Newly confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) affected commercial turkeys in Minnesota and more commercial chickens in Iowa even as mitigation efforts continued in many U.S. states.
The Earnest Files: Omicron Edition
Using data powered by Earnest Research, we can draw some conclusions throughout the latest Covid-19 waves on consumer behavior going forward. Click here to read the full article.
If you’ve found yourself struggling to find Pillsbury dough or Totino’s pizza rolls lately, it’s not you. It’s General Mills. The company has been struggling to meet demand for its refrigerated pizza and dough in the United States. Read the full article here.
Less than 25% of U.S. adults strongly trust information about where their food is grown and how it is produced, despite a constant deluge of data, according to a new survey from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).
Nearly 7 million chickens and turkeys in 13 states have been killed this year due to avian influenza, prompting officials and farmers to acknowledge that, despite their best efforts, preventing infections is incredibly difficult. Click here to read the full article from ABC.
The benchmark that tracks wholesale food inflation continued to climb in February to reach its highest index for the cost of food at home since June 1975, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The latest Food-at-Home Producer Price Index (PPI) was up 13.4% from levels in February of 2021 and 12.8% higher than January 2022 data, the agency announced. The two-year rate was 16.2% higher from the January two-year climb of 12.3% and represented the highest two-year increase since November 1980.
The specific index for beef and veal actually fell to 22.8% last month vs. 43.9% in January, while the pork index rose slightly, to 4.7% from 4.1%, and processed young chickens declined to 26.7% from 29.1% the previous month. The index for processed turkeys, however, rose to 52.2% from 48.4% in January 2022.
The report noted that the data cover only edible products even though inflation in the food-at-home industry is being driven by price increases in the cost of non-food items like labor, logistics and packaging, as outlined by J.P. Morgan analyst Ken Goldman.
Inflation rose 7.9% in February, as food and energy costs push prices to highest in more than 40 years
Inflation grew worse in February amid the escalating crisis in Ukraine and price pressures that became more entrenched. The consumer price index, which measures a wide-ranging basket of goods and services, increased 7.9% over the past 12 months, a fresh 40-year high for the closely followed gauge, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Officials announced Monday that they have identified bird flu in a commercial flock of 50,000 turkeys in northwest Iowa, the state's second case of a virus that has been identified in multiple U.S. states.
Iowa agriculture officials and the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the case in Buena Vista County, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the case identified March 1 in a backyard flock of 42 ducks and chickens in Pottawattamie County. Click here to read the full article.
Brinnertime! Two thirds of Americans think breakfast foods are better at dinner
Americans love breakfast so much that some would give up dinner over it! A recent poll asked 2,005 adults which they’d rather give up between traditional breakfast foods and dinner entrées. Results show that people are more willing to abandon the latter (31%) than the former (25%). Click here to read the full article.
The morning meal is in the spotlight as school nutrition programs across the country celebrate National School Breakfast Week, held March 7-11.
In honor of the week, Chartwells K12 Vice President of Culinary Peter Gilhooly spoke with FSD about the special dishes that will appear on Chartwells K12 menus as well as what’s trending in school breakfast. Click here to read the full article from Foodservice Director.
Eating and drinking places continued last month to outpace the rest of the U.S. private sector in adding jobs, accelerating their hiring with the addition of 123,700 positions, according to just-released data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The foodservice industry’s contribution to job growth was part of a strong rebound in hiring economywide in February, according to the BLS data. Overall, 678,000 non-farm jobs were added during the month, driving down the national unemployment rate to 3.8%.Click here to read the full article.
The confirmation Wednesday of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) detected in non-commercial, backyard poultry flocks in Iowa and Connecticut brought to double digits the number of U.S. states affected by an outbreak that began in South Carolina in January, the first case to pop up in the United States since 2016.
It is no great shock that major restaurant brands are more technologically advanced than their small- to medium-sized business (SMB) counterparts, with the former having more resources at their disposal to control their digital platforms and invest in omnichannel growth. However, what may be more surprising is that, among independent establishments, quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are behind those with table service in adapting to the new normal. Click here to read the full article.
Already in decline before COVID, on-premises dining in recent months accounted for less than a fifth of all restaurant traffic, said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association, Washington.
At the US Department of Agriculture Outlook Forum Feb. 24, Mr. Riehle offered insights on changes in the restaurant business. He participated in a panel that examined consumer eating trends and the price outlook for foods for 2022. Read the full article by clicking here.
The price of wheat on Tuesday rose to its highest levels in more than a decade, with traders concerned about global supply disruption as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine advanced. Wheat futures reached 984 cents per bushel at the highs of Tuesday’s session — the highest since April 4, 2008, when wheat traded as high as 985.5 cents per bushel. Click here to read the full article.
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