Meat / Protein


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    Beyond Meat launches ‘first of its kind’ protein to appeal to health-conscious consumers

    The company’s latest product is not intended to replicate beef, pork or chicken. It comes amid a sharp downturn in plant-based meat consumption.

    By July 23, 2024
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    New snack launches propel annual dairy aisle sales to $76B: CoBank

    From snackable cheese kits to dessert-inspired Greek yogurt, Chobani and other manufacturers are transforming the category to meet changing demands and taste preferences.

    By July 22, 2024
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    The growth of plant-based foods

    After years of rapid growth, the plant-based category faced some strong headwinds in 2023. Now, it’s time for the category to recalibrate.

    By Food Dive staff
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    From meatballs to deli dominance: How a former Mondelēz exec is building a $1B food company

    CEO Adam Michaels has cut millions in spending from Mama’s Creations and added dozens of new foods like olives and pasta salad through acquisitions.

    By July 16, 2024
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    Tyson agrees to sell Georgia poultry complex

    The deal with House of Raeford Farms comes after months of cost cutting at the meat and poultry giant, including plant closures and layoffs.

    By Nathan Owens • July 12, 2024
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    Maple Leaf Foods spins off its pork business

    The separation will allow the Canadian company to concentrate on its consumer packaged goods while its pork business will operate under a new name and pursue a separate growth strategy.

    By July 10, 2024
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    An inside look at how Michigan is dealing with bird flu in dairy cows and humans

    As another human contracts bird flu, the state’s response may serve as an example for others navigating the challenges of a novel disease outbreak.

    By Nathan Owens • July 8, 2024
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    Tyson Foods scales back its antibiotic-free beef pledge

    The meat processing giant said last year it would reintroduce antibiotics into some of its chicken products after removing them in 2017.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Cultivated meat startup Upside Foods initiates a fresh round of layoffs

    The company previously made “selective role eliminations” in February when it paused plans to build a large-scale facility in Chicago.

    By July 2, 2024
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    Beef prices are high, but that’s not keeping backyard barbecuers away this July 4th

    Consumer dollars are going farther today for hamburger and steak cuts than they did 10 years ago, a Rabobank analyst says.

    By Nathan Owens • July 2, 2024
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    Cal-Maine buys egg producer for $110M to grow presence in the Northeast

    The purchase of ISE America expands the company’s dominant position in the protein with the addition of nearly 5 million egg-laying hens to its portfolio.

    By July 1, 2024
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    Why Perdue Farms isn’t giving up on ‘no antibiotics ever’ chicken

    The poultry giant outlines why it's still committed to the label as Tyson Foods and restaurant chains like Chick-fil-A withdraw their policies.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • June 27, 2024
  • Bite-sized slices of cooked cultivated chicken from Upside Foods sit on a bed of greens.
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    1 year later: Strides and hiccups for the cultivated meat industry

    Two chicken products were approved for sale in the U.S. last June but factory-grown meat products are still facing headwinds like access to capital.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Bird flu survived pasteurization of heavily infected milk: study

    Researchers said the findings should not be used to draw conclusions about the safety of the nation’s retail milk supply.

    By Nathan Owens • June 25, 2024
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    Leftovers: Campbell’s brings the heat with new soups | Pilgrim’s pulls out all the stops for chicken snacks

    The new soup offerings follow rising demand for spicy flavors, and Premier Protein muscles into breakfast with pancake and waffle mixes.

    By Food Dive staff • June 21, 2024
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    Inside the dairies with bird flu: What farms’ experiences say about the need for biosecurity

    A USDA survey of affected dairy farms revealed lapses in sanitation and equipment handling.

    By Nathan Owens • June 20, 2024
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    Beyond Meat launches next product in fourth-generation formula lineup

    The plant-based pioneer is furthering its mission to make cleaner-label products by offering new sausage varieties.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Plant-based startup Tender secures deal with fast food chain

    The Boston company is using newly acquired cash to expand into restaurants and innovate with new products.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Nestlé taps into limited-time offerings to boost relevance of DiGiorno pizza

    Products with unique toppings tied to the Deadpool & Wolverine movie are designed to increase shelf space and deepen the brand’s relationship with consumers, the food company said.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Leftovers: GoodPop refreshes ice pops with electrolytes | ‘TikTok’s First Family’ debuts new popcorn flavors

    The frozen treats maker launched Hydrating Freezer Pops, while Tyson leans into home cooking with its latest chicken products.

    By Food Dive staff • June 14, 2024
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    Tyson Foods CFO suspended after arrest for intoxicated driving

    This is the second alcohol-related incident for John R. Tyson since taking the executive role less than two years ago.

    By Nathan Owens • June 14, 2024
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    Wyoming becomes 12th state to report bird flu in dairy cows

    As the outbreak widens, Iowa is urging the Biden administration to compensate farmers for lost milk production.

    By Nathan Owens • June 12, 2024
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    The Better Meat Co. reduces its mycelium production costs by 30%

    The Sacramento, California-based company is looking to provide its Rhiza ingredient to large food companies at scale with its new production process.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Prop 12 offsets ‘big pop’ in pork market, expert says

    Increased demand from Mexico and other trading partners is keeping prices afloat as domestic consumption sags.

    By Nathan Owens • June 10, 2024
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    Opinion

    The seafood industry must recognize that healthy seas require safeguarding human rights

    On World Oceans Day, a fun spotlight is often put on the need to safeguard our ecosystems. Behind the festivities is a sobering reality check that goes beyond the health of our waters.

    By Ryan Bigelow • June 7, 2024
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    Turkey pressures Hormel profits

    Despite challenges from bird flu and inflation weighing on its sales, the Minnesota-based company saw gains in Planters, Corn Nuts and other snacks.

    By May 31, 2024