Meat / Protein


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    Nestlé debuts new brand for consumers using GLP-1 drugs, managing weight

    Vital Pursuit is the first major U.S. brand to be launched by the food giant in nearly three decades. The line’s frozen pizza, sandwiches and bowls will reach stores by October.

    By May 21, 2024
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    On Special: Chicken sales cook as prices fall

    Grocers are leaning into the protein as it continues to resonate with price-sensitive shoppers.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Updated May 20, 2024
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    The growth of plant-based foods

    After years of rapid growth, the plant-based category faced some strong headwinds in 2023. Now, it’s time for the category to recalibrate.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Jack Link’s takes shot at competition in Gen Z-focused national campaign

    “Feed Your Wild Side” will target college towns this summer and include TikTok videos dedicated to “wild content” and taking playful digs at “Jim.” 

    By Sara Karlovitch • May 17, 2024
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    Cattle rebuilding unlikely as high interest rates and costs stick around

    Despite improving pasture conditions, farmers continue to sell off their herds, pushing up prices and compressing margins for meat giants like Tyson Foods.

    By Nathan Owens • May 16, 2024
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    Cultivated meat becomes part of the culture wars in the US

    Two separate bills signed in Alabama and Florida this month make it unlawful to manufacture, sell and distribute products made from animal cells.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Grass-fed beef demand is on the rise. Can supply keep up?

    Although consumer appetite for the label is increasing, cost constraints and environmental questions have prevented a production expansion.

    By S.L. Fuller , Sarah Zimmerman • May 15, 2024
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    Kellanova packs protein into waffles with Eggo Fully Loaded

    The new offering from the snacking company comes as better-for-you breakfast items gain steam.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Leftovers: Graza olive oil cracks a cold one | Kraft Heinz grills up Stuffed Dogs

    Oscar Meyer launched a cheesy stuffed hot-dog in time for the summer sun and a Milwaukee-based pizza company is trading in its crust for bowls.

    By Food Dive staff • May 10, 2024
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    Beyond Meat CEO sees 2024 as a ‘pivotal year’ despite grim Q1 results

    The plant-based pioneer had its eighth straight quarter of revenue declines, but Ethan Brown is confident sales will pick up in the second half of the year.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Snickers owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The CPG giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • May 9, 2024
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    Prioritizing growth, Caulipower names former PepsiCo exec as CEO

    Tyler Ricks’ 30 years of experience in food and beverage includes work with brands eventually acquired by large CPG firms, such as Plum, Bear Naked and Yasso.

    By May 8, 2024
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    The Ozempic effect is real: Study zeroes in on GLP-1 users’ food needs

    Food startups have an opportunity to jump on the snacking needs of this new demographic with products focused on protein, portion size and hydration.

    By Jennifer Lawinski • May 8, 2024
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    Tyson Foods posts mixed earnings as chicken shows momentum

    Executives issued a cautious outlook for the rest of the fiscal year due to higher commodity costs and demand uncertainty.

    By Nathan Owens • May 7, 2024
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    Impossible Foods CEO on the importance of first impressions

    With headlines circulating around the declining sales in the plant-based category, Peter McGuinness believes it’s “ill-defined.”

    By May 7, 2024
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    Surging air fryer popularity leads Nestlé, other CPG giants to rethink food

    Once a novelty, the gadget’s presence in nearly two-thirds of U.S. homes has forced manufacturers to play catch-up and flood the market with compatible products.

    By May 7, 2024
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    ‘We’re basically flying blind’: An epidemiologist’s take on the US response to bird flu

    Katelyn Jetelina, a public health expert and CDC advisor, explains why an outbreak in dairy cows is likely bigger than previously thought and what farm workers should be doing to protect themselves.

    By Nathan Owens • May 3, 2024
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    Walmart adds new grocery line to private brands portfolio

    The retailer said its new bettergoods line includes 300 items and marks its largest private brand food launch in 20 years.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • May 1, 2024
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    US tests ground beef from grocery stores amid bird flu concerns

    Expanded testing comes as Colombia imposes beef trade restrictions over the outbreak in dairy cows.

    By Nathan Owens • April 30, 2024
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    Impossible Foods secures ‘highly anticipated’ retail deal with Whole Foods

    CEO Peter McGuinness told Food Dive that though the company was “late to the game in retail,” the launch will help its plant-based chicken products be as available as possible.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Traces of bird flu detected in 1 in 5 grocery store milk samples: FDA study

    The findings come as avian influenza continues to spread in U.S. dairy herds, with a ninth state reporting a positive case.

    By Nathan Owens • April 29, 2024
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    Is plant-based meat more sustainable? Experts question the data

    Researchers have struggled to replicate life-cycle assessments commissioned from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, and are calling for more transparency.

    By Nithin Coca • April 24, 2024
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    Plant-based food sales fall to $8.1B as consumers demand lower prices and higher quality

    Though the space has made strides to reach more people, only 15% of U.S. households purchased its alternative protein products in 2023, compared to 19% in 2022.

    By April 22, 2024
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    Beyond Meat’s revamped burger hits shelves

    As the category continues to try to reinvent itself, the company’s new generation of product is now available for consumers to try.

    By April 18, 2024
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    General Mills powers up portfolio with Wheaties Protein

    The new “Breakfast of Champions” cereal targets consumers seeking additional value from their foods with more than 20 grams of protein per serving.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Bird flu found in South Dakota dairy herd

    The detection adds to the growing number of states reporting positive cases in cattle.

    By Nathan Owens • April 15, 2024