As egg prices rise, so do attempts to smuggle them from Mexico, say US Customs officials
High prices are driving an increase in attempts to bring eggs into the US from Mexico, according to border officials. Officers at the San Diego Customs and Border Protection Office have seen an increase in the number of attempts to move eggs across the US-Mexico border, according to a tweet from director of field operations Jennifer De La O. Click here to read the full article.
Spending time with family and friends at Thanksgiving remains important for many Americans and this year the cost of the meal is also top of mind. Farm Bureau’s 37th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10, which is $64.05 or less than $6.50 per person. This is a $10.74 or 20% increase from last year’s average of $53.31. Click here to read the full article.
North America’s leading premium dessert company, today closed the acquisition of Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a leading provider of premium frozen thaw-and-serve desserts, from Geneva Glen Capital. The acquisition expands Dessert Holdings’ assortment of products supplied to the foodservice industry. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Founded over 40 years ago, Dianne’s innovative product line includes cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and tarts, brownies and bars, individual minis and specialty desserts using high quality ingredients and chef inspired craftsmanship. Dianne’s operates two Global Food Safety Initiative-certified manufacturing facilities. Click here to read the full article.
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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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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.
Storage Temperature is Important in the Keeping Quality of Milk & Milk Products
Storage temperature of milk and milk products has a direct relationship to keeping quality or shelf life. Milk should not be stored above properly refrigerated zone in dairy case. Besides temperature, age of the product affects keeping quality. Proper rotation in the dairy case is very important. Proper rotation plus storage below cooling level in a display case equals good products for the consumer.
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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.
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:
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Conagra Brands Inc. projected gross inflation during fiscal 2022 would be approximately 11%. The company now is predicting it will be closer to 14% for the fiscal year and is taking steps to mitigate the impact. The steps include incremental pricing actions, including list price increases, and modified merchandising plans. Click here to view the full article.
The lie of “expired” food and the disastrous truth of America’s food waste problem
Maybe you know the routine. Every so often, I go through my refrigerator, check labels on the items, and throw out anything that’s a month, or a week, or maybe a few days past the date on the label. I might stop to sniff, but for my whole adult life, I’ve figured that the problem was obvious — my jam or almond milk or package of shredded Italian cheese blend had “expired” — and the fix was simple: Into the garbage it goes.
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