The second wave of HPAI outbreaks continues, with new cases striking commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, South Dakota and Utah. According to Sept. 20 updates from APHIS, more than 100,000 turkeys were affected by new outbreaks in Minnesota's Brown and Stearns counties. That is in addition to the 281,400 Minnesota turkeys already culled this month alone.
In South Dakota, where avian flu had been absent for months, two large outbreaks hit Clark County, with more than 60,000 commercial turkeys affected. Utah's Sanpete County also experienced an outbreak in commercial turkeys affecting a total of 73,200 birds.
The rising number of HPAI cases heading into fall bears out a recent report from CoBank saying that the nation’s poultry industry and other birds remain under threat from the spread of HPAI in the coming months.
For further insights on the HPAI outbreak, read in-depth coverage in the latest issue of Meatingplace magazine.
Many convenience stores gained business during COVID-19 when many restaurants shut down temporarily or closed their doors for good. What role did foodservice at c-stores play in that trend? It actually started long before COVID-19. As an example, 17 years ago, Hershey participated in a c-store bakery program for the first time. Other companies were doing the same and pushed to provide made-to-order products. Eventually, we started seeing c-stores including ice cream and shakes, which was a big opportunity for topping and mix-ins for Hershey. Click here to read the full article.
For the better part of a year, the inflation narrative among many economists and policymakers was that it was essentially a food and fuel problem. Once supply chains eased and gas prices abated, the thinking went, that would help lower food costs and in turn ease price pressures across the economy. Click here to read the full article from CNBC.
The $7.44 trillion U.S food industry is investing in e-commerce, robotics, and technology like never before.
A recent report from Exploding Topics — a trend-tracking software platform that analyzes millions of searches, conversations and mentions across the internet — unpacked several related developments impacting the food and beverage industry today. Click here to read the full article.
Although price matters to older Gen Zs (ages 18-24) in the US, their taste preferences and definition of value dictate the type of restaurants they visit. As a result, Gen Zs skew towards quick service restaurants, particularly fast casual, that balance value and focused menu, according to The NPD Group.
In the 12 months ending July 2022, Gen Zs made 5 billion restaurant visits, 4.3 billion visits to quick service restaurants and 736 million to full service restaurants. Gen Z fast casual visits were up 4 percent in the period compared to a year ago. According to NPD’s recently released Winning Gen Z Consumers study, Gen Zs favor major fast casual chains that provide the menu items they want, value for the money and messaging that reflects their interests, like organics and sustainability. Click here to read the full article.
With August food prices increasing 11.4% year-over-year, Americans are experiencing a fundamental shift in their everyday patterns, with some even adopting an “inflation diet.” A recent survey by consumer research platform Attest took a closer look at how consumer grocery habits have changed over the past 12-months.
“The research shows that consumers are understandably trying to save where they can in reaction to inflation, especially pulling back on premium food products and alcohol,” said Jeremy King, CEO of Attest, in a press release. Click here to read the full article.
Some U.S. railroads will start halting crop shipments on Thursday, a day ahead of a potential work stoppage, an agricultural association and sources at two grain cooperatives said on Tuesday, threatening exports and feed deliveries for livestock. Click here to read the full article.
The risk of another highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak remains for poultry farmers as fall approaches across the U.S., according to experts. As the fall wild migratory bird season starts, the disease has reared its head in the Midwest. It was detected in two commercial turkey flocks in western Minnesota and a hobby flock in Indiana on August 31, according to the Associated Press. Click here to read the full article.
The National Restaurant Association says the foodservice industry is forecast to reach $898B in sales in 2022, up from $799 billion in 2021 and even higher than the pre-pandemic sales of $864 billion in 2019. They also report that 51% of adults say they aren’t eating at restaurants as often as they would like, which is an increase of 6 percentage points from before the pandemic. But pent-up demand for restaurant services remains high. Restaurant operators have had to pivot from in-house to take-away during the pandemic, then readjust to supply chain problems the following year. Click here for 30 trending restaurant menu items.
The current economic worries driven by inflation aren't stopping millennials from dining out as 84% ordered restaurant delivery in the past month and nearly one in three millennials visited a quick service restaurant more, or much more, in Q2, according to data from RMS regrading dining habits of generational groups. Click here to read the full article.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza is no longer in the rear-view mirror for U.S. poultry producers, with the bird-killing virus on the rise in California and making a comeback in Indiana, Minnesota and North Dakota after months-long respites.
California was spared as HPAI infected flocks on the eastern side of the country early this year, and as the virus moved across the country but was seemingly on the wane in recent weeks.
That is no longer the case. While the virus did not hit California’s poultry industry until August, the state has now seen six outbreaks among commercial producers in a three-week period, affecting more than 325,000 birds.
Wisconsin’s $5 million effort to embolden the state’s meat processing industry now includes a website to help link potential workers to training programs.
The state’s agriculture department recently unveiled the Meat Pathways website, which includes links to training options and information about jobs.
“From working with livestock to making delicious sausages, meat processing is a vast and exciting profession,” according to one portion of the site, which posts information about jobs including work as a commercial truck driver, plant manager and inspector.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in January announced up to $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Meat Talent Development Program. It offers tuition reimbursement for students in Wisconsin meat processing training programs, such as one on safety rules recently offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are among the states to join a nationwide trend of butchery training programs.
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The impending closure of Borden dairy facilities in Alabama and Mississippi has left more than 100 school districts in the state scrambling to find a new milk provider.
The company announced earlier this month that it will close its Dothan-based plant by Sept. 30 because “it could no longer support continued production,” according to a report. Click here to read the full article.
The National Restaurant Association Research Group conducted a survey of 4,200 restaurant operators between July 14 and August 5, 2022. This report contains the key findings of the survey.Click here to read more.
Even as restaurants and fast-food chains hike menu prices, customers aren’t pulling back on tips for wait staffs and cashiers, according to a new report.
Diners tipped an average of 19.6% at full-service restaurants and 16.9% at quick-service eateries during the second quarter, which was roughly in line with a year ago, according to sales data from software provider Toast. In-person diners typically were more generous, tipping an average of 19.7%, according to the report. Delivery or takeout customers tipped an average of 14.5%. Click here to read the article.
Food inflation might still be on an upswing, but at least chicken wing fans currently have something to celebrate. The Department of Agriculture says the price of the popular food item remains at a low, which it has been sitting since July and, at $1.68 per pound, the item is the cheapest it has been since 2018, per News on 6.
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Global consumer concerns about climate change and food shortages are increasing, according to a new report from Mintel.
The research firm’s second annual sustainability barometer found that the percentage of global consumers concerned about climate change rose to 46% from 39% one year ago, while concern about potential food shortages climbed to 23% from 17% reported in the previous study. In the wake of extreme weather events and the conflict in Ukraine, consumer concerns about climate, food and water shortages increased the most among sustainability issues over the last 12 months, Mitel reported.
Climate change remained the highest environmental priority with nearly half of consumers globally (46%) citing air quality and plastic pollution among the top three environmental concerns, according to the study. Nearly three out of five global consumers (58%) agree that extreme weather events such as floods and heatwaves where they live encourage them to do more activities to protect the environment. Meanwhile their sustainability efforts remain focused on such simple and frugal activities as using recycled packaging, planning meals to reduce food waste and reducing their clothing purchases, the study found.
Mintel’s research involved a survey of 1,000 Internet users over the age of 18 across 16 countries in April 2022, the firm noted.
Unlike pork markets in 2021, when higher prices were largely attributable to pandemic-related changes in consumer demand, this year supply factors appear to be supporting prices of both hogs and pork, USDA said in its August "Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook."
Lower numbers of slaughter-ready hogs clearing the market at higher year-over-year prices, leading to reduced pork supplies with continued sharply higher pork prices, are likely to continue for the balance of 2022, the report from the agency's Economic Research Service (ERS) said.
The July 2022 cutout reached an average value of $120.60 per cwt — the highest level since June 2021 — jumping more than 10% from its average value in June after averaging about $105 per cwt from February through May, the report said.
Lower year-over-year monthly hog slaughter numbers were the most important factor driving January-to-July hog and pork prices, according to the ERS. The lower numbers are in line with information reported in successive Quarterly Hogs and Pigs reports since March 2021.
Although carcass weights have averaged higher since February of this year, lower slaughter numbers kept production below year-earlier levels through April. From May through July, however, higher carcass weights offset lower slaughter numbers, nudging pork production just over year-ago levels, after adjusting for slaughter-day differences.
USDA's forecasts for 2022 pork production and hog prices continue to support the scenario of reduced production and higher hog prices, the report said. In 2023, first-quarter production is expected to increase more than 1% to about 7 billion pounds, with hog prices also rising about 1% from year-earlier prices to $66 per cwt.
Second-quarter production is expected to be lower, based on the 1% year-over-year reduction in producer intentions shown in the June Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, the ERS said. Second-quarter pork production of about 6.5 billion pounds is anticipated, along with hog prices of $74 per cwt.
By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist
Drought advanced rapidly across Oklahoma in July. At the end of June, the Drought Monitor showed that 30.76% of the state was in some stage of drought (D1-D4) with another 15.15% abnormally dry (D0). Four weeks later, the July 26 Drought Monitor map showed that 100% of the state was dry with 99.81% in some stage of drought. In fact, 92.11% of the state was Severe drought (D2) or worse.
School nutrition professionals are gearing up for more supply chain challenges this upcoming school year, a new report by the School Nutrition Association reveals.
The report compiled findings from a series of listening sessions held this spring with school nutrition professionals, food distributors and state agency staff.
During the sessions, participants revealed their current supply chain struggles and anticipated another hard year for school foodservice. Click here to read the full article.
Three months ago, Wingstop put a shocker in its earnings release: It was seeing DEFLATION in bone-in chicken wing costs. The chicken chain reiterated the trend with its latest results Thursday morning and its stock rallied 20% on the news.
“We are benefiting from meaningful deflation in bone-in wings,” CEO Michael Skipworth said. At a time when many consumers may have forgotten what deflation is, Wingstop explained that bone-in chicken wing prices have plunged 19% year-over-year in the latest quarter. Click here to read the full article.
The US is poised to deliver a bumper spring wheat crop in the upcoming weeks, which if realized could help relieve global shortfalls caused by turmoil in the Black Sea.
Fields in North Dakota, the top producing US state, are forecast to yield a record high 49.1 bushels per acre of the grain, according to the final estimate of a three-day crop tour led by the Wheat Quality Council. North Dakota makes up about half of the US’s spring wheat crop. Click here to read the full article.
U.S. trucking CEOs expect to maintain pricing power even with volumes softening in the second half of 2022 as retailers, manufacturers and consumers adjust to disruptions from Covid lockdowns, the Russia-Ukraine war and inflation.
A recent survey of customers by SAIA, a trucker for Starbucks, Home Depot and Lowe’s, found the majority of companies are still working to figure out their next step and what the “new normal” is for their business, according to CEO Fritz Holzgrefe. Click here to read the full article.
Growing conditions in the Pacific Northwest were less than ideal this season. Nonetheless, onion producers in Washington and Oregon expect a good crop as harvest gets underway and onions head to storage.
Seattle-based FC Bloxom Co. works with several growers, shippers and packers in eastern Washington and markets yellow, red, white and sweet onions, said William Bloxom, an owner of the company. Harvesting of early yellow and red varieties was underway in mid-July and will run through September or October. He expected good production but said onions will not be as large as they were in past years. “It’s been a little cool,” Bloxom said. He also said the company’s acreage will be the same, but he expected higher yields. “It should be a pretty good harvest,” he said. Click here to read the full article.
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