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Food distributors sue Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride and others alleging collusion on chicken prices

Wall Street Journal | Posted on February 1, 2018

The two largest U.S. food distributors are accusing top poultry suppliers of conspiring to limit stocks and manipulate wholesale prices, fueling a legal battle that has pitted buyers and consumers against chicken processors.  Sysco Corp. and US Foods, which sell food to hundreds of thousands of food-service customers, alleged in separate lawsuits that they overpaid for chicken meat for years due to collusion among Tyson Foods Inc.,Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Sanderson Farms Inc. and other companies in the $60 billion U.S. chicken industry. Spokesmen for Tyson, Pilgrim’s and Sanderson denied the charges and said they would contest the complaints in court.The food-distribution giants represent roughly 25% of the domestic food-distribution business, selling meat and other food products to restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other businesses across the U.S.Their allegations, leveled in suits filed in a federal court in Illinois, make them the biggest companies so far to accuse the U.S. chicken industry of conspiring to manipulate prices. The industry produces about 41 billion pounds of meat annually for grocery stores, restaurants and foreign-based buyers.

Study shows effectiveness of the school fruit scheme in North Rhine-Westphalia

Science Daily | Posted on February 1, 2018

How can you convince elementary school students to consume more fruit and vegetables? Scientists have found that school fruit schemes can actually help to achieve this goal. If children receive fruit and vegetables free of charge in their schools several times a week, they consume considerably more of this food group, which is often less popular with children, even on days without school fruit distribution.

The science of milk pasteurization

Elko Daily Free Press | Posted on February 1, 2018

The process of milk pasteurization was adopted in a time when millions of people became sick and died of diseases like tuberculosis, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, and other infections that were transmitted through raw milk. Since its widespread use in the dairy industry, pasteurization has prevented millions of people from becoming ill.The U.S. Center for Disease Control, our CDC, says improperly handled raw milk was (and still is) responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other food-borne disease source, making it one of the world’s most dangerous food products. One can only imagine the poor quality of milk sitting on the grocer’s shelf before the days of mechanical refrigeration (1930s).

The Relationship Between Patronizing Direct-to-Consumer Outlets and a Household’s Demand for Fruits and Vegetables

USDA | Posted on January 30, 2018

This study uses FoodAPS data to investigate whether patronizing farmers markets, roadside stands, and other direct-to-consumer (DTC) outlets increases a household’s spending for fruits and vegetables, including purchases at both DTC and nondirect food retailers. Among 4,826 FoodAPS households that reported their food acquisitions over a 1-week period, 231 bought food from a farmers market or other DTC outlet. Fruits and vegetables were the most frequently purchased type of food at such places. Among the 231 households that bought food at a DTC outlet, 170 bought fruits and vegetables.

Goldman Sachs Invests $65 Million in Pea Milk Startup

Bloomberg | Posted on January 30, 2018

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. participated in a $65 million investment in Ripple Foods Inc., a little-known beverage company that makes a milk-like drink from yellow peas.

8 business moguls committed to putting you out of business

Beef | Posted on January 29, 2018


It’s been debunked on this blog many times before, but no matter how many times the media tells us that a plant-based diet is the more sustainable option, the reality is we would have to eat broccoli and peanut butter in bulk to ever equal the amount of nutrition we can derive from a single 3 ounce serving of beef. Yet, so many have based their entire careers saying the complete opposite, and the truth continues to be swept under the rug. It’s now trendy and fashionable to go meatless, despite the repercussions on our health and the environment.And even more troubling than the mainstream media publishing sensational and defamatory headlines about our industry, and even more challenging than the activist groups determined to put us out of business, there’s a new group coming after livestock producers — they’re rich, they’re famous, and they’ve got an agenda — to eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from the dinner table.

Budweiser’s New Symbol Stands For Every Beer Made With 100% Renewable Energy

Fast Company | Posted on January 26, 2018

Last March, AB InBev announced every single bottle of beer it brews will be done with renewable energy by 2025. The company is making progress on that pledge and by this spring, every bottle of Budweiser brewed in the U.S. will be made with renewable electricity. This week the brand is unveiling a new symbol it will be putting on each bottle produced with 100% renewable energy.

New Meat MythCrusher video on processed meat in the diet

Meatingplace (free registration required) | Posted on January 26, 2018

The newest Meat MythCrusher video featuring Texas A&M nutrition expert Kerri Gehring, explains the benefits in the diet of meats such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats and the many nutrients that these products deliver.  The Meat MythCrusher video is the 52nd in the series jointly produced by the North American Meat Institute and American Meat Science Association.“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that processed meats can fit within a healthy dietary pattern, said Dr. Gehring. “They’re a great source of protein, they provide iron, Vitamin B12 and all different types of nutrients that people need.”  Dr. Gehring also details the data highlighted by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee showing that followers of the Mediterranean diet, which to many is considered the gold standard healthy diet, eat twice as much processed meat as those who follow the typical USDA food pattern. She discusses the many choices available amongst products like bacon, hot dogs and deli meats and how to find information about the ingredients used.

Murphy: Rejecting the Vegan Message

Pork Business | Posted on January 25, 2018

In politics, the rule of thumb has long been that negative campaigning generates traction. Conventional wisdom suggests that the more a candidate smears his or her opponent, the greater the impact on the voters. But in marketing consumer products, ad agencies have traditionally gone in the other direction: Sell the benefits of your product, create “good feelings” about the brand and avoid spending precious share of mind on trying to trash the competition. That’s changed in recent years, perhaps in tandem with the coarsening of political speech. With many of the “alternative” categories competing with conventional food products, the approach is not to promote the benefits of organic or vegetarian, but rather spend time and money attacking mainstream producers, processors and marketers.When the upstarts aren’t collecting serious windfalls by selling out to the very companies they profess to loathe, that is. A great example of those dynamics is taking place overseas, specifically in Ireland. As a report in The Irish Times detailed, a vegan activist group was recently refused permission to run attack ads aimed at that country’s dairy industry.The ads in question were developed by a group called Go Vegan World and were to appear as posters on Dublin Bus vehicles and in stations operated by Irish Rail. However, Exterion Media, the contractor responsible for selling ad space on buses and in train stations, deemed the ads to be “emotive and provocative” and likely to draw complaints.

National School Lunch Program Aces Safety Test

University of Connecticut | Posted on January 25, 2018

The National School Lunch Program’s strict safety standards work, which is good news for millions of children who participate in the program daily, according to a new University of Connecticut study. The study, led by researchers from UConn and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), found that the food safety standards for ground beef supplied to the program are highly effective in keeping harmful bacteria out of school lunches nationwide. Researchers examined the National School Lunch Program because of its critical nature. “This program is very important for child nutrition policy and as an anti-poverty measure because it provides many children with healthy, safe food, on a regular basis,” says Bovay.Bovay and colleagues used a unique data set comprised of test results from mandatory food safety inspections for ground beef destined for the National School Lunch Program, and data from separate, random USDA inspections.