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FI Fast Break audio news: July 21, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down the major ingredient shortages multiple QSRs are dealing with, the growth of online grocery shopping, and the future of alternative seafood. The …

Meat Prices Continue to Rise After Pandemic Push

Inflation is affecting prices across the food continuum, and meat is no exception. Meat prices were up in the first two quarters of the year when compared to both 2020 and 2019, according to analysis …

FI Agriculture Recap: Pandemic Relief for Livestock Producers

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting applications next Tuesday from livestock producers who suffered pandemic losses as a result of their inability to gain sufficient access to processing. Relief will come from the …

FI Fast Break audio news: July 14, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down a few innovative strategies for navigating the labor shortage, examine a major new company entering the cultured-meat market, and more. The Food …

Conagra Latest CPG Brand to Increase Prices

With the Consumer Price Index rising 0.9% in June, food brands are raising prices to keep up with inflation. The latest major company to follow suit is Conagra. Conagra recently cut its fiscal 2022 outlook …

How Food Businesses are Fighting Inflation

The Federal Reserve raised its median forecast for inflation this year, projecting consumer prices will rise 3.4% in the fourth quarter compared to a year prior. Since the pandemic began, grocery bills have gone up 8%-9% …

IRI Analysis: CPG Demand Patterns Shift as Economy Reopens

Consumers resuming active lifestyles are still maintaining at-home habits, according to a new IRI report highlighting key trends and growth opportunities for CPG manufacturers and retailers. In April, food and beverage sales for at-home consumption …

UPDATE: QSRs Rethinking Value Meals as Costs Rise

Fast-food chains, such as McDonald’s and KFC, appear to be cutting discounts and pushing more expensive meals post-pandemic. QSRs are cutting back on $5-and-under “value” menu items in favor of $10-$30 meal combinations in order …

Food Industry Financials: Inflation, KR, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: inflation analysis, food commodities outlook, The Kroger Co. (KR) earnings digest, and more. …

Food Industry Financials: Inflation, CPB, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: inflation analysis, earnings from Campbell Soup Company (CPB), Chewy, Inc. (CHWY), and more.   …

Rising CPI and Spend on Importing Add to Inflation Unease

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.6% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8% in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. Those numbers, plus concerns about spend on importing, are …

Chipotle Hikes Menu Prices as Inflation Looms

Chipotle Mexican Grill isn’t just boosting wages for its workers; it’s also increasing menu prices by nearly 4% to cover those raises. That’s according to a CNBC report which noted the company will be bringing …

Food Industry Financials: Employment, SJM, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: employment, earnings from The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) and more. Is America …

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Food Industry Financials: Inflation, CBRL, SAFM, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: food inflation, earnings from Cracker Barrel (CBRL), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Costco (COST) and …

Update: Inflation Cutting into American Spending

Consumers are clearly eager to get out and spend after being cooped up at home for over a year, but as costs continue to rise, how much they’re willing to buy is limited. BOOSTED SPENDING …

Food Industry Financials: Inflation, TSN, ARMK, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: CPI, PPI, small business optimism, Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), Aramark (ARMK), Utz Brands, …

Could the U.S. See Runaway Inflation?

For those who remember the soaring inflation and double-digit interest rates of the late 1970s and early 1980s, President Joe Biden’s economic relief packages present a real fear about rising inflation. At the same time, …

FI Fast Break: May 13, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down the impact of inflation, oat milk’s surge in popularity, rising consumption of coffee, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast …

Food Industry Financials: Surging Commodities, Coca-Cola, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: unemployment benefits, global debt, surging commodities, restaurant reservations, Coca-Cola (COKE), and more Trending …

A Closer Look at Gen Z’s Eating and Shopping Habits

Food is Gen Z’s No. 1 wallet priority at 23%, according to Piper Sandler’s annual Taking Stock with Teens survey. The survey highlights discretionary spending trends and brand preferences from 7,000 teens across 47 U.S. …

Food and Beverage Companies Signal Higher Prices

Many food companies are raising prices to offset higher costs. Higher commodity costs are pressuring companies’ profits, while some are also starting to lap their surging sales sparked by stockpiling in 2020, reported CNBC (March …