- On Wednesday, August 31st, the USDA announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service will be providing an additional $21.9 million of funding. This funding will be awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry inspection Readiness Grant Program, and will help to strengthen and develop new market opportunities for meat and poultry processors in the United States.
Source: USDA. Read the full press release here.
- According to a recent report, The State of Fresh Foods, “ Just 18% of surveyed retailers said they plan to increase space for in-store dining over the next two years — the lowest percentage among eight fresh departments outlined in the report. By comparison, 82% of retailers said they plan to increase space for fresh prepared and grab-and-go items”. Since the pandemic, we have seen an uptick in consumers wanting convenience – and this statistic proves that point even further.
Source: Grocery Dive. Read the full article here.
- While colleges across the United States are returning to campus, many have been struggling with the current inflation and experimenting with their menu offerings. When you have thousands of students to feed each day, inflation can take a large toll. Colleges are doing everything they can to still feed their students great tasting meals, while reducing costs – this can include offering fewer salad dressings and meatless Mondays.
Source: Bloomberg. Read the full article here.