USDA plans to devote another $400 million to help provide support for responses to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that have affected nearly 38 million birds in 35 U.S. states since November.
The funding will allow the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to continue its national rapid response activities, including programs to help animal health officials in affected areas to quickly identify and address new HPAI outbreaks, USDA said in a news release.
“Safeguarding U.S. poultry and egg producers from the effects avian influenza could have on agriculture and trade is a critical aspect of this response, and this funding will allow APHIS personnel to continue to deploy and support the emergency wherever they are needed,” said USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week approved the latest funding transfer from the Commodity Credit Corporation, the third such action since the beginning of the year for a total of $393 million in March and April alone. APHIS — which has mobilized 1,125 employees to cover HPAI outbreaks — also reported that more than 10.8 million commercial and backyard birds in nine new states were affected by HPAI since the April funding transfer.
Foodservice food and beverage suppliers showcased the latest innovations at the National Restaurant Show held in Chicago May 21-24. Scattered among long-established Windy City brands, such as Vienna Beef, Eli’s Cheesecake and Grecian Delight, were restaurant operators from around the world sampling products that speak to consumer trends and at the same time ease the struggles the industry is facing in terms of labor and economics. Click here to read the full article.
Food inflation and rising costs have increased the price of a foodservice meal over the past few years, up 9% in April compared to April 2019, contributing to a 4% decline in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants this April compared to a year ago, reports The NPD Group. Restaurant traffic in April was 11% below the pre-pandemic level in April 2019. The 1% increase in consumer spending at restaurants in April versus a year ago was more a reflection of higher prices than increased use of restaurants, according to NPD’s daily tracking of the U.S. foodservice industry. Click here to read the full article.
Learn how to profit from the strong demand for ethnic cuisines. Millennials and Boomers seek out exciting new and different global flavors. Discover why promoting these foods is smart business.
When was the last time you thought of Italian food as ethnic? Blinked twice to see potstickers on the menu at a casual theme restaurant? Exactly: Ethnic food is a mainstream phenomenon.
According to the Emerging Global Cuisines: Culinary Trend Mapping Report, released by the Center for Culinary Development and Packaged Facts: “Emerging global cuisines are literally opening up a whole new world of culinary experiences to American consumers of all ages, due to the nearly infinite range of ingredients, forms, and flavors they offer.” The report goes on to cite the fact that well-traveled Baby Boomers and adventurous Millennials alike are drawn to the emerging flavors and specialties of such countries as Peru, Morocco, Korea, and Japan.
Pick up any menu these days, and you’re sure to find global flavors in abundance. Simply put, borders no longer exist when it comes to taste. And as operators look to attract new diners, they’re turning to these worldly inspired cuisines to capitalize on the demand. So, what’s driving this desire for diversity? Here are a few reasons for the continuing trend:
According to Datassential, tots menu growth is predicted to outperform all food and beverage over the next 4 years! Arm your operators with this incredible growth opportunity with Basic American Foods Potato Tot Mix.
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The latest data from Iowa Workforce Development shows 10,300 jobs were added to the payrolls at Iowa restaurants and hotels over the last 12 months. “It’s no surprise that we would be showing growth, but I can tell you we would show substantially more growth if there were more people out there to hire,” Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, said. Click here to read the full article.
Acosta, a global integrated sales and marketing services provider in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released its sixth edition of The Why? Behind the Dine, a research report providing foodservice-specific insight bolstered by the expertise of its CORE Foodservice division.
Acosta's findings show that while most consumers (54 percent) are dining out less often due to inflation, about one-third are choosing to trade down rather than trade out, opting for less expensive restaurant and meal options to counter rising prices. Click here to read the full article.
With prices across the economy — from food, gas and rent to cars, airfares and hotel rooms — soaring at their fastest pace in decades, you might think Americans would tap the brakes on spending.
Not so far. Consumers as a whole are showing surprising resilience, not only sustaining their spending but increasing it even after adjusting for inflation. In April, the government said, retail sales outplaced inflation for a fourth straight month. It was a reassuring sign that consumers — the primary drivers of America’s economy — are still providing vital support and helping allay concerns that a recession might be near. Click here to read the full story.
Smaller carriers multiplied in 2020-21 as COVID-19 ebbed, demand surged, and spot-market rates favored them. But this trend appears to be doing a 180-degree turn, as Truckstop.com findings show that 51% of these operators are considering changing jobs. Click here to read the full story.
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