Beef Retail

Know Your Meat: Global meat specifications becoming a reality

The Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Livestock and Seed Program Standardization Division recently participated in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) meetings in Buenos Aires to work on international meat standards. FULL STORY »

Food price worry as U.S. corn, soybeans in worst state since 1988

U.S. corn and soybean crops, the world's largest, are in the worst condition since the last major drought in America's breadbasket in 1988, the government said this week, pushing up grain prices and raising the prospect of global food-price inflation. FULL STORY »

Commentary: 'Meat without Drugs' could be inhumane

As a public health veterinarian, I am concerned that a campaign such as “Meat without Drugs” could result in “Animals without Health,” says Scot Hurd, DVM, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A new report from Consumer Reports provides some public opinion data that are not surprising. FULL STORY »

Safety of meat is not determined by production practices

Some recent television promotion of Rachael Ray’s new burger cookbook contained innacuracies about the safety of meat. Meat that originates from organic, grass-fed or pasture-raised production systems does not mean it has less bacteria. FULL STORY »

Survey: Americans enjoy protein but not its price tag

Americans consider protein important in maintaining a balanced diet, but a recent study shows that a quarter of them find protein-packed food too expensive. FULL STORY »

Japanese consumers a-Twitter over U.S. beef

While Americans are being cautioned not to text while they drive, or even while they walk, Japanese diners are being encouraged to “Tweet While You Eat” to share their excitement about U.S. beef. FULL STORY »

Commentary: I’d kill for Kobe

In a matter of weeks, an expose about fraudulent Kobe beef—which industry insiders have known about for years—has suddenly hit the media like a revelation from above. Here’s why. FULL STORY »

Elite nutrition experts learn about beef in Kansas City

The Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska beef councils recently hosted “A Nutrition Adventure: Connecting Food, Farm and Science” for 43 elite registered dietitians from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, New York, Minnesota, Washington, Utah, Kentucky, California and Florida. FULL STORY »

Has the economy impacted restaurant consumers?

The National Beef Checkoff recently released the findings of an online study conducted in January 2012 designed to measure consumers’ purchasing habits at foodservice establishments based on current economic pressures facing Americans. FULL STORY »

Oscar Mayer carves out bigger slice of lunch meat market

Thanks to food companies like Oscar Mayer, consumers now have a plethora of options at their grocer’s deli case. In addition to more varieties of pre-sliced, prepackaged lunch meat, companies also are revamping classic flavors by adding new spices, herbs and all-natural options. FULL STORY »

Cowboys can’t afford another lightning strike

The old saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place has been disproven by the beef market which has been reeling from lightning strikes, first by lean, finely-textured beef, and more recently by the discovery of a cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). FULL STORY »

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