When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, consumer dining habits dramatically changed – possibly for the long-term. A special report by food industry firm HUNTER says 51% of Americans continue to cook more, and 71% of those who have been cooking at home intend to continue the habit to save money, eat healthier, and feel better.
Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken as a precaution due to possible exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful bacteria. The affected products were produced at one plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 of 2020 and April 13 of 2021 and distributed to foodservice and retail customers nationwide and Puerto Rico.
Belcampo, pioneer of hyper-sustainable, organic, grass-fed, Certified Humane meats, broths, and jerky, has launched its Seasoned Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast and Seasoned Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs. Lightly seasoned, these new items provide a convenient option for families interested in having access to high-quality, pasture-raised meats in a pre-seasoned format that can be delivered straight to their doors.
Poultry producer Bell & Evans is experiencing significant growth in its organic chicken program, increasing its need for U.S. grown organic-certified corn and soybeans used in its organic chicken feed. The family-owned producer finalized a long-term sourcing agreement with global ag leader Cargill to exclusively secure its organic grain and increase domestic organic grain supply. Under the agreement, Cargill will incentivize U.S. farmers to transition acreage from conventional to organic management through subsidized organic crop consulting services provided by organic pioneer Rodale Institute.
Expresco Foods, a leading producer of protein meal and snack solutions, is eager to announce the launch of its new frozen skewer line. The new protein line will marry consumer demand for quality protein and whole breast muscle chicken in a simple, ready to heat and serve format. The frozen line offers 21g of protein per 6-pack and is available in on-trend flavors Lemongrass Thai, Rotisserie Inspired, and Piri Piri. The new products will be on shelves in major US grocery retailers for an SRP of $6.99 to $7.99 per 6-pack of skewers.
Wayne Farms is continuing its expansion into the retail space with the launch of CHEF’S CRAFT Gourmet Chicken into grocery stores. The chef-inspired brand of products is now available for purchase at Walmart and Food Lion stores. The Flame Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet and Grilled Chicken Breast Chunks are being sold at about 2,400 Walmart stores and more than 1,000 Food Lions. The Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks will be available later this fall in stores. Each of these products are made from no-antibiotics, vegetarian-fed chickens.