New Research to Increase Whole-Ham Sales Year-Round

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff recently funded a study to find and eliminate barriers that are stopping consumers from enjoying whole-ham yearlong, instead of simply for the holidays. “Holidays and ham go hand-in-hand for most consumers,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, Goldsboro, North Carolina. “And with new ham innovations, there are real opportunities to increase sales throughout the year.” Six …

Ag Group, Food, Holiday, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Research

DHA-enriched Pork, Milk & Eggs Hit Canadian Market

Jamie Johansen

Algae nutritional products from Alltech are now registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in the diets of pigs, dairy cows and laying hens. Canadian dairy, swine and layer producers will be able to market their DHA-enriched products as value-added functional foods, meeting consumer demand for nutrient-rich foods and beverages. “Consumers are becoming increasingly nutrition-focused, seeking out …

Agribusiness, Algae, Alltech, Dairy, Eggs, Feed, Food, Milk, Nutrition, Pork

Smithfield Foods Adopts Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

Jamie Johansen

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the first major protein company to announce a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal throughout its entire supply chain. By 2025, they will reduce their absolute GHG emissions by 25%. This goal will reduce emissions by more than 4 million metric tons. Smithfield collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in setting its goal. “We are proud to …

Agribusiness, environment, Food, Livestock

Proposed Fact Panel Revisions for Meat & Poultry

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products. FSIS is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products to parallel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final nutrition regulations, which were published on May 27, 2016. The proposed rule will improve …

Ag Group, Food, Meat, Nutrition, Poultry, usda

Pig Farmers Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

Jamie Johansen

This Giving Tuesday, the Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham – in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products. “For pig …

Ag Group, Food, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

National Turkey Federation Presents Turkey to President

Jamie Johansen

National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Barack Obama during a ceremony last week at the White House. The turkey, named “Tot,” marked the 69th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in celebration of the uniquely American holiday. “Thanksgiving is also a reminder of the source of our national strength,” said …

Ag Group, Food, Holiday, Poultry, Turkey

Sheep Industry Update From #NAFB16

Jamie Johansen

One of the bright spots in the commodity markets as we wrap up 2016 comes from sheep. NAFB’s Trade Talk gives voice to ag businesses and commodity groups each year. The sheep industry was well represented again this year with the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the American Lamb Board. “It’s trending downward as you see that seasonality, which …

Ag Group, ASI, Audio, Food, Lamb, Livestock, Research, Sheep

Thanksgiving Dinner is Cheaper This Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Americans will be giving thanks this week for a less expensive Thanksgiving dinner on their tables, according to the annual survey from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.87, a …

AFBF, Food

Pork Checkoff Marketing Partners

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff works to market and promote U.S. pork for producers nationwide. Checkoff dollars allow for the producer to do what they do best – raise pigs – and leave the marketing to the professionals. National Pork Board President, Jan Archer, took me through the role the board plays in the pork community using checkoff dollars to promote U.S. …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, NAFB, Pig, Pork, Pork Checkoff

Alltech’s Approach to Future-Proofing Food

Jamie Johansen

A human nutritionist by trade, Nikki Putnam, is a registered dietitian nutritionist for Alltech. Her focus is to help bridge the gap between producers and consumers. We are seeing a ‘consumer-push’ for natural or traceable production and antibiotic-free functional foods. So, what does the future look like for food companies? Nikki shares insights into what Alltech is doing to help …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Antibiotics, Audio, consumer, Food, Nutrition, Veterinary, VFD