Special Reports

Innovation and trends in meat processing, technology, packaging and ingredients.


Formulation Strategies

Breakfast protein: Dawn of a new era

It is a new day for breakfast meats as greater shopper interest in convenience and wellness triggers sales increases and product launches.
While the traditional eggs and starches such as pancakes and waffles remain popular, more consumers are making meats key meal components as they seek options that are healthy, novel, tasty and convenient.
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2014 Consumer Trends Report: For the love of protein

Rising meat prices have changed consumer shopping patterns, but meat and poultry remain on the menu.
Newspapers and news Web sites have spent considerable ink (or kilobytes) this year talking about the rising prices of meat and poultry products, and some pundits questioned if there would come a price point where consumers had to stop buying meat altogether.
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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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Image Galleries


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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National Provisioner


November 2014

The November issue of NP features a cover story on Phillips Foods (and a special online video: Q&A with Steve Phillips), a feature on breakfast proteins, the 2014 Consumer Trends Report, and so much more!

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Independent Processor

October 2014 IP cover

October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on private labels, and the newest bacon trends!

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The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

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A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


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