plant in Waco, Texas, has prompted the company more...

Beyond Meat, PepsiCo partner on plant-based snacks

Beyond Meat Inc. and PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday announced they will form a joint venture to develop, produce and market snacks and beverages made from plant-based more...

UFCW angling for the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada

A president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union in Canada is signaling that meatpacking workers in the country should receive priority for more...

U.S. protein industry expected to face 2021 challenges: CoBank

The U.S. beef, chicken and pork industries will have to address a variety of issues in order to maintain or jumpstart growth during 2021, according to more...

Lawsuit vs. Tyson over COVID-19 death moved to federal court

A lawsuit accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of failing to protect workers as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated in 2020 is moving to a federal court from a state more...

Petition urges USDA to target salmonella, campylobacter with new standards

In a regulatory petition filed Jan. 25 with USDA, four consumer advocacy groups are calling on the agency to introduce new enforceable standards aimed more...

COVID-19 slammed Indiana food producers by $500 mil: study

Indiana’s food industry took an aggregate revenue hit of $500 million as a result of COVID-19, according to a new report from Purdue University more...

Cold storage data is all over the place

Year-end supplies of pork, beef, chicken and turkey in cold storage wass either up or down significantly compared with the same period in years past, more...

USDA withdraws poultry line speed proposal

USDA has withdrawn a proposal, submitted by the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) more...

China addresses first COVID-19 outbreak at meat plant: reports

Chinese public health officials are investigating what is being described as the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak at a meat processing plant, according more...

Avian flu update: New outbreaks in Asia

Reports of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been lodged in South Korea and India. The latest case of the H5N8 strain of the bird more...

UK meat import standards could change, boosting imports from the U.S.

Legislative stumbles in the UK parliament could open the doors to new imports of U.S. chicken and beef. According to a new report from the Guardian, parliament more...

Biden issues executive order on worker safety protection

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed an executive order that directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revise guidance to more...

ASF vaccine news — some positive, some scary

Like a swine-centered parallel to the spread and responses to COVID-19 in humans, African Swine Fever persists, particularly in Asia. New strains have more...

Idaho Beef Council announces $250,000 endowment for Univ. of Idaho

The Idaho Beef Council has announced a $250,000 endowment to the University of Idaho to support graduate students studying meat science. In a video of more...

News briefs: Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Brooklyn Cured

Progressive Beef certifies 40% of Wendy's supplyProgressive Beef said 40% of Wendy's fresh beef supply was sourced from feedlots certified by the third-party more...

Koch Foods expanding plant with tax incentive boost

City officials in Gadsden, Ala., on Tuesday approved a 10-year tax abatement to help Koch Foods expand its local poultry plant, the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial more...

Jensen Meat to boost production of plant-based products

Ground beef processor Jensen Meat is expanding both of its facilities in Southern California in an effort to increase production of plant-based protein more...

NPPC, AFBF keep up fight against California’s Prop 12

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) continued their fight against a California animal housing law more...

News briefs: IHOP, Friendly's, ButcherBox, Southeastern Grocers

IHOP eyes to-go market with burritos, bowls IHOP said it has introduced a new menu line called Burritos & Bowls with portability in mind. With prices more...

Trump pardons three involved in beef misbranding scandal

Among the pardons granted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, three were given to Gregory, Deborah and Martin Jorgensen of South Dakota, who were involved more...

FDA commissioner pushes back on gene-edited livestock MOU

The head of the Food and Drug Administration took to Twitter to express the agency’s opposition to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced more...

U.K.-based group calls for more organ meat consumption

An organization based in the United Kingdom is launching an effort to promote consumer awareness and consumption of organ meats, citing their nutritional more...

Arkansas State gets major grant to boost processing programs

Arkansas State University has received a $500,000 grant that will help its college of agriculture improve its meat processing safety equipment and better more...

USDA, FDA sign MOU on gene-edited livestock for food

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, of the Food and Drug Administration is a part, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that put more...

Virginia ag commish selected for USDA deputy secretary role

Jewell Bronaugh, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has been nominated by President-elect Biden to serve as more...

Beyond Meat inks 12-year deal on new HQ

Beyond Meat’s new global headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., should be completed in the spring, the provider of plant-based protein recently announced more...

NAMI's McCullough passionate about science, naturally

For some, science is just in their nature. KatieRose McCullough, director of regulatory and scientific affairs with the North American Meat Institute more...

Avian flu update: Japan sets culling record, France's cases soar

The impact of the spread of avian influenza (AI) in Japan and France recently hit new milestones as the season continues overseas. Confirmed outbreaks more...

Nebraska bill would help local processors, consumers with options

Lawmakers in Nebraska are weighing a measure designed to help local meat processors expand capacity and offer consumers more options. The bill introduced more...

Taco Bell ready to jump into QSR chicken sandwich war: report

Another day, another entry into the battle for chicken sandwich market share in the fast-food realm — this time from Taco Bell, according to a report more...

Wayne Farms gets settlement, judgment in LinkedIn fraudster case

Wayne Farms has reached a settlement with social media platform LinkedIn, and is pursuing a “John Doe” would-be fraudster in a lawsuit filed more...

Tyson shareholders seek single-class stock structure, human rights report

Tyson Foods is recommending against a shareholder proposal asking the company to develop a recapitalization plan that would result in one vote per share more...

UFCW complaint over Cargill’s COVID-19 response discussed in hearings

The Alberta (Canada) Labour Relations Board continued hearings this week to discuss a complaint in which the United Food and Commercial Workers union more...

USDA expands COVID-19 assistance for some producers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance for certain producers more...

Giving back: Pre Brands, Agri Beef, Tyson Fresh Meats

Pre Brands helps with emergency food assistance Grass-fed beef provider Pre Brands said it has donated 6,000 pounds of lean beef to Inspiration Kitchens more...

NPPC accuses FDA of 'delay tactics' on gene-edited livestock

The National Pork Producers Council is continuing its campaign in support of a proposal to transfer regulatory oversight of gene-edited livestock to USDA more...

New Slim Jim snack features Sonic chili dog flavor

Sonic Drive-In has announced a licensing partnership with Slim Jim to produce a beef stick simulating the flavor of the fast food chain’s fan-favorite more...

Taco Bell partners with Beyond Meat

Taco Bell said it will work with Beyond Meat to create a plant-based protein for the quick-service restaurant chain. The partnership with Beyond Meat more...

Germany to cull 37,000 chickens as bird flu threat continues

Germany plans to slaughter about 37,000 chickens after bird flu was found on a farm in the east of the country, Reuters reported. Type H5N8 bird flu was more...

Butterball to expand 2 Ark. processing plants, creating 360 jobs

Turkey producer Butterball on Wednesday announced it is investing a total of $8.7 million and creating 360 new jobs within three years in two processing more...

Cargill, Tyson, JBS suspend PAC activity, review strategies (Updated)

Cargill, Tyson Foods and JBS USA have joined a growing list of large companies that are pausing political campaign contributions following last week's more...

Tyson expands clinical services to include COVID-19 vaccines

Tyson Foods Inc. announced it will continue to work with Matrix Medical Network to boost COVID-19 education resources and access to COVID-19 vaccines more...

Conestoga Meats sees new COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario plant

There has been a second COVID-19 outbreak at the Conestoga Meats pork processing plant in Ontario. According to a report from the Canadian Broadcasting more...

Tyson also proposes settlement in broiler pricing-fixing case

Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to settle a portion of a class action lawsuit accusing major poultry processors of fixing prices for broiler chickens, which more...

Plumrose USA switches to Swift name

Plumrose USA, a JBS USA branded packaged meat subsidiary of JBS USA, is rebranding to become Swift Prepared Foods, the company said in a news release more...

Meat department closes out 2020 18.4% above 2019 levels

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. November and December sales were dominated by the holidays more...

COVID-stalled Cargill plant takes sustainability steps

Cargill’s Guelph, Ontario beef plant made headlines last month when COVID-19 infections temporarily shut it down, but with the plant reopened and more...

Pilgrim’s Pride settles part of another broiler antitrust case

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is prepared to pay $75 million to settle part of an antitrust lawsuit over broiler chicken pricing, its second such action more...

Canadian police to probe Cargill worker’s COVID death: report

Canadian police are investigating the death of a Cargill meat plant worker of COVID-19 in Alberta, according to a report by the CBC.   The Royal more...

Tyson to invest $26 million in Texas bacon plant

Tyson Foods is spending $26 million to expand its Wright Brand Bacon plant in Vernon, Texas, the company said in a news release. Slated to be completed more...

NCBA plans for one virtual and one in-person meeting

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced it will host a two-day virtual event in February to bring cattle industry participants more...

BK embarks on brand overhaul

With a new logo unveiled this week, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) has embarked on an extensive overhaul of its Burger King brand, according to more...

Canadian meat industry eyes Taiwan market

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is encouraging the Canadian government to expand trading partners for the country’s beef industry more...

Smithfield touts latest step in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Smithfield Foods said it is another step closer to achieving its goal of curbing its greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025. In a post on social media, more...

Another 'sandwich war' contender: KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken sought to get ahead of McDonald's in the Chicken Sandwich Wars 2.0 with the early 2021 rollout of a new crispy chicken sandwich more...

Peco Foods to close 3 Mississippi facilities in streamlining move

Poultry processor Peco Foods on Thursday said it will close three facilities in Mississippi while investing resources in operations elsewhere across the more...

Smithfield Foods CEO Organ names executive team

Smithfield Foods on Thursday announced a slew of promotions and retirements as its president and CEO, Dennis Organ, forms his leadership team after recently more...

Tyson pork and Cargill beef plants running again

A Tyson Foods pork plant in Iowa is up and running again after a three-week hiatus.  “We resumed limited production at our Columbus Junction more...

USDA awards digital modernization contract to IBM

USDA signed a five-year agreement with IBM Corp. to help the agency implement its digital modernization strategy, designed to help ranchers and farmers more...

Nebraska high court approves Costco-affiliated poultry farm plan

The Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed a special use permit allowing construction of a poultry farm that would supply birds to the Lincoln Premium Poultry more...

Sappenfield named president of Simmons Prepared

Simmons Foods announced Joel Sappenfield has joined the company as president of Simmons Prepared Foods. Sappenfield will be responsible for all aspects more...

Bank of America boosts Pilgrim's to 'buy,' sees better chicken pricing ahead

Bank of America on Wednesday raised its investment rating on shares of Pilgrim's Pride to "buy" from "neutral" in anticipation of a U.S. economic recovery more...

Neb. official clarifies meat plant worker status for COVID-19 vaccine

Meat processing workers in Nebraska will not need to prove U.S. citizenship ito receive a COVID-19 vaccination, a spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts announced more...

Union mum on Mountaire workers' rejection of representation (UPDATED)

The union that once represented an estimated 1,000 Mountaire Farms employees in Delaware has yet to comment on an announcement the processor released more...

Aleph Farms in agreement to make cultured steaks for Japan

Rehovot, Israel-based Aleph Farms Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Corp.’s Food Industry Group to bring cultivated more...

Researchers quantify effects of PAA in processing wastewater: study

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have completed a project investigating the effect of peracetic acid (PAA) solutions in poultry processing more...

Pig, broiler production costs climb 40-50% in Brazil

Monthly production costs for pigs and broilers are up between 40% and 50% in Brazil in the last year, according to new research from the Brazilian Agriculture more...

Tyson appeals order sending negligence suit back to state court

Attorneys representing Tyson Foods Inc. are appealing a federal judge’s order that sends a lawsuit against the processor based on the COVID-19-related more...

NCC defends line-speed waivers after Post report

The National Chicken Council is refuting the notion of any connection between slaughter line speeds at U.S. poultry plants and increases cases of COVID-19 more...

McDonald's trumpets the imminent arrival of its chicken sandwich

McDonald's Corp. has set the date for the rollout of its contribution to the QSR chicken sandwich wars at Feb. 24, the company said in a news release more...

Lower cattle numbers will support prices in 2021: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

Germany’s ASF response has implications for U.S. pork

Mercedes-Benz founder Gottlieb Daimler said it, well, best: “Das beste oder nichts.” “The best or nothing,” as the German phrase more...

Chefs predict 2021's top dining trends: Food & Wine

After the upheaval of 2020, pandemic-weary Americans will be craving memorable experiences when they do dine out next year, according to Food & Wine more...

Brazil's beef industry association forecasts exports up 6% in 2021

Brazilian beef exports should reach 2.14 million metric tons in 2021, up 6% from the 2.02 million tons expected to be shipped in 2020, according to beef more...

December 2020

Hormel, Tyson maintain sales momentum, scanner data show

Hormel Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. maintained positive sales growth last month, especially in terms of breakfast meats and value-added products, more...

Kroger rings up big burger and ham sales, predicts 2021 food trends

Fresh ground beef patties and Black Forest ham joined zero-calorie soft drinks, shredded cheese and flavored potato chips at the top of Americans' grocery more...

A discussion with Lars Hinrichsen of the Danish Meat Institute

As the executive vice president of the Danish Meat Research Institute, Lars Hinrichsen has been at the forefront of automation in meat processing. Through more...

Judge requires Foster Farms to comply with COVID safety protocols

A California state judge last week issued a temporary restraining order against poultry processor Foster Farms. The order was issued by Judge Brian L more...

Cal/OSHA issues list of latest fines for COVID-19 violations

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has released a list of proposed fines against five meat processors for failing more...

#BaconGiftSwap: Out with the fizzle, in with the sizzle

According to a holiday consumer survey, more than 81% of Americans say they receive an unwanted item for the holidays every year. The OnePoll survey more...

Government’s new dietary guidelines suggest seafood over hot dogs

The government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 were released Tuesday under the theme “Make Every Bite Count.” more...

Whole Foods to phase out live-shackle chicken slaughter

Whole Foods Market has become the first major U.S. retailer to commit to phase out live-shackle slaughter across its major chicken suppliers, according more...

Canadian alt-protein firm prepares for U.S. expansion

Modern Meat Inc. is teaming with a California-based company to bring its portfolio of plant-based meat alternatives to the U.S. market for the first time more...

USDA seeks oversight of movement of genetically engineered livestock

USDA has announced a proposed regulation on the "movement of animals modified or developed by genetic engineering," a follow-up to the agency's move last more...

Armando Pasetti, longtime leader of Volpi Foods, dies at 96

Armando Pasetti, chief emeritus and master salumiere for Volpi Foods in St. Louis, died Christmas Eve at the age of 96, the company said more...

News briefs: CAB, Jack in the Box, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Bachoco, NAMI

CAB extends deadline for college scholarship The Certified Angus Beef brand said it has extended the deadline for its CAB Colvin Scholarship to Jan. 31 more...

Retailers make big moves to beef up margins

With Costco Wholesale Corp.’s 2019 opening of a $400 million, 400,000-square-foot chicken processing plant in Fremont, Neb., a big ol' bird crossed more...

OIE confirms pork exporter Belgium is ASF-free

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) this week confirmed the ASF-free status of Belgium, which had been removed in September 2018 due to an outbreak more...

GRSB names 2021 executive committee

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) announced the results of the 2021 GRSB Executive Committee election. The group's mission is to advance more...

Pork still moving out of cold storage

Frozen red meat inventories fell 2% from the previous month and dropped 12% from last year, driven by a drawdown of pork, USDA said in its latest Cold more...

Canada's listeria-related deli meat recall updated

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has again updated a recall warning for certain deli meats to include additional information that was identified more...

Just how do Santa's reindeer get the job done?

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State more...

UFCW, NAMI urge states to prioritize meat workers for vaccine

The North American Meat Institute and the largest U.S. union for meatpacking workers today sent a joint letter calling on all 50 U.S. governors to urgently more...

Nova Scotia plant approved to reopen after COVID outbreak

A poultry plant in Nova Scotia that closed earlier this month after a COVID-19 outbreak has gained approval to reopen ahead of schedule with a reduced more...

Charcuterie chalet is the new gingerbread house

Nostalgia, comfort and finding adventure through food are among the forces that will drive food choices in 2021, Hormel Foods said in a press release more...

Hormel Foods opens sausage plant in Nebraska

Hormel Foods Corp. is looking to hire nearly 350 workers for its newest production plant near Omaha, Neb. Hormel on Tuesday announced the opening of the more...

‘Horse-playing’ cited in Mar-Jac plant worker death

Authorities have identified the Mar-Jac Poultry employee who died last week following an incident in a battery room at the company’s plant in Hattiesburg more...

Widow of COVID-19 victim sues Tyson over work policies

The widow of a supervisor at a Philadelphia plant owned by Tyson Foods Inc. is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and accusing the processor of more...

USDA seeks oversight of gene-edited livestock

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input and feedback on potential new USDA more...

UFW asks judge to enforce COVID-19 rules at Foster Farms

A judge in California’s Merced County is reportedly set to rule Wednesday on whether to impose a restraining order on a Foster Farms poultry facility more...

Darden makes exec changes, reports tough quarter

Darden Restaurants has named Ricardo Cardenas president and chief operating officer, while Chief Executive Officer Eugene Lee Jr. adds the title of chairman more...

Giving back: Applegate, Tyson Fresh Meats, Pilgrim's Pride

Applegate donates 20,000 meals to end childhood hunger Natural and organic meat brand Applegate will donate more than 20,000 meals to Conscious Alliance's more...

Analysts weigh in on Sanderson Farms earnings

Near-term challenges aside, Sanderson Farms is likely looking at record earnings over the next few years, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Kenneth more...

FSIS looks back at 2020 accomplishments

COVID-19’s impact on meatpacking plants and the workers inside them are well-documented, but alongside those breaking down carcasses and cutting more...

Meat industry icon Morris Burger dies

Morris Burger, second-generation leader of California, Mo.-based Burgers’ Smokehouse, has died after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 85 more...

Sous vide method may make beef easier to digest

The cooking technique Sous vide — French for “under vacuum” — is not only getting more mainstream, it also may make beef easier more...

Sanderson Farms ready for vaccine after a profitable quarter

Sanderson Farms is reporting increased sales even as it contends with the most employee absences since the coronavirus hit the U.S. in March. The company more...

Mar-Jac mourns poultry worker’s death

A Mar-Jac Poultry worker died Wednesday following an accident at the company’s Hattiesburg, Miss., plant, the complex manager said in a statement more...

Japan honors former USMEF CEO Seng

Japan has awarded Philip M. Seng with the "Order of the Rising Sun," an honor that is given to those who have made distinguished achievements in areas more...

Canada processor hit by COVID scrambles to divert birds

A Nova Scotia poultry plant that shut operations last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak is developing a plan to reopen earlier than currently scheduled more...

NYC comptroller asks SEC to probe Tyson on COVID-19 response

The comptroller of the city of New York wants the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate Tyson Foods Inc. based on the company’s more...

Tyson named in new lawsuit after plant worker dies from COVID-19

The family of a worker at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, is suing the processor for allegedly failing to heed official warnings on worker more...

South Dakota creates grant program for small processors

Small processors that provide services to South Dakota-based producers will be eligible for a new $5 million grant program aimed at boosting the state’s more...

Plant & Bean, Nestle make big moves in alt-meat world

Alt-meat producers Nestle and Plant & Bean both have announced big investments in their respective food enterprises.  Plant & Bean has announced more...

FDA approves biotech-altered pigs for food, therapeutic uses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs intended for both more...

Japan bestows high honor on Phil Seng

Former CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Phil Seng, has been awarded one of Japan's highest civilian honors, the "Order of the Rising Sun more...

AMSA's Deidrea Mabry is a "grow pro"

Like a photographer with a GoPro camera, Deidrea Mabry is all about capturing meat science action in real time, whether it's what's happening in research more...

USDA appoints agency veteran its new chief economist

Seth Meyer, a former USDA economist, has been named the agency’s new chief economist, effective at the end of January 2021. Meyer will succeed Robert more...

DOJ, states join Prop 12 legal fight

The federal Department of Justice and 20 states have joined the North American Meat Institute’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition more...

Canadian poultry plant closed due to COVID-19

A poultry processing facility in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia closed last week for a two-week period to try and break the cycle of COVID-19 transmission more...

National Chicken Council website gets a fresh look

The National Chicken Council (NCC) announced its newly refurbished website, featuring an easy-to-navigate user interface that highlights the latest policy more...

Please skip this Wisconsin holiday tradition: raw meat sandwiches

Public health officials in Wisconsin are urging residents to avoid biting into one seasonal tradition, warning raw meat can lead to illnesses.  “Sometimes more...

Perdue Farms calls for multi-state COVID-19 vaccine plan

Perdue Farms is calling for a multi-state, coordinated plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to both meatpacking workers and their families.  In more...

Brazil’s meat industry predicts strong 2021 market

The Brazilian meat industry is predicting strong growth in 2021, according to a MercoPress report of ABPA research.  Despite higher grain costs, more...

Germany presses China to ease ASF restrictions

Germany’s government continues to work to convince China to ease a ban Beijing imposed on German pork exports due to African swine fever (ASF) concerns more...

Smithfield now producing renewable natural gas in Utah

Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy have completed their first renewable natural gas project, which is now producing energy from 26 hog farms in southwestern more...

Meat, poultry groups like Vilsack for top USDA post

Major meat and poultry trade groups are applauding President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Tom Vilsack for secretary of agriculture, which would more...

Tyson Foods names first chief medical officer

Tyson Foods Inc. on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr. Claudia Coplein to the newly created role of chief medical officer. Coplein is a physician more...

U.S. red meat production forecast still climbing: USDA

USDA on Thursday raised production forecasts for beef and pork for 2020, but lowered its outlook for broiler and turkey production in its latest World more...

Giving back: Hormel Foods, JBS USA, Perdue Farms

Hormel holiday concert spotlights hunger relief Hormel Foods will host another in its virtual Concerts of Hope & Thanks series. Set for Friday, the more...

Butterball says it will ramp down some Carthage plant operations

Butterball on Wednesday said it will ramp down some manufacturing operations at its Carthage, Mo., processing plant as the company works to better align more...

Meat snacks maker plans expansion, creating 40 new jobs

Grayson Natural Farms will be investing $1.5 million in an expansion of its smokehouse and production operation. According to an announcement from Virginia more...

Vietnam ripe for U.S. pork exports over next decade: study

Growth in Vietnamese pork consumption, aided by an expected shift in the country's production to modern infrastructures from backyards, could also benefit more...

George’s workers stage walkout over working conditions at poultry plant

About 20 employees at a George’s Inc. poultry facility in Springdale, Ark., walked off the job Tuesday to protest working conditions, although it’s more...

Target adds its name to list of chicken price-fixing accusers

Target Corp. is the latest retail chain to accuse at least three of the nation’s top chicken processors of illegally conspiring to fix the price more...

Foster Farms Fresno plant has reopened

Foster Farms’ Fresno Cherry Plant reopened Monday after being idled over the weekend for "deep sanitation," the company said in an emailed update more...

FSIS takes issue with inspectors' complaints

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service disagrees with its meat plant inspectors' complaints about how the agency, and the companies whose products more...

Philippines, Vietnam should be U.S. pork export targets: Pork Board

The U.S. pork industry should consider the Philippines and Vietnam as the next areas ripe for export of American pork products in the wake of African more...

Resurgence: Foster Farms closes Fresno plant, Cargill sends workers home (updated)

Foster Farms is temporarily shutting down its poultry processing plant in Fresno, Calif., after 193 workers tested positive for the coronavirus in the more...

FSIS inspectors vent about lack of protection from COVID

Federal inspectors at meat processing plants across the country are frustrated over what they say is a lack of protection against the coronavirus, from more...

Researchers to study air quality near poultry operations

The University of Oklahoma is seeking volunteers for a study on airborne contaminants from large-scale poultry-feeding operations, or PFOs. Researchers more...

Meat dominates GrubHub's 2020 take-out trends

In a watershed year for take-out dining, meat dishes dominated consumers' favorite orders, according to Grubhub's annual "Year In Food" report. Grubhub more...

JBS responds to COVID-19 outbreak in Greeley plant (updated)

JBS USA has implemented a number of policies at its Greeley, Colo., beef plant in response to a new COVID-19 outbreak. According to details from Cameron more...

NAMI seeks COVID vaccine for meat workers in phase 2

The North American Meat Institute on Friday said it is urging federal authorities to highly prioritize COVID-19 vaccination for meat and poultry industry more...

Smithfield offers to help in COVID vaccine distribution

Smithfield Foods is offering local governments access to its freezer spaces to store the new COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. "We continue to work with health more...

Johnsonville's new flavors, sandwiches hit C-stores

Johnsonville's foodservice team announced the introduction of ready-to-eat sandwiches and three new roller-grill sausage flavors for the convenience store more...

2021 event cancellations, adjustments begin

With dire coronavirus predictions for the winter ahead dominating the headlines now, organizations are beginning to think the better of trying to pull more...

Pa. governor vetoes COVID-19 shield bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a bill that would have provided broad protections to the state’s health care facilities and manufacturing more...

APHIS grants $14.4M for biosecurity research

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding $14.4 million to 76 projects with states, universities and other partners to strengthen more...

Slim Jim recipe creator dies of COVID

The man credited for creating the modern recipe for the ubiquitous Slim Jim meat snack has died, according to a report by the News & Observer. Alonzo more...

Details emerge on $24.5M JBS pork price-fixing settlement

Plaintiffs in a long-running pork price-fixing lawsuit have filed for preliminary approval of their settlement agreement with JBS, and in the process more...

House Democrats nominate next ag committee chair

The U.S. House Democratic Steering Committee on Tuesday made several leadership recommedations for other House committees, including Georgia Rep. David more...

Singapore opens door for U.S. company's cell-based chicken

San Francisco-based Eat Just Inc. is preparing to introduce its cell-cultivated chicken in Singapore, which has become the first country to approve the more...

U.S. poultry industry study tracks job growth, economic impact

U.S. poultry industry groups on Wednesday released an updated economic impact study showing the sector created 154,833 additional jobs over the past two more...

Salm Partners gets private equity investment

Salm Partners, a Denmark, Wisc.-based contract processor for major brand sausages and hot dogs, has sold an undisclosed stake in the company to Chicago-based more...

CDC meets this afternoon on vaccine prioritization

The Centers for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will conduct an emergency meeting this afternoon to determine which segments more...

China moves forward on Phase One trade steps: reports

The Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China moved another step forward with the completion of quarantine protocols required to allow more...

News briefs: Creekstone Farms, Belgium, Canada's virtual reality tours

Creekstone Farms is exporter of the year Creekstone Farms Premium Beef has been selected to receive the 2020 Kansas Exporter of the Year Award, presented more...

November 2020

European nations step up avian flu outbreak responses

Belgium, Norway and the United Kingdom all reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the last week, prompting local officials to take more...

Canadian government promises additional support for producers

The Canadian federal government announced a "substantial package" for supply-managed poultry farmers, along with dairy and egg farmers, to ensure "full more...

Prepared meat products recalled for salmonella

Metro Ontario Inc. is recalling certain Metro brand products, including some containing meat, from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination more...

When pig guts fly: Battle in Taiwan over U.S. pork imports

A soon-to-be-enacted policy allowing imports of U.S. pork and beef is proving controversial in Taiwan, prompting lawmakers to throw pig guts and fists more...

AI-powered 'electronic nose' to sniff out meat freshness

A team of scientists led by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has invented an electronic nose that can assess the freshness of meat with 98 more...

Canadians' faith in food system increases during pandemic

Canadians are optimistic about their food supply, even as Canada's food system faces exceptional pressure and public scrutiny due to the COVID-19 pandemic more...

New Zealand grass-fed brand launches U.S. DTC site

Silver Fern Farms has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce website for selling its premium grass-fed red meat products from New Zealand to customers' more...

Albertsons adds 12 entrées to its eating-at-home lineup

Albertsons Companies is adding to its Own Brands lineup of convenient meals, given the ongoing pandemic has more Americans eating at home, the Boise, more...

Indiana divvies up $4M in CARES funds among 41 processors

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has announced it is distributing $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to 41 small local meat processing more...

Opposition emerges to processing plant proposal in Illinois

A small-scale plant that would process pork and beef, proposed for the town of Hebron, Ill., near the Wisconsin border, has become the target of a direct-mail more...

Meat eaters have fewer bone fractures, research finds

People who include animal protein in their diets are less likely to suffer from bone fractures, according to new research. Based on data involving nearly more...

Giving back: Mountaire Farms, USDA, red meat processors, Iowa Select Farms

Thanksgiving for Thousands The annual Mountaire Farms charity event, Thanksgiving for Thousands, went on this year as planned, with some modifications more...

Front of the line: Meat plant workers and vaccines

Momentum is building behind the idea that meat plant employees — along with other workers in the food processing industry, and health care workers more...

Packer who falsified E. coli test results fined $15,000

The owner and general manager of New England Meat Packing LLC in Stafford Springs, Conn., was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation for fabricating more...

Holidays, exports draw down red meat inventories

Red meat inventories in storage continued to dwindle in the fourth quarter of the calendar year, while poultry stocks remained steady, according to USDA's more...

Giving back: Perdue, Hormel, Cargill

Perdue Farms' $100,000 grant funds truck Perdue Farms said it provided a $100,000 grant to pay for a refrigerated tractor-trailer to help Feed More of more...

[UPDATE] Study suggests meatpacking plants "COVID-19 transmission vectors"

Data from a new study indicate a strong link between meat processing plants and local community transmission of COVID-19. The analysis, published in the more...

Hormel sees Q4 sales, earnings slip; optimistic for '21

Hormel Foods Corp. reported lower sales and profits in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 but company officials say they remain optimistic for prospects more...

West Liberty Foods' Lessard to retire

Gerald Lessard, West Liberty Foods' longtime president of operations, will retire at the end of this month, the company said in a news release. Lessard more...

Hormel hosts Friendsgiving on YouTube

Hormel Foods Corp will host the "World’s Largest Virtual Friendsgiving Hormel Foods Edition" tonight at 7 p.m. Central Time on the Hormel Foods more...

Three chicken processors pay fines over wage violations

The U.S. Department of Labor said three processors — Peco Foods Inc., Koch Foods and Pearl River Foods — paid nearly $46,000 in back more...

Barber Foods nicked by OSHA fine for COVID violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced another round of fines handed down for violations of health and safety standards related more...

Listeria concerns prompt pastrami recall

Levitts Foods (Canada) Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Smoked Beef Pastrami from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination more...

News briefs: USDA, Jack Link’s, Volpi Foods, Coleman Natural

USDA announces scholars programs for Black, tribal land-grant colleges Applications are open for the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program and the USDA more...

Smithfield settles with neighbors after court upholds nuisance verdict

Smithfield Foods announced Thursday it has settled with plaintiffs after a panel of appellate judges upheld an earlier trial verdict in district court more...

JBS USA to cover 100% of COVID-19 healthcare costs for workforce

JBS USA on Friday announced an enhancement to the company’s health plan to cover 100% of costs associated with COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment more...

Japan to cull 850,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Japan’s Kagawa prefecture will cull 850,000 chickens in the wake of an outbreak of avian flu earlier this month, according to Reuters. The culling more...

Antimicrobial use data systems created for animal production

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University have partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary more...

Falling prices, COVID-19 fears curb China’s appetite for imported pork

Falling domestic pork prices and consumers’ concerns around COVID-19-contaminated food have begun to curb China’s demand for foreign pork more...

Goldman Sachs helps chicken chain grow

Fast-casual chicken chain Zaxby’s announced that Goldman Sachs will acquire a “significant stake” in the company to support accelerated more...

Beyond Meat creates plant-based pork product for China market

Beyond Meat said it will introduce Beyond Pork, a new plant-based ground pork product, in the China market. It is the company's first product designed more...

USDA talks turkey safety ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

With Thanksgiving Day 2020 just around the corner, it's time to talk turkey. More specifically, how to prepare and cook the bird with food safety in mind more...

Injury rates decline further in meat plants: BLS

New analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that workplace injuries and illnesses continued to fall in meat and poultry plants in 2019. According more...

Blue Apron reopening Texas fulfillment center

Meal kit producer Blue Apron is reversing course and temporarily reopening a fulfillment center in Arlington, Texas, after closing the facility in April more...

Luby’s moves closer to liquidation after shareholder vote

Luby’s Inc. shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve the Houston-based company’s liquidation plan, which its board of directors approved more...

Jennie-O announces celebrity lineup for its hotline

Jennie-O turkey brand has enlisted the help of culinary experts to answer consumers’ questions about preparing their holiday meals. This year’s more...

Smithfield vows to fight state OSHA fine over COVID-19 violations

Smithfield Foods plans to defend itself against a citation to fine the company $58,100 from the California Department of Industrial Relations, known as more...

Remember this acronym: RCEP (updated)

Over the weekend, 15 Asian and Oceanic countries signed on the line that is dotted to form the world's largest multi-country trade agreement, accounting more...

Challenges prompt '21 Tyson estimate changes: analysts

The threat of potential headwinds in at least the first half of fiscal 2021 sparked two industry analysts to reconsider their earnings estimates for Tyson more...

Meat department posts strong October; inflation moderating

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Eight months into the pandemic, the virus remains in firm more...

Strong beef, pork results propel Tyson performance

Solid gains in beef and pork sales helped Tyson Foods Inc. offset weakness in its other operating units and post a 40% improvement in fourth-quarter adjusted more...

Smithfield invests $1.3M in plant safety in Iowa

Smithfield Foods has invested $1.3 million in an expansion to its bacon plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, intended to improve employee safety, specifically more...

USDA issues health alert on tamales

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat chicken and pork tamale products containing Food and more...

The current state of beef demand: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

CPI: Meat prices to remain elevated in 2021

Despite notable recoveries in production and no shortages in the meat case, meat prices to the consumer remain elevated above their 2020 levels, according more...

Biden transition announces USDA agency review team

The Biden-Harris Transition team has announced key members of the incoming administration's agency review teams (ARTs), including those for the U.S. Department more...

Public health alert issued on beef stock product

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for beef stock products that were not presented for import re-inspection more...

FPSA, Messe Frankfurt join forces for Process Expo

Messe Frankfurt Inc. and the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) have entered into a joint venture to align their  resources to co-produce more...

USDA submits poultry line speed proposal to OMB

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has submitted to the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) its proposal to increase slaughter line more...

JBS Q3 profit soars; U.S. beef production recovers

Brazil's JBS SA boosted its net profit in the third quarter to BRL3.1 billion ($581.1 million), almost nine times higher than net profit in the same period more...

Tyson aims to reduce deforestation in its global supply chain

Tyson Foods Inc. today announced a forest protection standard aimed at reducing deforestation risk in its global supply chain for cattle and beef, among more...

Columbus Craft Meats offers charcuterie gift boxes

Columbus Craft Meats is launching three new premium charcuterie gift options, the Hayward, Calif.-based deli brand announced on Thursday. The new items more...

Processor breaks ground on new R&D hub

Deli Star Corp. has broken ground on a site for a new R&D hub in St. Louis, the company announced in a news release. The Food Discovery Center (FDC) more...

Forecast for U.S. protein production rises again: USDA

Total red meat and poultry production for the remainder of 2020 and for 2021 is expected to continue to increase – while wheat supplies climb more...

Independent processors prepare for holiday meat demand

Three U.S.-based processors that focus on marketing specialty meats are gearing up for the holiday season by offering special deals and new products to more...

Better than meat — really!

While dozens of analogue companies perfect ways to make plant proteins taste like meat, consumer research would indicate that they’re betting on more...

Stampede Meat sues New Mexico over plant closure

Stampede Meat is suing New Mexico after state officials ordered the company’s Sunland Park plant closed for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases among more...

Tyson to expand overseas production through new global facilities

Tyson Foods Inc. is preparing to add production capabilities in Asia and Europe as part of its global expansion strategy, the processor announced in a more...

National Pork Board launches online tool for animal disease response

The National Pork Board today launched AgView, an online portal that will allow pig producers to share information that will help response efforts in more...

Pizza Hut, Beyond Meat team up on alt-meat pizza option

Pizza Hut says it’s poised to become what it says is the first national pizza chain to offer a plant-based meat pizza on a national scale. The Plano more...

McD's lays out growth strategy for '21

McDonald’s has unveiled plans for its own line of plant-based “McPlant” products, as well as a crispy chicken sandwich, and a multi-channel more...

Maple Leaf Foods again cleared in suit over 2008 listeriosis outbreak

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal filed by franchisees of a submarine sandwich chain seeking compensation from Maple Leaf Foods Inc. for more...

Pot pies recalled for allergen

Bake My Day Gluten-Free Bakeries Ltd. is recalling Bake My Day brand Chicken Pot Pie from the marketplace because it contains egg, which is not declared more...

Tyson expands its plant-based brand varieties to Europe

Tyson Foods is taking its Raised & Rooted plant-based protein brand to Europe, the company announced Monday. The first expansion of the brand outside more...

Broiler, turkey price-fixing cases to remain separate

A federal judge has denied a motion to merge two poultry price-fixing cases in the Northern District of Illinois. The first case — In re Broiler more...

Ontario processor plans $19.1M expansion

Canadian meat processor Piller’s Fine Foods is planning a multi-million dollar expansion in Brantford, Ontario, according to a CTV News report. more...

Kentucky gov approves funds for processors

In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear has agreed to allocate $2 million out of the state's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding more...

IPPE shifts 2021 Young Leaders program to online platform

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) plans to pivot its annual Young Leaders Under 30 program to an all-online format for the first more...

New Mexico orders meat plant shut amid COVID-19 outbreak

The state of New Mexico on Thursday ordered Stampede Meat to shut down its plant in Sunland Park for two weeks to stem COVID-19 infections among the company’s more...

JBS, direct purchasers agree to settle claims in pork price-fixing case (UPDATED)

JBS USA and direct purchaser plaintiffs have reached a settlement agreement in the ongoing pork price-fixing lawsuit, the parties notified a federal court more...

New beef processing plant on tap for North Dakota

If all goes according to plan, a new meat processing plant is set to open in March outside Mott, N.D.  Area ranchers will be able to bring their more...

Avian influenza outbreaks hit farms in Japan, Europe

Japanese officials on Thursday said 330,000 chickens at a farm in the city of Mitoyo would be culled after testing positive for avian influenza, according more...

Wyoming beef processor gets funds to expand: report

Beef processor Wyoming Legacy Meats has received funding to build an expansion to its plant in Cody, Wyo., according to a local report. According to the report more...

Nestlé spends nearly $1B to acquire meal delivery service

Nestlé said it has acquired Freshly Inc., a subscription service that delivers fresh meals in the U.S., for $950 million, to take advantage of more...

Minerva profits in Q3 as demand rebounds in Brazil, China

Brazilian beef processor Minerva Foods expects Chinese and Brazilian beef demand to continue to increase in the fourth quarter due to a recovery in consumption more...

Beef bacon product launches at Walmart

A Chicago-area manufacturer of gyros, deli beef and Mediterranean foods is expanding the footprint for its beef bacon line through an agreement to supply more...

Wingstop tests chicken thighs to thwart higher wing prices

Wingstop Inc. is testing bone-in thighs at select restaurants in seven cities as the fast casual chain attempts to address continuing price fluctuations more...

Illinois town mulls small processing plant

A group of local businessmen in Hebron, Ill. have proposed a small-scale beef and pork processing facility for an empty building in the town of 1,200 more...

Shareholders gain legal leverage over J&F, Batistas: Reuters

Shareholders in JBS SA have been cleared to sue Wesley and Joesley Batista and their company, J&F Investimentos, JBS's biggest shareholder, and more...

ASF spreads to new German province: report

African Swine Fever has been confirmed in a wild boar shot over the weekend in the Saxony province in eastern Germany, according to a report on fleischwirtschaft more...

Pork industry applauds trade action against Thailand

The National Pork Producers Council is touting the U.S. suspension of $817 million in trade preferences to Thailand due to its “de facto” more...

Arby’s owner buys Dunkin’ Brands for $11.3 billion

Inspire Brands — owner of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings —is paying $11.3 billion for coffee-and-donuts chain Dunkin’ Brands Group more...

Canadian officials label regional COVID-19 outbreak ‘over’

Public health authorities in the Fraser Health region officially declared that a recent COVID-19 outbreak at a beef plant in Surrey, British Columbia more...

OSHA fines another JBS plant

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has imposed a COVID-19-related fine of $1,928 on JBS's Swift Beef Plant more...

October 2020

Former Texas Packing Company manager pleads guilty to misleading federal regulators

A former manager of a Texas Packing Company plant in San Angelo, Texas plead guilty to misleading federal regulators. According to an announcement from more...

COVID-19 Update: Outbreaks continue at Canadian plants

COVID-19 outbreaks continue to spread throughout Canada’s meat industry. According to a report from CTV News, there is a new outbreak at Olymel’s more...

Analysts boost ‘21 expectations for Pilgrim’s Pride

In the wake of PIlgrim's Pride’s unexpectedly strong financial performance in its third fiscal quarter, equity analysts have increased their expectations more...

UW-Madison to unveil new meat science/animal biologics building

A virtual event celebrating the completion of UW-Madison’s new $57.1 million Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building has been set for more...

Couple charged with funneling undocumented workers to Mar-Jac plant

An Alabama couple face federal charges following a Department of Homeland Security probe finding they made a business of supplying undocumented workers more...

Pilgrim’s Sandri expects to end 2020 on a high note

A day after reporting impressive third-quarter results, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. CEO Fabio Sandri spoke optimistically about the protein industry’s more...

National Chicken Council names 2020-21 officers

The National Chicken Council announced Thursday that Wayne Farms Chief Executive Officer Clint Rivers has been installed for a second term as chairman more...

Minerva invests in U.S. animal-free protein startup

Brazilian beef processor Minerva Foods said Wednesday it is investing $4 million in San Francisco-based startup Clara Foods as part of its venture capital more...

Tyson wins some, loses some in antitrust summary judgments

Tyson Foods was able to defeat some aspects of an antitrust lawsuit with a recent summary judgment, but two key aspects of the case will move forward more...

Tyson, Maple Leaf Foods join animal welfare coalition

Both Tyson Foods and Maple Leaf Foods have joined the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), an industry-led collaboration that advances farm animal more...

Seaboard Q3 earnings rise; pork sales up

Seaboard Corp. said short-term investments contributed to higher earnings in the third quarter, which also saw the diversified agribusiness and transportation more...

U.S. pork producers sign $500M supply deal with Vietnam: report

Smithfield Foods and other U.S. pork producers have reportedly signed an agreement to provide as much as $500 million worth of U.S. pork to a business more...

Despite pandemic, Maple Leaf Foods sees solid 3Q results

Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc. reported sales growth of 6.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 — and a nearly 400% climb in net income more...

Restaurant Brands launches drive-thru modernization program

The pandemic has decimated in-person dining, but been rocket fuel to QSR drive-thru operations. Now, the owner of Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes more...

Ag sector floats on $18 billion in fed relief

With days left before the presidential election deadline, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that more than $7 billion in payments have been made to more...

Transparency, plant-based big in 2021: Innova

The next calendar year will bring increased focus on transparency in the food supply chain and continued interest in plant-based proteins, research firm more...

New wave: Union wants closure of Olymel’s Quebec plant

A COVID-19 outbreak involving at least 60 employees at an Olymel pork plant in Quebec prompted the union representing the facility’s 1,200 workers more...

OSHA fines two processors for COVID-19-related violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a unit of JBS USA and Conagra Brands Inc. in its latest more...

More shuffling in Hormel's management ranks

Hormel Foods has announced another series of promotions and retirements from among its management ranks. In a release, the company said:  Joe Muzik more...

Another player in the QSR chicken sandwich game

Church's Chicken has rolled out its own version of the current QSR favorite, the fried chicken sandwich, the company said in a news release. The sandwich more...

Exports continue to move pork out of freezers

Inventory of pork in cold storage on Sept. 30 stood at 22% below year-ago levels as exports continue to move product through the system. Pork bellies more...

Steve Kopperud, animal ag advocate, has died at 69

Steve Kopperud, a longtime policy advocate on behalf of the livestock and meat industries, both inside the Beltway and across the globe, died suddenly more...

FSIS posts after-action review of S. Reading outbreak linked to turkey

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released an after-action report on a multi-agency investigation of a 2017–2019 outbreak of more...

Stepping up: Plumrose USA, Smithfield's Pure Farmland, Tyson Foods

JBS USA unit invests $300,000 to Moberly, Mo., to support community infrastructure and other challenges caused by COVID-19. Plumrose USA – which more...

COVID-19 update: N.C. report reflects progress in state; new outbreak in Canada

The number of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters in the meat and poultry processing industry in North Carolina has decreased since May, though they more...

empirical breaks ground on Kansas beef plant

The empirical family of companies today said it has broken ground on a state of the art ground beef production facility in Garden City, Kansas. The new more...

Verde Farms gains new investors, sees robust sales growth

Verde Farms today announced it secured new funding from minority investors including Johnsonville Holdings and NHL player Alex Biega, completing its Series more...

Omaha Steaks appoints executive chef

Omaha Steaks announced today that chef and television personality David Rose has been named executive chef of the fifth-generation, family-owned gourmet more...

Judge denies motion to dismiss turkey price-fixing case

A motion to dismiss a price-fixing case against turkey producers has been denied in the Northern District of Illinois. The case – which was filed more...

Hormel announces a number of promotions, retirements

Hormel Foods has announced a number of promotions and retirements among the company’s upper management. Hormel announced the retirements more...

COVID-19 outbreak reported among Canadian poultry workers

A poultry processor in Blumenort, Manitoba, is confirming reports that 25 employees tested positive for COVID-19, although there is no evidence that the more...

Hormel adds two thick-cut bacon flavors

Hormel Foods is rolling out two new flavors in its Black Label bacon line, the company announced Wednesday. Hormel Black Label Ranch Thick Cut Bacon is more...

NCBA floats voluntary price transparency plan

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has rolled out its promised plan for a voluntary program that would bring more price transparency to the cattle more...

Federal judge won't dismiss pork price-fixing suit

A federal judge in Minnesota has denied a request by pork processors to dismiss a long-running lawsuit accusing them of fixing prices, but he also released more...

Australian alt-protein company receives $55M investment: report

Goldman Sachs Inc. and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings are providing US$55 million (A$77 million) in Series B funding to V2food, an Australian developer more...

The Alt-Meat market after COVID: six perspectives

It seems the alt-protein markets were beginning to fire on all cylinders when COVID-19 spread globally, disrupting food channels globally. Like conventional more...

Smithfield's Sullivan to step down in '21; Organ will be CEO

Kenneth M. Sullivan will retire as president and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc. early next year, the company said in a news release. Dennis Organ, more...

Canadian processors address new COVID-19 outbreaks (UPDATED)

Public health officials in Ontario and British Columbia have confirmed separate outbreaks of COVID-19 at two meat processing plants in the last week. more...

Analysts: Sanderson Farms faces challenging market

The poultry industry faces challenging market dynamics that are expected to persist into spring of 2021, according to analysts who participated in Sanderson more...

News briefs: NAMI, Jack in the Box, Illinois Pork, American Farm Bureau

NAMI partners with Food Safety Net Services  The North American Meat Institute announced a new training partnership with Food Safety Net Services more...

Georgia beef processor kicks off multi-phase slaughterhouse expansion

Vertically integrated beef processor FPL Food LLC announced today that it has secured an initial round of financing to begin a multi-phased expansion more...

Federal appeals court props up California’s animal cruelty law

A panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a federal district court’s ruling that meat producers selling their products more...

September brought continued elevated gains in deli

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Seemingly overnight, the pandemic caused the food dollar to more...

US Foods names new supply chain chief

US Foods has announced that Bill Hancock will join the company as executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective Nov. 9. Hancock will more...

Arkansas farmers push for state meat inspection

Interest in access to a $5 million federal grant for upgrading Arkansas meat processing facilities highlights the need to revive a state meat inspection more...

Tom Brady's TB12 launches high-protein performance meals

TB12, the health and wellness brand co-founded by six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and business partner Alex Guerrero, has launched more...

Legal squabble over Sanderson '100% natural' claim continues

Advocates are asking a U.S. appeals court panel to revive their false advertising case against Sanderson Farms over the poultry processor’s “100% more...

News briefs: Johnsonville, Kroger, Red Baron, NMPAN, Maple Leaf Farms

Johnsonville debuts breakfast sausages for foodservice  Johnsonville Foodservice has launched its first-ever premium breakfast sausage lineup designed more...

Pilgrim’s plans $75M expansion in Cold Spring, Minn.

Pilgrim's has announced it is making a $75 million expansion to its production facility in Cold Spring, Minn. When construction is complete in early 2021 more...

Wall Street applauds Pilgrim’s price-fixing deal

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.’s $110.5 million plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle price-fixing allegations is getting a thumbs more...

Panera offers meals certified as climate friendly

Panera Bread is partnering with the World Resources Institute (WRI) in labeling more than half of the entrees on its menu as climate-friendly “Cool more...

Take a deep breath: Hormel has bacon-scented face masks

Bacon fans now have a way to inhale the scent of breakfast sizzling while wearing a mask during the public health emergency, courtesy of a technology more...

Muscogee (Creek) Nation breaks ground on $10M facility

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has broken ground on a $10 million meat processing facility in Okmulgee County, Okla.  According to a report from Tulsa more...

Cargill matches Nobel Peace Prize award with $1M donation

Cargill has given a matching donation of $1 million in honor of the United Nation's World Food Programme’s (WFP) Nobel Peace Prize for 2020.  more...

NAMI calls for nominations for two programs

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) invites nominations for its Worker Safety Recognition Award Program, a joint effort with the National Safety more...

News briefs: Volpi Foods, Pollo Tropical, Beyond Meat, Gone Rogue

Chefs spotlight Volpi Foods' Heritage Prosciutto Volpi Foods announces a series of collaborations with top St. Louis restaurants to highlight the brand’s more...

Uh-oh: Scientists say coronavirus may live on surfaces for weeks

As attempts to better understand the coronavirus continue, a new study by Australian scientists indicates that SARS-CoV-2 could survive on non-porous more...

ASF outbreak worsens in Germany, E. Europe

At least five nations overseas have reported new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in domestic pigs, according to the latest statistics from the more...

USDA grant to boost study of beef preferences, demand

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a group of university researchers grant funding to examine consumer preferences for U.S more...

McAdams named head of Texas Beef Council

Molly K. McAdams has joined the Texas Beef Council (TBC) as its new executive vice president. McAdams replaces Richard Wortham, who will retire from the more...

Parts of IPPE 2021 will be digital

International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) show management has cancelled the in-person component of IPPE 2021 in Atlanta, slated to take place more...

Tofurky challenges La. labeling law on alt-meat products

Alt-meat company Tofurky filed a lawsuit this week against a Louisiana law on labeling language for meat products. The law targets alt-meat food products more...

Perdue must reimburse Treasury for Hatch Act violation

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be required to reimburse the U.S. Department of Treasury for the cost of a taxpayer funded event after more...

UFCW and others sue govt. over PPE shortages

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) has joined 20 other union organizations in a lawsuit against the federal government more...

August exports of U.S. beef, pork muscle cuts up, variety meats down

August exports of U.S. beef and pork muscle cuts rose above last year’s strong volumes, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U more...

USDA urged to purchase $17 million in bison meat

A dozen U.S. senators are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy $17 million of bison meat, according to the National Bison Association more...

German meat plant ordered shut amid COVID-19 outbreak: report

Authorities in the Emsland district in north Germany ordered a meatpacking plant owned by the Toennies group to stop slaughter activities on Friday, complete more...

Wingstop adds 43 stores, posts sales surge in Q3

Wingstop Inc. said it opened 43 net new stores in the third quarter, while domestic same-store sales jumped 25.4%, despite the challenging industry backdrop more...

China’s pork reserves dwindle as meat demand grows

China is running out of frozen pork. That is the estimate from Enodo Economics, a London-based consulting firm that tracks market conditions in China more...

Tyson targeted in new suit alleging lax plant measures during pandemic

The family of a worker at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Iowa is suing the processor for allegedly failing to protect employees after the family patriarch more...

Two casual dining operations file for Chapter 11 protection amid COVID-19

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain and a Golden Corral franchisee submitted separate Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filings this week in the wake of more...

Meat Institute honors Rosen, Tompkin

The North American Meat Institute and its foundation have recognized Tom Rosen, CEO of Rosen’s Diversified Inc., and Bruce Tompkin, retired vice more...

Smithfield urges govt. action on vaccinations/food policy

Smithfield Foods is urging action from local, state and federal government agencies when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the face of an unprecedented more...

JBS USA CEO says new COVID-19 plant closings unlikely: report

The nation’s meat processing industry is not expected to see a resurgence of plant closings experienced in the first few months of the COVID-19 more...

China trade projections point in different directions

Trade and ag advisers seem to have differing expectations for China’s chances of meeting its recently agreed-upon trade benchmarks for importing more...

News briefs: Sonic Drive-In, Perdue Farms, Kroger

Sonic in the Southeast gets new ownershipQuality Restaurant Group LLC has picked up 62 Sonic Drive-In restaurants in Florida and Alabama, according to more...

Co-op to more than double processing capacity

The Island Grown Farms Cooperative (IGFC) plans to build a bigger meat processing plant due to increasing demand in northwest Washington State, according more...

Probe into cause of West Liberty Foods fire continues

An investigation into a fire last week at a West Liberty Foods plant in Tremonton, Utah, continues as the company adjusts operations to minimize the impact more...

Danish Crown adds 375 workers to meet foreign pork demand

European pork giant Danish Crown is hiring 375 new employees to boost staffing at three of its domestic slaughterhouses in order to serve increasing foreign more...

Belcampo Meat loses 8,000 acres in California wildfire

Belcampo Meat confirmed that about 8,000 acres of land on its farm at the base of Mount Shasta have burned in the Zogg Fire in California. No employees more...

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Cargill, Ahold Delhaize partner on second beef plant

Cargill has finalized a contract to manage another case-ready beef plant owned by retail giant Ahold Delhaize, a spokesman told Meatingplace. News more...

ADP Direct Poultry acquires Cami International

ADP Direct Poultry has acquired Cami International Poultry Ltd, an 'air chill' poultry slaughter and processing company located in Welland, Ontario. Terms more...

No serious injuries in West Liberty Foods plant fire

West Liberty, Iowa-based West Liberty Foods reported a fire at its Tremonton, Utah, facility, which resulted in minor injuries for three workers more...

New bill aims to reform and expand cattle/beef markets

A new bill introduced this week in the House of Representatives is aiming for some sweeping reforms to both the cattle and beef processing industries more...

Democrats question CDC COVID-19 guidance to Smithfield

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is among the Democrats calling out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recommendations made to Smithfield more...

Judge moves Tyson-Keystone battle to arbitration

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday transferred nearly all claims of a lawsuit over Tyson Foods’ $2.16 billion acquisition of Keystone Foods more...

Smithfield launches portable, microwaveable breakfast items

Smithfield Foods today announced the launch of refrigerated breakfast items containing sausage, egg and cheese in three flavors: Homestyle, Western Style more...

Beyond Meat triples distribution of plant-based burgers at Walmart stores

Beyond Meat’s plant-based burgers will be available at more than 2,400 Walmart stores as of next week. The move will triple from 800 Walmart stores more...

September 2020

Minnesota judge tosses cattle price fixing lawsuit

An antitrust lawsuit alleging price fixing from the nation’s largest beef processors has been tossed in federal court, though the plaintiffs were more...

Two-day protest at Smithfield slaughterhouse results in arrests

Authorities in Vernon, Calif., arrested more than 20 animal rights activists protesting what the group described as inhumane treatment of animals at the more...

Poultry executive Blake Lovette dies at 77

Blake Lovette, the former president of Holly Farms, died Tuesday in North Carolina after a brief illness, according to media reports. He was 77 years more...

Perdue Farms issues position statement on animal care and welfare

Perdue Farms reaffirmed its commitment to animal care and welfare standards throughout its operations as part of a position statement released this week more...

CME Group to debut Pork Cutout futures, options

Chicago-based CME Group Inc. is preparing to introduce Pork Cutout futures and options for trading on Nov. 9, a move the world’s leading derivatives more...

JBS's ground beef recall is expanded

The food recall warning issued over the weekend by JBS Food Canada has been updated to include additional product information, and has also been more...

Microneedle 'bioink' sensor detects spoilage, pathogens in food

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a Velcro-like food sensor, made from an array of silk microneedles, that more...

Cure8 Ventures announces inaugural class of startups

Cure8 Ventures, a venture capital firm backed by food-industry and private-equity veterans, announced the inaugural class of startup companies supported more...

Hearing set on challenges to USDA’s swine slaughter proposals

A federal lawsuit over USDA’s slaughter rules for line speeds for swine is being supported by attorneys general from seven U.S. states, and that more...

JBS Canada issues ground beef recall

JBS Food Canada is recalling Provigo brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157 contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection more...

Pork loin recalled on possible allergen

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling President's Choice brand Maple Apple flavour Seasoned Pork Loin Roast because it contains mustard, which is not declared more...

Feedlot dynamics continue: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

Sanderson Farms’ request for rehearing on OSHA fine denied

Federal appellate judges on Wednesday denied a petition from Sanderson Farms to rehear an earlier decision to uphold a fine that the Occupational Safety more...

FSIS revises directive on humane handling for inspectors

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a third revision to its directive on the humane handling and slaughter of livestock that outlines more...

African swine fever outbreaks in Philippines, more in Germany

Outbreaks of African swine fever, or ASF, have reportedly broken out in six provinces of the Philippines, where more than 300,000 pigs have been culled more...

Alt-meat in the news: Smithfield, Target, Mosa Meat

Smithfield adds to plant-based product line Pork producer Smithfield Foods’ subsidiary Pure Farmland is now selling plant-based sausages at retailers more...

NAMI joins effort to continue U.S. membership in WTO

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has joined a group of 62 agricultural organizations and companies calling on U.S. trade officials and members more...

Pork workers cleared to return to Quebec plant after COVID testing

All 450 workers at Aliments Asta, a pork slaughtering and processing plant east of Quebec City, have been given the all-clear to return to work after more...

Luby’s CEO mulls buying assets of the troubled company

The current president and CEO of Luby’s Inc. is considering buying some of the assets of the restaurant holding company, which this month announced plans more...

Stepping up: Mountaire Farms, Smithfield, Tyson Foods, JBS, Country Archer, Niman Ranch, Hormel

Mountaire helps those hurt by Hurricane Laura Mountaire Farms employees traveled to Lake Charles, La., in early September to help prepare meals for people more...

Panorama Organic Grass-Fed taps Niman Ranch exec as new GM

Kay Cornelius has been named the new general manager of Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats, Jeff Tripician, president of Perdue Premium Meat Co., announced more...

Walmart, Cargill, McDonald's partner to improve ranch lands in Northern Plains

The Walmart Foundation, Cargill and McDonald’s are investing more than $6 million in an initiative led by World Wildlife Fund to make lasting improvements more...

JBS to extend monitoring to indirect suppliers; launches Amazon fund

Brazil's JBS S.A. announced Wednesday a project to extend monitoring of its production chain to indirect cattle suppliers, and a fund to promote the conservation more...

Hormel unveils Black Label fully cooked breakfast meals

Hormel is rolling out refrigerated, fully cooked breakfast meals featuring its Black Label meat products. Hormel Black Label Oven-Baked Egg Bites and more...

U.S. lags other countries in meat plant protections: report

Despite the efforts that U.S.-based meat processing facilities have made to protect employees and curb the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, companies more...

No surprise: CDC cites plant design in Smithfield COVID-19 cases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that a severe outbreak of coronavirus disease at the beginning of the pandemic more...

USDA seeks grantees in rural economic development

USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The more...

Rabobank's Weststrate is dead at 66

Rabobank's former Vice Chairman—Global Corporate Clients Adriaan Cornelis Weststrate has passed away at the age of 66 from cancer. The Dutch native more...

OK Foods addresses China ban, cites health department errors

OK Foods Inc. said it is working toward resuming exports of its poultry products from one of its plants to China following a ban apparently caused by more...

Canadian officials launch COVID-19 tests at pork plant

Canada’s Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) began testing all 450 employees at an Aliments Asta Inc. pork plant in Quebec this more...

NIFA awards COVID-19 grants, has more to give

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has developed a series of COVID-19 Rapid Response funding opportunities targeted to the more...

Help wanted: Culver's in the hunt for a CEO

Joe Koss is retiring as president and CEO of Culver Franchising System at the end of the year, the Praire du Sac, Wisc.-based burger and custard restaurant more...

Johnsonville buys Vermont Smoke & Cure

Johnsonville announced today its purchase of meat snack producer Vermont Smoke & Cure. The privately held company will operate as a part of Johnsonville more...

California passes three new COVID-19 worker-protection bills

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law three new bills that protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, which covers different more...

USDA adds $14 billion to COVID-19 agricultural assistance program

An additional $14 billion will bolster the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) to help agricultural producers who continue to face market more...

U.K. beef on its way to U.S. for first time in 20 years

The U.K. will be shipping beef to the U.S. for the first time in 20 years following the approval of three U.K. processors this week, according to a report more...

Industry groups say FTC lacks jurisdiction over meat labels

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and Meat Importers Council of America (MICA) say the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule more strictly more...

Cattlemen’s Beef Board investing $39M in new programs

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) announced more than $39 million in new investments for beef promotion, research, consumer information, and more...

R-CALF files new lawsuit over beef checkoff program

Independent cattlemen group R-CALF USA has filed a new lawsuit over USDA’s amendments to the operation of the federal Beef Checkoff program. The more...

Hormel to host virtual pizza party Friday as charity benefit

Hormel Foods Corp. is preparing to hold a virtual pizza party with the goal of supporting frontline healthcare workers battling COVID-19 and setting a more...

China suspends poultry imports from second U.S. processor over coronavirus (UPDATED)

For the second time in three months, China has suspended imports from a U.S. poultry processor due to concerns about positive coronavirus cases among more...

Tyson Fresh Meats launches case ready natural line

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, said its Open Prairie Natural Meats brand has launched a case ready product line. The more...

WTO says U.S. tariffs on China violated international rules

The World Trade Organization on Tuesday said it found U.S. tariffs imposed on China in 2018 violated international trade rules, prompting criticism from more...

More African swine fever cases found in Germany

German officials announced yesterday that they have uncovered five additional cases of African swine fever in wild boars in the eastern state of Brandenburg more...

NAMI responds to critics of its role in April's emergency order

An investigative report in USA Today has raised an alarm about the extent to which meat industry representatives have been advising federal decision-makers more...

Major chicken processors named in yet another price-fixing lawsuit (UPDATED)

Two chicken growers this week filed an antitrust and unfair competition lawsuit accusing five major poultry processors and their affiliates of illegally more...

Brazil's Minerva Foods to sell stake in unit

Brazilian beef processor Minerva Foods said on Monday that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with a NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition more...

K-State lands $1.3M in grants to study COVID-19 in the plant

Researchers at Kansas State University will use a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to look at ways of controlling the spread of more...

Smithfield Foods commits $1M in upgrades to Mason City plant (UPDATED)

Smithfield Foods Inc. is spending nearly $1 million to make physical changes at its Mason City, Iowa, meat processing plant to strengthen COVID-19 prevention more...

OSHA fines come under fire; NAMI swipes at Washington Post

Worker safety advocates took aim at citations and fines the agency levied against one meatpacking plant owned by Smithfield and one owned by JBS USA for more...

Cal/OSHA fines processor, temp agency more than $200K each

The state of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has fined Vernon-based Overhill Farms Inc. and a temporary employment more...

Beef dazzles in Labor Day performance

Already a strong grocery holiday during regular times, expectations for Labor Day grocery sales were high and reality did not disappoint. The holiday more...

Strauss Brands lays plans for new beef plant

Beef processor Strauss Brands is seeking approval for a new 152,000-square-foot facility in Franklin, Wisc., according to documents posted on the city's more...

Germany's ASF ripples through trade networks

The fallout has been swift from a positive African swine fever (ASF) case in Germany, with the country’s exports and local commerce already facing more...

Luby’s board approves liquidation, dissolution plan

The board of directors of the owner of the Luby’s Cafeteria and Fuddruckers restaurant chains approved a plan of liquidation and dissolution after more...

Montana boosts coronavirus relief funds for meat processing

Montana meat processors will have access to more funding from the state's Coronavirus Relief Fund beginning Sept. 15, Gov. Steve Bullock announced. The more...

OSHA cites Smithfield for failing to protect workers from COVID-19 (UPDATED)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. in Sioux Falls, S more...

Germany confirms first case of African swine fever

German officials Wednesday confirmed the country’s first African swine fever (ASF) case in a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenberg, according more...

Tyson Foods touts beef transparency push

Tyson Foods said Wednesday it is working to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than 5 million acres of cattle grazing land in the U more...

Beyond Meat, Starbucks expand plant-based offerings in Asia

Beyond Meat is bulking up its foothold in mainland China, this week unveiling plans for two manufacturing plants near Shanghai that should be fully operational more...

JBS laying off 600 at Australia's largest beef plant: report

JBS Australia announced plans to lay off about 600 full-time employees at the company's Dinmore plant, Australia's largest cattle processing facility more...

U.S. pork, beef exports to Taiwan may climb with ractopamine shift

Taiwan is preparing to change its rules banning imported meat from animals that were raised using ractopamine, possibly opening the door for higher U more...

Cargill identifies tech innovators in Farm-to-Fork Accelerator

Cargill and Ecolab have announced the latest participants in the Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator, a program that supports new technologies to promote more...

Popeyes names new president for the Americas

Restaurant Brands International announced that Sami Siddiqui has been appointed president of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for the Americas. Siddiqui most more...

Cal/OSHA cites meat companies on COVID-19 protections

The state of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has cited 11 employers — including two meat processors — for more...

Bell & Evans to build $330-million harvesting plant

Bell & Evans unveiled plans to construct a $330-million organic-certified chicken harvesting facility that is expected to double its production capacity more...

Foster Farms reopens California plant

Foster Farms has reopened its poultry plant in Livingston, Calif., that was shut down after local public health officials recommended several measures more...

Panera taps Debbie Roberts as COO

Restaurant industry leader Debbie Roberts has joined Panera Bread as executive vice president and chief operations officer. She will lead operations and more...

Beef outperforms chicken in pandemic: report

Animal protein companies are making more money from beef than chicken during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Bloomberg. Stronger demand more...

'Doesn't dining out sound good?', restaurant ad campaign asks

The National Restaurant Association has launched a new multimedia campaign with its first ad in a series aimed at encouraging customers to dine-in at more...

Canada unveils emergency programs for processing workers

The Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced a number of initial projects funded under that country’s C$77.5 million Emergency more...

FSIS to host public meeting on consumer food safety outreach

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will host a virtual public meeting Oct. 6 to aid in the development of effective consumer food safety outreach more...

Canadian packer’s COVID-19 cases double

COVID-19 cases at Harmony Beef north of Calgary, Alberta, have doubled to 74 since last Friday, the CBC reported, citing Alberta Health officials.   more...

USDA designates Iowa derecho disaster area, extends aid

USDA has designated 18 counties in Iowa as “primary” natural disaster areas and another 27 counties in Iowa and Illinois as “contiguous” more...

Marel to acquire TREIF in €128M deal

Icelandic food processor Marel has announced its acquisition of TREIF Maschinenbau GmbH, a German food cutting technology provider. For the acquisition more...

News briefs: Walmart, MamaMancini, Taco Bell

Walmart launches customer membership serviceWalmart said it is launching a membership program that offers free delivery from stores on items from tech more...

Tyson Foods to open medical clinics near processing plants

Tyson Foods plans to open medical clinics near some U.S. plants in an effort to increase the health of its workers, the Springdale, Arkansas-based company more...

Tyson reopens Arkansas poultry plant disrupted by area flooding

Tyson Foods today resumed operations at the company’s poultry plant in Waldron, Ark., where flooding caused a disruption to the city’s water more...

Virginia bill to expand reporting of COVID-19 outbreaks dies

A Virginia senator’s attempt to force the state to reveal more information about COVID-19 outbreaks in poultry plants and other businesses has failed more...

Global food prices hit six-month high, but meat lags

World food prices reached a six-month high in August after posting a third consecutive monthly increase, though beef and poultry prices weakened amid more...

Tyson to close or sell plant in Wrexham, Wales

Tyson Foods is looking at selling or closing its meat processing plant in Wrexham, Wales, and is discussing with employees a proposal to discontinue operations more...

Montana candidate for governor unveils growth plan with COOL initiative

An economic growth plan unveiled by Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who is running for governor, would revive Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat more...

Tyson wants workers' COVID-19 case moved to federal court

Tyson Foods is seeking to have a lawsuit brought by a group of past and present employees alleging willful misconduct during the COVID-19 pandemic moved more...

Wendy’s revives pretzel bun for two new sandwiches

Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s is bringing back the pretzel bun for a new cheeseburger that also can be ordered as a chicken sandwich. The new Pretzel more...

Intermountain Packing to expand, add 200 jobs

Eden, Idaho-based Intermountain Packing plans to build a 50,000-square-foot plant on nine acres of undeveloped land with a total capital investment of more...

Court allows punitive damage claims for E. coli outbreak case

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has ruled that plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Sodexo Management Inc. can sue for punitive more...

Canadian processor recalls chicken on allergen concerns

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is recalling a gluten-free chicken strip product sold in Canadian retail stores because they may contain gluten or wheat that is not more...

Fugitive beefalo will avoid slaughter: owner

A rogue beefalo that escaped from a slaughterhouse nearly one month ago will be allowed to live the rest of its life on a farm once it has been captured more...

August 2020

Claims-based meat sales up more than 32% yoy

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Following the two massive stock-up weeks in mid-March, trip more...

COOL case vs. big packers is appealed

Two lawsuits brought against National Beef, Tyson, Cargill and JBS USA over packages of their beef labeled "Product of the U.S." — which is an issue more...

Sofina Foods keeps Calgary plant open despite COVID-19

Canada’s Sofina Foods says its poultry processing plant in Calgary will remain open even after the local union called for the Lilydale plant in more...

British processors say meat eating unfairly maligned

Weary of being being a scapegoat for a variety of ills, the British Meat Processors Association has unveiled a website aimed at dispelling negative notions more...

Health officials order Foster Farms plant closed, skewer firm’s COVID response

Health officials in Merced County, Calif., issued a scathing review of Foster Farms’ management of COVID-19 cases at its Livingston facility and more...

Taiwan to lift bans on U.S. pork, beef to foster trade talks: report

Taiwan officials said they will lift restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef, smoothing a path to a free-trade agreement between the two countries more...

Brazilian packer launches carbon neutral beef

Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig on Thursday launched a new brand of carbon neutral beef products. Marfrig invested some $1.8 million to create the Viva line more...

Stepping up: Tyson, Smithfield, JBS, Cargill

Tyson Foods partners with Feed the Children Tyson Foods has partnered with Feed the Children to provide 10 million meals to families in 16 states across more...

Sanderson Farms hit by pandemic but spared by Hurricane Laura

Sanderson Farms facilities in Texas and Louisiana were spared the wrath of Hurricane Laura, with all of its operations continuing to operate normally more...

Johnsonville buys Malaysia-based meat products maker (Updated)

Johnsonville has acquired halal meat products manufacturer PrimaBaguz from Malaysia's state-owned private equity firm Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas), the Sheboygan more...

Lidl plans to add 50 U.S. stores by end of next year

Lidl US this week announced it will invest more than $500 million to open 50 new grocery stores along the East Coast by the end of 2021, bringing its more...

House of Raeford names Arcadia complex manager

House of Raeford Farms announced the retirement of Mark Van Benthuysen, complex manager for the company’s Arcadia, La., division, effective Aug more...

Iowa to allocate $100M to help state ag industry

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced plans to allocate $100 million in CARES Act funding to help farmers, producers and small processors adversely affected more...

COVID-19 update: virus’ impact in Delaware; JBS SA sued over testing

New data from the state of Delaware shows how pervasive the coronavirus has been among the state’s poultry workers. According to numbers published more...

Australia losing beef market share in U.S.: report

Currency fluctuations and trade disruptions threaten Australia’s — and to a lesser extent New Zealand’s — share of the beef import more...

Dan Stauft: A vehicle of change at SugarCreek

Before accepting a job with meat co-packer SugarCreek seven years ago, Dan Stauft spent 22 years working in various manufacturing engineering positions more...

Grocery, refrigerated foods help Hormel post modest profit gain

Higher sales in three of its four business segments offset COVID-19-related costs and other balance sheet issues to help Hormel Foods Corp. report a 2% more...

Hormel offers free college to all employees' offspring

Hormel Foods Corp. is launching a program that will cover the tuition for dependent children of its employees at regional community colleges starting more...

Cold storage totals drop, but pork demand looks bullish: DLR

The total supply of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in cold storage at the end of July was lower than a year ago but a look at the individual proteins more...

Frozen proteins for the win

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Frozen foods have been among the strongest performers across more...

Industry groups formally renew support for NSIS plan

Two major meat associations have filed legal brief against a challenge to new proposed swine inspection rules, citing potential problems for pork producers more...

Transparency urged in changes to farm payment eligibility rule

House Agriculture Chair Collin Peterson is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain how it determines which livestock and crops are eligible more...

That bet on value-added pays off, even in a pandemic

The meat department has ruled the fresh perimeter since the onset of the pandemic. With 62% of the year behind us, meat department sales have already more...

USC targets Vernon, Calif., for vaccine trial

The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine is enrolling volunteers for a Phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine, and more...

COVID-19 update: Cargill, OSHA, JBS

Cargill and public health officials in Calgary, Alberta, say COVID-19 cases at the meatpacker’s local Case Ready Meats plant appear to be contained more...

N.C. processor expands

Brookwood Farms, a processor of barbecued meats based in Siler City, N.C., plans to add a $3.7 million distribution center near its hometown, according more...

Turkey industry only so hopeful on Thanksgiving demand

The turkey industry is cautiously optimistic about the coming Thanksgiving holiday, based on hatchery output during July, which was down 7% from a year more...

Dan Stauft: A vehicle of change at SugarCreek

Before accepting a job with meat co-packer SugarCreek seven years ago, Dan Stauft spent 22 years working in various manufacturing engineering positions more...

USDA reduces broiler export forecast as foreign demand slows

A slowdown in foreign demand prompted USDA to reduce its 2020 forecast for U.S. broiler exports, though first-half gains propped them up slightly over more...

Pork groups: COVID-19 shows need to improve livestock insurance plan

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and 26 state pork associations are asking USDA to revise the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program more...

FSIS outlines criteria for outside lab use

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a directive detailing the criteria to be used when the agency employs outside laboratories more...

How many hot dogs can a person eat? Science has the answer

What’s the maximum number of hot dogs a human being could theoretically gobble down in 10 minutes? Veterinarian and exercise scientist James Smoliga more...

Maxwell Foods sues Smithfield over hog pricing

Maxwell Foods, which has a network of 150 contract hog farms, is suing Smithfield Foods Inc. for allegedly not fulfilling pricing standards and contributing more...

Maple Leaf Foods' Brandon plant suspends exports to China

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods on Tuesday said it temporarily suspended pork exports to China from its plant in Brandon, Manitoba, on a voluntary basis due more...

COVID-19 update: Cargill outbreak; hog euthanization; worker settlement

Developments on the COVID-19 front at midweek show how the virus continues to affect meat processors across the world. There is a COVID-19 outbreak at more...

Everyday demand, circa 2020, favors some deli

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The second week of August brought continued high levels of more...

COVID-19 Update: Olymel, Maple Leaf Foods make moves

Two Canadian processors took additional steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect their plant employees.   Olymel more...

Tiger Brands to sell business tied to Africa's listeria outbreak

South African meat processor Tiger Brands has entered into two separate sale agreements for its value-added meat products business units (VAMP), including more...

ASF virus diagnosis tool is 'critical breakthrough': USDA ARS

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified a new way to isolate and detect the more...

Beyond Meat not so transparent: report

Beyond Meat pitches its plant-based protein alternatives as a way of doing less damage to the environment than its meat-based rivals. But a recent report more...

Family withdraws suit accusing Tyson of COVID-19-related death

The first of four families that have accused Tyson Foods Inc. of failing to provide a safe work environment following the death of a worker in Texas from more...

Perdue hints at second coming of CFAP

A second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) may be in the offing, put into effect as early as the end of this month or the beginning of September more...

Poultry companies honored for safety programs

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recently recognized 215 chicken and turkey facilities with safety awards, the organization said in a news more...

Steak 'n Shake to sell group of restaurants

Steak 'n Shake, a unit of Biglari Holdings, has hired Keen-Summit Capital Partners and NAI Global to sell a portfolio of 15 company-owned restaurant locations more...

JBS resumes preparation for US IPO

JBS S.A. is resuming preparation for an initial public offering in the United States, said CEO Gilberto Tomazoni in conference calls with analysts on more...

Groups sue USDA for failure of humane poultry slaughter

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Farm Sanctuary have sued USDA in federal court, claiming a failure to require humane handling of poultry at slaughter more...

McDonald’s Canada to revert to domestic beef sourcing

McDonald’s Canada has announced that come September, its restaurants will be once again serve 100% Canadian beef. “For nearly two decades more...

NAMI allies with OSHA

The North American Meat Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have signed a two-year more...

Turasky Meats adding second production facility in Illinois

Turasky Meats today announced plans for a second production facility in Springfield, Ill., to support its customers that will add 15,000 square feet to more...

COVID-19 forces major N.C. pork producer to close

Goldsboro, N.C.-based Maxwell Foods, the 10th largest hog producer in the U.S., said it will permanently close its hog operations in 2021 due to the financial more...

Brazil seeks clarification from China on coronavirus finding in imported chicken

Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture today said it has contacted China's General Administration of Customs for clarification about coronavirus allegedly found more...

FAT Brands beefs up burger portfolio with acquisition

FAT Brands is paying about $25 million to buy 1950s diner-style chain Johnny Rockets from private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners, the owner of Fatburger more...

Hot dogs the exception as consumers paid less for meat in July

After a two-month rise, retail prices for animal protein declined in July, with U.S. consumers paying less last month for beef, pork and chicken. That’s more...

Schwan’s plans major addition to Kansas pizza plant

Schwan’s Co., a subsidiary of South Korean food maker CJ CheilJedang, said it will build a new 400,000-square-foot expansion at its pizza manufacturing more...

NCBA backs expansion of CattleTrace system

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has adopted a policy in support of U.S. CattleTrace as an avenue for achieving better disease traceability more...

Vermont processors gain new channels

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Vermont have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement that will allow certain state-inspected more...

USDA declares one meat category CFAP-eligible, denies others

The USDA has updated its list of agricultural commodities that are eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funds, adding one category more...

Colo. senator seeks probe into U.S. COVID-19 response at meat plants

A U.S. senator is asking inspectors from USDA and the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate federal actions that he believes may have contributed to more...

Walmart to pay millions to settle allegations it overcharged for meat

Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to settle a putative class action lawsuit filed in Florida that accused the retail of systematically more...

Fewer hot dogs, but more money

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The first week in August started off the month in positive more...

NMPAN offers direct-marketing classes for small processors

Farmers, ranchers and butchers can learn how to direct market meat products through a short course announced by the Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network more...

USDA urged to give producers more time to apply for relief

Nearly 30 agricultural groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend an Aug. 28 deadline to apply for coronavirus financial aid. more...

COVID-19 cases spike at Maple Leaf Foods plant (updated)

The spread of coronavirus around a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon, Manitoba, essentially doubled from confirmed COVID-19 cases reported last week, more...

House Ag committee joins call for market investigation

Members of the House Agriculture Committee have joined the calls for USDA to investigate the beef cattle market to determine if it is operating in a free more...

Restaurant Brands International to shutter hundreds of locations

The company that runs fast-food chains Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken and Tim Hortons intends to close hundreds of underperforming locations in more...

ICE/DOJ announce indictments of 4 Mississippi poultry plant administrators

The Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today unsealed indictments against four administrators of poultry processing more...

COVID-19: CDC analyzes S.D. outbreak; Maple Leaf update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday published a detailed look back at the COVID-19 outbreak that infected 929 employees over more...

Chicken sandwiches ruled delivery, too

Spicy chicken sandwiches logged 299% growth in delivery orders placed in the first half of 2020 compared to levels a year earlier, putting America’s more...

News Briefs: Whataburger, Holy Grail Steak, Nathan's Famous, Cracker Barrel, Del Taco

Whataburger promotes president to CEO postSan Antonio, Texas-based Whataburger has appointed company President Ed Nelson to the additional position of more...

Maple Leaf Foods says four Brandon workers recovering from COVID-19

Maple Leaf Foods has implemented its COVID-19 response plan at its Brandon, Manitoba, pork processing plant after learning late Wednesday that three additional more...

Credit Suisse forecasts weak year ahead for Tyson Foods

Another weak year is likely ahead for two of Tyson Foods’ most important divisions — chicken and prepared foods — due to an oversupply more...

Montana meat processors get a $7.5M boost

Montana meat processors will receive a $7.5 million grant to help them make infrastructure improvements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s more...

KFC launching plant-based sandwich across Canada

KFC Canada will expand the availability of its Plant-Based KFC sandwich as a permanent menu item in all of its restaurants in Canada starting Aug. 10 more...

Lawmakers ask DOJ to probe JBS purchase of lamb plant

A group of 12 U.S. senators and representatives is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into JBS USA's acquisition of the Mountain States more...

Tyson to add 230 jobs in Tennessee plant expansion

Tyson Foods has invested $87.6 million in an expansion of its Union City, Tenn., chicken processing plant that is expected to create 230 jobs by the end more...

Strong retail sales propel Beyond Meat past Q2 expectations

Beyond Meat posted better-than-expected revenues in the second quarter, with strong retail sales making up for weak foodservice demand. For the three more...

Red Table Meat offers consumers the whole hog

A Minneapolis salumi company has launched what it describes as the nation’s first program offering consumers an array of cured pork products from more...

General Mills to expand Ohio Totinos facility

General Mills announced it will expand its facility in Wellston, Ohio, where the company manufactures its Totinos brand pizza snacks, according to information more...

Tyson outlook trends toward positive: analysts

Tyson Foods Inc. is expected to at least maintain its sales and earnings momentum for the rest of 2020 and for part of 2021 despite the effects of COVID-19 more...

USDA updates red meat LGM insurance program

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance program for cattle and swine, beginning more...

Hot dogs still hot, even without baseball games

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. In the final week of July, grocery sales were driven by strong more...

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Tyson names Banks as new CEO, effective in October

Tyson Foods Inc. announced the elevation of company President Dean Banks to the additional post of CEO, effective Oct. 3. Banks, a former executive at more...

Tyson posts ‘strong’ Q3 results

Tyson Foods Inc. reported higher segment profits that helped the protein giant offset the negative effects of COVID-19 on its balance sheet in the third more...

Smithfield, OSHA settle suit over employees' health info

Smithfield Foods and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a joint motion to dismiss Smithfield's lawsuit against the agency more...

Smithfield takes another swing

In full-page advertisements running in Sunday newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Omaha World-Herald, Smithfield Foods took more...

July 2020

Minn. senator seeks COVID-19 relief for independent turkey farmers

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) on Thursday introduced a bill that would secure aid for independent turkey farms left out of past COVID-19 relief packages more...

COVID-19 update: Pilgrim's mitigation costs; Kraft Q2 demand; worker lawsuits

Pilgrim's interim CEO details COVID-19 costs, actions On the company's earnings call with analysts Thursday, Pilgrim's Pride interim Chief Executive Fabio more...

Beef jerky company hires new COO

TOP Chops Snacks, a Safety Harbor, Fla.-based producer of beef jerky snacks, has announced that Nakia Reigh Kelley, an entrepreneur with a background more...

AMSA announces food safety, sustainability session lineup

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced new sessions and speaker lineups for its virtual 66th International Congress of Meat more...

Tyson launches COVID-19 monitoring program

Tyson Foods announced today the company is rolling out a new COVID-19 monitoring program focused on continued testing of workers and expanded medical more...

Nebraska lawmakers block bill seeking COVID-19 protections for meatpacking workers

Nebraska senators on Wednesday blocked the introduction of a bill that would have required certain COVID-19 protections for meatpacking workers in that more...

Smithfield CEO gets kudos from WSJ

The 14-page letter that Smithfield Foods’ CEO Ken Sullivan penned at the request of senators looking into the effects of COVID-19 on the meat processing more...

Impossible Burger makes Walmart debut

Impossible Foods said it is launching 12-ounce packages of its plant-based Impossible Burger at nearly 2,100 Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market more...

Labor unions sue USDA to slow poultry plant line speeds

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union have partnered in a lawsuit against USDA that aims to more...

Maple Leaf Foods closes sale of plant to Giannone Poultry

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has completed the previously announced sale of its poultry plant in Drummondville, Quebec, to Giannone Poultry for an undisclosed more...

Frozen meat sales are still cool

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The direct relationship between coronavirus cases and consumer more...

AMSA meeting to feature meat processing, quality sessions

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced new sessions and speaker lineups for its virtual 66th International Congress of Meat more...

Senate gets its own line speed-limiting bill

U.S. Senator Cory Booker today introduced the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act, which would suspend all current and future USDA waivers and regulations more...

GOP relief proposal includes $20bn for ag

The Republican's next coronavirus relief proposal includes $20 billion in aid for agriculture interests. USDA would determine its allocation, according more...

Iowa congressman wants answers

Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack wants to know why the state's Department of Public Health "released the inaccurate number of individuals employed at the Tyson more...

Even McDonald's earnings were bloodied in 2Q

Quick service restaurants, with their ready drive-throughs, have fared better through the pandemic restrictions than most other eateries, but even bellwether more...

Second wave: Beef sales up 30.4%

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending July 19 was the second of eight non-holiday more...

Conagra slates expansion of meat snack plant

Conagra Brands is spending more than $100 million to expand capacity at its manufacturing plant in Troy, Ohio, to produce more Slim Jim meat snacks and more...

New Tönnies outbreak; reported cases in Germany climb

The German processor that temporarily shut down operations in June after more than 1,500 plant employees were confirmed to have COVID-19 infections reportedly more...

News briefs: Brakebush, Potbelly, Tim Hortons, Crowd Cow

Brakebush expands NAE chicken product line Brakebush announced it is adding two new items to its "no antibiotics ever" chicken portfolio: an NAE Panko more...

Industry rejects criticism of USDA's One Health Certified program

An assertion by consumer advocates that the One Heath Certified label is misleading as well as meaningless is getting pushback from the animal protein more...

New meat processing plant to open in Georgia

About four years after making his proposal to build a meat processing plant in Monroe County, Ga., cattle farmer Joseph Egloff says the new plant is set more...

Marfrig will track 100% of Brazilian cattle producers

Beef processor Marfrig Global Foods on Thursday launched a plan to fully track its cattle supply chain in Brazil by 2030, investing BRL500 million (US$95 more...

France has its own meat price-fixing tangle

France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) has handed down €93 million (US$108.2 million) in fines to 12 companies more...

Workers safe after fire engulfs hog processing facility

All 22 employees at the Custom Quality Packers hog processing facility in Bailey, N.C., were safe after a fire broke out Wednesday at the plant, taking more...

COVID-19 cases at Iowa plant were higher than state revealed: report

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, was more severe than initially reported by the state, according more...

NCBA launches campaign to spark comments on U.S. dietary guidelines

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is calling on cattle producers to participate in the public commentary phase in the creation of more...

Luby’s 3Q results show COVID-19's harsh impact

Luby’s Inc. reported third quarter total restaurant sales of $13.8 million, a drop of nearly $52 million — almost 80% — from revenues more...

Hormel brand brings back furloughed workers

Hormel Foods' Fontanini Foods brand announced Tuesday that all 150 furloughed employees at the McCook, Ill.-based unit have been offered the opportunity more...

Cooks Venture secures fresh funds for slow-growth chicken

Cooks Venture, a vertically integrated food company that breeds and raises a proprietary slow-growth, heirloom chicken, has announced the closing of a more...

Frozen foods trend holding well above 2019 baseline

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Holiday week or non-holiday week, the trends are the same: more...

Stepping up: NAMI, Ball Park, Ontario pork producers, Perdue Farms

NAMI members mark National Hot Dog Day with large donation In recognition of National Hot Dog Day, members of the North American Meat Institute worked more...

Boston Market suit alleging chicken price fixing to move forward

A lawsuit accusing nearly 20 poultry companies and their affiliates of fixing prices for broilers for nearly a decade will move forward next month in more...

JBS USA increases wages at Greeley beef plant

JBS USA this week announced a new base wage of $18 per hour for workers at its Greeley, Colo., processing plant, effective immediately, under the existing more...

Seaboard names Steer president, CEO

Seaboard Corp. board of directors today named Robert L. Steer, the company's executive vice president and CFO, to the office of President and Chief more...

Hot dogs benefit from everyday demand

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending July 12 was the first of eight non-holiday more...

No holiday? No problem: Meat sales soar anyway.

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending July 12 was a non-holiday week, but did bring more...

FSIS grants NCC's petition on avian leukosis

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has agreed that avian leukosis lesions on chickens a "trimmable condition" and will propose regulation that more...

American Foods Group snaps up pork processor

Beef processor American Foods Group has acquired Calihan Pork Processors Inc., a family-owned processor of pork products based in Peoria, Ill. The Green more...

Date set for 2021 Latin American Poultry Summit

The 2021 Latin American Poultry Summit will be held Jan. 25, 2021, a day ahead of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), organizers more...

Union files NLRB/OSHA complaints against JBS

UFCW Local 7, the union that represents the employees of JBS USA's beef processing plant in Greeley, Colo., has filed two complaints against the company more...

Wayne Farms grooms college kids for high-tech work in industry

Wayne Farms is teaming up with two Alabama community colleges to develop an apprenticeship program to prepare students for careers in an industry that more...

Cattle, pork slaughter numbers keep improving: USDA

Meatpacking facilities continue to recover slaughter capacity, using Saturday as an opportunity to improve overall weekly totals, USDA said in its July more...

KFC embraces “meat of the future” with 3D-printed chicken

KFC may embrace nostalgia with its various branding and commercials featuring Colonel Sanders, but with its latest endeavor, it has its sights set on more...

Virginia adopts mandatory workplace protections for COVID-19

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the adoption of statewide workplace rules that will require employers to implement various measures to more...

Omaha Steaks chairman, industry ‘icon’ Alan Simon dies

Alan D. Simon was a giant in the meat industry and a pillar of success in the Omaha business community, but those who worked with him say they will remember more...

As more restaurants close dining areas, NRA sends SOS

The National Restaurant Association is calling for federal help for its members, saying many foodservice outlets are on the brink of closure due to shutdowns more...

Chicken Check In site gets a makeover

The National Chicken Council has updated its Chicken Check In website, created to offer consumers a window onto modern chicken production in the U.S.  more...

NCBA skewers Burger King’s ‘reduced emissions methane beef’ campaign

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today expressed disappointment over a new Burger King campaign that blames cattle emissions for more...

USDA releases Dietary Guidelines committee's final report

USDA today posted the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report containing findings that will inform the agency and U more...

Grandin, Schwean-Lardner to keynote 2020 AMSA RMC

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Temple Grandin and Karen Schwean-Lardner will be featured keynote speakers at more...

Consumers enjoyed a very deli Fourth

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Independence Day week is a big one for the grocery channel more...

Judge delays price-fixing trial of Pilgrim’s Pride CEO

A federal judge in Colorado approved a request to provide more time for attorneys to respond to an indictment of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. CEO Jayson more...

Burger King says: Lemongrass might be the answer

Burger King is testing a Whopper sandwich made with beef from cows that have been fed a special diet aimed at significantly reducing the amount of methane more...

Dog days: Wiener sales a little ahead of year-ago levels

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. So far, the 2020 pandemic-affected holidays have seen big more...

Giving Back briefs: Hawaii Cattlemen, JBS, Cargill

Hawaii Cattlemen donate 20K pounds of beef The Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council has donated more than 20,000 pounds of beef to help feed those in need more...

Floods prompt ASF outbreaks in China: Reuters

Heavy rains and flooding have reportedly triggered fresh outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in parts of southern China, hindering progress toward more...

Celebrate! Meat owned the July 4 holiday

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. So far, the 2020 pandemic-affected holidays have seen strong more...

Pay dispute sparks limited employee walkout at JBS USA plant

Workers at a JBS USA plant in Greeley, Colo., walked off the job late last week to protest pay differentials and safety issues in the wake of COVID-19 more...

Seaboard president Steven Bresky dead at 67

Steven J. Bresky, president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Seaboard Corp., passed away on Friday at the age of 67. A cause of death was not immediately more...

Michigan mandates social distancing in meat, poultry plants

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive order for workplace protections against COVID-19 that include social distance requirements more...

Worker advocates file racial discrimination complaint against JBS, Tyson

A coalition of worker advocacy groups has filed an administrative complaint with USDA, which accuses Tyson Foods and JBS of engaging in racial discrimination more...

Kroger chief merchant to retire; replacement named

Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Joe Grieshaber, senior vice president and chief merchant, effective Aug. 15, after more than 37 years of service more...

Giving back: K.C. Barbecue, Pure Farmland, Cargill, Perdue Farms

Kansas City Barbecue Society honors barbecue pioneerThe Kansas City Barbecue Society recently facilitated the distribution of 1,000 barbecue meals to more...

Two workers injured in fire at Tyson plant in Arkansas

Tyson Foods Inc. on Thursday confirmed two workers were injured in a fire overnight in part of a poultry plant in Nashville, Ark. Local firefighters and more...

Meatpacker settles workers’ back pay claims in ICE raid fallout

East Tennessee meatpacker Southeastern Provision has agreed to pay a $610,000 settlement to workers as part of the fallout of an Immigration and Customs more...

Pilgrim’s Pride fined nearly $27K after worker’s death in Alabama

Pilgrim’s Pride is facing a $26,988 fine from the federal agency that oversees workplace safety for violations found after a worker died in January more...

Private equity firm beefs up jerky portfolio

Private equity investor Sonoma Brands has acquired Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. for an undisclosed sum.  The deal follows Sonoma Brands’ more...

COVID-19 infected 9% of U.S. meat plant workers: CDC

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly one out of 10 workers at the nation’s meat processing more...

FSIS rejects request that meat plants test products for COVID-19

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has rejected a call by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) for changes in more...

Hormel designs meats for people with swallowing disorders

Hormel Health Labs is launching Thick & Easy brand meats that meet standards established by the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative more...

Dearth of holidays dampens deli sales

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending June 28 fell in between Father’s Day more...

Activists turn up the heat on Tyson's institutional investors

Worker activist groups are targeting Tyson Foods this week via communications sent to the company's largest institutional investors, including T more...

Some relief ahead for global poultry market: Rabobank

Demand and prices for chicken will slowly pick up as efforts to curb COVID-19 loosen in the global food service industry.  “The global poultry more...

U.S. red meat exports slip again in May: USMEF

Production issues contributed to a continued decline in U.S. beef and pork exports in May, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Meat and Export more...

Frozen is hot in a non-holiday week of retail sales

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending June 28 fell in between Father’s Day more...

Meat sales volume sees first year-over-year decline since March

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending June 28 fell between Father’s Day and more...

Today's COVID news: China, Brazil, Tennessee

China freezes imports from another two meat plants in Brazil China is halting imports from two Brazilian pork plants operated by meatpackers JBS SA and more...

Panera makes several executive appointments

Panera Bread has made several changes to its executive team in recent months, including the hiring of Claes Petersson as chief food innovation officer more...

News Briefs: FSIS, Papa John’s, NAMI, Safe + Sound Week, Ibéricos COVAP, Perdue Farms, Honey Baked Ham

Updates coming to FSIS' Public Health Information System USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is updating the Public Health Information System more...

Smithfield seeks to quash OSHA subpoena for Sioux Falls COVID-19 records

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. has filed a motion to quash an OSHA subpoena of COVID-19 records for the company’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota plant more...

Americans firing up smokers, Pork Board says

The summer grilling season is underway, and this year has Americans hungering for safe outdoor activities amid a pandemic.   From smoked belly more...

Meat cutting certificate offered by Montana college

The Montana Farm Bureau and Miles Community College (MCC) in Miles City, Mont., have teamed to offer a meat processing certificate/degree program. “The more...

Beyond Meat rolls out value-priced packs for summer

Beyond Meat in late June launched packs of its plant-based burgers at their "most affordable price to date," in time for the summer grilling season. The more...

Plenty of beef for Independence Day

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

Pizza Hut, Wendy's operator files for bankruptcy protection

NPC International — the biggest franchisee of Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States — has filed for bankruptcy, citing the “impact more...

Foster Farms rolls out chicken-crust pizza

With many consumers looking to reduce carbohydrates, pizza becomes a sort of forbidden fruit due to its bready crust. Foster Farms, however, has introduced more...

It's back! Spam Museum is reopening

Hormel Foods today announced the reopening of its Spam Museum in Austin, Minn., for in-person visits as well as live virtual tours. The museum is one more...

Jim Perdue: Chicken prices may be headed higher in 2020

Lower egg hatchings in recent months suggest retail prices for chicken may be poised to rise later this year, Perdue Farms CEO Jim Perdue said in an interview more...

Scientists warn of possible flu pandemic from Chinese hog virus

Researchers are reporting the emergence of a new flu virus among hogs that can infect humans with influenza that does not respond to current vaccines more...

McDonald’s appoints new Canada chief

McDonald’s Canada President and CEO John Betts will retire effective Aug. 1 after 12 years at the helm of the McDonald’s Corp. division, the more...

Father's Day celebrations boost deli, as well

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Father’s Day typically provides a boost to the perimeter more...

June 2020

USMCA takes effect as COVID-19 pandemic continues

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is set to become the official policy covering North American trade on Wednesday, even as industries more...

Meat had Father's Day down cold

Father’s Day fell a week later than in 2019 and typically provides a big boost for departments across the store, from meat and produce to baked more...

FSIS sees ‘distorted emphasis’ in report on swine production rules

Officials at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are fighting back against a recent report that the agency did not properly assess more...

Giving back: Nebraska Farmers Union, University of Wisconsin, Center for Food Integrity

NeFU Foundation donates to state’s “Pork Cares” program Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation sent the “Pork Cares” project more...

Who's your daddy?!? Father’s Day saw massive volume

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending June 21st was Father’s Day weekend and more...

Fed looks to help out large firms, including processors

As part of its ongoing effort to shore up the U.S. economy and financial markets, the Federal Reserve is getting ready to start buying bonds from big more...

Environmental groups petition USDA over depopulation

Several environmental groups have petitioned USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) over tactics used in the mass depopulation of livestock more...

Premium Brands secures C$300 million for acquisitions, operations

Premium Brands Holdings Corp. announced it has signed agreements with joint underwriters to cover a debt issue of C$300 million ($219 million) that the more...

Families sue Tyson Foods over workers who died from COVID-19

The families of three Tyson Foods workers who died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the company’s Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant filed more...

Union decertification vote will proceed at Mountaire Farms plant

After initially suspending a union decertification election at Mountaire Farms' Selbyville, Del., poultry processing plant, the National Labor Relations more...

OIG audits meat labels, finds some inaccuracies

A review by USDA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of 120 label application packages for meat, poultry and egg products has turned up some missing more...

News Briefs: ICoMST and RMC, Niman Ranch, NIFA, OSI, Hormel

Registration for the Virtual ICoMST, RMC is open  Registration is open for the first-ever American Meat Science Association (AMSA) virtual experience more...

OIG questions USDA data behind new pig inspection rule

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) did not evaluate the accuracy of and was not transparent about the worker safety data it used to more...

Chuck E Cheese parent files for bankruptcy protection

CEC Entertainment Inc., parent of the Chuck E Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant and arcade chains, announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy more...

Gemstone Foods names new president/COO

Poultry processor Gemstone Foods has announced the immediate appointment of Jeff L. Power as president and chief operating officer. Power has worked in more...

Turkey industry innovator Ted Huisinga dies

Ted Huisinga, who helped found what became Willmar Poultry Farms, has died at the age of 95. Huisinga returned from service in the Army in World War II more...

COVID-19 update: Iowa closes Tyson probe; N.C. processor funding on track

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that it found no violations after an inspection of the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, more...

Tyson to shut S.C. plant to boost production efficiency

Tyson Foods Inc. plans to shut down a processing plant in Columbia, S.C., later this summer, affecting 146 employees, according to media reports. The more...

Sens. Warren, Booker open investigation of largest meat processors

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have announced an investigation into the recent business practices of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield more...

15 weeks into the Pandemic Era, frozen food sales still up 20%

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The first signs of the pandemic-induced shopping patterns more...

Senators join call to adjust regulations for smaller meat processors

A bipartisan group of senators has doubled down on calls for USDA to modify regulations that "create impediments to a diversified meat processing industry more...

COVID-19 update: Maple Leaf Farms, Tönnies Group, new stats

The union representing Maple Leaf Farms employees in Indiana asked the company, which makes duck products, to revive extra pay in light of increasing more...

Union rallies, votes today on Mountaire representation

A mail-in vote by workers at the Mountaire poultry plant in Selbyville, Del., will determine if the local United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) chapter more...

Tyson names new chief HR officer, global affairs chief

Tyson Foods Inc. has named Johanna Söderström as executive vice president and chief human resources officer, and Dan Turton as senior vice president more...

China nixes imports; Tyson, UK, EU firms targeted

China’s customs authority over the weekend said it has suspended imports of poultry from a Tyson Foods plant in Springdale, Ark., and also from more...

Smuggled meat from China seized at L.A. ports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection have intercepted nearly 20,000 lbs. of beef, chicken, duck and pork products from China over a two-month span that more...

Double-digit meat sales continue, prices high

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Three months since grocery retailing experienced two of the more...

New WOTUS rule in effect in 49 states

The federal government’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule took effect in most of the country on Monday, narrowing the definition of waters protected more...

McDonald's brings back some burgers, Subway cuts two sandwiches

McDonald's Corp. plans to add back seven items to its U.S. menu in July, including two versions of the Quarter Pounder and the Bacon McDouble, that were more...

Saturday shifts could address processing backlog: analysts

It could take several months to work through the backlog of cattle and hogs that have not been harvested on schedule due to COVID-19, and it will require more...

An epidemiologist's eye view on COVID-19, foodborne disease

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health epidemiologist Craig Hedberg's phone hasn't stopped ringing. As one of the nation's leading scientific more...

Good vibrations: Fitbit technology may help detect woody breast in chicken meat

University of Arkansas (UA) researchers hope to generate some good vibes while researching ways to advance woody breast detection in broilers — more...

Judge deems N.C. property protection law unconstitutional

A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional parts of a North Carolina law providing for civil action to deter undercover animal welfare investigations more...

Smithfield plant in S.D. still hit by absenteeism (UPDATED)

More than 800 workers reportedly remain off the job from the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., due to the coronavirus. The AFL-CIO told the more...

Chinese port expands safety testing of meat import containers: report

One of China's top ports has begun requiring all arriving meat and seafood containers to be tested for COVID-19 contamination, prompting concerns about more...

News briefs: Belcampo, Beefshi Battle, Nolan Ryan, Micro Summit Processors, Beef Checkoff, Wayne Farms

Belcampo promotes climate-positive farm practices Belcampo Meat Co. will team with farmers to develop a network of Certified Humane and organic farms more...

COVID-19 update: Va. regulators consider mandatory social distancing in plants; Utah meat facilities close

As we reach the week’s mid-point, there are numerous updates on the COVID-19 front, including proposed state regulations and new plant closures more...

McDonald’s adjusts focus as dining rooms reopen

Chicago-based McDonald’s Corp. is preparing for a post-COVID-19 economic and operational recovery centering on kick-starting remodeling efforts more...

Hot dogs still up 17%, three months into the pandemic

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The summer season is well underway and that means strong demand more...

USAPEEC elects 2020-21 chairman, board directors

Chaz Wilson, head of international sales for Pilgrim’s USA in Greeley, Colo., has been elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg more...

Absenteeism high among meatpacking workers: union

A substantial count of U.S. meatpacking employees did not show up for work last week amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, according to the United more...

Nevertheless, frozen food sales persist

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Thirteen weeks of high double-digit sales gains is the net more...

Canada recalls sausage links on listeria concerns

G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd., in Ottawa, Canada, is recalling Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination more...

New product news: Maple Leaf Foods, Burger King, Popeyes, Brooklyn Cured, Leatherneck Meats

Maple Leaf jumps into 'blended' arena Maple Leaf Foods has rolled out a line of meat-and-plant blended products it has dubbed Maple Leaf 50/50, the company more...

Federal judge rules NC law violates free speech provisions

A federal judge in North Carolina has declared that a state law designed to prevent hidden-video footage taken inside slaughterhouses violates U.S. Constitution more...

West Coast ports to observe Juneteenth with work stoppage

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union says members will shut down all 29 ports along the West Coast on Friday to support ongoing protests over more...

First look at June retail sales; meat still rules

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The first week of June marks three full months of coronavirus-related more...

JBS ordered to close a poultry plant in Brazil

JBS has been ordered by a Brazilian labor court to close a chicken processing facility in Trindade do Sul, in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do more...

COVID-19 update: Tyson reports Ark. cases; virus continues to take toll industry-wide

Tyson Foods announced on Thursday that 199 of 1,102 workers at its Berry Street poultry plant in Springdale, Ark., who underwent onsite testing June more...

U.S. meat consumption to decline for first time in six years

COVID-19 pandemic impacts will cause U.S. per-capita meat consumption to fall in 2020, marking the first such decline since 2014, according to a new report more...

U.S. COVID-19 woes pave way for Argentine beef

Argentine beef producers are taking advantage of supply disruptions caused by COVID-19 in the United States. As the Buenos Aires Times reported, Argentine more...

Lopez Foods set to begin operations at Cherokee facility

Lopez Foods will begin operations at a new 285,000-square-foot processing plant in Cherokee, Iowa next week. The plant, according to reports from the more...

COVID-19 continued: Tyson worker dies; Cargill workers protest

Tyson Foods officials confirmed Wednesday that a second employee of the company’s Sherman, Texas, beef plant has died from COVID-19, as the virus more...

Union urges Congress to protect meat plant workers

Lawmakers need to enact safeguards for meat processing plant and other workers, many of whom are having to choice between a paycheck and their health more...

Pork exports to China remain robust: Peel

This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission. By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma more...

Chili's, Red Robin reopen dining rooms

Two leading full-service restaurant chains this week reported progress in reopening dining rooms as the U.S. foodservice industry begins to restart on-premise more...

Lawmakers appeal to USDA to ease regulations on small processors

Six Republican congressmen, led by Jim Jordan of Ohio’s fourth district, are urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to ease regulations on more...

COVID-19 update: JBS workers call for closure of Utah plant

Workers at a JBS beef plant in Hyrum, Utah, staged a walkout protest on Tuesday in response to working conditions at the plant. According to a report more...

Iowa legislators consider liability protection from COVID-19 suits

Iowa lawmakers moved a step closer to approving a bill that would protect a wide variety of businesses, including meat processors, churches and healthcare more...

Hot dog sales heat up again, dollar-wise

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. With the summer season officially underway, meat and poultry more...

Antitrust litigation targeting beef processors heats up with new filing

Four of the nation’s top beef processors — already the targets of allegations of price-fixing dating back to 2015 — now also are more...

Today in COVID-19 news: Tyson, JBS, ranchers, state poultry associations

Tyson reports new positives at Chicago plant Tyson Foods released the results of facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its Chicago steak-cutting facility more...

Frozen foods continue high demand

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. While grocery retailing has officially entered its summer more...

Mexico nominates veteran trade official for top WTO post

Mexico nominated its veteran trade official Jesús Seade for the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), thus becoming the more...

COVID-19 update: Hormel, Dan’s Prize, Lincoln Premium Poultry, Tyson

The Minnesota Dept. of Health reported that Hormel Foods Corp. and a separate company that slaughters hogs for a facility in Austin, Minn., together have more...

Poultry execs plead not guilty

Three of the four poultry executives who were indicted last week on price-fixing charges have pleaded not guilty; the fourth has asked for a continuance more...

Meat dept. dollars still on double-digit growth path

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. During the final week of May, meat and poultry supply remained more...

Poultry farm fire kills 64,000 birds in Pennsylvania

A fire reportedly destroyed a poultry building and killed about 64,000 chickens in Upper Tulpenhocken Township, Pa. The Friday night blaze caused $700 more...

FSIS to expand testing for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced plans to expand its routine verification testing for six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia more...

Bipartisan Senate bill would create carbon credit program

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bill that would create a certification program at USDA to help farmers, ranchers and landowners more...

AMS mulls collagen casing for organic market

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Monday will propose a rule that would amend the national list of allowed and prohibited substances more...

Science briefs: Turkey avian disease, animal welfare, cattle microbiomes

Researchers examine the role of APEC in turkey cellulitis University of Georgia researchers have completed a study that suggests the primary cause of more...

Tyson takes next step toward normal; deals with shooting at plant

Tyson Foods is reinstating its attendance policy that tracks when employees miss shifts and assigns “points” accordingly; employees who collect more...

COVID-19 ripples through global cattle market: Rabobank

Just as COVID-19 is beginning to wreak havoc on some parts of the world and abate elsewhere, the pandemic’s impact on the beef industry is being more...

COVID-19 update: Reser's, Hormel, Quality Pork, JBS SA (UPDATED)

The Reser's Fine Foods baked sides and entrees plant in Topeka, Kansas, is temporarily pausing operations for up to 14 days to test all employees more...

Nathan's Famous partners to offer meal kits online

Nathan's Famous Inc. announced a partnership with Goldbelly, an online marketplace, to offer three meal kit options to consumers nationwide. The options more...

Poultry industry executives indicted on price-fixing charges

A grand jury in Denver has indicted four current and former poultry industry executives, including Pilgrim's Pride Chief Executive Jayson Penn, on charges more...

COVID-19 update: Tyson, JBS SA, Farmer John, Perdue

Processors are confirming additional COVID-19 cases at various U.S. plants while Brazil’s largest processor is accused of illegally firing workers more...

Frozen food sales gains remain on fire

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Memorial Day week traditionally signals the unofficial start more...

Food Lion in acquisition deal to expand in Southeast

Food Lion said Wednesday it has entered into a transaction to buy 62 BI-LO/Harveys Supermarket stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia from more...

COVID-19 update: Tyson, H-E-B, Lincoln Premium Poultry, Marfrig

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect operations at meat processing plants, major meat companies are moving forward with efforts to stem the more...

Hot dog sales gains slow to single digits

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. As the traditional start of grilling season, Memorial Day more...

Markets fazed by phase one talk

The back-and-forth between China and the U.S. over trade and tariffs dealt another blow to hog markets on Monday, as news spread from China that the country's more...

USDA lowers 2020 ag export outlook after COVID-19 woes

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted USDA to revise its forecasts for U.S. agricultural exports, although protein exports are expected more...

JBS reopens poultry plant in Brazil, BRF wraps up COVID-19 tests

JBS was due to resume activities today at its poultry processing facility in the southern Brazilian city of Ipumirim, Santa Catarina state, after receiving more...

Memorial Day drove double-digit meat gains despite tight supply

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Memorial Day signals the traditional start of the summer grilling more...

Associations seek State Dept. funding of ag cooperation group

A group of more than 30 food and agriculture associations are urging the U.S. State Dept. to fund and support an organization that promotes science-based more...

RKW buys BI Foods’ assets, keeps the lights on

RKW Holdings LLC has bought the equipment and inventory assets of Beef International Inc. (BI Foods) after the Pennsauken, N.J.-based processor filed more...

May 2020

Updated federal guidance may emphasize COVID-19 testing at meat plants

The next version of federal guidance for meatpackers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities may put more emphasis on testing workers more...

COVID-19 boosts advocacy for worker protection

Outbreaks of COVID-19 at U.S. meat processing plants spurred a bout of activity this week by workers and their advocates. On Thursday, the United Food more...

Immigration rules changed to extend time limits, add flexibility

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a temporary final rule that changes certain H-2B requirements, making it somewhat easier for companies more...

Largest beef plant in Australia closes for a week

Australia's largest cattle processing plant has closed for at least a week, due to a shortage of cattle to slaughter and volatility in international meat more...

Sanderson mulls more retail production as COVID clamps foodservice

Sanderson Farms officials are contemplating a further shift in product mix toward the retail market as COVID-19 continues to cast a cloud over the foodservice more...

Iowa launches program to cover costs of hog euthanizing

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a “disposal assistance program” for pork farmers who are euthanizing more...

Del Real Foods appoints COO

Hispanic refrigerated foods company Del Real Foods announced the appointment of Viviano del Villar Jr. as its new chief operating officer. Del Villar more...

Diestel Family Ranch to acquire Willie Bird brand

Diestel Family Ranch announced it is acquiring Willie Bird Turkeys, a Sonoma County, Calif., family farm and smoked poultry products business. Sonora more...

Canadian processor buys majority stake in Minnesota's Prime Pork

HyLife Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in Prime Pork, a Windom, Minn.-based hog processor, as part of an expansion of the Manitoba, Canada-based company’s more...

Brothers controlling JBS allowed to resume posts at J&F companies

A Brazilian court on Tuesday authorized brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista to return to management positions at companies controlled by J&F Holding more...

COVID-19 update: Tyson worker dies, cases rise in Fremont

An employee at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, has died of COVID-19.  According to a report from CNN, the worker – more...

Trends hold for the deli department

The week ending May 17 fell in between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and was a relatively good reflection of where everyday demand sits relative more...

Meanwhile, as COVID-19 rips through Brazil ...

Brazilian poultry and pork processor BRF S.A. said that 93.4% of the 5,132 workers at its Concórdia facility were resuming activities after testing more...

Purchase limitations couldn't stop double-digit retail gains

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The question on everyone’s mind is how far everyday more...

Hormel announces Vorpahl retirement, promotions

Hormel Foods has announced that Larry Vorpahl, group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International Corp., will retire, effective this summer more...

News Briefs: Hormel, Gratitude Health, Smashburger, FSIS, AMSA, BQA program

Hormel launches new hardwood smoked product line Hormel has launched Natural Choice hardwood smoked lunch meats, a new line of slow-smoked products that more...

Lean Cuisine gets a makeover, sister brand

Nestlé has introduced a new brand called Life Cuisine catering to people following low-carb, high-protein, meatless and gluten-free dietary trends more...

Perdue Farms shares CDC report

Perdue Farms earlier this month hosted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for meetings and tours of Perdue's poultry processing more...

Science ROI you can take to the bank

Larry Keener is a clinical microbiologist by education, a food technologist by certification, and food safety scientist by application. But, he is a "technical more...

Stepping up: Conagra, Smithfield, Delmarva chicken, Niman Ranch, John Soules

Conagra adds to cash bonuses for workers Conagra Brands Inc. will provide an additional $7 million in cash bonuses to eligible employees at each of the more...

COVID-19 Roundup: Testing at Seaboard, JBS, Pilgrim’s Pride plants

The closing of the week brought a fresh round of stories involving COVID-19 and the nation’s meat plants, especially in regards to testing. Expansive more...

Coalition asks for more protections for meat workers

The HEAL Food Alliance, Food Chain Workers Alliance and nearly 100 food, labor and environmental advocacy groups have signed an open letter calling on more...

FDA report suggests cattle source of E. coli in romaine contamination

The Food and Drug Administration reported that nearby cattle most likely was the source of an E. coli contamination of romaine lettuce from the Salinas more...

Mixed views on Hormel shares as COVID-19 clouds outlook

Analysts' views on Hormel's financial outlook after the company reported a 3.3% rise in second-quarter sales reflect the ongoing uncertainty brought by more...

Hormel pulls financial guidance, citing COVID-19 uncertainty

Hormel Foods believes it’s on solid footing, even as the pandemic that has upended much of the food industry continues to play out. Still, the Austin more...

COVID-19 update: Tyson reports N.C. cases, JBS Alberta resumes 2nd shift

Tyson Foods on Wednesday announced that facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its Wilkesboro, N.C., poultry facility found 570 out of 2,244 employees more...

USDA: COVID-19 disrupts April meat production, but better days ahead

Meat and poultry production volume is expected to rise in 2021, despite year-over-year declines in estimated production levels for April across all commodity more...

Germany cracks down on meatpackers as COVID-19 spotlights labor issues

The German government has drafted a law that would prohibit the country’s slaughterhouses from hiring eastern Europeans on short-term contracts more...

Hog slaughter recovering faster than expected

The slaughter volume of hogs in recent weeks has increased much faster than many had expected, according to the latest Daily Livestock Report (DLR). Since more...

AFL-CIO petitions OSHA for worker protections

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has filed a petition asking a federal court to compel OSHA to issue more...

Full-service dining chain details reopening progress

Darden Restaurants Inc. on Tuesday confirmed the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on sales in a business update, but also expressed more...

JBS resuming operations at Passo Fundo poultry plant

JBS SA planned to resume operations at its poultry processing facility in the southern Brazilian city of Passo Fundo today, after receiving a favorable more...

COVID-19 Update: plants reopen/close, regulatory issues arise

Another meat processing plant continued limited reopening efforts after COVID-19 outbreaks, even as others shut down and regulators look at how companies more...

Perdue Farms sues NY State distributor

Perdue Farms has filed a lawsuit against a distributor, Maines Paper and Foodservice, alleging non-payment of more than $1.4 million for poultry products more...

Marfrig posts strong operations, but net loss

Marfrig Global Foods SA had its best operational performance ever recorded in the United States in the first quarter, despite a net loss due to the non-cash more...

NJ processor files Chapter 7

Beef International Inc., doing business as BI Foods, in Pennsauken, N.J., has filed a Chapter 7 bankrupty petition and will liquidate, according to court more...

Meat industry battle to thwart COVID-19 spread marches on

Additional deep-cleaning efforts at meat plants and new outbreaks of coronavirus infections continue to affect protein companies even as questions about more...

Meat still up at retail, but rising prices are a downer

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. As the meat supply, labor and prices continued to dominate more...

JBS sees demand growth in foodservice, warns of volatility

JBS SA has seen demand from the foodservice sector picking up in all the regions where it operates in recent weeks, but the short-term scenario for the more...

Mississippi links consumers to local meat producers

The state of Mississippi is now offering an online marketing portal giving meat producers and others a place to sell food locally. Andy Gipson, Mississippi’s more...

COVID-19 update: Koch Foods, Farbest Foods, Rantoul Foods

As health authorities continue to test workers at meat processing facilities in many local communities across the United States for COVID-19, positive more...

JBS posts Q1 loss of $1 billion

Brazil's JBS SA had a net loss of BRL5.9 billion ($1.02 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 due to the impact of the devaluation of the Brazilian currency more...

OSHA treads lightly on COVID-19 complaints: Politico

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has conducted few investigations out of the thousands of COVID-19 more...

Pork antitrust plaintiffs contend Trump order supports their case

Plaintiffs in the ongoing antitrust lawsuit against U.S. pork processors are arguing that President Donald Trump's executive order requiring meat plants more...

Dance like Cowboy Troy, get bacon

The National Pork Board has teamed up with country rapper Cowboy Troy for a TikTok bacon dance challenge. Participants are encouraged to visit Troy’s more...

The days drag on, and deli still struggles

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Two months after the world of grocery retailing saw its first more...

COVID-19 updates: NC outbreaks; Jennie-O reopens; Tyson testing

As we approach the week’s midpoint, there is a new batch of COVID-19 developments in the nation’s meat processing plants. The virus continues more...

House COVID-19 bill offers aid to livestock producers

House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a $3 trillion COVID-19 aid bill that, among its wide-ranging provisions, would compensate producers for depopulation more...

USDA lowers 2020 protein production forecast due to COVID-19

USDA analysts reduced estimates for total red meat and poultry production levels for the rest of 2020 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, more...

Recall of frozen ravioli from 2018 is expanded

Venda Ravioli Inc. of Providence, R.I., is expanding a 2018 recall to encompass a total of about 738 pounds of frozen meat ravioli products that were more...

Meat plant challenges expand

State and local health officials in several states reported additional positive cases of COVID-19 at additional meat plants, while other groups of employees more...

Phase one trade pact with China holds, for now

China has published a list of 79 products that will be exempt from the tariffs that have been imposed in the trade war with the United States, according more...

JBS Brazil injects $120 million into COVID-19 battle

Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA is investing $120 million (700 million Brazilian reais) in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Reuters.   more...

FInal rule issued on shipping fees

The Federal Maritime Commission has issued new guidance about how it will assess the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and practices more...

Who's open, who's closed? Cargill, Jennie-O, Tyson, Conestoga Meats, Sofina Foods and more

Another week, another round of processor announcements on addressing COVID-19 impacts on their operations in North America. Cargill Protein is preparing more...

Meat remains the retail champ

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery shopping continues more...

Brazil grapples with its own meat supply chain issues

Poultry and pork producer BRF S.A. expects the COVID-19 pandemic to affect Brazil’s meat supply this year as producers have already started to reduce more...

Trump: $3 billion for meat, other agricultural products

President Trump says the federal government will soon buy $3 billion in agricultural products from U.S. ranchers and farmers.  The effort to address more...

Jennie-O Turkey Minn. facility, Indiana Packers pork plant reopen

Hormel Foods' Jennie-O Turkey Store subsidiary announced that it restarted operations today at its Benson Avenue facility in Willmar, Minn., after a voluntary more...

Control area lifted around S.C. turkey farm after HPAI infection

Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (LPH) has released the control area around a turkey farm in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, that was more...

Azar reportedly ties meat workers’ living conditions to COVID-19 outbreaks

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently suggested the spread of COVID-19 among meat-processing plant workers had more to do with their more...

Stepping up: Illinois Pork, Butterball, American Simmental Assn., US Foods, Thomas Foods

Pork Power As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, Farmweld along with the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) more...

JBS reopens Minn. pork plant; Tyson restarts Neb. beef plant

Major meatpacking plants are starting up operations again as the industry continues to balance its function as an essential food supplier with protecting more...

Perdue predicts plants back up within 10 days

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said he expects meatpacking facilities in the United States to fully reopen in seven to 10 days, according to news reports more...

Trump adds to calls for beef market investigation

President Donald Trump has asked the Department of Justice to look into antitrust allegations regarding the beef processing industry, adding to a request more...

Hottest hot dog sales since early April

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Since the second week of March, American households have taken more...

COVID roundup: Seaboard, JBS, Harmony Beef (Updated)

A worker from Seaboard Triumph Foods’ Sioux City, Iowa, pork plant has died from COVID-19.  According to a report from the Sioux City Journal more...

USDA lauds Missouri court ruling on Smithfield plant

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded a ruling by the District Court of Western Missouri that affirms the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more...

USDA's Perdue, senators, CDC weigh in on Trump executive order

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue this week issued separate letters to state governors and meat processors urging cooperation to ensure the health and more...

Plant closings portend empty meat cases, price inflation: CoBank

A new report from CoBank is cautioning that meat supplies for retail grocery stores could shrink nearly 30% by Memorial Day. Some grocers, such as Costco more...

COVID today: Who's reopened, who's still closed?

Tyson Foods is busy juggling fast-changing situations at plants across the country. The company has suspended production at its pork packing plant in more...

CDC: U.S. control of major foodborne pathogens stalled

The rates of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. caused by five of the top eight pathogens increased or stayed the same in 2019 compared with the previous more...

Analysts take ‘wait-and-see’ approach on Tyson

Industry analysts generally expressed caution after Tyson Foods Inc. reported a decline in net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. BMO Capital more...

Biden expresses support for meat plant workers

Former Vice President Joe Biden said protein plant workers deserve not only a safe working environment, but also “extra premium pay” for their more...

Pandemic, production issues curb Tyson’s Q2 net income

The response to the evolving coronavirus pandemic sparked a sharp decline in second quarter net income for Tyson Foods Inc., although the protein giant more...

JBS refutes Mother Jones report critical of its COVID-19 management

JBS USA officials are refuting a lengthy new report by Mother Jones, in partnership with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, alleging that the more...

White House urged to protect meatpacking workers

Democrats on all levels are blasting President Trump’s executive order requiring meat plants remain open amid a pandemic that has killed multiple more...

Chicken neck skin samples yield better campy detection: study

Scientists investigating the potential impact of using different sampling types when testing broiler carcasses for campylobacter have found that more...

How does the Executive Order affect my business?

Last week President Trump signed an executive order declaring meat and poultry processors as “critical infrastructure” and, therefore, required more...

JBS sees COVID-19 cases surge in Colo.; Tyson to reopen Ind. pork plant

COVID-19 has claimed the life of a sixth worker at the JBS beef plant in Greeley, Colo., as cases among the facility's workforce more than doubled since more...

Alabama sues Tyson over 2019 wastewater spill

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and several environmental groups in the state are suing Tyson Farms seeking damages and civil penalties stemming more...

Analyst predicts chicken price rebound amid production cuts

U.S. chicken margins face unprecedented pressure now but are likely to recover, possibly as soon as late summer or early fall, as production is cut by more...

Time-lapse map added to Meatingplace COVID-19 coverage

The impact of COVID-19 on the meatpacking industry has been fast-paced and staggering, as shown by our new time lapse map below.  This adds to our more...

April 2020

Tyson pausing Dakota City production; Smithfield Monmouth to reopen

Tyson Fresh Meats announced it will temporarily pause operations this Friday through Monday at its Dakota City, Neb., beef facility to complete a deep more...

JBS reopens Minn. pork plant, but only to euthanize pigs

JBS USA said Thursday it will reopen its pork plant in Worthington, Minn., but only to euthanize pigs that area farmers cannot market with so many slaughterhouse more...

Pilgrim’s CEO: QSR business at or near pre-COVID levels

After a volatile quarter, Pilgrim’s Pride is taking an optimistic view of how its business will fare in 2020. In an earnings call Thursday, company more...

Risk of soy allergen in chicken salad prompts small recall

Condies Foods of Kearns, Utah, is recalling 165 units of chicken salad on croissant and chicken sandwiches due to the possibility that the items may contain more...

Labor, state officials stress safety concerns after Trump meat plant order

Unions and state health officials are emphasizing both worker safety and plant sanitation in their reactions to President Donald Trump’s new executive more...

McDonald's Canada to import beef, take Angus burgers off menu

McDonald’s Canada said the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its supply chain are prompting a temporary change in its sourcing policy to incorporate more...

Maple Leaf posts net loss in Q1

Maple Leaf Foods on Wednesday reported a net loss of $3.7 million in the first quarter, compared to net earnings of $50.1 million a year ago, driven by more...

Trump promises executive order to keep plants open

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would require meat processing plants to open, declaring them "critical infrastructure" using more...

COVID update: Smithfield, George’s Inc., JBS USA, Dan’s Prize, Butterball

Smithfield Foods has been ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Western Missouri to follow public health guidelines at its Milan, Mo., pork plant more...

Seaboard posts Q1 sales gain as investment loss slams profit, terminates contracts

Seaboard Corp. reported a 9% net sales gain in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, although what the processor described as “unrealized gains” more...

Hatfield Quality Meats' Butch Clemens passes away

Clair W. “Butch” Clemens, retired president and CEO of Hatfield Quality Meats, died on April 18, 2020. He was 90 years old.   Clemens more...

COVID roundup: Central Valley Meat, Tyson, Hormel, JBS USA

The coronavirus continues to hit meat processors, with multiple employees at Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford, Calif., testing positive for COVID-19 more...

Meat sales gains hold up vs. 2019's Easter week performance

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Since the onset of coronavirus in the United States, grocery more...

Pork board offers depopulation tips

The National Pork Board is helping pork producers examine their options in light of COVID-19-related issues at pork production plants nationwide, including more...

Canada reinstates license of Marini Foods

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has reinstated the license of Marini Foods Ltd., a maker of fresh Italian sausages and dry cured meats. The more...

Short-term pain, long-term gain: Cattle on Feed

USDA reported Friday that U.S. cattle feedlot inventory as of April 1, at 11.3 million head, was down 5% below the year-earlier tally, as was expected more...

Workers sue Smithfield over COVID-19 safety measures

A cut floor employee of Smithfield Foods’ Milan, Mo., pork processing plant has sued the company for its business practices during the COVID-19 more...

NPPC, NCBA sound alarms over COVID-19 aid plan

Pork and beef industry groups are concerned that even the most recent emergency relief legislation will leave some of their members in the cold. The National more...

Poultry plants take a further hit from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has continued its spread through the North American meat industry, with several new cases being reported in poultry processing plants more...

'Terribly unfair' as retail prices spike, slaughter and cattle prices fall: DLR

The squeeze on producers gets tighter every day, and won't let up soon, according to the analysts at the Daily Livestock Report. The newsletter notes more...

Check out Meatingplace's COVID-19 map

COVID-19's impact on the meat industry is enormous and fast-paced. To help you keep track of which plants are being affected, we created a map that we've more...

COVID-19’s toll again rises at meat processing plants (UPDATED)

Hundreds of meat processing workers have been sickened in the pandemic that’s shut down much of the country. Here’s a rundown of recent developments:  more...

Hormel to pay second round of bonuses to plant workers

Hormel Foods today announced a second special cash bonus totaling $7 million for its plant production employees who continue to work during the COVID-19 more...

Top 500 restaurant chains face sales drop after solid 2019

After steady growth in 2019, the nation's Top 500 chain restaurants can expect a 12% to 17% decrease in overall sales in 2020 due to COVID-19, according more...

USDA seeks input on update of organic livestock, poultry rule

The USDA’s Agicultural Marketing Service today published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on an economic analysis report underlying more...

Tyson suspends Waterloo operations as COVID-19 continues its spread

Tyson Fresh Meats will indefinitely suspend operations at its Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant this week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to more...

McDonald’s, Wendy’s offer thanks to pandemic responders

McDonald’s Corp. and Wendy’s are providing separate special deals to honor individuals who have stepped up in response to the national coronavirus more...

Plant-based protein tests expand in China market

Chinese consumers are getting greater access to plant-based proteins through new efforts by Starbucks and KFC, according to media reports. Starbucks this more...

News briefs: USPOULTRY, AMSA, Raybern's, Pork Board

USPOULTRY spotlights facilities on Earth Day To observe Earth Day, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is highlighting two videos from its more...

North American meat plant activity ebbs, flows as pandemic continues

Major processors continue to adjust their operations while dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at a wide variety of North American meat plants more...

Meat companies get creative as pandemic slams sales

Efforts to revive meat sales in light of the coronavirus pandemic are taking a variety of innovative forms, including legally circumventing current USDA more...

ASF rises again in China, other parts of Asia: OIE

The outbreak of African Swine Fever first reported in China in August 2018 is recurring in areas where the disease was thought to have run its course more...

Pandemic forces postponement of World’s Poultry Congress

Organizers of the 2020 edition of the World’s Poultry Conference (WPC) are postponing the event until the fall of 2021 because of concerns about more...

E-commerce meat sales no longer 'a rounding error': Meatingplace's 'fireside chat'

After years of attending conference sessions about e-commerce sales of meat products in which the money associated with online sales was "essentially more...

More shutdowns, positive tests: Hormel, Tyson, Rose Packing, JBS

As COVID-19 works its way through the country, more meat processing facilities are being affected. Hormel Foods has shut down its plant in Rochelle, Ill more...

Spurred on by Easter sales, meat department record sales continue

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. The week ending April 12th marked the year’s earlier more...

JBS, union agree on more pay, PPE

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced an agreement with JBS USA to increase wages for workers by $4 per hour and more...

U.S. meat production fell sharply last week

U.S. meat production fell sharply last week, further illustrating COVID-19’s impact on the nation’s protein supply chain. A total 898.1 million more...

COVID-19-related deaths further darken meat industry's door (UPDATE)

COVID-19's ugly infliction on the meatpacking industry has continued, as major firms lose more workers to the illness and grapple with facility closures more...

USDA dissects impact of COVID-19 on beef supply chain

The spread of COVID-19 has caused shifts in the beef demand structure that are affecting the entire beef supply chain, USDA said in its April Livestock more...

New poultry research explores novel sequencing techniques

Research conducted to develop and compare novel next generation sequencing techniques has been completed, the USPOULTRY and USPOULTRY Foundation announced more...

Stepping up: Maple Leaf Foods, Foster Farms, Kingmade Jerky, Triumph Foods, FreeBird

Maple Leaf launches $2M relief campaign Maple Leaf Foods and the Centre for Action on Food Security launched a $2 million campaign to support emergency more...

COVID-19 kills two Tyson workers, troubles more meatpacking plants

Tyson Foods officials have confirmed that two workers who were employed at the company’s Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant have died from COVID-19 more...

Perdue addresses COVID-19’s impact on food processing

Amid increased COVID-19-related closures of meat processing plants and concern of possible shortages, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was on hand for more...

Chinese pork imports soar in 2020, but U.S. firms remain behind

Pork imports to China doubled in March, according to a Reuters analysis of customs data.  Spurred by a local pork shortage from a devastating African more...

News briefs: H-2A, Hormel, AMSA, NCBA, USPOULTRY, Dietary Guidelines

DHS/USDA temporarily amend H-2A requirements for COVID-19 The Department of Homeland Security has issued a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A more...

Wayne Farms, Maple Leaf update on plant infections

Wayne Farms acknowledged in a news release that the company has confirmed positive COVID-19 test results at five of its 11 production facilities. Among more...

Join our online 'fireside chat' on how to profit from online meat sales now

Join Meatingplace’s 30-minute “fireside chat” on how to get in on the online food sales channel, which came into its own in a matter more...

Applegate hires supply chain chief

Hormel Foods' Applegate subsidiary said it hired Stefan Oellinger for the position of senior director of raw supply to lead the growth and development more...

Canada funnels more funding into food inspection amid pandemic

The Canadian government plans to provide C$20 million to support food inspection services provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during more...

Chicken Marketing Summit goes virtual this year

Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, the 2020 Chicken Marketing Summit is transitioning to a virtual environment. This will include a series more...

Cargill cuts shift at Canadian beef plant

Cargill Inc. is temporarily reducing a shift at its High River, Alberta, protein facility in an effort to protect workers and reduce the potential spread more...

Latest plunge in restaurant transactions may signal bottom: NPD

Restaurant transactions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic fell 41% in the week that ended April 5 compared with the same week one year ago, according more...

Belcampo Meat names sales exec

Belcampo Meat Co., a purveyor of organic, grass-fed and -finished, Certified Humane meats, broths and jerky, announced that Heather Cooper has been named more...

Join our online 'fireside chat' on how to profit from online meat sales now

Join Meatingplace’s 30-minute “fireside chat” on how to get in on the online food sales channel, which came into its own in a matter more...

Who's open, who's closed? A status check on meat plants in U.S., Canada (updated)

National Beef Packing Co. employees at the company’s plant in Liberal, Kans., have tested positive for COVID-19, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company more...

Worker shortage prompts huge Delmarva chicken cull

With 50% of its workers off the job in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a poultry processor in the Delmarva area plans to cull an estimated 2 million more...

Meat sales remain elevated

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. As the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated across states during more...

Join our online 'fireside chat' on Thursday: How to profit from online meat sales now

Join Meatingplace’s 30-minute “fireside chat” on how to get in on the online food sales channel, which came into its own in a matter more...

164 Cargill workers test positive for COVID-19: report

Cargill said on Tuesday it will reopen its Hazleton, Pa., case-ready protein plant “as soon as it is safe to do so.”  That could be a more...

Giving back: Carnivore, Cargill, Foster Farms, Perdue Farms

Carnivore donates UV machine to sterilize PPE In response to the shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment nationwide, Carnivore Meat more...

COVID dampens global production estimates

Beef, pork and poultry production expectations for 2020 have been reduced from last month’s levels as all the supply chains adjust to the spread more...

Meat Business Women wants your thoughts

Meat Business Women (MBW), a global professional networking group for women working in the meat industry, is asking individuals and businesses to contribute more...

Smithfield closes Sioux Falls plant to halt coronavirus spread

Smithfield Foods announced it will close its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., for three days to stymie the spread of COVID-19. In a Wednesday more...

Two Tyson poultry plant workers die of COVID-19, union says

Two poultry-processing workers at a Tyson Foods facility in Camilla, Ga., have died of the coronavirus, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department more...

JBS USA beef production worker dies of COVID-19

A JBS USA worker at a beef production facility in Greeley, Colo., has died of COVID-19, according to a local news report. “We are deeply saddened more...

We remember: Jarvis President Vincent Volpe dead at 91

In the global world of beef, pork and poultry slaughter, there are few people around who didn’t know “Vin” Volpe. He was a pioneer in more...

Maple Leaf suspends operations at Brampton plant

Canadian processor Maple Leaf Foods announced this morning that it will be suspending operations at its Brampton Poultry plant in Brampton, Ontario. The more...

Processors add infrared scans, deep cleanings to COVID-19 protocols

The nation’s processors are launching specific programs designed to stem the spread of coronavirus at their facilities. Tyson Foods said it has more...

NCBA joins calls for cattle price probe as boxed beef values soar

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is asking for President Trump’s help in addressing market volatility that has depressed the more...

HSUS sues APHIS over zoonotic diseases

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sued USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) over its response plan for Highly Pathogenic more...

Maple Leaf Foods joins roster of processors hit by COVID-19

Maple Leaf Foods is the latest major North American processor to report positive COVID-19 tests, in this case among workers at separate plants in Canada more...

Ag associations seek USDA, fed help on export trade rules

A group of 80 major agriculture associations is asking USDA Secy. Sonny Perdue and the head of the U.S. National Economic Council to help push relief more...

COVID cloud over restaurants grows

Mandated dine-in closures in the wake of COVID-19 have now affected the majority of U.S. restaurants, the NPD Group reports, with customer transactions more...

Giving back: Tyson Fresh Meats, John Soules, Hofmann Sausage, Texas Farm Products, Hormel, The Maschhoffs

Tyson Fresh Meats donates equipment Tyson Fresh Meats has donated fully equipped mechanical and hydraulic benches to Iowa Central Community College to more...

COVID sends Tyson pork plant packing; more cases pop up elsewhere

Tyson Foods officials said today the company has suspended operations this week at its Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant in an effort to mitigate the more...

Meat sales highly elevated for third week

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. As social distancing measures sharpened further and the number more...

Olymel warns of scaled-back hog purchases

Pork and poultry processor Olymel has warned Ontario suppliers it may not buy as many hogs as called for in pre-COVID-19 contracts, while also correcting more...

Record pig herd and stymied demand hits hog prices

Hog futures prices have tumbled in the wake of data displaying a record-large U.S. pig herd amid a pandemic. U.S. hog futures on Friday dropped to more...

Judge shares unions’ concerns over line speeds under NSIS

A federal judge in Minnesota denied USDA’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that a new protocol for the agency’s inspections in pork slaughterhouses more...

JBS sticks with plan to hire 3,000 people in Brazil in 2020

Brazil's JBS SA said in a statement that it has 3,000 job openings in Brazil to be filled in 2020, in line with the investment plan the company is maintaining more...

Hot dogs still a go-to option as COVID-19 measures sharpen

Hot dogs quickly ramped up as a go-to solution for families as a kid-friendly, protein- dense, versatile and easy-to-prepare solution amid the coronavirus more...

News briefs: National Beef, Wayne Farms, Cargill, Perdue Farms

National Beef, Wayne Farms employees test positive An employee at the National Beef facility in Tama tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the Times more...

Personal safety: Restless workers could break the meat supply chain

Growing concerns among processing plant employees over their personal safety at work amid the spread of COVID-19 raises the specter of labor actions and more...

Sanderson reports 15 positive tests, says foodservice business off 65%

Fifteen Sanderson Farms employees have now tested positive for novel coronavirus, and another 36 are awaiting results, the chicken processor said on Thursday more...

COVID-19 cases close Pa. poultry plant for two weeks

Empire Kosher is closing its Mifflintown, Pa., poultry plant for at least two weeks in response to multiple employees there having tested positive for more...

Burger King, Popeyes, Tim Hortons employ thermometers in safety effort

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) is establishing programs to support its restaurant owners and employees as the industry deals with the coronavirus more...

Global organizations seek trade flow protection under COVID-19

The leaders of the World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are calling more...

Mountaire Farms the latest processor hit by the virus

Mountaire Farms confirmed that one of its employees at a Delaware poultry plant has tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the second plant in more...

Domino’s offers market snapshot as pandemic rages on

Domino’s Pizza Inc. said it is continuing to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its domestic and international operations, stressing more...

USMCA gets kicked down the road

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will go into effect on July 1 at the earliest, and not June 1 as was initially scheduled, according to a report in Politico’s more...

March 2020

Processor profits draw increasing scrutiny

A growing number of Congressional voices are calling for investigations into the differences between the price of meat products at retail, particularly more...

Restaurants sound warning of permanent closures

The parent company of Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana has temporarily closed the overwhelming majority of its restaurants in the U.S. due more...

Daignault joins The Maschhoffs

The Maschhoffs has hired St. Louis native Gerry Daignault as its vice president support operations, the company said in a news release. Daignault, born more...

News briefs: CAST, FSIS, NMPAN, USPOULTRY, Seaboard Corp., IFT, NPPC

CAST webinar on food animal veterinarians The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology will host a webinar on the “Impact of Recruitment more...

WTO members bypass U.S. with arbitration arrangements

The European Union and 15 other members of the World Trade Organization have decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve more...

Pilgrim’s Pride shareholder asks for wastewater report (updated)

A shareholder submitted a proposal to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., for inclusion on the agenda in the upcoming annual meeting, asking shareholders more...

State Dept. reverses course, will process H-2 visas

The State Department announced a decision to authorize temporary waivers for in-person interviews for eligible H-2 visa applicants. The agency had suspended more...

ASF hits large hog farm in Poland

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service reported that Poland has confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) on a hog farm with 23,746 pigs in the more...

From the front lines: Hotel performance measures tank

This item first ran on Hotelsmag.com, the news site of our sister publication, HOTELS. Showing further effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S more...

Smithfield employee tests positive for COVID-19; production continues

A Smithfield Foods employee in Sioux Falls has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report in the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader newspaper. The affected more...

USDOT expands food truckers' hours of service

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an expanded national emergency declaration more...

HPAI spreads in Asia

Strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in the Philippines for the first time in two years, and the virus has spread in more...

The size of the hog herd and pork futures

As COVID-19 races across the globe, obscuring the view into future trends, USDA reports on the links in the food supply chain draw additional attention more...

News briefs: Meat Congress, Case Farms, Brashears, poultry safety awards, ag outlook board

#mce_temp_url#IMS resets date for World Meat Congress Due to the problems surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the organizing committee of the International more...

JBS says it is prepared to face COVID-19 crisis

Brazil's JBS SA is prepared to face the crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic, ensuring it will maintain production and jobs while prioritizing more...

McDonald’s pulls all-day breakfast during coronavirus

McDonald’s is sidelining its all-day breakfast menu as the world’s biggest burger chain simplifies operations amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus more...

Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing at chicken plant

A man has been charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of a co-worker at a chicken plant in Phenix City, Ala., city police officials said in news releases more...

China taps more pork reserves in ASF fallout

China said it will release more pork from its reserves as the country continues to deal with the impacts of African swine fever (ASF). Beijing will auction more...

Processors, agencies, associations respond as COVID-19 rolls on

As the coronavirus pandemic expands across North America, the food industry and federal and state governments are adjusting operations and providing guidance more...

Comfort food: Hot dog, sausage sales jump sharply

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Families are relying on fun and familiar hot dogs and sausages more...

USDA, USTR cite more progress under Phase One deal with China

USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday announced continued progress in implementing agriculture-related provisions of more...

NCBA calls for help in keeping supply chain moving

America’s cattle producers need increased access to low- and zero-interest loans to remain viable and grocery store shelves remain stocked, according more...

Tyson employee dies after accident at Kansas plant

Authorities in Kansas are investigating an accident at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Finney County that resulted in the death of a maintenance worker early more...

Analysts report that meat supplies in cold storage are plentiful

Total frozen poultry supplies on February 29 were slightly up from the previous month but down 4% from a year ago, according to USDA’s latest Cold more...

FSIS adjusts label allowances for COVID-19

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is exercising enforcement discretion for a temporary period to provide labeling flexibilities for products more...

Cattle market volatility shows in feedlot placements

USDA reported Friday that U.S. cattle feedlot inventory as of March 1, at 11.8 million head, was flat with the year-earlier tally, as expected by analysts more...

National Restaurant Association show cancelled for May 2020

Organizers of the annual National Restaurant Association Show have canceled the 2020 convention in Chicago in the midst of coronavirus pandemic uncertainty more...

Beyond donations: Processors temporarily boost pay for suppliers, employees

Tyson Fresh Meats said it will pay cattle suppliers a one-time bonus this week to support the market and help ensure a consistent supply as the COVID-19 more...

That other disease: African Swine Fever outbreaks continue in Europe, China

While the world focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Swine Fever (ASF) crisis continues in several European countries and still affects China more...

Marfrig says it will operate normally to ensure beef supply

Brazil's Marfrig said in a statement that it will operate normally during the crisis caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic to ensure beef supply more...

Restaurants take the hit: NPD update

With more Americans hunkered down at home due to the spreading pandemic, U.S. restaurants are suffering. Customer transactions at U.S. restaurants fell more...

To survive virus, Pizza Hut delivers steaks in China

Pizza Hut is now delivering raw steaks to home cooks in China; Yum China Holdings is experimenting with new business lines as customers fearful of coronavirus more...

No Magic 8 Ball: A processor's COVID-19 story

"As long as I can somehow keep the cash flow going on the production side, and I can find a market for my product, I think we could come through this more...

Chefs’ Warehouse withdraws guidance due to COVID-19

The Chefs' Warehouse Inc. has withdrawn its financial guidance for the fiscal year ending December 25, 2020, the company said in a news release, and borrowed more...

From the front lines: Analysis predicts 5 years to restore hotel industry

This item first ran on Hotelsmag.com, the news site of our sister publication, HOTELS. U.S. hotels reeling from the widespread effects of coronavirus more...

Pork Board’s anti-virus focus

Processing plants continue to operate, but attention is turning toward the future of consumer demand. People have to eat, but what will they eat and how more...

COVID-19 throws light on immigration challenge

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and the consequent suspension of U.S. visa activities in Mexico has highlighted a key problem for processor employers: The more...

Farm Bureau: Labor needs, livestock price manipulation top concerns

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is among a growing chorus of agricultural voices urging the U.S. government to take steps to help producers more...

Restaurant industry sends Washington an SOS

The National Restaurant Association is calling for immediate relief from the White House and Congress, citing the devastating industry impact of moves more...

Kroger shuts meat counters, plans to hire 10,000 workers

Kroger is joining other major grocery chains in reportedly shutting down its personal-service meat and seafood counters, along with salad bars.  more...

Just how much are retail meat sales jumping? Read this.

This item is contributed by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics LLC, based on her research. Picked over or mostly empty meat cases are a sign of the times more...

Stimulus package could shore up consumer demand

While meat processors switch more of their production to retail products from foodservice items, the massive stimulus package moving quickly through the more...

Restaurants encouraged to keep drive-throughs open: report

President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke with executives of nearly a dozen major restaurant chains about keeping their drive-through operations running more...

Scanner data confirm grocery buying surge: analyst

Food companies are benefiting from coronavirus-related retail purchasing, scanner data confirm, according to an industry analyst. Shares of food and grocery more...

Brazil's Marfrig announces new CEO

Brazilian beef processor Marfrig said this week that Miguel Gularte has been elected as the new chief executive officer of the company, replacing Eduardo more...

Brazilian beef processors could reduce operations amid pandemic

Brazil's JBS SA said on Monday that it is considering suspending operations at some of its beef processing units in Brazil due to the impacts of the coronavirus more...

USDA reassures processors as coronavirus crisis continues

USDA said in a statement that it is committed to working with the U.S. meat industry to make sure inspection standards are maintained even if the coronavirus more...

Proposed GIPSA rule has fans, critics — and one big detractor

Comments have closed on USDA's proposed rules to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, released in January, and the responses have mostly fallen more...

CFIA suspends license of sausage firm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the Safe Food for Canadians license of Marini Foods Ltd., a processing facility in Toronto, Ontario more...

Coronavirus gives meat supply chain a shiver

With coronavirus shutting down businesses and schools, and causing a mass exodus to homes, the meat industry is bracing for the ripple effects to keep more...

Virus prompts meat sales changes at Meijer, others

Regional supermarket chain Meijer is suspending service in areas including meat counters and deli salads. The move comes as retailers contend with increased more...

Food scientists slice time off salmonella ID process

Food scientists have developed a method for completing whole genome sequencing (WGS) to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole more...

Meanwhile ... New high-path bird flu outbreak confirmed in Germany: report

Officials in Germany have confirmed a new outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza, this time at a poultry farm in the state of Saxony. The more...

China proposes limits on hormone residues in beef

China has proposed standards for hormone residue limits in beef as it expands access to imports of U.S. product, according to a report by Reuters. Maximum more...

South Africa hikes poultry import tariffs

The South African government has announced that it is raising tariffs on imports of poultry to bolster domestic producers, according to a report by Bloomberg more...

Pandemic doesn’t dampen QSR visits – yet

Consumers went for an array of breakfast promotions offered by quick service restaurantchains last week, The NPD Group reported. The QSR chain “breakfast more...

SF report shows retailers don’t have required antibiotics data

Retailers in San Francisco do not have antibiotic data for most of the red meat and poultry products sold in their stores, despite a 2017 ordinance that more...

Poultry industry sees more shipments to China on horizon

With China recently opening the door to U.S. poultry imports after a five-year ban, the logistical and trade issues that have been crimping shipments more...

Congressmen urge U.S. poultry inclusion in U.K. trade talks

Nearly 50 U.S. House members wrote a letter Tuesday to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging Washington to prioritize U.S. poultry in upcoming more...

Investors urge meat companies to tackle climate change

A $20 trillion network of investors says meat companies must do more to curb climate change as the combination of a warming planet and emerging alternative more...

Calif. leaves processed meat off Prop 65 list; PCRM sues

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a lawsuit against the state of California for “failing to include cancer-causing processed more...

Beef, pork, poultry production forecasts all rise: USDA

The 2020 forecasts for beef, pork and poultry production are all raised from February on a robust pace of slaughter across the sectors, according to USDA’s more...

Independent group sets new beef, poultry sustainability standards

A company that provides independent, third-party verification of food production practices is launching sustainability standards for both the U.S. beef more...

Subway hires c-suite operating executive

Subway restaurants has hired Mike Kappitt for the newly created role of Chief Operating and Insights Officer, the company said in a news release. Kappitt more...

U.S. meat, poultry a ‘hot’ item in Russia

Late December in Russia was particularly cold for two of the nation’s highest customs officials. They were arrested under suspicion of covering more...

Will they or won’t they? Concerns rise over ‘phase one’ implementation

As concerns mount over China’s ability to meet the demands of even the phase one mini-trade agreement with the U.S., signed earlier this year, USDA more...

Coronavirus complicates China’s ASF outlook: Rabobank

As China takes steps to reignite domestic pork production, meet strong demand, navigate trade waters and recover from 2019’s African Swine Fever more...

Red meat exports start 2020 on a high note

Pork exports set a "torrid pace" for the month of January, on the heels of their record-breaking performance in 2019, according to data released by USDA more...

NPPC unveils list of priorities

At the National Pork Producers Council's National Pork Industry Forum, delegates adopted several resolutions, including those that call on NPPC to:  more...

Meat stocks take a tumble along with everybody else

On Wall Street, investors often shoot first and ask questions later. That being said, the stock market’s ongoing coronavirus-induced wipe out is more...

FDA looks at feedlots in plan for produce safety

The FDA’s 2020 action plan aimed at reducing outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections stemming from leafy greens will include more...

Tyson sets new policy in response to coronavirus (updated)

Tyson Foods Inc. is taking several steps designed to protect its employees from the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. The protein giant released more...

Livestock economist gauges impact of COVID-19 on beef demand

(This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newletter and is republished with the author’s permission.) By Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State more...

Hain settles old fines for P&S violations

Hain Celestial Group Inc. has entered into a stipulation agreement with USDA over alleged violations of the Packers & Stockyards (P&S) Act that more...

A ‘voluntary’ beef origin label may be available: Perdue

Mandatory country-of-origin labels (COOL) are “not going to happen unless we want to do a billion-dollar litigation damage with Mexico and Canada more...

DHS makes available more H-2B worker visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Thursday that it will make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker more...

U Kentucky cattle/equine research lab a step closer

Negotiations on the location of a new cattle and equine research lab at the University of Kentucky continue after the recent approval of funding for the more...

Restaurant/brew pub parent files bankruptcy, announces sale

Nashville, Tenn.-based CraftWorks Holdings LLC, which operates 10 full-service restaurant and brewery chains, including Logan's Roadhouse, Old Chicago more...

Perdue casts doubt on more trade aid to farmers

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on Wednesday that the chance of another round of trade aid to farmers this year is less than 10%, seeming to more...

Retail, deli meat leaders team on grab-and-go fare

Target and Boar’s Head have partnered on grab-and-go items including sandwiches, salads, snacks and deli meats at select Target stores. The announcement more...

Giving Back: Smithfield in Nashville, Prairie Fresh Pork, Tyson

Smithfield donates in Nashville after tornadoes Smithfield Foods Inc. said today it is donating 40,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of more...

Coronavirus upends outlook for U.S. meat exports

The coronavirus is dampening anticipated demand for U.S. meat, with cold storage facilities across the country filling up with animal protein intended more...

Jack Link's names president for North America

Jack Link's Protein Snacks announced the appointment of food and beverage industry veteran Kevin McAdams as president, North America. McAdams will be more...

Applegate’s new product line mixes meat with veggies

Organic meat brand Applegate on Wednesday unveiled a new product line that combines meat with vegetables, legumes and grains. “People love meat more...

NPPC touts pork labeling message at KC airport

U.S. pork producers gathering in Kansas City this week for the 2020 National Pork Industry Forum are being greeted at the airport with a message from more...

Brakebush Brothers predicts ambitious output at its N.C. plant

Brakebush Brothers Inc. is projecting significant annual output for its revamped poultry processing plant in Mocksville, N.C., following an expansion more...

Jump in U.S. pork exports largely due to Mexico, China/Hong Kong

U.S. pork exports rose more than 29 percent in December from the last month of 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The surge more...

Impossible Foods sets new deals, products, cuts distributor prices

Redwood City, Calif.-based Impossible Foods is using new “economies of scale” to establish a new deal involving Halal dishes, new foodservice more...

News Briefs: National Deli Month, The Palm, Tyson Foods, KFC Canada, Les Viandes du Breton, Einstein Bros., Disney, Cracker Barrel

NAMI, NPB celebrate national deli and nutrition month This March, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff and The more...

Judge in Oklahoma poultry suit says decision 'on the horizon'

A decade after final arguments were made in a water pollution lawsuit filed by Oklahoma against big poultry producers, a decision is reportedly at hand more...

Fire kills 400,000 chickens at Neb. plant

Officials are investigating the cause of a fire late last week that destroyed a building housing a reported 400,000 chickens at a Michael Foods plant more...

Wendy's, McDonald's spar on debut of new breakfast items

Wendy’s launch of upgraded breakfast menu items Monday was met with a hardball response by McDonald’s Corp., which gave away its classic Egg more...

Subway ordered to pay fees in wake of suit vs. Canadian network

A Canadian judge ordered Subway to reimburse the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) C$500,000 in legal costs stemming from a lawsuit accusing more...

February 2020

Cargill bans employee international travel amid coronavirus

Minneapolis-based global agriculture and meatpacking giant Cargill Inc. on Thursday imposed a two-week ban on non-essential international travel to mitigate more...

Jensen Meat expands ground beef operations

Ground beef processor Jensen Meat Co. announced it has invested $9 million to expand its operations in Southern California, increasing capacity to meet more...

Coronavirus stirs analysts’ Sanderson concerns

Notwithstanding Sanderson Farms officials' constructive outlook on supply and demand, equity analysts are expressing discomfort amid uncertainty around more...

Chicago archdiocese pans plant-based meat for Lent

Catholics considering eating plant-based meat substitutes during Lent are missing the point of the church tradition, local media reports quote an Archdiocese more...

Sanderson: China, sandwich wars to ‘bail out’ chicken industry

Exports to China and chicken sandwich wars expected to heat up this spring are going to “bail the industry out” of losses that otherwise would more...

National Turkey Federation names 2020 leaders

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) on Wednesday announced its 2020 officer team and executive committee. Ron Kardel, an Iowa turkey grower and vice more...

Red Robin resists investor’s takeover attempt

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. on Thursday said it would review four candidates to its nine member board nominated by would-be acquirer Vintage Capital more...

Dunkin’ offers bag of bacon as afternoon snack

With U.S. pork production forecast to jump sharply in the first quarter, one fast-food chain is finding another way to market the animal protein. Dunkin’ more...

Verde Farms introduces premium sous vide beef line

Woburn, Mass.-based Verde Farms is launching a line of sous vide cooked beef products from cattle that are 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. The Simply more...

Sprinkler system saves Ohio poultry plant

The Gerber’s Poultry processing plant in Kidron, Ohio, avoided extensive damage from a fire that broke out in a boiler room over the weekend thanks more...

Perdue, Lighthizer say China has lifted poultry barriers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday said China has begun to implement its agriculture-related more...

Giving back: IPPE, Perdue Farms, Dietz & Watson

IPPE raises $45,000 for Atlanta food bank The 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) raised $45,000 for the Atlanta Community Food more...

Kiecker tapped as FSIS administrator as Rottenberg exits

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Feb. 25 the appointment of Paul Kiecker to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s more...

Increase in freezer stocks follows record pork production

Increased overall inventory of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in cold storage at the end of January partially reflects supply carried from the prior month more...

NAMI, UK counterpart sign MOU

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) more...

News briefs: Tyson, NTF, Kroger, USPOULTRY, Perdue Farms, MGM Resorts, Smithfield

Tyson accounting executive resigns Tyson Foods said Stephen L. Gibbs, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, notified the company of his more...

China further relaxes restrictions on U.S. beef: Reuters

Chinese customs officials said Monday Beijing had conditionally lifted a ban on beef and beef products from U.S. cattle older than 30 months of age, according more...

Minnesota processor seeks 20,000-sq-ft expansion

A Minnesota processor that has operated out of a modest meat market in Duluth for 20 years is looking to go much bigger, according to a report by the more...

Analysts mixed in Pilgrim’s Pride evaluations

After Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. fell short of expectations for earnings in the fourth quarter, one analyst has lowered his estimate for fiscal 2020 more...

Study: Digital image analysis tops sensory when assessing meat iridescence

The results from a study conducted by scientists at the University of Hohenheim in Germany has found that digital image analysis is an effective tool more...

Trump promises more farm aid amid uncertain export outlook

President Donald Trump on Friday said the federal government will provide additional aid payments to U.S. farmers if needed until recently negotiated more...

Tyson promises 10 blended, plant-based items in 2020

Tyson Foods will have 10 products on the market in its newly launched blended and plant-based protein category, President Dean Banks promised equity analysts more...

Marfrig plans growth in processed foods segment

Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods, the owner of National Beef, plans to expand production of beef-based processed foods and vegetable protein products in more...

Namibia becomes first African nation to ship beef to U.S.

Namibia on Wednesday became the first African nation to ship beef to the United States, when Windhoek-based meat processor Meat Corporation (MeatCo) dispatched more...

Hormel buys longtime barbecue meats supplier

Hormel Foods Corp. said today it has reached an agreement to acquire Sadler's Smokehouse, a family-owned business specializing in pit-smoked meats that more...

Hormel Q1 earnings disappoint as coronavirus takes toll

Hormel Foods Corp. today reported first-quarter profits up nearly 1% from a year ago, disappointing Wall Street analysts.  The Austin, Minn.-based more...

Pork groups want organic soy imports restricted to thwart ASF

U.S. pork groups have sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for a restriction on imports of organic soy products for animal feeds more...

Tyson addresses pork plant wastewater issue

Tyson Fresh Meats is working to fix a wastewater issue at its Storm Lake, Iowa, plant, a company spokesperson told Meatingplace in a statement. Liz Croston more...

Hormel goes ractopamine-free

Hormel Foods is joining the list of companies that are phasing out ractopamine from their hog supplies, company spokesman Rick Williamson confirmed for more...

Cargill launches restaurant-quality retail beef brand

Cargill announced the launch of a premium beef brand called Salt & Sear that will be available at certain retail locations starting in late spring more...

Allen Harim chicken plant reopens, mystery continues

Operations resumed at an Allen Harim Foods poultry processing plant in Harbeson, Del., this weekend, although reasons behind a four-day closure that began more...

Study: Combining handheld NIR and machine learning to ensure chicken meat authenticity

Scientists have developed a method to test chicken meat authenticity by combining portable, handheld near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy with state-of-the-art more...

Coronavirus may hurt China’s chicken, egg supplies: report

Chinese officials are predicting that the coronavirus outbreak could affect the availability of poultry and egg products in the second and third quarter more...

Applegate Farms appoints new executives

Applegate Farms has named new executives for its research and development (R&D) and sales and marketing operations, the Hormel Foods Corp. division more...

Coleman rolls out new flavors

Coleman Natural Foods, a unit of Perdue Premium Meats, is expanding the Budweiser BBQ collection with the introduction of a Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork and more...

Joe Rogan: all-meat diet 'tremendous'

Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan is lately touting the benefits of an all-meat diet, telling his 8.5 million Instagram followers that he adhered to more...

Brashears rolls out 2020 vision for FSIS

Mindy Brashears, USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety, is rolling out a new future-forward vision for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) more...

Lost in the headlines: HPAI has resurfaced in China

Highly pathogenic avian influenza strains H5N6 and H5N1 have broken out in mainland China this month, a development that has been largely overlooked amidst more...

Study: Poultry wastewater inhibits microbes’ ability to remove nitrogen

A new study by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) provides additional evidence that wastewater from more...

News briefs: Certified Angus Beef, Outback Steakhouse, Good Food Institute, Joint Poultry Industry,

Certified Angus Beef details executive changes The Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand announced a series of recent changes to its leadership team. Bruce more...

FSIS kicks off 2020 small meat plant outreach meetings in Austin

More than 85 people attended USDA FSIS's first 2020 "listening roundtable" meeting for small and very small meat and poultry plants on Feb. 12 at the more...

Canada funds risk management pilot for pork producers

Canada announced funding for the development of a risk management strategy being developed by the Manitoba Pork Council for pork producers to recover more...

Researchers flag hepatitis E in U.S. pig slaughterhouses

Pig blood containing hepatitis E virus (HEV) during slaughter could be contaminating raw pork products entering the U.S. food supply chain. So say Virginia more...

Giving back: Perdue, Hormel, Harrison Foundation, Smithfield, USPOULTRY

Perdue supports volunteer fire department Perdue Farms’ Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to help the City more...

Don Lee Farms steps up legal pressure on Beyond Meat

Don Lee Farms has filed a third amended complaint in its case against Beyond Meat (which it sued under the name of Savage River Inc.), this time naming more...

Meat processing plant proposed in upstate New York

Town officials are mulling a proposal for a meat processing plant in Oneonta, N.Y., according to a report by the Daily Star. Catskills Packing LLC is more...

More changes at the top for Outback Steakhouse parent

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. said Elizabeth Smith will step down from her role as executive chairman of the board, effective March 6, while Outback Steakhouse more...

DeLauro again questions USDA subsidies to JBS SA

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is the latest lawmaker questioning whether foreign-owned firms should get money meant to help American farmers survive more...

Hormel to convert Neb. facility into manufacturing plant

Hormel Foods Corp. has confirmed media reports that it plans to spend $60 million to transform a former distribution center near Omaha, Neb., into more...

Chicago area processor sold to another PE firm

Kronos Foods Corp., previously owned by Grey Mountain Partners, has been sold to Entrepreneurial Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. Entrepreneurial more...

Country Archer Jerky relocating to larger facility

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Country Archer Jerky Co. announced plans to move to a new, larger meat snack facility down the road from its current facility more...

Lower pork, turkey production offsets higher beef: USDA

The 2019 total red meat and poultry production estimate is reduced from last month as lower pork and turkey production more than offset higher beef production more...

JBS U.S. plans caught up in Batista feud

Meatpacker JBS SA’s plan to list its international operations in the U.S. public markets is reportedly mired in a dispute between the billionaire more...

Mountaire wastewater case can continue: judge

Mountaire Farms' efforts to have dismissed a lawsuit charging groundwater pollution have been denied by the Delaware Superior Court judge, according to more...

West Liberty, Blue Apron settle case

West Liberty Foods’ lawsuit against Blue Apron has been settled, according to documents filed in the case. The details of the settlement have not more...

Tyson unit forms oils, fats joint venture with affiliate

Tyson Foods Inc. is forming a joint venture with Jacob Stern & Sons Inc. to meet the growing global demand in the oils and fats market. Tyson Fresh more...

Smithfield Foods to shut plant, lay off 139

Smithfield Foods Inc. is shutting its meat-processing plant in San Jose, Calif., in a move that affects 139 workers, the company confirmed to Meatingplace on more...

Seaboard plans $100 million in plant improvements

The Guymon City Council has approved a Seaboard Expansion Economic Development Agreement for a $100 million upgrade of the company’s processing more...

Pizza Hut, new targets draw attention from parent YUM! Brands

Changes are on the horizon at Pizza Hut, whose parent company describes the struggling chain as a “business in transition.” YUM! Brands Inc more...

Popeye's sales see gigantic leap in Q4

Restaurant Brands International delivered better-than-expected earnings due to a big jump in fourth-quarter sales at its fast-food chain Popeyes. The more...

IFT calls for more funding for food research

Calling the area of food research “chronically underfunded,” the Institute of Food Technologists has published a white paper that makes the more...

Certified Angus announces loyalty program

Certified Angus Beef has launched the Steakholder Rewards loyalty program, offering members exclusive VIP experiences like a chef to help plan a holiday more...

USPOULTRY awards grant to Penn State

The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded a $10,000 student recruiting grant to Penn State University. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation more...

Portable device lights the way to better E. coli detection: study

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a bioluminescence-based assay coupled with a portable device that works with smartphones and laptops to more...

Amid U.S. poultry overload, Tyson’s Q1 disappoints

Tyson Foods dished out quarterly sales below expectations as anemic pricing hit the largest U.S. meat processor’s poultry business.  The Springdale more...

China cuts tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods

China will cut in half retaliatory tariffs on some U.S. products starting Feb. 14 as part of its phase one trade agreement with the U.S., the country’s more...

Cultivated meat oversight bill gets House version

U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Darren Soto (D-Fla.) have introduced a House version of the Food Safety Modernization for Innovative Technologies more...

Perdue, Penn State partner on sustainability center

Chicken giant Perdue Farms said it has joined the Penn State University Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability as a founding member. Perdue brings more...

Farmers turn upbeat, Trump adviser somber on China prospects

Agricultural producers have become noticeably more optimistic about the future of agricultural trade over the last several months, and now 70% to 71% more...

NCBA identifies its top policy priorities for the year

The executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the group’s 2020 policy priorities, with international more...

Denny’s realigns management, names president

Denny’s Corp., the full-service restaurant chain, said it is realigning its leadership team, effective Thursday, to position the company for continued more...

Breakfast wars poised to heat up with Wendy’s launch

Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s is preparing to launch a revamped breakfast menu, supported by a digital marketing campaign on Twitter during peak morning more...

Smithfield N.C. nuisance appeal heard; long wait ahead

The three-person panel of appellate judges has heard arguments in Smithfield Foods’ appeal of a $3.25 million jury award for neighbors of a large more...

Chef's Warehouse picks up Cambridge Packing

The Chefs' Warehouse Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cambridge Packing Co. in Boston for an undisclosed sum, according to a news more...

New research finds slight meat consumption, heart disease link

A new study says the consumption of unprocessed meat could slightly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), although at a lower risk rate linking more...

Boston Market names new CEO

Frances Allen is stepping down as CEO of Boston Market, with former COO Eric Wyatt taking the helm at the rotisserie chicken chain, the Golden, Colo.-based more...

Highly pathogenic bird flu sparks culls in China

An outbreak of what Chinese officials described as highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Hunan Province prompted the culling of nearly 18,000 chickens more...

States slog through meat-label bills

Bills seeking to spell out what can and cannot be included on the labels of alternative meat products continue to percolate in state legislatures. Those more...

CCF swipes at plant-based meat during Super Bowl [updated]

A group that advocates for the fast food and other industries is lately targeting plant-based meat producers Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. The Center more...

Breakfast goals are shifting with busier lives: NPD report

Breakfast remains an important part of a consumer’s daily diet, but the functionality of the meal is adjusting as life demands are changing individual more...

January 2020

Wyoming meat plant targets March debut: report

A company that is looking to increase processing options for local ranchers could open a planned 9,000-square-foot facility as soon as March, Wyoming more...

Tyson unit teams up with pitmasters on ‘barbecue initiative’

The beef and pork specialty division of Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a partnership with a team of barbecue pitmasters aimed at expanding awareness of the more...

Organic brand adds supply chain, sales execs

Organic Valley announced the addition of consumer packaged goods (CPG) veterans Ty Brannen and Staci Kring to the newly created positions of executive more...

News Briefs: Cooks Venture, MamaMancini’s, Smithfield

Cooks Venture raises $4 million Cooks Venture said it raised $4 million in capital, led by Golden West Food Group, as part of a long-term strategic partnership more...

Checkoff programs win in federal court

A magistrate judge has given USDA and state-level checkoff programs a boost with his ruling, issued Wednesday, granting the agency summary judgment in more...

Sanderson Farms promotes two company veterans

Sanderson Farms on Thursday said it promoted Edward Chisholm to director of operations, making him responsible for managing the company’s processing more...

Almost a quarter of Americans cutting back on meat: Gallup poll

Nearly one in four Americans, or 23%, report eating less meat in the past year than before, according to a Gallup poll released this week. The vast majority more...

New ASF cases confirmed in the Philippines

Officials in the Philippines are reporting new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in two towns, bringing the total number of affected towns or provinces more...

Trump signs USMCA in White House ceremony

U.S. President Donald Trump today signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in a large ceremony at the White House, fulfilling a key campaign pledge more...

Former food workers union president pleads guilty to embezzlement

The former president of a union representing 3,600 Smithfield Foods plant workers in North Carolina is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine more...

Beyond Meat’s up-and-down week

Beyond Meat is losing at least one potential customer but possibly gaining several more. KFC is trying out plant-based nuggets made by Beyond Meat at more...

NAMI honors several industry leaders

Workplace and food safety were top of mind as the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) held its annual awards ceremony and luncheon this week in Atlanta more...

McDonald’s franchisees receive one chicken sandwich wish

McDonald’s Corp. today added two chicken sandwiches to its national breakfast menu, potentially opening the door for a new daypart chicken sandwich more...

Bar Louie chain files for bankruptcy protection

Bar Louie management announced it has reached an agreement with its lenders to purchase the chain through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale that may still more...

Suit accusing Beyond Meat of contract breach can move forward: court

A California Superior Court ruled that a lawsuit accusing Beyond Meat Inc. of fraud, negligence and breach of contract can move forward nearly three years more...

Siegel’s passion for meat science and food safety drives Deli Star

Dan Siegel is eager to get going on this interview. Fidgeting somewhat, sometimes getting texts or visiting a nearby stack of books, the founder and chairman more...

Maple Leaf Foods, union reach agreement after seven months

Maple Leaf Foods signed a new labor agreement covering 1,900 workers at its Brandon, Manitoba, pork plant over the next five years. The company had been more...

Up to 34,000 chickens die in two farm fires

As many as 34,000 chickens are believed to have died in two different poultry farm fires in North Carolina and Virginia that occurred within a day of more...

Pace of beef slaughter up sharply

Beef cow slaughter has risen sharply since the third quarter, as an increase in nonfed cattle slaughter more than offset an expected decline in fed cattle more...

Regional grocers join wave of retail bankruptcies, store closures

Lucky’s Market and Fairways Market are both in bankruptcy court as they join the count of struggling brick-and-mortar retailers. Battered by online more...

Nation’s oldest state ‘ag-gag’ law ruled unconstitutional

A Kansas law that for 30 years prohibited undercover investigations at farms and slaughterhouses was deemed unconstitutional and largely struck down on more...

Niman, Tanka partner to build Native supply chain

Niman Ranch, a brand of Perdue Premium Meat, and Tanka, a brand of Native American Natural Foods, have partnered to build a “humane and sustainable more...

Chicken in cold storage likely bound for China: analysts (Updated)

The increase in total chicken in cold storage reported by USDA this week is largely due to a buildup of leg quarters and could signal product being staged more...

USDA seeks feedback on instrument enhanced grading

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is asking for comments on the Instrument Enhanced Grading (IEG) program for beef carcasses to learn more...

Texas A&M chancellor blasts Harvard scientists’ actions on meat study

Texas A&M’s chancellor wants Harvard officials to investigate and correct “outrageous actions” taken by researchers at the Ivy League more...

With ASF at the border, Germany boosts biosecurity

Germany — the European Union's top pork supplier — is fighting to stop the deadly hog virus that's upended the global meat industry more...

Canada pulls poultry processor’s license

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the operating license of Cami International Poultry Ltd., a poultry slaughter establishment located more...

News briefs: Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, Wellshire Farms, Noodles & Co., Wendy’s

Edwards earns top ‘Good Food’ designation Surry, Va.-based Edwards Virginia Smokehouse won the Charcuterie category at the 10th annual Good more...

Perdue Premium Meat unveils plant expansion

Perdue Premium Meat Co. (PPMC) has completed the $29 million expansion of its Sioux Center hog harvest facility, the company said in a news release provided more...

Naysayers’ turn on U.S.-China trade deal

Meat processors heralded the signing of the so-called phase one of a U.S.-China trade deal a week ago, but other voices are capturing the headlines now more...

Memphis Meats closer to bringing cell-based analogues to market

The company that specializes in cell-cultivated proteins says it is preparing to bring its products to consumers after receiving $161 million in Series more...

Meat snack maker beefs up executive suite

Plano, Texas-based Stryve, which produces healthy snack foods including beef biltong, announced Jaxie Alt has been named to the role of co-CEO, effective more...

Perdue predicts 'record year' for exports in 2020

The year just past was full of challenges for agricultural producers, especially on the trade and weather front, but "we do have brighter days ahead," more...

Poultry price pressure drags on expected earnings

Abundant capacity and barriers to demand growth will create downward pressure on poultry prices in 2020, and Ben Bienvenu, protein equity analyst for more...

Tyson launches sustainability coalition to boost awareness

Tyson Foods Inc. has established the Coalition for Global Protein, an initiative that aims to advance the future of sustainable protein that will be needed more...

Study finds pig virus can transmit to chickens, turkeys

In a recently published animal study of a pig virus' potential to jump to another species, Ohio State University researchers have found that the virus more...

PE firm picks up Illinois value-added processor

Gourmet Culinary Partners LLC (GCP) has purchased Countryside, Ill.-based processor Van Lang Enterprises Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of appetizers more...

Bird flu spreads in Europe, ringing alarm bells

Two more European nations have confirmed cases of the H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain, prompting revived biosecurity efforts as the winter season, when more...

Abundant poultry pressures prices

Expectations for more, more, more chicken, and slightly less turkey, in 2020 has led to forecasts of lower broiler prices and higher turkey prices in more...

Perdue Farms launches hunger campaign, donated $1MM

Perdue Farms announced its new "Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors" hunger initiative and a Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation-funded $1 million more...

Western’s Smokehouse buys Thrushwood Farms

Western’s Smokehouse, a premium crafted meat snack maker in Greentop, Mo., is buying Thrushwood Farms of Galesburg, Ill., from the Hankes family more...

Appeals court backs OSHA in finger amputation case

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has denied a petition by Packers Sanitation Services to review a final order from the Occupational Safety and Health more...

As expected, ASF slammed China’s pork output in 2019

The fallout from African Swine Fever (ASF) sent China’s pork output in 2019 to lows not seen in 16 years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics more...

Pork Board helps 'influencers' decide: Will it BBQ?

The National Pork Board sponsored social media stars Rhett and Link — hosts of "Good Mythical Morning" on YouTube — for an episode of more...

Full Senate passes USMCA

The Senate today passed legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 89-10, following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives more...

Wrangling continues in antitrust suit vs. beef companies

Attorneys representing the nation’s largest beef processing companies sought to have an antitrust class-action lawsuit dismissed, sparking a new more...

Brazilian beef giant looks to raise $327M amid export surge

Brazilian beef packer Minerva S.A. will look to raise as much as 1.368 billion reais ($327 million) through a public offering of new common and existing more...

Federal judge upholds California ban on foie gras

A district court judge in California has rejected the latest challenge to a 2004 California law phasing out the production and sale of foie gras. Animal more...

Pork, beef producers welcome Phase One trade deal with China

President Donald Trump today signed the first phase of a trade deal with China that includes the purchase of $40 billion in agricultural products, including more...

Pork Board report tallies sustainability progress

The National Pork Board released a sustainability report titled “Commit and Improve: Pig Farmers’ Approach to Sustainability," updating the more...

Albertsons takes another look at an IPO: report

The Albertsons supermarket chain is considering launching an initial public offering that could value the company at about $19 billion, The Wall Street more...

Smokey Bones expands menu

Smokey Bones Fire & Grill has added new appetizers and entrees to its menu at all 61 restaurant locations in 16 states.  The new dishes include: more...

New lawsuit challenges USDA's swine inspection modernization rules

Food & Water Watch (FWW), Center for Food Safety (CFS), and two other groups filed an action Jan. 13 against the U.S. Department of more...

Chicken sandwich wars may heat up as McDonald’s tests MSG

The ongoing tests of fried-chicken sandwiches by McDonald’s Corp. reportedly are being conducted with a flavor enhancer the fast-food giant does more...

New certification program will verify animal care standards

Protein producers soon will have a new method to demonstrate to consumers that they follow responsible animal care principles. The program administered more...

Worth a read: New studies in meat antimicrobials, preservatives

Preservative lauric arginate holds promise for packaging applications  Scientists from the University of Tennessee have published an in-depth review more...

Maple Leaf Foods CEO blasts Trump over Iran conflict

Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain took to social media on Sunday to fire off a volley of tweets aimed the Trump administration’s decision to attack more...

Panera Bread to reduce meat products from menu by 2021

Panera Bread is preparing to increase the plant-based options on its menu to 50% from 25% by the end of this year, CEO Niren Chaudhary announced on CNBC more...

Sysco to replace CEO

Global foodservice distribution company Sysco Corp. said today that CEO Tom Bené will step down from his roles as president and CEO on Jan. 31 more...

Avian influenza, biosecurity concerns spread across Europe

An outbreak of avian influenza that started in Poland at the beginning of 2020 has officials in other European nations on alert as new reports of infected more...

USDA proposes revised GIPSA rule

USDA will publish on Monday a proposed rule outlining the criteria the agency will consider to determine if producers are being treated unfairly by meatpackers more...

Wayne Farms to expand in Mississippi, add 200 jobs

Wayne Farms LLC today announced a $16.9 million expansion and upgrade of its fresh production facility in Laurel, Miss., that will significantly increase more...

JBS opens new beef plant in Brazil, continues to expand capacity

JBS S.A. started operations on Thursday of a new beef processing plant in Brazil's central state of Mato Grosso, at the municipality of Brasnorte, and more...

FSIS alerts public on misbranded meatballs

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Carso’s Pasta Company of Lynnwood, Wash., sold 636 more...

Nov. beef exports trail 2018; pork posts record month: USMEF

Shipments of U.S. beef are running at a lighter pace than a year ago, curbed by weaker demand from Japan, but pork exports posted their best month ever more...

Arkansas chicken processor works to curb odors

Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP) is taking steps to curb odor issues at the company’s chicken processing plant in Batesville, Ark., city officials said more...

Expanding family dining chain appoints new CEO, COO

The Black Bear Diner family restaurant chain announced the promotion of Anita Adams to chief executive officer and the addition of Jeff Guido as chief more...

News Briefs: Poultry barn fire, Cargill, Bob Evans, DPI, Subway Canada, Hooters

Mich. barn fire wipes out 300,000 layers About 300,000 hens died in a barn fire at a Vande Bunte Eggs/Konos Inc. poultry farm in Michigan, located between more...

Two charcuterie names merge under private equity ownership

Salt Lake City-based Creminelli Fine Meat LLC has been purchased by Chicago-based private equity firm Entrepreneurial Equity Partners (EEP), and merged more...

Sausage, bacon and ham top new 7-Eleven breakfast pizza

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has introduced a ready-to-eat portable breakfast pizza topped with three meats. The five-inch personal-size pizza, priced more...

Kroger launching pea-based patties, grinds nationwide

Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket chain, today announced an expansion of its Simple Truth brand with the nationwide launch of Emerge meatless more...

Smithfield powers North Carolina homes, businesses

Smithfield Foods Inc. is using renewable natural gas from its Tar Heel, N.C., wastewater treatment system to help power more than 2,000 local homes and more...

Probe of death at Pilgrim’s Pride plant moves forward

Local law enforcement and federal safety officials are working with Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to determine the exact cause of death after a worker was more...

USMCA gets committee OK; on to full Senate vote

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee today approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and the key trade item could be voted on by the full Senate as early more...

Impossible Foods launches plant-based pork, sausage products

The creator of the Impossible Burger is introducing its first all-new plant-based protein products since 2016. Impossible Foods will offer samples of more...

KFC UK adds plant-based burger to permanent menu

KFC made its KFC Vegan Burger a permanent menu offering across the United Kingdom starting this week, the company announced. The KFC Vegan Burger is served more...

NPPC claps back at '60 Minutes' report

A report on Sunday night's "60 Minutes" news program "failed to include critical information about modern pork production," the National Pork Producers more...

Yum! Brands to buy Habit Burger Grill

Yum! Brands Inc. said it will buy The Habit Restaurants Inc. for about $375 million, according to a press release on the company's website. The acquisition more...

Impossible Foods promises 'big news' tomorrow

Impossible Foods set off a storm of headlines in the business and technology press over the weekend with its Twitter teaser, sent Thursday, that it would more...

Foster Farms launches retail chicken wing line

Foster Farms has introduced a line of four types of chicken wings that the poultry processor contends can provide restaurant-quality wings without the more...

Lawsuit accuses EPA of allowing outdated meat plant technology

A dozen organizations, including the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging more...

Soup recalled on misbranding, allergens

Kettle Cuisine Midco LLC, in Lynn, Mass., is recalling about 200 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) lentil and beef soup products due to misbranding and undeclared more...

The power of one

Single-serve fruit cups. Mini cans of Coke. One burger patty. Food and beverage companies are catering to the rising trend toward eating “all by more...

Japan, EU trade deals take effect; Trump to sign China pact

New trade deals with Japan and the European Union (EU) went into effect on New Year’s Day, while President Trump indicated he is preparing to sign more...

USDA, USTR seek advisory committee members

USDA and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are accepting applications for new members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory more...

Diestel does it the old-fashioned way

On the cusp of a hot, late summer afternoon in the hillside pens high on Sonora, Calif.’s Lyons Bald Mountain, a flock of tom turkeys gather around more...

Science briefs: It's all about the cure

Curing of ground ham by remote infusion of atmospheric non-thermal plasma In a new study, scientists suggest that the remote infusion of an atmospheric more...

Meaty innovation to fuel Chipotle’s 2020 prospects: analyst

New products launched in 2019, most of which include meat proteins, should help Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. continue its fiscal advances, according to more...

CSU launches search for sustainable livestock group director

Colorado State University (CSU) has begun a national search for a director of the university's new Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind more...

Research update: New findings in pork safety, quality

Pre-emulsified canola oil useful as pork fat replacer in frankfurters Scientists have found that two different forms of canola oil used as pork back-fat more...

December 2019

Meat exporters have alternative markets

The Asia Pacific market, with the established revenue of buyers like Japan and the enormous potential of China, will continue to be prized for its growth more...

El Pollo Loco adds ‘fit’ bowls

El Pollo Loco Inc. has added a line of Pollo Fit Bowls to its menu, designed to fit into several popular lifestyle diets, the company said in a news release more...

Rural counties expected to underperform in 2020: CoBank

The U.S. rural economy will face more headwinds in 2020 and is expected to underperform relative to the economy of urban America, according to a forecast more...

Proposed law aims for clearer oversight of cell-cultured proteins

Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill designed to clarify oversight and transparency in the production of food products derived from cell-cultured more...

China prepares to address pork demand ahead of festivals

China’s Ministry of Commerce plans to release more pork reserves in order to meet expected demand for the upcoming New Year and Spring Festival more...

President of quick-service giant to leave company in March

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) has announced the impending departure its regional president of Tim Hortons for Canada and U.S.  RBI CEO Jose more...

FSIS proposes changes to animal welfare label claims

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register the availability of an updated version of its guideline more...

Focus of climate change conversation is about to shift: CFI

Some 52.2 million Americans are engaged in the climate change conversation, and most are mired in the debate as to whether it exists. However, the focus more...

Conagra Brands reports 2Q net sales increase

Conagra Brands has reported solid second quarter results for fiscal year 2020, ending Nov. 24, 2019, with a net sales increase of 18.3% to $2.8 billion more...

FSIS sets directive to verify contamination prevention at hog plants

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued new standards designed to help inspection program personnel verify that all swine slaughter more...

Nestlé to sell controlling stake in European charcuterie business

Nestlé announced it has agreed to sell a 60% stake of its Herta charcuterie and dough business to Casa Tarradellas, a Spanish family-run food company more...

Dining gift cards buck the trend

Gift cards purchased to use at restaurants and coffeehouses are an increasingly popular choices, even as purchases of gift cards overall drops. Market more...

What’s on your doorstep? Grubhub recaps the year in food deliveries

Most of 2019's fastest-growing delivery orders from restaurants through the Grubhub digital food-ordering and delivery service included vegan or vegetarian more...

Meat prices expected to drive rise in Canadian food costs

The average Canadian family will pay up to $487 more for food next year, with a projected rise in meat prices expected to lead the way, a report from more...

Giving Back: CAB, Maple Leaf Foods, Hormel, Tyson, Cargill, Triumph Foods

CAB scholarship applications due Jan. 17 Six students can win $33,500 through the Colvin Scholarship Fund, created in 1999 to honor the cofounder of the more...

Pork, cold storage setting up for hot 2020 export demand

Data in USDA's Hogs and Pigs and Cold Storage reports indicate that the protein export markets are readying for big first quarter demand, particularly more...

Protein tops Oklahoma State’s food trends list for 2020

Protein options, refrigerated snacks and a continued focus on veggies are among the top 10 food trends forecast for menus in 2020, according to Oklahoma more...

Per capita supply of red meat, poultry on the rise: USDA

The per capita supply of red meat, poultry and seafood available for Americans to eat after adjusting for losses rose to 143.9 pounds in 2017, after falling more...

China cuts tariffs on pork, hundreds of other goods

China said Monday it is cutting import tariffs on frozen pork, among hundreds of other goods, in a showing of openness to foreign trade, according to more...

D’Artagnan to challenge NYC foie gras ban

D’Artagnan founder and CEO Ariane Daguin, along with other companies in the foie gras supply chain, plan to challenge legislation passed by the more...

Cattle on feed up 2%

Cattle on feed for the U.S. slaughter market totaled 12.0 million head on Dec.1, 2019, 2% higher than the year-earlier number and in line with the more...

Turkey's turn: Another price-fixing lawsuit filed

A New York state grocery wholesaler and a food distributor have filed a price-fixing lawsuit against Agri Stats Inc. and a group of turkey integrators more...

LongHorn shines in Darden Q2 as steak resonates

Darden Restaurants’ LongHorn Steakhouse chain led sales gains for the casual-dining giant in the company’s second fiscal quarter, outperforming more...

Activists seek to derail pork slaughter plan with lawsuit

Seven animal activist non-profit organizations have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the implementation of the New Swine Inspection System, which went more...

Collagen casings companies combine

Viscofan Group has reached an agreement to acquire the casing collagen division from the Japanese Group Nitta Gelatin Inc., a public company listed in more...

Better ’19, rosy outlook buoy Sanderson Farms

Improved efficiencies and capacity in production, and anticipation of solidifying demand for poultry protein abroad and at home, joined better-than-expected more...

Maple Leaf Foods links its credit facilities to sustainability goals

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said it has become the first company in Canada to secure sustainability linked terms for its credit facilities. The company said more...

Casual dining chain files for bankruptcy, seeks sale

Minneapolis-based casual dining chain Granite City Food & Brewery announced it has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy more...

Restaurant-branded faux meats in 2020?

That is among the predictions for the coming year by Technomic, the foodservice research firm.  For 2019, Technomic predicted the proliferation of more...

Poultry processor gets local funding for expansion, hiring workers

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville, N.C., a $2 million Community Development Block Grant to support more...

House committee approves USMCA trade pact

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday passed a motion to recommend the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), setting up a vote on the bill more...

Kroger begins test of plant-based sections in meat cases

Kroger Co. has rolled out a test of its plant-based sections in meat cases in 60 of its stores in Denver, Indiana and Illinois. The test, conducted in more...

Regulators affirm use of alt-protein color additive heme

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted a stay of the effective date for the use of soy leghemoglobin, commonly known as heme, as a color more...

FSIS inspectors share concerns about pork plant changes on NBC (updated)

Two Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors have filed whistleblower disclosure forms with the Office of Special Counsel and shared those concerns more...

Beyond Meat CEO hints at poultry substitute in its future

Beyond Meat Inc. plans to do more in the coming year with a plant-based substitute for chicken, hinted Beyond CEO Ethan Brown in an interview with Bloomberg more...

Poultry packer restores pay to settle federal rules violations

Federal authorities announced that Leyen Foods paid $95,555 in back pay for failing to provide appropriate wages to workers who worked overtime at one more...

Large UK pork processor expands its live side operations

UK pork processor Cranswick announced it has acquired Packington Pork Limited from the Mercer family, bringing the pork packer’s self-sufficiency more...

McDonald’s 2020 chicken sandwich debut will be delayed: analyst

McDonald’s Corp. will be unable to launch its planned crispy chicken sandwich nationally until mid-2020 because of supply issues, according to one more...

Lighthizer sheds some light on U.S.-China trade deal

The phase one trade deal that the United States and China agreed to on Friday will double U.S. exports to China, and that includes $40-$50 billion in more...

Presidential candidate poses legislation to overhaul U.S. meatpacking industry

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation that seeks to overhaul the modern U.S. meatpacking industry. Booker, a vegan campaigning for more...

Strong finish for 2019 beef production: Peel (updated)

(This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner Newletter and is republished with the author’s permission.) By Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State more...

U.S., China agree to 'phase one' trade deal

President Trump today confirmed the Chinese government’s announcement that the two sides have reached a phase one trade deal to avert escalation more...

Federal appeals court schedules N.C. hog farm nuisance deliberations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has scheduled the first appeals of verdicts rendered in lawsuits alleging that farms growing pigs for more...

Sanderson Farms tallies its sustainability acheivements

Sanderson Farms on Thursday said it has made significant gains in conservation, particularly over the past decade, and sets aggressive goals each year more...

GAP certifies its first South American beef supplier

Farm animal welfare organization Global Animal Partnership (GAP) announced the addition of its first South American beef supplier, Range Patagonian Grass-Fed more...

Plant-based proponents win latest round of meat-vs.-‘meat’ fight in Midwest

Federal courts in the Midwest have sided with manufacturers of plant-based meat alternatives suing the states of Arkansas and Missouri to stop enforcement more...

Antimicrobial sales rise after two years of decline: FDA report

After two consecutive years of decline, domestic sales of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals rose 9% in 2018 from the year before, FDA said more...

IHOP unveils fast-casual U.S. restaurant concept

IHOP Restaurants on Wednesday announced plans to launch Flip’d by IHOP, a fast-casual brand focused on fresh, quality food with an emphasis on speed more...

Johnsonville’s new sausage is on trend

Sausage giant Johnsonville is introducing a new, Cajun-style sausage to its Ultimate Sausage line, inspired by the flavors, traditions and culture from more...

Plastic contamination prompts recall of frozen sausage breakfast burritos

Ruiz Food Products Inc., located in Florence, S.C., has recalled approximately 55,013 pounds of frozen, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) breakfast burrito products more...

Senator introduces companion bill to Real MEAT Act

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the Real MEAT Act, which aims to clarify the definition more...

Federal appeals court clears Sanderson in price-fixing lawsuit

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Sanderson Farms Inc., among other poultry companies more...

Honey Baked ‘hamjamas’ for the holidays

Jumping on the kooky onesie trend for fun families, Honey Baked Ham Co. is offering “Hamjamas,” PJ onesies featuring a Honey Baked Ham-inspired more...

Administration, Congress strike a deal on USMCA trade pact (updated)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an agreement with the Trump administration on a revised trade deal with Canada and Mexico, clearing the more...

ASF vaccine promises to immunize pigs, say USDA scientists

Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have published a research preprint that describes a potentially breakthrough vaccine for African more...

Research shows Americans spending more time on food preparation

Recent USDA research may be good news for a meat industry concerned about whether Americans are willing to take the time it takes to cook a piece of meat more...

McDonald’s appoints new head of international division

McDonald’s Corp. has named Ian Borden president of its international operation, effective immediately. Borden – most recently president of more...

China waives tariffs on some U.S. pork, soybeans

China’s Ministry of Finance on Friday announced that Beijing would waive tariffs on some U.S. pork and soybean shipments, according to multiple more...

FSIS announces inspection rate changes

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a notice detailing the 2020 rates it will charge meat and poultry establishments, importers more...

China demand hikes global meat prices

China’s increased need for animal protein in the wake of an African swine fever outbreak and year-end holiday festivities helped FAO’s Meat more...

Research available on poultry processing wastewater treatment

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia more...

NPPC, AFBF file legal challenge to California's Proposition 12

The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation have filed a legal challenge to California's Proposition 12, which imposes more...

Beef exports down in October, China drives pork surge: USMEF

Beef exports totaled 108,017 metric tons in October, an 8% decline from the same month last year, while beef export value at $649.1 million was down 11% more...

JBS plans to invest $1.9 billion in Brazil in 5 years

JBS S.A. plans to invest BRL8 billion ($1.9 billion) in Brazil over the next five years, said the company's CEO Gilberto Tomazoni in an interview with more...

Tyson plans building expansion at Kansas location

Tyson Prepared Foods is planning an addition to its existing manufacturing building in Hutchinson, Kan., according to a local news report. Tyson's proposal more...

Sausage maker plans expansion, doubling production

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Savoie’s Sausage Food Products Inc. President Frederick Lafleur announced a $12.7 million expansion of the company’s more...

Salmonella concern prompts chorizo recall

Ottawa, Canada-based Usine Amsellem Inc. is recalling Amsellem brand Solo Chorizo Dried Beef Sausage from the market due to possible Salmonella contamination more...

USPOULTRY launches young leader program

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) introduced its new Young Leader “20 under 30” Program, which targeting young professionals more...

News Briefs: Pork Board, California Pizza Kitchen, Godshall’s Quality Meats, Niman Ranch, McDonald’s

Pork Board makes two appointments The National Pork Board has named?two new executives to its leadership team. Bryan Humphreys?is the vice president of more...

U.S. beef, pork sectors eager to ramp up Japan trade as deal approved

The U.S.-Japan trade agreement is expected to greatly improve access for U.S. beef and pork in Japan, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said in more...

Johnny Rockets sets expansion plans for 2020

Hamburger chain Johnny Rockets is preparing to further its expansion efforts both domestically and internationally in 2020 under the leadership of its more...

Cargill increases its climate change mitigation efforts

Cargill Inc. announced it has adopted a so-called Scope 3 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chains by 30% per ton of more...

Niman Ranch taps marketing exec

Niman Ranch has appointed Alicja Spaulding to the position of vice president of marketing, tasked with determining the strategy to grow Niman Ranch’s more...

JBS USA to acquire Pipestone plant after signing lease deal

JBS USA will pay an undisclosed price to purchase a value-added meat processing plant in Pipestone, Minn., that J&B Group had planned to close. The more...

Jefferies completes National Beef stake sale to Marfrig, USCA cries foul

Jefferies Financial Group announced it closed the previously announced sale of its remaining 31% holdings in National Beef Packing Co. to Marfrig Global more...

Johnsonville Holdings names new CEO

Sheboygan Falls, Wis.–based Johnsonville Holdings, parent company of sausage maker Johnsonville LLC, has elected Michael Stayer-Suprick to succeed more...

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Poultry firm invests in hog processing

Mexican poultry giant Industrias Bachoco has agreed to invest in Sonora Agropecuaria (SASA), a swine processing and distributor company with operations more...

N.C. Perdue Farms supplier lost half its chicken flock in electrical fire

A North Carolina-based poultry supplier lost nearly half of its flock in the wake of an electrical fire late last week, according to several media reports more...

Winter storm impacts cattle markets in many ways: Peel

A major winter storm disrupted Thanksgiving travel last week and will have a variety of impacts for some time. Winter weather often impacts cattle production more...

Taco chain goes national with meat alternative

Following a successful test earlier this year, Taco Del Mar announced it is rolling out its new Beyond Meat Taco for a limited time across all locations more...

November 2019

Texas Beef Council promotes lower cholesterol message

Citing research that it funded, the Texas Beef Council is reaching out to U.S. physicians who diagnose high cholesterol levels in their patients with more...

Fresh Direct names top food trends in 2020

Online grocery service Fresh Direct announced its top food trends for 2020. The trends list was curated by FreshDirect's in-house team of food and wine more...

Perdue Farms sells composting facility, partners with buyer

Bioenergy DevCo (BDC) announced the purchase of the Perdue AgriRecycle organic soil composting facility near Seaford, Del. The company also said it has more...

Gather 'round the 'drool log'

You might have had turkey for the holiday, but leading up to Christmas "Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner" wants you to cast your eyes upon its more...

EU approves increase in U.S. beef imports

The European Parliament today voted in favor of increasing the import quota for U.S. beef shipments to the European Union, Reuters reported. The plan more...

CFIA publishes online health, safety resource

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched an online multimedia resource accessible to all Canadians that features science stories of interest more...

Perdue grower opens learning center with a view

A poultry education center with a large viewing room built into the side of a working chicken house and interactive exhibits has made its debut at the more...

FSIS denies petitions on poultry from animal welfare group

USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has denied two petitions filed by an animal welfare group in 2013 and 2016 concerning the agency's oversight more...

Test differentiates listeria serotypes found in meat plants

Researchers have developed a rapid, specific and sensitive method that has potential use in identifying sources of Listeria monocytogenes contamination more...

KFC, A&W test plant-based chicken substitutes in Canada

Canadian consumers this week will be able to try the latest iterations of plant-based protein designed to substitute for chicken at both KFC and A&W more...

Giving Back: Foster Farms, Illinois Pork Producers, Perdue Farms, Hormel/Jennie-O

Foster Farms makes Thanksgiving donations Foster Farms marked its annual Thanksgiving turkey donations program with deliveries of truckloads of holiday more...

As more hog carcasses shipped to China, USDA clarifies reporting rules

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Monday published a final rule clarifying the requirements for reporting foreign sales of beef and pork under more...

Hormel reports slight decline in Q4; optimistic about 2020

Hormel Foods Corp. posted a 2% drop in overall earnings the fourth quarter, even as two of its four divisions reported sales growth in the period. The more...

Economist sees $24.5 billion for pork industry if….

Zero-tariff access to the Chinese market for U.S. pork exports could result in $25 billion worth of trade for the pork industry, could generate 184,000 more...

Calif. court won’t halt Prop 12 enforcement

The North American Meat Institute lost its initial challenge to California’s Proposition 12 law, which requires that meat and eggs sold in the state more...

China approves 172 U.S. poultry plants

China on Friday said 172 U.S. poultry plants are now eligible to ship product to the Asian nation, according to a report by the South China Morning Post more...

CDC reports that raw turkey salmonella outbreak cases persist

Although the investigation was closed last spring, a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Reading linked to raw turkey products from 2017-2019 continues more...

USDA report shows cattle cycle may not have peaked

USDA reported on Friday that cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head more...

Canadian judge dismisses Subway suit over chicken sandwich claims

A superior court judge in Ontario, Canada, threw out a lawsuit filed two years ago by Subway against the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) over a report more...

All cattle trails lead to China

Beef markets worldwide are demonstrating some unexpected trends, with many analysts chalking the shifts up to China’s need to import protein of more...

In the November print issue: Protein expert Henk Hoogenkamp

Henk Hoogenkamp says that as demand for protein increases, all sources — whether animal, plant or lab grown — will play important roles in more...

Mississippi State awarded student recruiting grant

Mississippi State University is the recipient of a $30,447 student recruiting grant awarded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY more...

These burgers taste like ass

Chinese restaurant owners are trying to kick down another culinary door to the Western consumer: donkey burgers. Yep, as CNN reports, burgers made of more...

Man arrested after shooting at Smithfield pork plant

Police have arrested a man following a shooting incident early this morning at Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel, N.C., pork plant in which two workers more...

Colorado Premium to close plant, seeking buyer

K2D Inc., doing business as Colorado Premium, alerted the state of Georgia that it plans to close its production facility in Carrollton by mid-January more...

Salads containing meat recalled for possible E. coli contamination (updated)

Missa Bay LLC of Swedesboro, N.J., is recalling about 97,272 pounds of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce ingredient may more...

Tyson seeks wastewater permit renewal amid local concerns

Local environmental groups are urging the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to place tighter controls on wastewater from Tyson Foods’ more...

Wayne Farms completes expansion tied to national rollout

Wayne Farms announced it has completed a major plant expansion, including processing and production upgrades, at its Enterprise, Ala., poultry processing more...

Legislators push USDA for data on ground beef salmonella outbreak

Two U.S. legislators have written a letter asking USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to disclose microbiological testing data related to the ongoing multistate more...

Taco Bell testing fried chicken, eyes nationwide launch (Updated)

Taco Bell is testing Crispy Tortilla Chicken in two markets with plans to roll out the item nationally in 2020, the company said in an email sent to Meatingplace more...

Pizza chain names new COO as president departs

A month after appointing a new CEO, RAVE Restaurant Group announced several additional leadership changes, including the departure of company President more...

DHS, Pork Board team to fight ASF

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Pork Board have entered an agreement to assess potential methods to disinfect and decontaminate more...

Hockey sticks: Protein exports expected to surge

While exports of beef, pork and poultry increased a ho-hum 1.1% in the first three quarters of 2019, they are expected to pick up considerably in the more...

U.S. eating patterns seem to stay consistent, but adjust: NPD

U.S. consumers may still order more hamburgers than any other menu item when they dine in restaurants over decades, but their decisions still are being more...

Brazil's BNDES will sell stake in JBS

Brazil's development bank BNDES informed JBS S.A. that it has hired banks to sell a stake at the beef processor through a secondary public offering, JBS more...

Marfrig expands stake in National Beef to 81.7 percent

Brazilian beef processor Marfrig Global Foods is acquiring an additional 30.73 percent stake in U.S.-based National Beef Packing Company for $849 million more...

Tyson beef plant to resume operations in December

Following the Aug. 9 fire that disrupted operations at its Holcomb, Kan., beef complex, Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods more...

Walmart names new Sam’s Club chief

Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon announced the company has named Kathryn McLay as president and CEO of its Sam’s Club unit, effective immediately more...

Second round of trade payments set for U.S. farmers, ranchers

The Trump administration this week will begin issuing the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to help U.S. farmers recover more...

Sanderson stock upgraded after China lifts poultry ban

Bank of America, which launched coverage of the U.S. animal protein sector last month, on Thursday boosted its rating on shares of Sanderson Farms to more...

West Coast Prime expands in Northern California

In response to increased demand, West Coast Prime Meats is expanding distribution routes and delivery areas in Northern California, the company announced more...

ASF, trade and sustainability to make their mark on meat industry in 2020

African swine fever (ASF) and trade disputes will present both challenges and opportunities for the global meat and poultry trade in 2020. This, according more...

CEO, CFO depart from burger chain

The Krysal Co. said Chief Executive and President Paul Macaluso and Chief Financial Officer Berry Epley are leaving the company to pursue other opportunities more...

Poultry approvals a step forward in prolonged U.S.-China trade war

China’s decision to reopen its market to U.S. poultry and Washington’s move last week to allow imports of poultry products from birds slaughtered more...

JBS sales up in Q3 on strong global demand for protein

Brazil's JBS S.A. on Thursday reported a BRL356.7 million ($85.7 million) net profit for the third quarter, reversing losses from the same period last more...

Fast-growing pizza chain names CEO

Blaze Pizza announced the promotion of Mandy Shaw to president and chief executive officer, tasked with leading the chain’s rapid expansion. Specializing more...

News Briefs: Niman Ranch, Sanderson Farms, ‘Pork o’clock’, Papa John’s, USMEF, Hormel, Applegate

Niman Ranch, Peapod team up Niman Ranch announced that its products are now available through online grocer Peapod in the Chicago area. The new partnership more...

Blockchain victory tracking U.S. beef to Japan celebrated

UPS announced that in collaboration with the agri-tech firm HerdX Inc., it is delivering blockchain-verified traced beef from a U.S. farm to Japan, a more...

Chipotle to expand new steak option into 2020

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is celebrating the success of the recent national rollout of its first new protein item since 2018 by extending the availability more...

Analyst sees positives for Tyson despite Q4 issues, results

Tyson Foods Inc. is poised to meet its guidance of high-single-digit earnings growth in 2020, and should continue to rebound from 2019 performance levels more...

Senator stands up for meat in op-ed

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) stood up for the farmers and ranchers who raise farm animals in an opinion piece published on the Fox News website. In more...

Tyson posts higher Q4 sales although net income slipped

Tyson Foods reported a nearly 9% increase in sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, but also faced a 31% decline in net income in the wake of higher more...

Meat, poultry worker injuries and illnesses lowest ever

U.S. meat and poultry packers and processors continued to make significant progress in workplace safety, reaching an all-time low rate of worker injuries more...

Amazon to test another bricks and mortar grocery store

Amazon confirmed to Meatingplace it plans to open a new grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, separate from the Whole Foods more...

Tyson plant partially reopens in Va. after electrical problem

Employees at a Tyson Foods Inc. poultry plant in Temperanceville, Va., have returned to limited shifts following an electrical fire that temporarily closed more...

Pork price-fixing lawsuit reboots

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging price-fixing behavior by a raft of pork processors filed a second amended complaint with the additional information the more...

Russian meat giant eyes China’s pork market

Cherkizovo, Russia’s second-largest pork producer, is discussing pork deals with several Chinese companies to expand its Asian footprint and help more...

TGI Fridays merges, goes public

TGIF Holdings, parent to casual dining chain TGI Fridays, announced a merger agreement with Allegro Merger Corp., which would result in Fridays becoming more...

Who wants the leg? Whole Foods turkey deals, preference survey

Starting on Wednesday, Amazon and Whole Foods Market will offer savings on organic and classic turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. All customers can more...

China, Danish Crown agree to $100M pork deal: Reuters

The Chinese government has agreed to purchase $100 million worth of pork products in 2020 from European pork giant Danish Crown, according to a report more...

Koch Foods to build $50M feed mill in Ala.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Koch Foods officials this week announced the company plans to invest more than $50 million to build a state-of-the-art grain more...

Costco chicken farm proposal rejected

Officials in Lancaster County, Neb., have rejected a proposal to build a 380,000-chicken farm to supply a Costco Wholesale Corp. processing plant, according more...

OSHA commission upholds processor’s fines

The Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission has upheld all but one citation against Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. for safety violations noted more...

Maple Leaf touts carbon neutrality, science-based targets

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. today announced it is the first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral, meaning it has balanced its operations so more...

Men charged with product tampering at Va. meat plant

Two men have been indicted for product tampering at a Monogram Food Solutions plant in Martinsville, Va., earlier this year. A federal grand jury indictment more...

JBS acquires Brazilian cold cuts and sausage producer

Brazil's JBS S.A. said on Wednesday its Seara Alimentos unit has acquired Brazilian cold cuts and sausage producer Frigorífico Marba, as the meat more...

Maple Leaf taps Walmart finance exec for CFO post

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has named finance executive Geert Verellen as its next chief financial officer, effective Jan. 6. Verellen joins Maple Leaf from more...

U.S. pork exports to China face a winding road, research predicts

African swine fever-induced pork shortages in China could continue until 2025, providing plenty of opportunities for global pork exporters. However, exporters more...

China will re-open market to Canadian pork, beef: Trudeau

China, which in June halted imports of Canadian pork and beef, will begin taking shipments again from the country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau more...

Private equity firm snaps up Chicken Salad Chick

Private equity group Brentwood Associates announced it has acquired a majority interest in SSRG Holdings LLC, parent of the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant more...

Canada updates dry sausage recall linked to salmonella

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food recall warning related to salmonella contamination of various ready-to-eat sausages, first issued on Oct more...

Case Farms wins approval for $126-mln Ohio plant expansion

Case Farms Chicken is expected to move forward with a renovation and expansion program at its Winesburg, Ohio, processing plant that could add as many more...

Smithfield to close Va. distribution center, eliminate jobs

Smithfield Foods Inc. plans to shut down a distribution center in Newport News, Va., at the end of the year, affecting 39 salaried and hourly employees more...

Ag would win in ‘phase one’ U.S./China trade deal

Agreement seems near on a partial trade deal between the U.S. and China, which would buoy the U.S. ag sector in particular, according to media coverage more...

Recall: Products labeled beef were really pork

Padrino Foods, an Irving, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,931 pounds of beef tamales because the products may be misbranded, USDA’s more...

Ag Secretary Perdue leads trade mission to Mexico

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will lead a trade mission to Mexico November 6-8 to forge new agricultural trade opportunities. The Secretary more...

USDA settles lawsuit with Tyson over condemned hogs

USDA has agreed to pay Tyson Foods $1 million to settle a lawsuit Tyson filed accusing an agency inspector of making false inspections that caused the more...

Verde Farms opens its own processing facility

Woburn, Mass.-based grass-fed beef producer Verde Farms announced it has opened its own processing facility in Mullica Hill, N.J. In its USDA Organic more...

Grocery chain founder resigns; new CEO named

A suburban Chicago organic grocery chain has appointed Gerald Melville as its new CEO after announcing the resignation of Chris Sherrell, founder, president more...

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Eddy Packing thinks nothing’s finer than Carolina

Eddy Packing, a Yoakum, Texas-based processor owned by Insight Equity private equity firm, has acquired most of the assets of Carolina Pride Foods Inc more...

McDonald’s to expand chicken breakfast offerings in January: report

McDonald’s is planning to offer chicken for breakfast nationwide beginning in January, according to Business Insider, which said it had seen internal more...

Organic trade group pushes for summary judgment in USDA case

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) filed a motion for summary judgment on Oct. 31 that requests the U.S. District Court to rule in its favor more...

News Briefs: Quiznos, Walmart, Pork Checkoff, Denny’s

Quiznos adds to prime rib items Hot sandwich chain Quiznos has added a Prime Rib Horseradish XL Sandwich and an Italian Prime Rib Sandwich to its menu; more...

October 2019

Hispanic buying power prompts rebrands

Back in the fall of 2016, Cargill repositioned its Rumba line of fresh variety meats, launched in 2007 to cater to several ethnic groups, to go all in more...

Del Real Foods names new CEO

Del Real Foods, a leading Hispanic refrigerated foods company, announced the appointment of Michael Axelrod as its new chief executive officer. Axelrod more...

House bill would ease livestock hauling regulations

U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) have introduced a new House bill aimed at giving farmers and ranchers more flexibility when more...

Retailers added to Canadian E. coli recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has further expanded a recall involving possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination of hundreds of raw beef and more...

U.S. chicken prospects in China: ‘We should not hold our breath’

Washington, D.C. — U.S. negotiations with China for a trade deal and that nation’s protein supply gap due to African swine fever (ASF) have more...

Sanitation worker dies in accident at House of Raeford plant

A sanitation worker employed by Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI) died when he fell into a piece of equipment at the House of Raeford Poultry Farms more...

NCC selects Wayne Farms’ Clint Rivers as chairman

Clint Rivers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Farms LLC, was installed as 2019-2020 Chairman of the National Chicken Council during more...

Perdue names retail veteran to market sustainable, humane products

Perdue Premium Meat Co. (PPMC) announced it has appointed retail veteran Luke LaPerriere as vice president of retail innovations to support PPMC brands more...

Maple Leaf Foods sees Q3 sales climb, but profit halved

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. today reported a nearly 14% increase in revenue in the third quarter, but net earnings fell by 49.5% in part because of the suspension more...

Beef processors targeted in new federal antitrust lawsuit

Four major U.S. beef companies that control 80% of the nation’s beef at wholesale are being accused of antitrust violations since 2015 by a California-based more...

WH Group positioned for profits amid ASF woes in China

With African swine fever (ASF) decimating China’s hog herd and sending pork prices soaring, WH Group, the world’s largest pork producers, more...

Tyson teams up with group to focus on deforestation efforts

Tyson Foods plans to work with an independent organization to develop a  plan centered on a deforestation risk assessment throughout its global agriculture more...

The mind behind Memphis Meats: An interview with Uma Valeti

Growing up in India, Uma Valeti remembers that long walks with his grandfather, a physician, inspired him to become a doctor. He felt an intense desire more...

Chicken shares soar as U.S., China close in on ‘Phase One’ of new trade deal

Negotiations on finalizing a reported “Phase One” of a new trade agreement between the United States and China are progressing after an announcement more...

Canadian processor recalls sausage for potential undercooking

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the recall of an undisclosed amount of ready-to-eat salami (chub) produced by Drake Meats that were more...

Cattle on feed report could indicate cycle has peaked

USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed report issued Friday was in line with analysts’ expectations and could indicate feedlot inventories have peaked more...

Bill proposed on labeling plant-based meat alternatives

A bipartisan bill has been introduced that seeks to clarify plant-based meat alternative labeling. The Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) more...

FSIS seeks comments on beef salmonella testing plan

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service next week will announce its proposed performance standards for salmonella in raw ground beef and trimmings more...

Hormel shuffles exec deck

Hormel Foods Corp. announced that Tom Day, executive vice president of the company’s refrigerated foods unit, will retire at the end of first quarter more...

JBS expanding Iowa bacon plant: report

The JBS bacon plant in Ottumwa, Iowa, is expanding with the addition of six production lines, a smokehouse and 25 new jobs, according to a report in the more...

Giving Back: Coleman Natural, Smithfield, Tyson, Cargill turkey, Certified Piedmontese, Hormel

Coleman Natural supports hero dogs In October, Coleman Natural Foods participated in the 9th annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards honoring seven dogs more...

Pittsburgh processor files for Chapter 11

Riverbend Foods LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and seeks to auction off its remaining assets, according to court documents filed in U.S Bankruptcy more...

OSHA fines Pa. processor after fatal meat grinder accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a fine of nearly $50,000 to a Pennsylvania processor months after an employee fell more...

NCBA highlights quality program for consumers

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is launching a consumer-facing promotion and advertising campaign about its Beef Quality Assurance more...

Safety group warns on cannabis use by machine operators

The National Safety Council has issued a policy statement that advises a zero-tolerance approach to cannabis use by employees who operate potentially more...

Claxton Poultry opens poultry deboning plant in Georgia

Claxton Poultry Farms Inc. officially opened its new poultry processing plant in Screven County, Ga., more than one year after announcing plans for the more...

Demand strong for beef and pork, drawing down stocks

USDA’s latest cold storage report showed total red meat supplies in freezers were down 2% in September from the previous month and down 4% from more...

Chipotle posts double-digit Q3 sales gain, sets 2020 expansion

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is reporting a nearly 15% increase in sales in the third quarter as it prepares to open as many as 165 new restaurants next more...

E. coli recalls in Canada continue with more updates

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has further expanded a recall involving possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination of hundreds of raw beef and more...

Analyst makes eye-popping projections for pork, poultry beef from ASF

 (This article first appeared in the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission.) African Swine Fever impacts more...

McDonald’s sales edge higher in Q3, net income slips systemwide

McDonald’s Corp. reported slightly higher sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, although overall net income slipped by 2% compared with the more...

Meat industry makes progress, faces challenges in making plant floor smarter

The promise of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing environments — aka the creation of "smart" factories by way of automation, the Industrial Internet more...

Top 10 food trend predictions for 2020: Whole Foods

While the retailer’s 2019 forecasted trends, including a rise in hemp-infused and topical CBD products, faux meat snacks and eco-conscious packaging more...

Hormel, UFCW workers agree to new 4-year contract

Hormel Foods and four United Food and Commercial Workers chapters have agreed to a new four-year contract that maintains and boosts benefits for 2,500 more...

Stormy weather temporarily shuts two Tyson plants in two states

Weekend storms caused Tyson processing plants in Georgia and Arkansas to temporarily pause production. Tyson is assessing storm damage that impacted the more...

Peco Foods hires first health and safety director

Peco Foods has hired Peter Van Derlyke to be the poultry processor’s first corporate director of health and safety, the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based company more...

Plant-based sausage breakfast sandwich rolls out to 9,000 restaurants

Dunkin’ Brands announced today the rollout of the Beyond Sausage Sandwich at 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, beginning Nov. 6 more...

Beef, pork margins soar as poultry heads south: analyst

Strong demand for beef and higher prices for pork in the wake of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China are driving margins higher, although poultry prices more...

Cargill Dodge City plant back up

A little more than a day after an explosion at Cargill Protein’s Dodge City, Kans., plant sent two employees to the hospital, the company issued more...

You Tube channel celebrates meat-eating culture

A new You Tube show, “Meat Life,” extols the virtues of meat eating and celebrates meat culture around the world. The show is hosted by food more...

News briefs: FSIS, Keystone Meats, Meat Academy, Perdue, Sanderson, U of Idaho, Johnsonville, Zatarain’s

Label approval for exotic species products Establishments that slaughter and process exotic species (reindeer, elk, deer, antelope, water buffalo or bison) more...

Cargill halts production at Dodge City after explosion injures two

Cargill said two workers were being treated for burns suffered in an explosion this morning in a small stand-alone building at the company’s Dodge more...

U.S. customers enmeshed in Ryding Regency recall

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) late Wednesday issued a public health alert for raw non-intact beef products imported into the more...

Tyson to stop buying ractopamine-fed hogs

Tyson Fresh Meats announced plans to prohibit the use of ractopamine in the market hogs it buys from farmers beginning in February 2020. The beef and more...

China’s pork, beef exports soar in September

China’s efforts to shore up pork supplies decimated by African swine fever prompted spikes in the nation’s imports of pork and beef in September more...

USDA projects global implications of ASF for pork, poultry, beef

A dramatic decline in China’s pork production due to African swine fever will spur higher prices for animal proteins, driving chicken meat production more...

Maple Leaf unit doubles U.S. distribution for meat substitutes

Greenleaf Foods, a subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., announced the availability of its new plant-based line of meat alternatives in more than 12,000 more...

Hog farms improving environmental footprint, study shows

A study funded by the Pork Checkoff found that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor.  Data gathered from more more...

Tyson jumps in on clever bridal bouquet

Tyson Foods knows a good branding opportunity when it sees one – even when it means crashing a wedding. Not really. But the chicken giant did cleverly more...

Tyson pulls the plug on protein snack

Tyson Foods Inc. has discontinued its Yappah brand protein crisps about two and a half years after the debut of the product from the company’s innovation more...

Exec resigns from food distribution giant

US Foods Holding, a major foodservice distributor, announced that executive vice president and Chief Supply Chain Officer Tim Connolly has resigned, effective more...

Taco Bell pulled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef

Taco Bell Corp. is confirming that it has removed about 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef in 21 states following reports from customers who found metal more...

Pilgrim's Pride concludes acquisition of UK pork processor

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) has concluded the acquisition of UK pork processor Tulip Ltd., announced Brazilian parent company JBS S.A. in a statement more...

Taco Bell pulls beef from several states citing ‘quality concerns’

Taco Bell Corp. told restaurants in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and other unspecified areas to stop serving its seasoned beef temporarily because the product more...

Why all the recalls out of Canada?

Since late summer, Canada seems to have been Ground Zero for troublesome meat recalls, with new or expanded notifications a couple of times a week. The more...

Cracker Barrel acquires fast casual breakfast/lunch chain

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. says it will pay $36 million to purchase the Maple Street Biscuit Co., which operates a total of 33 restaurants more...

GFSI names new director

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced that Erica Sheward is the organization’s new director. Her diverse food safety experience will more...

Smithfield to prioritize U.S. pork customers over Chinese: report (UPDATE)

A Smithfield Foods official said the company will prioritize supplying pork to its U.S. customer base before directing product to China, even as that more...

Walmart U.S. names new CEO

Walmart today announced John Furner will take over as the company’s president and CEO of Walmart U.S., effective Nov. 1.  Furner will report more...

Canada’s chicken, beef recalls expand further

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) this week recalled additional chicken products in its investigation into a listeriosis outbreak as well as more...

Naked Truth chicken debuts in Atlanta Whole Foods

Wayne Farms LLC’s Naked Truth brand premium chicken line is now available at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, the company said in a news release more...

Poultry wage-fixing lawsuits consolidated

A federal court judge has agreed to consolidate two lawsuits against 18 chicken processors, several of their subsidiaries and two consulting firms, alleging more...

KFC adds wings to permanent menu

Kentucky Fried Chicken announced Thursday the addition of Kentucky Fried Wings as a permanent menu item at its participating U.S. restaurants nationwide more...

JBS bans Indiana farm implicated in pig abuse video

JBS USA officials said today the company has banned an Indiana sow farm implicated in a video showing pig abuse at the facility. People for the Ethical more...

Hormel adjusts 2019 earnings outlook

Hormel Foods on Thursday narrowed its fiscal 2019 earnings target range in conjunction with an investor day presentation in New York City. The company’s more...

USMEF honors three meat industry leaders

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has announced the recipients of its Distinguished Service Award and Michael J. Mansfield Award. The USMEF Distinguished more...

Beef processor adding capacity with expansion

Upper Iowa Beef is expanding its production facility in Lime Springs, Iowa. According to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, which approved state more...

Pork exports strong in August; beef below last year

U.S. pork exports continued to post very strong results in August, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation more...

News Briefs: AAMP, Just Bare, NCC, Famous Dave’s, Kona Grill

AAMP to hold roundtable with FSIS The American Association of Meat Processor (AAMP) and the Illinois Association of Meat Processors will host a roundtable more...

Foster Farms wins auction to acquire Zacky Farms assets

Foster Farms reached an agreement to buy 19 former Zacky Farms poultry facilities in California less than one year after Zacky filed for bankruptcy protection more...

Pilgrim's Pride shareholders settle lawsuit over Moy Park acquisition

Shareholders at Pilgrim's Pride have reached a $42.5 million settlement in a lawsuit questioning the acquisition of U.K. poultry processor Moy Park, reports more...

Aramark names returning exec its new CEO; appoints new board members

Foodservice provider and management company Aramark has named John Zillmer its chief executive officer, effective immediately. The appointment marks a more...

Tim Hortons, Red Robin appoint new executives

Canadian restaurant giant Tim Hortons has appointed a new regional president for its Canada and U.S. operations, while Red Robin named a successor for more...

Recall update causes more woes for Canadian beef packer

Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd. Is adding new products to a list of beef and veal parts that may have been contaminated E. coli O157:H7, less than a more...

Federal judge allows Missouri alt-protein labeling law to stand

A U.S. District Court judge declined to approve a preliminary injunction that would block a law preventing producers of alternative protein products from more...

Making meat in space: firm says it can and it did

Aleph Farms, based in Rehovot, Israel, announced that using 3D bioprinting technology the company took a step toward producing meat on the International more...

Luxury digs for backyard chickens

Backyard chickens are particularly popular in Southern California, and chicken owners in the Los Angeles area are setting new standards in luxury for more...

NAMI files lawsuit challenging California’s Prop 12

The North American Meat Institute said it has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12, arguing the farm more...

USDA appoints new leader to fight animal diseases

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has appointed Dr. Alfonso Clavijo as director of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a state-of-the-art more...

Beef, pork demand were lower during MCOOL: study

Both beef and pork demand in the United States were economically and statistically lower when a federal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (MCOOL) law more...

News Briefs: NAMI, Honey Baked Hams, Conagra, Mighty Spark, P3, Hormel, Cargill, Case Farms

NAMI joins Farmers for Free Trade Farmers for Free Trade today announced the North American Meat Institute has joined the coalition, which is spearheading more...

Tip Top poultry recall prompts more related actions

Several more companies have recalled products that include cooked chicken that has been recalled by Rockmart, Ga.-based Tip Top Poultry Inc., over possible more...

Tip Top issues statement, timeline

Tip Top Poultry Inc. provided a statement on its recent recall, and a timeline of events, by email to Meatingplace. The document reads: [A]fter extensive more...

Seaboard Triumph denies 'many' claims; Iowa withholding financial incentives

In a statement, Seaboard Triumph Foods said that it is investigating allegations of mistreatment and labor violations regarding workers recruited more...

Chipotle CEO sees difference between plant-based vs. alt-meat

New plant-based foods meant to mimic meat are popping up on restaurant menus daily, but Chipotle Chief Executive Brian Niccol is not convinced the concept more...

Trade won’t solve Asia’s woes from ASF: Rabobank

Unstable market conditions are expected to thwart efforts to mitigate the African swine fever (ASF) crisis in Asia for the rest of the year and into 2020 more...

More recalls tied to possible Listeria in chicken

Reser’s Finer Foods Inc. has issued a recall of some of its chicken salad items in the wake of a recall by one of its suppliers Tip Top Poultry more...

Alvarado on the move to promote poultry science

Following an 18-month stint as a subject matter expert with USDA FSIS's Office of Program and Policy Development, Risk Innovations and Management in Washington more...

New study shows effects of poor sanitation in ground meat

A new study has shown that incomplete cleaning of grinding equipment leads to species cross-contamination. The findings suggest that proper sanitation more...

Seaboard Triumph accused of mistreating Micronesian workers (updated)

A federation of Pacific islands is asking the U.S. State Dept. to investigate alleged mistreatment of its citizens who were recruited to work at a Seaboard more...

How pork can tango with Hispanic market: NPB report (updated)

Of all the target markets for U.S. pork, the domestic Hispanic community presents one of the biggest opportunities — and is an area in more...

CFIA expands recalls for possible Listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating and adding more companies to a list of companies that issued meat that may have been contaminated more...

NSIS final rule published, effective dates established

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) final rule in the Federal Register, establishing the more...

September 2019

New study suggests Georgia is ready for local beef processing

A year-long study of Georgia’s $453 million beef cattle industry indicates that beef processing there could be made more cost-productive if regional more...

Arkansas, Cornell receive $10 million grant to study poultry sustainability

The University of Arkansas has announced that its Center for Excellence in Poultry Science and Cornell University have been awarded a $9.95 million federal more...

Australia braces as ASF nears

With the arrival last week of African Swine Fever (ASF) in East Timor, authorities in Australia are stepping up biosecurity measures against the deadly more...

U.S. pig inventory up 3%

The United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on Sept. 1 was 77.7 million head, up 3% from the same date a year ago, largely in line with analysts’ more...

‘Human trafficking’ lawsuit against poultry firm will go forward

A lawsuit filed in 2017 against Simmons Foods and Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery (CAAIR), alleging racketeering, labor law violations more...

6 hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Ohio plant

A carbon monoxide leak Thursday forced the evacuation of Empire Packaging in Mason, Ohio, and sent six workers to the hospital with possible CO poisoning more...

Canada recalls sausage due to listeria concerns

G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd., based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, recalled on Sept. 26 an undisclosed amount of sausage products from the marketplace more...

News Briefs: Perdue Farms, Hormel, Panera, Kroger, Firehouse Subs

Perdue plant notches safety milestone Associates at Perdue Farms’ cook operation in Monterey, Tenn., recently reached 2 million consecutive production more...

Cargill earnings slide 10%, but beef is a bright spot

Cargill reported a 10% decline in first-quarter net earnings, to $915 million, but said strong consumer demand for beef and eggs lifted its North American more...

McDonald’s Canada tests a Beyond Meat build

The plant-based burger wars are heating up with the announcement that McDonald’s Canada will test the Beyond Meat patty in a new sandwich it’s more...

Jimmy Dean rolls out breakfast products for on the go

Tyson Foods’ Jimmy Dean unit announced two additions to its popular breakfast foods line-up. • Jimmy Dean Biscuit Roll-Ups combine eggs, meats more...

Japan to use DNA samples to verify authenticity of Kobe beef

Kobe beef advocates in Japan in October will implement a system using DNA testing to distinguish real from fake Kobe beef, according to a report by Japan more...

Landry’s buys Del Frisco’s, expanding high-end steak portfolio

Landry's Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouses and Del Frisco's Grilles from private equity firm L Catterton more...

Restaurant group giant scoops up Jimmy John’s

Inspire Brands announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jimmy John’s Sandwiches; financial terms were not disclosed.  Inspire more...

Meat industry cheers as Trump, Japan's Abe sign trade pact (Updated)

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a preliminary U.S.-Japan trade agreement in New York today at a ceremony held more...

Chinese companies ready to buy U.S. pork as talks loom: report

Chinese companies are making inquiries on pork prices from U.S. sources in advance of the anticipated resumption of trade talks next month, according more...

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Guilty plea in faked E. coli tests case

A quality control officer for a meat packing plant in Stafford Springs, Conn., has pleaded guilty to a charge related to multiple examples of the business more...

Canadian officials suspend license of beef processor

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the license of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, the third-largest federally inspected plant in Ontario more...

Final rule: More salaried employees are eligible for overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act more...

Grocery giant revamps frozen line; adds meat-based and meatless protein

Grocery giant Albertsons Companies has revamped its lineup of Own Brands entrees with 55 new items, from premium high-protein power bowls and breakfast more...

U.S., China talks to continue despite farm snub

High-level trade negotiations between the United States and China will resume in early October despite the negative impact from a Chinese delegation’s more...

Smithfield Foods sets apprenticeships with hands-on training

Smithfield Foods is looking for the next generation of manufacturing professionals and is launching a program aimed at developing and hiring skilled workers more...

Cattle on Feed report seen as bullish

USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed report on Friday showed cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with more...

Grocery giant makes new sustainability commitment

Grocery giant Ahold Delhaize USA has announced it will make its products and packaging more sustainable. Ahold’s local brands will restrict certain more...

Ammonia leak sends Tyson worker to hospital

Tyson Foods officials are investigating the cause of an ammonia leak Thursday night at the company’s New Holland, Pa., chicken plant.  The more...

Pipestone beef plant to close; 145 jobs affected (updated)

J&B Group Inc. will close its beef fabrication facility in Pipestone, Minn., in November, ending about 145 jobs at that location, the company said more...

China OKs more Argentine meat plants for export: Reuters

Reuters reports that eight Argentine beef processing plants were granted export licenses on Sept. 19 by China’s customs office. Last week, more...

Mild heat-and-LED light combo boosts pathogen kill rate on food-contact surfaces

A combined treatment of mild heat and certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light (UVC) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can boost effective control of bacteria more...

Expert group forms to fight ASF in the Americas

A high-level group of national veterinarians has been created to coordinate efforts to prevent the spread of African swine fever in the Americas region more...

Analysts warm to Pilgrim’s Pride’s prospects

Equity analysts left this week’s investor day presentations at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. with renewed enthusiasm about the poultry company’s more...

Consumer Reports rates food label claims

Consumer Reports (CR) announced it has evaluated a broad range of food label seals and claims to create a “CR rating” that will help consumers more...

Giving Back: Hormel Foods, Smithfield, Perdue Farms, Cargill

Hormel pledges $300,000 for hunger relief Hormel Foods announced donations totaling $300,000 in recognition of Hunger Action Day to help end food insecurity more...

NCBA elevates Woodall to CEO

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today announced its executive committee has confirmed the appointment of Colin Woodall to serve more...

South Korea confirms spread of ASF; culling under way

South Korea is the latest Asian nation to confirm an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) and has begun culling pigs in a country that raises about 11 more...

Tyson launches fruit and nut snacks, touts protein benefit

Tyson Foods today announced the launch of a new line of functional refrigerated protein snacks emphasizing fruit and nut ingredients under its new brand more...

News Briefs: Perdue, Wellshire Farms, Joella’s, Del Taco, Fogo de Chao, Conagra (Updated)

Safety milestone at Perdue Associates at Perdue’s harvest operation in Perry, Ga., achieved a safety milestone recently after working three million more...

FSIS finalizes New Swine Slaughter Inspection System

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a final rule to “modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century more...

USDA denies petition on non-ambulatory pigs

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has denied the petition submitted on behalf of the Farm Sanctuary and various other animal welfare advocacy more...

Chipotle adds steak item

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it is introducing a new steak option, Carne Asada, nationally on Sept. 19 for a limited time. Carne Asada is Chipotle's more...

Club chain names president

BJ’s Wholesale Club has named Lee Delaney as president, effective immediately. Delaney, currently executive vice president, chief commercial officer more...

Cargill to end fresh, frozen whole turkey production in Texas

Cargill Inc. is confirming reports that it will shut down production of fresh and frozen turkeys at its Waco, Texas, facility in November of 2019. The more...

Dakota Provisions launches turkey product line

Huron, S.D.–based Dakota Provisions announced the launch of its first consumer turkey products brand, Dakota 44. The Dakota 44 offerings extend more...

Chick-Fil-A goes full NAE

Chick-fil-A has reached its goal to serve No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken in its more than 2,400 restaurants across the U.S, the company announced Sept more...

Missouri judge lifts restraining order, lets CAFO bill take effect

A Missouri judge has lifted a restraining order that temporarily halted a new law limiting county-level control of large livestock operations known as more...

China to exempt pork from latest tariff round: Xinhua

China will exclude pork and soybeans from additional tariffs placed on imports of U.S. products, the country’s official Xinhua news agency reported more...

Huddle House in deal to buy Perkins

The Atlanta-based Huddle House family dining chain has a deal to buy Memphis-based Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, the companies said in a news release more...

Baby food brand adds grass-fed bison, pasture-raised turkey

The Serenity Kids baby food brand announced two new varieties, Grass Fed Bison and Pasture Raised Turkey, and an expansion of its retail distribution more...

Carvacrol, nisin are "potent" listeria antimicrobial

New research suggests that the combination of carvacrol, a major component of oregano oil, and the naturally occurring antibacterial peptide nisin might more...

Chicken sandwich wars helped boost restaurant sales: NPD

The online debate over which restaurant chain serves the best chicken sandwich helped increase overall sales in the quick service restaurant segment last more...

Harbor Wholesale acquires portion of FSA business

Harbor Wholesale Foods of Lacey, Wash., announced the acquisition of a significant portion of the Food Services of America (FSA) Seattle business more...

Another big bet on 3D alt-meat printing

Israeli company Redefine Meat has raised $6 million in a seed round led by CPT Capital, the company said in a news release. Redefine Meat is developing more...

FDA extends comment period on animal drug withdrawal times

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday it will extend the comment period for its request for public input on transit times to more...

US Foods cleared on $1.8B acquisition; will divest three centers

US Foods Holding Corp. said today it received conditional approval from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its $1.8 billion acquisition of Services more...

Tyson Fresh Meats creates Portioned Protein Innovations team

Tyson Fresh Meats announced the formation of a new Portioned Protein Innovations (PPI) team to address growing demand for the products.  The beef more...

Are you ready for the ‘pegan’ diet?

Processors have been riding the “Paleo” diet wave, but according to Mintel, now comes a new twist on the idea: The so-called “pegan” more...

Tyson Foods names John Tyson as chief sustainability officer

Tyson Foods has appointed John R. Tyson as chief sustainability officer, effective immediately. He will report to CEO and President Noel White. Justin more...

Wendy’s to expand breakfast across U.S. system in 2020

Wendy’s will be making its breakfast menu items available at all of its U.S. restaurants in 2020 in an expansion of the current roster of more than more...

Plant-based, lab-grown analogues OK as niche, but don’t call them beef: survey

The long-term future of plant-based meat analogues and cell-cultured meat may be restricted to the “niche” category, according to the results more...

Partnership launches four marinated bacon flavors

Sigma U.S. in partnership with McCormick Grill Mates, is launching four new marinated, smoked bacon flavors. The partnership explained in a news release more...

Mississippi considering updating law on alt-protein labeling

Mississippi is looking at adjusting its rules covering what producers of plant-based or cell-generated proteins can label their products. The head of more...

China authorizes meat purchases from 25 Brazilian processing plants

China has authorized meat exports from 25 Brazilian processing plants, Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture announced on Monday.  The list of approved more...

Hog farms weathered Hurricane Dorian well

There are no reports of significant impacts to North Carolina’s pork industry, which includes more than 2,000 farms, as a result of severe Hurricane more...

Millennial shoppers willing to pay more

Quality drives millennial food shopping, and they are willing to pay more for it. According to a new Whole Foods Market survey, 80% of millennials value more...

Koch Foods files suit alleging ICE search was illegal

Koch Foods has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Mississippi accusing the federal government of illegally searching its chicken processing plant more...

Beef takes center stage in CNN town hall on climate change

A CNN town hall on climate change with Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday night in part explored beef production’s role in warming the more...

Kroger to add plant-based protein line

San Francisco — The Kroger Co. announced it will roll out a line of plant-based proteins, to be called Simple Truth Plant Based, including fresh more...

Study reveals new insight into biofilm formation

In a recent Penn State study, researchers have found that pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and more...

Specialty meat purveyor to move headquarters, build new plant

Specialty meat purveyor Strauss Brands LLC will move its Milwaukee-area headquarters to a new development on the city’s northwest side, bringing more...

China, Mexico drive record U.S. pork exports in July

Higher exports to China and Mexico drove record U.S. pork exports in July, according to data released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service on more...

Tyson invests in maker of plant-based shellfish

Tyson Foods Inc., through its Tyson Ventures unit, has completed an investment in New Wave Foods, a producer of plant-based shellfish, the company announced more...

Red Robin snags industry veteran as next CEO

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. today announced the appointment of Paul J.B. Murphy III as president, chief executive and board member, effective Oct. more...

China ASF hog losses reach 100 million: CNN

The Chinese government released data on Tuesday that indicates the nation has lost more than 100 million hogs to African Swine Fever, according to CNN more...

Conagra to open new snack innovation center in 2020

Conagra Brands Inc. will spend an undisclosed amount to open a new Center for Food Design in Chicago with a goal of developing innovations for snacking more...

Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry top 1,000: CDC

The spread of salmonella among people who have had contact with poultry in backyard flocks is approaching levels unseen for the last two years, according more...

Family-owned snack maker launches no-sugar grass-fed beef jerky

An Oregon-based jerky and snack manufacturer is expanding its line of jerky snacks to include an all-natural product made from grass-fed beef containing more...

Tyson closes plant ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Tyson Foods has cancelled shifts for two days at a Florida plant in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. “We are closely monitoring hurricane Dorian more...

Administration limits scope of dietary guidelines: Washington Post (updated)

The Trump administration is limiting the scope the dietary guidelines advisory committee will consider for the 2020 guidelines, according to the Washington more...

ONE Group Hospitality buys Kona Grill’s assets

The ONE Group Hospitality Inc., owner of STK, an American steakhouse concept “with a modern twist,” has entered into an asset purchase agreement more...

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USDA sees higher poultry output as bird weights climb

June broiler production is estimated at 3.5 million dozen, a 0.6% increase year over year or a 5.5% increase when adjusted for slaughter days. This increase more...

Global processors know, proximity (to China) matters

The duties that the Chinese government has imposed against a wide range of U.S. imported goods means that U.S. meat producers and importers operating more...

Cooks Venture: Blue Apron founder sets out to change the poultry industry

In August 2012, Matthew Wadiak and his partners played a hunch when they founded the meal kit company Blue Apron. They bet that at least a portion of more...

Listeria forces recall of pâté in Canada

On Aug. 30, Les Spécialités Prodal (1975) Ltée recalled certain The Deli-Shop brand pâtés from the marketplace due to more...

Bone fragments spur recall of chicken breast nuggets

In Ontario, Quebec, Maître Saladier Inc. recalled an undisclosed amount of St-Hubert brand chicken breast nuggets from the marketplace due to possible more...

August 2019

Sanderson poised for profitable 2020: analysts

That Sanderson Farms’ results Thursday missed Wall Street projects has caused equity analysts to reduce their projections for the company’s more...

Pork producers get USDA grant to help combat ASF in Asia

USDA's Foreign Animal Service division has awarded about $1.7 million in grant money to the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), with active support more...

Cattlemen ask for 'summits' on market price swings

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) said it has asked USDA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to convene two separate more...

Stock up now on ham-flavored candy canes

Bacon-flavored everything, we're used to. Now Seattle-based joke and novelty retailer Archie McPhee is offering ham-flavored candy canes for the holidays more...

Back half of bird boosts Sanderson profit

Counter-seasonal weakness in boneless breast meat produced at big bird plants dragged on Sanderson Farms’ fiscal third-quarter earnings enough to more...

China to buy more pork, release reserves to boost supply: Reuters

China will look to increase pork imports and release frozen pork, beef and mutton from state reserves to boost market supplies in that country, according more...

Passionate consumer segment pays attention to animal welfare

Helping birds be happier wasn’t always on a poultry farmer’s to-do list. But today, many consumers equate “happier” with “healthier” more...

Largest hatchery in the U.S. opens

Aviagen announced the grand opening of a new parent stock hatchery in Quitman, Ga., that will become the largest hatchery in the United States and ninth more...

Pilgrim’s purchase a big foothold in Europe; broadens product offering

Pilgrim’s Pride’s purchase of UK pork producer Tulip Limited not only expands the JBS poultry unit’s portfolio into another protein more...

U.S., Canadian hog inventory up 3%

The United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for June 2019 was 89.5 million head, up 3% year on year, and up 5% from June 2017, USDA more...

Carl’s Jr. expands plant-based burger reach

Carl’s Jr. today announced the brand is expanding its partnership with Beyond Meat to launch the Beyond Famous Star with Cheese in Canada, building more...

Walmart Canada names new CEO

Walmart Canada has appointed Horacio (Haio) Barbeito to the position of president and CEO, effective in October, pending work authorization. Barbeito more...

Conagra teams with HSUS on chicken welfare standards

Conagra Brands announced steps to implement higher standards for the treatment of broiler chickens in its supply chain sourcing practices. The company more...

Papa John’s nabs Arby’s president as new CEO

Papa John's International announced it has appointed Rob Lynch as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Previously, Lynch was more...

USDA lowers retail poultry price forecast

Retail poultry prices decreased 0.9 percent from June to July and are down 1.8 percent since July of 2018, according to USDA’s latest monthly Consumer more...

Just add chicken: KFC elevates mac & cheese to main dish

Kentucky Fried Chicken said it is combining its macaroni and cheese side dish with crispy popcorn chicken to create a new main dish menu item. The Mac more...

Costco chicken supplier set for on-time opening next week (UPDATE)

Lincoln Premium Poultry is expected to begin producing its first birds destined for Costco Wholesale Corp. shortly after Labor Day with a full grand opening more...

United States cattle on feed up slightly; placements down

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on more...

Trump hikes tariffs on China, ‘orders’ U.S. companies out, then relents

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would increase tariffs on some $550 billion worth of Chinese goods after Beijing retaliated to earlier U.S. hikes more...

Beyond Meat boosts presence with new tests, deals

Beyond Meat Inc. is entering or expanding agreements with restaurant customers – including KFC, 7-Eleven Canada and Hardee’s/Carl’s more...

China to hike tariffs on U.S. pork, beef as it ups imports

China on Friday announced that on Sept. 1 it will raise tariffs on a host of U.S. agricultural goods, including 10% hikes on U.S. beef and pork, according more...

Texas Tech gets grant to study novel beef aging technology

A $294,000 grant to further research into the use of new mass spectrometry technology to determine tenderness, flavor and juiciness of beef in real time more...

Federal court deems WOTUS unlawful

A federal court in Georgia ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is unlawful under the more...

News Briefs: Pre Brands, Simply Good Foods, Cargill, Dunkin’, Burger King, 7-Eleven

Pre Brands names chief sales officer Chicago-based Pre Brands, which sells grass-fed and -finished, pasture-raised beef, announced that David Meltzer more...

Hormel: Bacon helps offset pricey avocados in Q3

Hormel Foods on Thursday reported lower sales and net earnings in the third quarter on disappointing results in grocery products stemming from higher more...

Murder-suicide jolts Pennsylvania turkey processor

A recently terminated trucking contractor and a transportation manager at Plainville Farms’ New Oxford, Pa., location are dead following a murder-suicide more...

Canada expands listeria recall in poultry, again

Just a day after an expanding listeria monocytogenes outbreak snagged U.S. company Tip Top Poultry, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued more...

Meat me in the middle: an emerging niche for meat processors

While Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods grab headlines and large meat companies scramble to make their own plant burgers, another niche — blended more...

USDA weighs in on large U.S. pork stocks and China ASF implications

Larger than anticipated June ending stocks of bone-in loins and boneless hams prompted an increase in USDA’s forecast for year-end pork stocks for more...

Chinese processor gets big poultry sales boost in ASF wake

A leading pig and poultry processor in China says a surge in demand for its poultry products as African Swine Fever (ASF) affects the domestic pork market more...

Kroger, Walgreens to expand joint retail program

The Kroger Co. and Walgreens are expanding their joint retail venture less than a year after launching a pilot project in northern Kentucky. The Kroger more...

News Briefs: Tony Roma’s, Progressive Beef, Kroger, Maple Leaf Foods

Licensing deal for Tony Roma’s saucy meat snacks Romacorp Inc., parent of Tony Roma’s restaurants, announced a licensing agreement with Golden more...

Elanco to buy Bayer’s animal health business

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced it has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued more...

Valley Oaks Steak Co. abruptly closes operations

Valley Oaks Steak Co. has shut down, effective immediately, in the wake of what it calls “a constant barrage of legal battles” stemming from more...

Just cook it – but just DON’T wash it

A new USDA study shows that individuals put themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry, the agency said in a news release. So don’t more...

Purdue gets $10 million for food safety lab

Purdue University is the recipient of a $10 million grand from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to create a lab aimed at raising more...

Chicken products recalled on listeria concerns

Ottawa-based Rosemount Sales and Marketing is recalling Rosemount brand cooked diced chicken meat from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes more...

HelloFresh, Beyond Meat to offer alt-protein option

Meal kit provider HelloFresh will begin offering the Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat as part of a new Craft Burger collection for home cooks starting next more...

Burger chain gets new leadership

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) announced leadership changes in its burger chain Smashburger, a business it fully acquired in December 2018. Carl Bachmann more...

USDA finalized appointments as dietary guidelines work progresses

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has sworn in Brandon Lipps as deputy under secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) and more...

FSIS publishes rule changes for specific inspections

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued amendments to federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to eliminate more...

Beef, pork, poultry markets face new challenges: analyst

A major fire, trade issues and immigration raids all have the potential to negatively affect U.S. commodities in the near future, according to one industry more...

USDOT seeks comment on proposed revisions to trucking rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking on changes more...

Pumpkin Spice Spam is a thing

Hormel Foods is rolling out a limited edition pumpkin spice flavored Spam product this fall, hitching a ride on the flavor craze that’s everywhere more...

JBS renewing focus on potential acquisitions for growth

Brazil's JBS S.A. is interested again in looking into acquisitions to accelerate growth after posting strong financial results for the second quarter more...

Mass firings at plant raided by ICE: media reports

As many as 100 employees may have been fired from the PH Food poultry processing facility in Morton, Miss., according to a report in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger more...

Pilgrim’s tops some sustainability goals, still working on others

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. reported progress on meeting sustainability targets for 2020, although the poultry processor also said more work needs to more...

This brat’s for you — all year

Budweiser and Coleman Natural Foods are giving away a year’s supply of bratwurst on Friday, which is National Bratwurst Day. The two companies collaborated more...

ASF-led ‘protein inflation’ delayed; analyst trims Hormel Q3 estimate

An anticipated pricing impact from African Swine Fever has yet to materialize in the pork sector, prompting one industry analyst to reduce his earnings more...

British university bans beef; Meat Institute posts clever response

When Goldsmiths University of London announced on Tuesday it would remove all beef products from sale at campus food outlets by the start of the 2019 more...

Tyson addresses June wastewater spill in open letter to residents

Tyson Foods has issued an open letter to the residents of Hanceville, Ala., to update them on what is being done in the aftermath of a June 6 wastewater more...

FSIS will no longer sample religious exempt, low volume poultry products

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it will no longer sample or test religious exempt chicken carcass and low-volume poultry more...

Smithfield owner looks beyond China for pork as profits plunge

China’s WH Group, the owner of Smithfield Foods, is turning to outside markets for pork to import as the impact of global trade issues and African more...

Grocery chain CEO resigns; company exits protein cooking unit

Grocery chain and distributor SpartanNash Company announced that CEO Dave Staples as resigned and Chairman Dennis Eidson will take on the additional roles more...

Restaurant chain giant announces new CEO

Yum! Brands announced its board of directors has unanimously elected President and Chief Operating Officer David Gibbs, 55, as the company’s new more...

Eating poultry may reduce breast cancer in women, study says

Eating poultry instead of red meat could lower the risk of invasive breast cancer in women, according to a new study published in the International Journal more...

Tyson to rebuild; fire rattles cattle markets

Tyson Foods announced Monday it would rebuild its beef plant near Holcomb, Kansas partly destroyed by fire on Friday night and will pay employees in the more...

Koch Foods comments, makes own allegations on EEOC settlement

Koch Foods has released a statement seeking to “set the record straight” on its $3.75 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity more...

USDA raises meat, corn production forecasts

USDA raised its total meat production and total corn production forecasts for 2019/20 in its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates and more...

Brazil's BRF profits in Q2 amid high sales, prices due to ASF

Brazil's BRF S.A. posted a net profit of BRL191 million (US$48.5 million) for the second quarter of 2019 — reversing a billion-dollar loss at the more...

Pork price-fixing lawsuit dismissed, for now

The U.S. District Court judge in a price-fixing case against major pork packers has dismissed the lawsuit, while granting leave for the plaintiffs’ more...

OSHA fines Wayne Farms for ammonia-related accident

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied $119,341 in penalties against Wayne Farms LLC for more...

NCC to Trump: help the chicken industry avoid ICE raids

The National Chicken Council is asking President Donald Trump to help provide solutions to the problem of a lack of reliable tools that companies can more...

News Briefs: Raybern’s, Sodexo, Popeyes

Raybern’s launches sandwiches at Costco Raybern’s announced the launch of two frozen, microwavable sandwich varieties, Meatball Marinara and more...

Tyson unveils automation, robotics center in Springdale

Tyson Foods Inc. today opened the Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center (TMAC) in downtown Springdale, a state-of-the-art facility designed to help the more...

Takeover target Red Robin announces board changes

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. announced changes to its board as it contends with operating losses and an uninvited bid for the company from an investment more...

UN group sees land use as key to planet's long-term survival

Current land use policies that contribute to global warming cannot continue if escalating natural disasters that will eventually reduce the planet’s more...

Plasma-activated water and mild heat combo fights E. coli

Plasma-activated water (PAW) combined with mild heat holds promise as a potential intervention strategy to reduce the incidence of E. coli and other more...

JBS buys North Carolina processing plant it once leased

JBS USA has acquired a case ready meat packaging plant in Lenoir, N.C., it previously leased starting in 2014, according to a report on Newstopicnews more...

Undisclosed amount of pork, chicken dumplings recalled

Top Taste Food Warehouse of Brooklyn, N.Y., has recalled an undetermined amount of pork and chicken dumpling product because they were produced, packed more...

Subway testing Beyond Meat items

Subway announced a new culinary innovation partnership with Beyond Meat to test exclusive plant-based protein options.  Starting this September and more...

Wendy’s details 2019 expansion, posts Q2 results

Wendy’s says it will add about 100 restaurants to its global system by the end of 2019 and reported a 3.3% increase in systemwide sales in the second more...

Tyson beef plant worker killed in crushing accident

A Tyson employee working in an Amarillo, Texas beef plant was killed in an accident Friday evening in the plant’s Material Handling Department, more...

China fights back and pork is caught in the crossfire

The Trump administration’s move to impose a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods has been met with some tangible resistance more...

FSIS seeks comments on standards for campylobacter in poultry

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing and requesting comments on revised pathogen reduction performance standards for Campylobacter more...

OIG report finds fault with USDA's agency relocation plans

In a report released Monday, USDA’s Office of the Inspector General criticized the agency for forging ahead with its plans to relocate the Economic more...

Tyson optimistic after solid Q3 results; discloses DOJ subpoena

Strong sales and higher margins in its beef, chicken and prepared foods divisions helped Tyson Foods Inc. post improved overall sales and net income in more...

Pork producers furious over NYT article on antibiotics use

The National Pork Producers Council has issued a detailed rebuttal to a New York Times article on antibiotics use on hog farms, accusing the newspaper more...

Smithfield Foods connects hog farm to natural gas pipeline

Smithfield Foods announced it has completed constructing a low-pressure natural gas transmission line connecting a Smithfield hog farm located in Northern more...

Bison processors seek generic label designation

In a petition submitted to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the National Bison Association (NBA) asked the agency’s label review more...

Suit challenging Sanderson’s ‘100% natural’ claim tossed

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Sanderson Farms is misleading consumers by marketing its chicken as “100% natural” when more...

Tenn. plant owner sentenced to 18 months in prison

The former owner of a Tennessee slaughterhouse that was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last year has been sentenced to 18 months more...

Trump to announce U.S.-EU beef deal today

President Donald Trump will announce a deal today with the European Union to expand access for U.S. beef exports, according to a report by Bloomberg. more...

Yum to close hundreds of Pizza Hut restaurants

Yum Brands Inc. executives on Thursday said the company will close more than 400 underperforming restaurants in its Pizza Hut division as the chain accelerates more...

Stronger chicken demand lifts Pilgrim’s profit

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. said improved demand for commodity chicken from retail customers and a strong market recovery in Mexico bolstered second-quarter more...

‘Natural’ definition on labels could help clear confusion: Lusk

Efforts to define the term “natural” as it applies to food aren’t likely to clear up the confusion unless the definition itself is included more...

Seaboard earnings improve, but not in protein

Seaboard Corp.’s earnings for the second fiscal quarter and first half of the fiscal year were up solidly over 2018’s results, although neither more...

Giving Back: Tyson, Smithfield, Simmons Foods, Perdue Farms

Tyson funds $1 million in classroom projects Tyson Foods announced it will fund $1 million in teacher’s classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose more...

July 2019

OSI to help Impossible Foods meet growing demand

OSI Group signed an agreement with Impossible Foods to add production capacity that will help the alternative protein manufacturer address expanding demand more...

OK Foods increases base pay, adds incentive pay

OK Foods announced it increased the base pay rate for hourly production workers in its Arkansas and Oklahoma facilities on July 28. “OK Foods recognizes more...

Impossible Foods gets color additive approval, sets Sept. retail launch

Impossible Foods said it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use of the ingredient soy leghemoglobin as a color additive more...

JBS to double biodiesel production with new plant in Brazil

Brazil's JBS S.A. on Tuesday said it will invest BRL180 million (US$47.5 million) to construct a new biodiesel plant, more than doubling its biodiesel more...

Chipotle takes a pass on alternative protein trend

Don’t expect to find alternative proteins in meals served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants anytime soon, according to the chain’s CEO more...

Scammer targets AAMP members

A scammer is attempting to steal money from AAMP members by pretending to be Immediate Past President Chad Lottman of LandMark Snacks, the association more...

Chia-linseed emulsion helps produce low-fat burgers

A new study shows that it is possible to replace up to 60% of pork back fat by hydrogelled emulsion (HE) to produce low-fat burgers with a healthier lipid more...

National Grocers Association names new CEO

The National Grocers Association announced Greg Ferrara has been appointed president and CEO, effective Sept. 1, 2019. Ferrara succeeds Peter Larkin, more...

Arkansas approves Tyson bid for water discharge rule changes

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission adopted new mineral standards for specific waterways in the Natural State, including some requested more...

Taco Bell sets policy on antibiotics use by beef suppliers

Taco Bell has committed to reduce antibiotics important to human health in its beef supply chain by 25% by 2025. Effective across the U.S. and Canada more...

Bush’s Best gets into the blended burger biz

Bush’s Best, known for its selection of canned baked beans, is rolling out the Bush’s Best Blended Burger for foodservice customers, the company more...

USDA ARS scientists win presidential award

Three USDA scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and more...

Brazil's Minerva reduces losses in Q2, AFS boosts sales

Brazilian beef processor Minerva S.A. posted a net loss of BRL113.3 million ($30 million) for the second quarter of 2019, impacted by non-cash effects more...

Another poultry grower seeks permit near Costco supplier in Neb.

Sunset Poultry is seeking permission to build a poultry operation that would provide broilers to the planned Lincoln Premium Poultry plant in Nebraska more...

Allergen misbranding prompts frozen RTE beef, pork meatballs recall

Home Market Foods, Inc., based in Norwood, Mass., has recalled approximately 53,217 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef and pork meatball products due more...

News Briefs: Popeye’s Chicken, IHOP, Rave, Beef Checkoff, Hooters

Popeye’s parent to open hundreds of restaurants in China by 2029 Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) announced plans to open more than 1 more...

New slaughter rules on the way for pork, beef: FSIS official

MOBILE, Ala. — USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will issue new slaughter inspection rules for pork “very soon” and is more...

Poultry further processor names operations chief

Poultry further processor Foundation Food Group Inc. announced the appointment of Bernard "B.J." Svajgl as its new senior vice president of operations more...

Beyond Meat working on a bacon alternative: Bloomberg

Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat is developing a product meant to mimic bacon, according to a report by Bloomberg. The breakfast staple would join the more...

BRF still eyeing deals with beef focus: report

Brazil's BRF S.A. remains interested in deals to expand its product portfolio and geographical presence after the end of merger negotiations with Marfrig more...

House of Raeford to build feed mill, upgrade plant and hatchery

House of Raeford Farms announced it will spend $40 million to build a new feed mill for its Arcadia, La., poultry complex, where it will spend another more...

Cargill sets 30% GHG reduction target for beef supply chain

Cargill announced the launch of an initiative called BeefUp Sustainability aimed at achieving a 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity reduction across its more...

Hormel launches single-serve lunchmeat portions

Hormel Foods announced today the addition of single-serve lunchmeat options for its Natural Choice brand. Packaged with 2 ounces – or five slices more...

Dunkin’ to sell Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwich

Dunkin’ today announced the introduction of a Beyond Sausage breakfast option at its participating restaurants in Manhattan, with plans for a full more...

Ground beef processor launches brand, individually wrapped burger

Ground beef processor Jensen Meat introduced the company's first single-serving hamburger patty, as part of its new Jensen Solos brand. According to the more...

Hormel launches edgy ad campaign

Hormel Foods has launched a new ad campaign for its Compleats microwave meals. The “Fast as BE:EP” video spot showcases the convenience of more...

Tofurkey, ACLU team up to challenge new Ark. labeling rule

Tofurkey Co. and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are challenging the constitutionality of an Arkansas law preventing companies that produce more...

Cold Storage report shows less beef and chicken, more pork

USDA’s cold storage report showed June 30, 2019 frozen pork supplies down 1% from the previous month but up 11% from last year. Stocks of pork bellies more...

Wayne Farms boosts production of GAP chicken

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Wayne Farms is set to add a second work shift this week at its Enterprise, Ala., plant, where the company will transition to more...

Spill prompts negligence claims against Tyson

A spill from a Tyson Foods rendering facility and subsequent fish kill has prompted a negligence lawsuit against the company, filed by the Sipsey (Ala more...

USDA reports show cattle expansion has ceased: analysts

USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed report and its mid-year Cattle report released on Friday appear to indicate that U.S. cattle herd has stopped expanding more...

Stop petting the chicks; CDC updates backyard poultry illnesses, deaths

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 19 updated its count of salmonella illnesses related to contact with backyard poultry. Since the last update more...

Two deaths at poultry plants this week

Two poultry companies have recorded on-the-job fatalities this week as the result of accidents, according to local media reports. In St. Pauls, N.C., more...

Meat industry suffering from lack of workers: NTF

The meat and poultry industries have the opportunity to grow and provide more quality jobs, especially if export markets improve, but the sector is suffering more...

Report recommends U.S. consumers cut beef consumption by 40%

An extensive new report recommends that U.S. consumers reduce their average consumption of beef by about 40%, among other recommendations meant to illustrate more...

News Briefs: JBS, Fresh n' Lean, BJ's, Ahold Delhaize

JBS USA gets jobs training package in Iowa The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved a $430,000 Industrial New Jobs more...

Perdue plant resumes operations after fire

Perdue Farms resumed operations today at its Accomac, Va., chicken processing plant after a fire Wednesday forced the company to evacuate the facility more...

Nolan Ryan pitches reformulated hot dogs

Nolan Ryan Beef has launched the brand’s first uncured beef frank, using a reformulated recipe that soon will be applied to the company’s more...

FDA final rule updates animal drug residue tolerances

FDA has issued a final rule that revises regulations on tolerances for residues of approved new animal drugs in food. The rule, which takes effect Sept more...

Meat substitute makers shift focus to tenders, nuggets

Conagra Brands Inc. announced its Gardein brand is introducing wings, tenders and nuggets made from a proprietary blend of pea and wheat protein as part more...

Cross-border bison meat recall due to E. coli contamination

Quebec-based Northfork Bison Distributions has voluntarily recalled an undisclosed amount of bison burgers and ground bison products from the marketplace more...

Tyson targeted for alleged misleading marketing claims (updated)

Two non-profit advocacy groups are accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of using deceptive marketing and advertising to promote its chicken products. Food & more...

Tight supplies of Choice beef widen spread vs. Select

The price difference between Choice and Select beef is unusually wide, even for this time of year, noted the analysts of the Daily Livestock Report. At more...

Beef checkoff hosts ‘influencer event’ in NYC (updated)

The "Beef. It's What's For Dinner" brand, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, brought together 14 local and national social media “influencers” more...

Judge consolidates cattle anti-trust lawsuits

Three lawsuits filed against major beef packers have been consolidated into one, entitled “In re Cattle Antitrust Litigation” or “Cattle more...

Legislators, pork producers urge more border protection to prevent ASF

U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and Rep. James Baird (R-Ind.) urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prioritize agricultural inspections to prevent more...

Meat Institute serving hot dogs on the Hill where there is a lot to talk about

The North American Meat Institute on Wednesday hosts its Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill this week at a time when there are plenty of issues the more...

Hard Rock Café menu changes lead with steak burger

Restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe has launched an extensive menu innovation in locations around the world, with the headliner being the world's first 24-Karat more...

Beef and chicken products recalled

Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc., a Brea, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,953 pounds of diced beef and chicken products due to misbranding more...

China reports surprisingly slim first-half pork production drop from ASF

China reported a 5.5% decline in pork production in the first half of the year in the wake of the continuing African Swine Fever (ASF), although other more...

Cattle and beef markets looking for summer direction: Peel

(This article was first published in the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission.) by Derrell Peel, Oklahoma more...

Electrostatic spray more cost-effective for large poultry processors: study

University of West Virginia scientists report that the economic benefits of electrostatic spraying in chicken wing processing become more evident as the more...

Major Perkins franchisee files for bankruptcy protection

The operator of 27 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery locations in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio has filed for bankruptcy protection after losing the right more...

Conagra revamps product lines

Conagra Brands Inc. announced dozens of new product launches across its four grocery sectors, including several that involve meats. Among the new products more...

Native American tribes aim to open bison processing plant

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma reportedly are working together to launch a private-label bison product plant, according to a report in High more...

News Briefs: Perdue Foods, Jennie-O, Applegate, Tyson

Perdue chicken strips named top supermarket product  Perdue Foods announced that its Simply Smart Organics Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Strips more...

Cargill results show protein a bright spot in ‘challenging’ environment

Animal Nutrition and Protein was the biggest contributor to Cargill's earnings in the fourth fiscal quarter, as domestic and export demand for beef remained more...

Corn stocks ‘well above consensus’ in latest WASDE report

The 2019-20 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production and beginning stocks, greater feed and residual use, and increased ending stocks, USDA said in more...

China tells 30 countries to comply with its import rules

Chinese officials hosted representatives from some 30 exporting countries on Monday, telling them to make sure they get their business in order before more...

Perdue progresses on chicken welfare path

Perdue officials said today the company is adding new initiatives in its animal care efforts in 2019 to enhance chicken health and comfort throughout more...

USDA a step closer to unveiling GIPSA revisions

A renewed effort to update the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule is expected to be ready for public comment sometime more...

Food processing experts take roles in CBD production company

NectarTek, which processes hemp to produce CBD isolate, has named food safety expert Jim Marsden to an executive position and four food industry executives more...

Popeyes supplier recalls pork and beef gravy

Fairmont Foods Inc. of Fairmont, Minn., is recalling about 35,145 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and beef gravy products that may be contaminated with extraneous more...

Giving Back: Pilgrim’s Pride, House of Raeford, Kretschmar, S.D. Cattlemen, Simmons Foods

Pilgrim’s Pride school donation The Pilgrim’s Broadway Complex in Virginia donated $25,000 to local elementary school Plains Elementary to more...

Canadian poultry coops merge, create C$1B company

Lévis, Quebec-based Exceldor has merged with Granny’s Poultry, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, creating a poultry cooperative with annual sales more...

Olymel parent picks up pork processor

La Coop fédérée, parent company of Quebec-based Olymel, is acquiring the pork processing assets of F. Ménard, the companies more...

Brazil's JBS could soon resume acquisitions - analysts

Brazil's JBS S.A. could soon embark into another round of acquisitions, according to analysts of Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual in a report released more...

Seattle-based restaurant chain files for Chapter 11 protection

New state-mandated minimum-wage laws played a role in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week covering Restaurants Unlimited Inc., which operates 35 more...

ASF damage could last 10 years even as disease spread slows: reports

A Cargill Inc. executive is predicting that the fallout from African Swine Fever (ASF) in China could stretch into the next decade even as Chinese officials more...

Bioactive starch packaging shows promise against listeria in RTE ham

In a new study , researchers suggest the use of antimicrobial starch packaging films is effective to control competitive microbiota and Listeria more...

Cauliflower-coated chicken nuggets to hit market

Caulipower, a maker of cauliflower crust pizza, announced it will launch cauliflower-coated frozen chicken tenders in September in Original and Spicy(ish) more...

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Calif. poultry industry optimistic as Newcastle Disease ebbs

The year-long outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) that resulted in the deaths of more than 1.2 million birds in California since May 2018 may more...

New beef ads zoom in on the sizzle

A new digital ad campaign from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, adds some extra sizzle to the more...

Sensors could replace use-by dates, cut food waste

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have developed new sensors could help detect spoilage and reduce food waste for supermarkets and consumers more...

Ample protein, no grain in new Healthy Choice bowls

Conagra Brands’ Healthy Choice Power Bowls line has left all the grain out of its latest frozen meals for people pursuing a low-carb lifestyle. more...

Manitoba braces for rising PEDv toll

Canada’s Manitoba province is experiencing an uptick in cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) that is tracking with outbreak levels in more...

ASF hits N. Korea production; Philippines curbs more imports

North Korea is bracing for a major drop in pork production in the wake of an African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak spreading across Asia, while officials more...

New leaders named at Stop & Shop, Giant Food

Ahold Delhaize announced executive changes at its Stop & Shop and Giant Food supermarket subsidiaries. Gordon Reid, currently president of Giant Food more...

You better believe it’s not ‘butter’

In a new front in the battle over how to label plant-based substitutes there is the age-old example of “butter” being sold in the state of more...

Simmons Foods chicken plant set for October opening

Simmons Foods’ $300 million chicken processing facility under construction in Benton County, Ark., is on track to open in October, according to more...

Plant-based food group sues Mississippi over labeling

The Plant Based Foods Association and vegan food maker Upton’s Naturals filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new labeling law in Mississippi that more...

Pilgrim’s growing Just Bare brand gets its own website

Pilgrim's Pride said it has launched a website dedicated to its Just Bare chicken brand that showcases the full product line, defines industry terms often more...

Top trick for grilling frozen hamburger patties

If you're planning a hamburger cookout for family and friends on the Fourth of July but forgot to thaw the frozen meat patties, never fear, says one USDA more...

Shenandoah Valley names c-suite execs

Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO) has made two new changes to its executive leadership team, naming Jefferson Heatwole as chief sales officer and Dorothy more...

'Tis the season? Consumers preferences for beef vary during the year

U.S. consumers' preferences for beef products vary by season and their willingness to pay more is also season-dependent, according to a new study designed more...

Marijuana legalization makes labor law hazy

Although federal law currently deems marijuana use illegal, increasing state-by-state protections and judicial interpretations are quickly making it trickier more...

News Briefs: U.S. pork exports, Hain Celestial, Crowd Cow, Chipotle

U.S. pork exports to Mexico, China plunge in wake of trade tariffs: USMEF The effects of the U.S. trade war with Mexico and China can be measured in the more...

Brazil meat exporters eye big boost from EU-Mercosur trade deal

The Mercosur-European Union free-trade treaty announced on Friday could provide a “significant” boost to meat exports from Brazilian processors more...

Golden State Foods unit opens Salt Lake City facility

Golden State Foods subsidiary Quality Custom Distribution, a leading supplier to the quick-service restaurant and retail industries, has opened a new more...

Famous Dave’s to test plant-based protein products

Barbecue restaurant chain Famous Dave’s announced on Friday a partnership with Beyond Meat to test plant-based protein menu items in mid-August more...

Canadian pizza chain launches pies with fake meat toppings

Canada's Pizza Pizza Ltd. is introducing a pizza at its stores nationwide topped with meat substitutes developed by a Canadian manufacturer of plant-based more...

June 2019

High hopes for trade war truce in meeting

Trade will be at the top of the agenda when U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet Saturday during the G-20 summit in Japan more...

McDonald’s hints it is cooking up something spicy

McDonald’s is preparing to launch a spicy chicken sandwich and spicy tenders in September, Business Insider reported, citing leaked documents it more...

Brakebush looks to hire 300 for renovated plant: report

Brakebush Brothers Inc. expects to employ more than 300 team members at its newly updated plant in Mocksville, N.C., according to a report in the Davie more...

Animal rights group takes legal tactic to Arkansas

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), in concert with three other organizations, has filed a lawsuit in Arkansas challenging that state’s law protecting more...

Judge allows DOJ to intervene in chicken price-fixing case

A federal judge ruled today that the U.S. Department of Justice can intervene in a lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest chicken companies of conspiring more...

Workers hospitalized after acid spill at Wayne Farms plant (UPDATE)

An acid spill Wednesday at a Wayne Farms chicken plant in Dothan, Ala., sent two people to the hospital, according to a report by the Dothan Eagle more...

USDA rejects activist group’s petition to deem feces an adulterant

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has rejected an activist group’s petition asking the agency to declare fecal contamination more...

Foster Farms launches ‘free range’ digital ad campaign

Foster Farms launched a digital ad campaign with the theme of "Feels Good to Be Free Range," the company said in a release. The ads celebrate the freestyle more...

House passes ag funding bill that would slow pork inspection changes

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a $383 billion spending package that included USDA funding for 2020 and that would slow implementation more...

Tyson identifies summer food trends

Tyson Foods has issued it Summer Trends report that outlines the following food trends that the company has observed: Alternative protein  The report more...

ASF toll in Vietnam reaches 2.8 million hogs: report

The spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Vietnam has affected an industrial farm and prompted the culling of nearly 10% of the nation’s hogs since more...

Domestic beef demand lifts imports as exports lag: USDA

Stronger recent domestic demand for beef has prompted an increase in imports from major suppliers, a trend that is expected to continue for the rest of more...

DOJ seeks to intervene in chicken price fixing litigation (UPDATE)

The Department of Justice on Friday filed a motion to intervene in the mounting litigation accusing the nation’s largest chicken companies of fixing more...

OIG probes USDA on modernized swine inspection

The Office of the Inspector General is investigating whether USDA hid information and used flawed worker safety data to support the development of its more...

Tyson, Hillshire launch new seasoned meat products

The Tyson and Hillshire Farm brands, in partnership with the chili lime seasoning brand Tajín, announced the launch of five new products featuring more...

Chinese consumers cutting back on pork: Rabobank

China’s domestic pork consumption is down between 10% and 15% so far this year as African swine fever (ASF) shrinks the nation’s hog supply more...

Del Frisco sold to private equity firm for $650 million

Irving, Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group has agreed to sell the company to the private equity firm L Catterton in an all cash transaction more...

Cattle on Feed report shows highest inventory since at least 1996

USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed reports showed cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity more...

Niman Ranch puts beer in brats, BBQ

Niman Ranch has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing to offer its brand of “sustainably raised” meat with a craft beer taste, the companies more...

Agro-defense duties moved to USDA

The USDA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have a formal agreement on how they will transfer ownership and operational responsibility for more...

Chemical spill at Koch Foods plant sends 1 to hospital

Police and fire officials are investigating a chemical spill Friday at a Koch Foods chicken processing plant in Fairfield, Ohio, according to a local more...

CDC says 10-state E. coli outbreak ‘appears to be over’

An outbreak of E. coli O103 related to contaminated ground beef that sickened at least 209 people in 10 states “appears to be over,” the Centers more...

FAT Brands adds better burger chain to its lineup

FAT Brands Inc. announced it has completed the purchase of Elevation Burger, a 44-restaurant chain specializing in certified organic grass-fed more...

News Briefs: Golden State, Crowd Cow, Prime Source, beefshi, Beyond Meat, Boston Market, Perdue Farms

GSF opens Chicago innovation center Foodservice distributor Golden State Foods (GSF) has opened its 10th innovation center and related offices in more...

Pittsburgh processor to close, 400 jobs lost

Riverbend Foods LLC, based in Pittsburgh, will close its doors July 31, eliminating 396 jobs in the process, according to a notification the company filed more...

China-Canada pork spat escalates as third plant blocked

China said it will block pork imports from a third Canadian company after customs inspectors found feed ractopamine in a shipment, according to a report more...

USTR hopes for Japan deal within ‘weeks’

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways and Mean Committee in a hearing that he hopes the U.S. and Japan are close to a deal on more...

China lifts decades-old ban on U.K. beef

China has agreed to lift restrictions on British beef that have been in place since 1996 when the United Kingdom suffered an outbreak of bovine spongiform more...

U.S. officials play down expectations on China trade solution

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping “will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan,” more...

Cargill to pay small penalty after probe finds faulty scale

USDA announced its Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reached a consent decision with Cargill Meat Solutions after an investigation found the company more...

Injured Tyson workers reportedly still in the hospital

The five Tyson Foods employees injured in a chemical spill in Springdale, Ark., remain in a local hospital, with one in critical condition, according more...

Coleman Natural enters the deli category

Coleman Natural Foods said it is entering the deli meat category with a line of Italian-style sliced salumi in three varieties: Hot Sopressata, Genoa more...

Five taken to hospital after spill at Tyson plant

Five Tyson Foods employees at its Springdale, Ark., poultry plant were taken to hospital after cleaning materials spilled this morning outside the plant more...

Meat stocks slide on feed cost fears

Share prices of meat and poultry processors declined on Monday as Wall Street analysts lowered expectations on concerns about the cost of feed as wet more...

Women’s Forum of New York to honor Sanderson Farms

The Women’s Forum of New York will recognize Sanderson Farms at its Breakfast of Corporate Champions on Nov. 7, 2019, for achieving at least 30% more...

New study looks into peracetic acid exposure in plants

In findings from newly published research from Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., scientists report that there is considerable variation and lack of more...

EU agrees to import more U.S. beef

The European Union has agreed to give the United States a larger share of the body’s quota for hormone-free beef, the European Commission announced more...

Miss. Supreme Court rules in Mar-Jac’s favor

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Mar-Jac Poultry in a lawsuit against the company charging negligence and wrongful death regarding more...

Chance to have your say on Dietary Guidelines coming up (updated)

USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invite the public to register to attend the second meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines more...

New Whataburger owners see expansion and controversy

A Chicago-based investment bank that acquired a majority stake in the Whataburger chain is targeting long-term growth, even as some of the family-owned more...

Salmonella linked to backyard poultry sickens hundreds more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an additional 227 people have become ill from Salmonella since May due to contact with poultry in more...

Pork, pizza recall expanded

Table 87 Frozen LLC, in Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizza products containing pork and beef that were produced without more...

Illegal Burger CEO sees ‘breakthrough’ in 2019

West Coast Venture Group Corp., which operates the Illegal Burger fast-casual chain, sees 2019 as a potential “breakthrough” year, according more...

FAS names advisory committees

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service named the members of its advisory committees, including several representatives of the meat industry on the more...

ERS, NIFA will relocate to Kansas City area: USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced USDA will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture more...

Analysts weigh in on Tyson plant protein move

Equity analysts have applauded Tyson Foods’ announcement this morning of its new plant-based and –blended brand, Raised & Rooted, even more...

South Dakota bill aims to provide local beef to schools

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) has introduced a bill that would prioritize local livestock and meat procurement for school lunch programs in South Dakota more...

Asian dining operator doubles locations with acquisition

PWD Acquisition announced it bought Pei Wei Asian Diner from private investment firm Centerbridge Partners for an undisclosed sum. Dallas-based PWD Acquisition more...

Hormel to join the alt-protein fray with pizza topping

Hormel Foods Corp. is developing its own entrant in the alternative protein arena: a plant-based pizza topping targeting a growing number of consumers more...

Perdue Foods launches chicken-veggie nuggets, patties

Perdue Foods announced the launch of Chicken Plus frozen nuggets, tenders and patties blended with vegetables and aimed at the flexitarian market. The more...

Amazon to cease restaurant delivery operations: reports

Amazon is shutting down its restaurant delivery service in the United States and will cease operations on June 24, according to CNN and other news outlets more...

News Briefs: Perdue Farms, Sanderson Farms, Tim Hortons, American Angus, Country Archer

Perdue Farms makes Forbes list, joins United Way leadership Forbes has named Perdue Farms one of America’s Best Employers By State in North Carolina more...

USMCA, China, Japan remain ag trade focus for Trump administration

Resolution of a myriad of trade issues that have negatively impacted U.S. agriculture are high on the list of the Trump administration, according to two more...

USDA to livestock producers: feed costs are going up

USDA raised it season average corn price forecast by 50 cents per bushel to $3.80 as late planting reduces corn crop prospects. The agency raised average more...

Tyson spill causes Ala. fish kill (updated)

A release of partially treated effluent into a creek in northern Alabama has caused a large fish kill, and neighbors are being told to steer clear of more...

FSIS makes final response to petition on beef heart meat use

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has made a final ruling on a 2017 petition to amend it regulations that limit use of beef heart meat in more...

Grocer recalls Ribeye, ground beef in 3 states due to E. coli risk [Updated]

Grocery retailer Kroger posted a recall notice June 7 on its website involving beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The recall includes more...

Canned meat brand commits to BPA-free cans

Keystone Meats, an Ohio-based fourth-generation family brand of canned meat and meal solutions, announced it has transitioned away from BPA packaging more...

Walmart takes grocery delivery convenience to a new level

Walmart is preparing to launch a new grocery delivery service that literally will bring grocery products directly from the store to the refrigerators more...

Uncertainty is impacting cattle prices: Peel

(This article first appeared in the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter and is republished with the author’s permission.) by Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State more...

Sanderson: Labor, tariffs rein in expansion plans

Sanderson Farms has marked several years of steady expansion across the Southeast, but the company plans to sit on its current capacity for now, CEO Joe more...

Hog farm plans draw neighbors' ire

A large hog farm proposed for Marshall County, Ill., has attracted opposition from neighbors who expressed their concerns at a four-hour informational more...

USPOULTRY names new head of research

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has appointed Dr. Denise Heard as director of research, effective Oct. 1. She succeeds Dr. John Glisson more...

Research roundup: Cold plasma, pulsed electric fields

Cold plasma treatment good for surface decontamination A multinational research team has found that atmospheric cold plasma may be useful for surface more...

Outlook for restaurants turns gloomy

The health and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry took a sharp downward turn in April, according to the most recent Restaurant Performance Index more...

Not just about the chickens: Activists target Tyson, again

The activist group Mercy for Animals is taking on Tyson Foods Inc. again, but this time the focus is on the company’s contract growers, not specifically more...

Probiotic extends shelf life, inhibits bacteria in ground beef: study

A probiotic strain is effective as a biopreservative agent for extending the safety and quality of refrigerated raw ground beef, according to a new study more...

Pork Quality Assurance Plus revisions take effect

Revisions to the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program took effect this week. The updated program reflects pork producers’ commitment to more...

ASF confirmed in large domestic pig herd in Poland

Biosecurity measures are now in place after the confirmation of African swine fever (ASF) in an 8,000-hog herd on a farm in Poland, according to the latest more...

Fair Oaks Farms founder responds to undercover dairy calf video

The activist group Animal Recovery Mission released a 12-minute video on Tuesday shot undercover at Fair Oaks Farms showing workers at the large dairy more...

Tyson Foods, Auburn team on solar poultry house project

Tyson Foods Inc. and Auburn University have opened what they describe as the largest stand-alone solar powered poultry house. The 54-by-500-foot poultry more...

Analysts boost Sanderson forecasts but wary of risks

Analysts dissecting Sanderson Farms’ second-quarter results came away more bullish on the company’s earnings prospects despite the difficult-to-predict more...

Brazil suspends beef exports to China due to a case of BSE

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply announced the temporary suspension of beef exports to China on Monday due to an atypical more...

JBT Corporation acquires Prime Equipment Group

Chicago-based JBT Corporation announced it has purchased Prime Equipment Group Inc., for $65 million. Prime Equipment is a manufacturer of turnkey primary more...

EPA exempts air emission reporting on animal waste

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final rule amending the emergency release notification regulations under the Emergency more...

Meat company reportedly starts buying corn elsewhere as rain boosts U.S. prices

At least one large meat company is already sourcing feed grains outside the United States as rains across the U.S. Midwest are negatively impacting U more...

U.S., Mexican ag leaders talk Trump’s new tariff threat

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has begun talks with his Mexican counterpart on how a new 5% tariff that President Donald Trump has threatened to apply more...

EPA approves 15% ethanol year round; NCC responds

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized action to remove the key regulatory barrier to using gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol (E15) during more...

Cornell's Wiedmann says data will drive food safety advances

Martin Wiedmann accepts that in food industry circles his name is pretty much synonymous with Listeria monocytogenes. "Yeah, I'm the listeria guy more...

Canadian government invests C$1.1M in beef, pork industries

The Canadian government today announced an investment of up to C$1,072,335 to boost that nation’s global exports of beef and pork products. The more...

May 2019

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico; meat exporters feel the heat

President Donald Trump's newest trade salvo has meat exporters back on high alert. Trump on Thursday night announced plans to impose a 5% tariff on imports more...

Weather closes Butterball plant for a week

Butterball’s production facility in Ozark, Ark. has been closed for the past week, and remains closed today due to flooded roads surrounding the more...

WOTUS violates federal law, court rules

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the “Waters of the U.S.” rule, or WOTUS, that sought to expand the Environmental Protection Agency’s more...

Paper stickers better than swabs for pathogen monitoring: research

Using paper stickers to collect pathogens on surfaces in food processing plants is just as sensitive, easier to use and less expensive than swabbing, more...

Sanderson sees good chicken demand; watching volatile grain, ASF

Solid demand from consumers at the grocery store and more chicken features on foodservice menus supported Sanderson Farms’ second-quarter financial more...

McDonald’s feels the pinch of pig disease

McDonald’s is feeling the effects of African Swine Fever’s pinch on global pork supplies, the company’s chief executive, Steve Easterbrook more...

Tyson Foods names new CMO

Tyson Foods Inc. has appointed food marketing veteran Noelle O’Mara to the newly created role of chief marketing officer, the company said in a more...

USDA selects its National Pork Board appointments

The USDA has appointed five people to the National Pork Board for three-year terms: Russell A. Nugent III of Lowell, Ark.Gene Noem of Ames, IowaBill Luckey more...

JBS USA to invest $95 million in beef facility

JBS USA announced a $95 million expansion project at its Grand Island, Neb., beef production facility. The project includes new, improved animal handling more...

Sanderson Farms to raise hourly wages next week

Sanderson Farms Inc. plans to increase pay rates for its hourly employees as part of a program to recruit and retain workers in what the poultry processor more...

China braces for possible 70% jump in pork prices from ASF

Chinese government officials believe the ongoing African swine fever (ASF) crisis in China and other parts of Asia could send pork prices as much as 70% more...

Beyond Meat to manufacture in Europe via partnership

Beyond Meat, whose initial public stock offering earlier this month attracted strong investor demand, announced a manufacturing partnership that will more...

Canada updates ongoing salmonella outbreaks linked to chicken

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued an update on eight months of sporadic outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to raw chicken, including more...

New Poultry Inspection System conversions now posted

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “frequently receives” Freedom of Information Act requests from the press and others, such more...

Vietnam updates African Swine Fever; it’s not good

Vietnam’s Agriculture Ministry announced on Monday the nation has so far lost 1.7 million hogs to African Swine fever (ASF), culling 500,000 pigs more...

Probe into Neb. hog confinement fire cause continues

The cause of a fire this week at The Maschoffs hog confinement unit near Cedar Rapids, Neb., is the focus of a full investigation, although officials more...

New York school districts buy into antibiotics reduction program

Four upstate New York school districts have awarded contracts to Slate Foods as part of a new program to procure beef from cattle raised on farms that more...

Heating can replace disinfection chemicals in poultry houses: study

University of Delaware researchers have found that using heat to decontaminate poultry houses in place of chemicals can be effective but has practical more...

AI-powered retail system marks down chicken prices

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is testing a system driven by artificial intelligence that automatically discounts packages of fish and chicken based on remaining more...

News briefs: Seara, Canada, Arby's, Diestel

Seara’s new products include alt-meat burger A raft of new products rolled out by JBS unit Seara Alimentos at a recent supermarket trade show in more...

JBS sued over wastewater discharge

JBS USA’s operations in Greeley, Colo., are illegally discharging pollutants into the South Platte River, the Center for Biological Diversity and more...

Analyst sees rough seas for Hormel

There’s “turbulence ahead” for Hormel Foods, warned Ken Zaslow, equity analyst for BMO Capital Markets, in a note to investors. He lowered more...

USDA predicts more beef

U.S. beef production is expected to increase next year by almost 1 percent, according to USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report more...

News Briefs: Nathan’s Famous, Mighty Spark, Jack Link’s, Maple Leaf, Delmarva

Nathan’s Famous names restaurant chief Nathan’s Famous hired James Walker as senior vice president in charge of its restaurant division. Walker more...

Hormel cuts sales and profit outlook, braces for ASF impact

Hormel Foods on Thursday reduced its full-year forecast for sales and earnings, citing the effects of African swine fever (ASF) on pork markets. Hormel more...

Perdue Premium Meat buys Panorama

Perdue Premium Meat Co., a unit of Perdue Farms, has bought Panorama Meat, a producer of 100% grass-fed and -finished, certified organic beef, the companies more...

USDA sets up $16 billion tariff relief package for farmers (Updated)

USDA officials announced today the agency will provide up to $16 billion to aid farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs from China and from other countries more...

Tyson says it has no ‘formalized’ plan for beef plant in Kazakhstan

Tyson Foods said it has no formalized plans to build a beef plant in Kazakhstan, contrary to media reports. The company responded to a Financial Times more...

R-CALF suit challenges Beef Checkoff across 15 states

Attorneys representing the cattle association Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) filed documents in a federal more...

Utah County approves tax incentives for planned Tyson plant

The Utah County Commission unanimously approved a $12.3 million tax incentive package covering Tyson Foods Inc.’s planned beef and pork production more...

Smithfield adds interactivity to its latest sustainability report

Smithfield Foods Inc.’s 2018 Sustainability Report uses an interactive tool that “brings to life each stage of its supply chain — from more...

News Briefs: Awards and honors

UGA professor named inventor of the year Holly Sellers, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named University of Georgia's (UGA) more...

USDA updates fatal poultry virus cases in three states

Despite additional resources, biosecurity measures and educational efforts, the spread of virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) continued in at least three more...

Grain farmers’ pain may be cattlemen’s gain

The cold, wet, late spring has corn and soybean farmers in a near panic as soggy fields have delayed planting to the point at which yields will likely more...

USDA’s Brashears tapped as keynote for AMSA meeting

Mindy M. Brashears, USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, will be the featured keynote speaker at the American Meat Science Association’s more...

Food and ag thought leader joins Meatingplace faculty

Charlie Arnot, a thought leader in food and agriculture, has joined the Meatingplace blog faculty with his blog, “Chew on This.” Arnot has more...

Pilgrim’s to pay $50,000 for alleged disability discrimination

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) more...

California sets new rules to stem Newcastle Disease tide

California officials have issued new guidelines to address the spread of virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) among domestic and commercial poultry flocks more...

Impossible Foods providing meatless sausage to pizza chain

Impossible Foods Inc. will test a plant-based sausage crumble that will debut on pizzas made by the Little Caesars pizza chain, according to several media more...

Meat Institute announces reorganization, new staff

The North American Meat Institute has hired Sarah Little as vice president of communications. Little will be responsible for strategic issues management more...

U.S. beef gains full access to Japan (UPDATE)

Japan has lifted longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the industry’s top global beef market, Agriculture more...

Processor faces penalty for improper ammonia safety plan

A federal court has ordered Kayem Foods Inc. to pay a civil penalty of $138,281 to settle allegations it violated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more...

China cancels 3,200-metric ton U.S. pork shipment

China made its largest U.S. pork order cancellation in more than a year as a trade war between the two countries — and China’s need for pork more...

Science is sport in intercollegiate meat judging

“It’s college football in a cooler, a world built around high school recruiting, top-notch facilities, competition for scholarships, rivalries more...

Trump mulls $20 billion aid package for tariff-bit farmers

President Trump is working on an aid package that would make as much as $20 billion available for U.S. farmers affected by the latest retaliatory tariffs more...

USDA steps up ASF fight with surveillance plan, sample testing

USDA announced Thursday it is boosting its African swine fever preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan that will include adding more...

Utah site revealed for new Tyson Fresh Meats plant

Eagle Mountain City, Utah, announced Thursday that Tyson Fresh Meats will build its $300 million production plant in the city, located between Salt Lake more...

USDA officials size up ASF impact, China trade talks

The problems China is having with African swine fever could have major effects far beyond China, Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator in the Office more...

China adds new slaughterhouse rules, capping pork price run-up

The Chinese government is imposing new rules designed to boost testing for African swine fever (ASF), a move that could temporarily cap pork prices that more...

McDonald’s shifts breakfast menu control to franchisees

McDonald’s Corp. is giving its franchisees the option to remove some items from the all-day breakfast menu, more than three years after launching more...

Tyson, Walmart, Plug and Play partner on supply chain accelerator

Plug and Play announced plans for a new supply chain and logistics accelerator in Northwest Arkansas that will include Tyson Foods and Walmart as founding more...

Tim Hortons tests three plant-based sausage sandwiches

Canada’s Tim Hortons chain announced it will test three breakfast sandwiches on is all-day menu that will feature a plant-based sausage patty alternative more...

JBS doubles profits in Q1 2019 despite declines in U.S.

Brazil's JBS S.A. posted a net profit of BRL1.09 billion ($273 million) in the first quarter of 2019, more than double the earnings of the same time last more...

E. coli O103 outbreak tied to ground beef keeps expanding

The large outbreak of E. coli O103, traced to ground beef, has been expanded to include 196 illnesses confirmed by the PulseNet laboratory network across more...

Chicken products recalled

Taylor Farms Texas Inc., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,079 pounds of Caesar salad with chicken products due to misbranding more...

Cargill invests in Israeli cell-cultured meat company

A cell-cultured meat company based in Israel has secured US$12 million in investment from a number of sources, including Cargill Protein, according to more...

Trump plans farmer aid as China retaliates on U.S. tariffs

President Donald Trump is working to set up another federal aid package to relieve farmers as China has imposed $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. products more...

UN group raises ASF concerns as potential for vaccine emerges

A United Nations division is predicting that African Swine Fever (ASF) will reduce China’s pork product output by at least 10% this year, even as more...

Meal kit maker debuts craft burgers

Meal kit maker HelloFresh announced the launch of two new premium menu offerings: Craft Burgers and Taste Tours. Each week, the HelloFresh menu will rotate more...

Impossible Foods raises $300M, expands output, appoints execs

Privately held plant-based protein maker Impossible Foods announced Monday it has raised $300 million in the latest round of funding and that it has hired more...

Trump says tariff proceeds will pay for U.S. farm goods

President Trump said the increase in tariffs on Chinese goods that took effect today will generate more than $100 billion that will be used to buy products more...

Tyson to build $300 million case-ready plant in Utah

Tyson Fresh Meats is investing nearly $300 million to build a case-ready production plant in Utah that the company hopes to open as soon as 2021, the more...

HSUS takes label argument to SEC

The Humane Society of the United States has taken its complaint with the way Pilgrim’s Pride labels its chicken to the Securities & Exchange more...

USDA economists vote to unionize in face of office move

Faced with a planned relocation of their Washington office outside of the D.C. area, economists and other employees at USDA’s Economic Research more...

Hain Celestial sells rest of Pure Protein

The Hain Celestial Group Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell all of its equity interest in Hain Pure Protein Corp. to Aterian Investment more...

Maple Leaf Foods workers vote for strike action

Union workers at a Maple Leaf Foods chicken plant in Toronto voted 98% in favor of taking strike action as leverage in contract negotiations, the United more...

Pork prices surge in China, lifting inflation index

China’s official consumer price index climbed to a six-month high in April as the cost of pork jumped amid the widespread outbreak of African swine more...

Rapid salmonella sensor offers lab-on-a-chip potential

Researchers suggest that a newly developed biosensor that is able to detect salmonella as low as 33 cfu/mL within two hours could be further more...

DOJ seeks information in chicken price-fixing saga: Tyson (Updated)

Tyson Foods said the Department of Justice has issued a grand jury subpoena to plaintiffs in the class action price-fixing lawsuit against the chicken more...

McDonald’s tries out vegan burger in Germany

McDonald’s has rolled out a vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, one of its five leading international markets. Nestle is making the meatless more...

Tyson strengthens metal detection after chicken recall

Tyson Foods Inc. is changing the system it uses to inspect products for potential metal contamination at the plant where nearly 12 million pounds of recalled more...

Wendy’s promotes execs, says strong sales boost Q1

Wendy’s has promoted two executives whose mission will be to improve efficiencies and accelerate domestic and international growth, as the more...

Chicken meatballs recalled

Santa Fe Importers, a Long Beach, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,589 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken meatball products due to more...

Analysts diverge after Tyson posts higher Q2 earnings, sales

The earnings outlook for Tyson Foods Inc. sparked widely different responses from at least two industry analysts following the protein giant reporting more...

US Foods turns in solid 1Q financials

US Foods Holding Corp. recorded a 6% increase in net income, to $71 million for the period, on net sales that rose 3.6% to $6 billion, the result of largely more...

Kroger and Home Chef pilot three new retail meal solutions

The Kroger Co. and Home Chef announced today a pilot to enhance its existing selection of meal kits including oven-ready meals, heat and eat meals and more...

Tyson posts higher Q2 sales, sets ASF and alt-protein plans (updated)

Tyson Foods reported higher sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 – despite a decline in adjusted operating income – and announced more...

Someone’s eating meat: steakhouse chain sales up, expands on East Coast

Steakhouse chain Ruth’s Hospitality Group announced Friday its first quarter sales increased and the company is expanding its territory on the East more...

Lightlife puts veggie burgers in meat aisle at thousands of stores

Greenleaf Foods’ Lightlife Foods unit announced new plant-based products including the Lightlife Burger and Lightlife Ground, will be sold in the