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Retail egg prices, foodservice impacted by COVID-19

Urner Barry explains how the egg market has been impacted by panic buying and how a change in demand has created unprecedented issues for egg producers who supplied the foodservice sector
Urner Barry egg market reporter covers the impact COVID-19 has had on retail prices and egg producers that tailor to the food service sector.
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COVID-19 brings shift in Canadian meat purchase trends

Maple Leaf Foods CEO discusses the shift from the foodservice channel to the retail channel, and how demand for some particular retail products has increased
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only prompted a shift from meat and poultry purchases at the foodservice to purchases at the retail level, but also a shift to “traditional products,” Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain said.
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Trump executive order to keep processing plants running

Under order, USDA is directed to ensure meat and poultry plants continue uninterrupted operations ‘to the maximum extent possible’
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order delegating authority under the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950 to keep meat and poultry plants operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Seaboard reports $7 million loss on Butterball in Q1

Higher prices for turkey products and strong sales mix helped company reduce its losses when compared to first quarter of 2019
Seaboard Foods continues to experience net losses on its investment in Butterball, but those losses were not as severe as they were one year ago.
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APHIS coordinating center to help mitigate COVID-19 problems

National Incident Coordination Center will provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market because of processing plant closures related to COVID-19 pandemic
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is establishing a National Incident Coordination Center to provide direct support to livestock and poultry producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures due to COVID-19.
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Jennie-O Turkey Store idles two plants in Willmar

Company decides to voluntarily pause operations for additional safety efforts during COVID-19 pandemic
Jennie-O Turkey Store will temporarily pause operations at its Willmar Avenue and its Benson Avenue facilities, both located in Willmar, Minnesota.
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