Special Reports

State of the Industry: Packaging

Hunting for the ‘real’ value of packaging

Is the playing field as flat as it has ever been for packaging suppliers? There
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State of the Industry: Food Safety

Sensational headlines don’t tell the whole food-safety story

The State of Food Safety
When reviewing the year in the news, one can’t help but notice that the main news outlets had a lot of stories about food safety
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State of the Industry: Lamb

Lamb on the menu

Today’s consumers are well-traveled and like to explore foods from around the globe.
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State of the Industry: Veal

Veal searches for profitability

Veal producers are searching for profitability as they work through the current marketing situation affecting the industry.
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State of the Industry: Turkey

Turkey’s time to execute

The turkey industry’s economic recovery picked up steam through most of 2014 and seems well-positioned going into the expected production bump (based on poultry placements) in September-October production
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State of the Industry: Chicken

Biofuel policy holds back production ramp-up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates chicken production this year will reach a record high of 38.45 billion pounds on a ready-to-cook weight basis, about 1.7 percent above 2013, a percentage increase comparable to last year’s rate.
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State of the Industry: Pork

Pork plows though ‘interesting’ year

This year has been an interesting year for the fresh pork category
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State of the Industry: Beef

Beef demand exceeds expectations

What strengthening demand for beef means for your business.
Over the past year, anyone in the business of selling or marketing food has encountered higher food costs.
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State of the Industry

‘Big Fat’ excitement for protein-processing industry

For much of the protein-processing industry, positives have far outweighed negatives in 2014 — for the first time in several years.
Last year in this space, The National Provisioner asked, “Is the tide turning?”
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State of the Industry: Overview

Meat and poultry industries resilient in face of challenges

Despite a spate of issues and detractors, the meat industry has been able to produce encouraging results this year.
Any discussion of today’s meat industry situation must begin with a sobering preamble concerning the challenges we face
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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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October 2014

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October 2014

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Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

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