News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Contradictory comments from animal rights activists

While some say purchase pledges are being made because companies want to do the right thing, others say it is because they are responding to pressure
Nobody likes to admit to being a nag or a bully. But if doing so will impress certain people, they just might ‘fess up.
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Why did Bloomberg even mention hormones, cages?

Report on chicken sold at Whole Foods clarifies that hormones and cages aren’t used, yet the lead paragraph contradicts what is later written
Like many people, I have been interested in whether Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods Market will mean any changes in the type of chicken products the grocer sells.
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Do we have a vow to not source slower-growing broilers?

Change to bigger tenders and meatier wings is a deviation from transition so many other companies are announcing
During a time when foodservice companies and restaurant chains are pledging to source only chicken meat from slower-growing or smaller broiler breeds, one chain appears to be doing just the opposite.
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Are high wing costs really the biggest problem?

Buffalo Wild Wings and Wingstop both say chicken wing prices provided a challenge, yet the two companies’ quarterly results were in contrast
When Buffalo Wild Wings revealed that its net earnings during the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 declined by nearly 63 percent, the company’s CEO, Sally J. Smith, said one key reason for that decline was high chicken wing prices.
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Poultry farm work helped launch stellar rodeo career

Professional bareback rider Jared Keylon credits employment at layer and broiler farms for teaching him the value of hard work and determination
Rodeo may be a sport that evolved from skills associated with cattle production, but for one of the sport’s most decorated cowboys during the past decade, it was work at a poultry farm that helped him become the success he is today.
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Senate ag chair Roberts gaining fame for wrong reasons

Humor has its place, but senator’s recent quips put him at risk of losing credibility as sensible advocate for agriculture
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, has had a lengthy career as a Washington lawmaker, having served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1997, and in the U.S. Senate since 1997.
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Use customer surveys to comment on animal rights issues

Customer satisfaction also entails decisions made at the corporate level
It is very common to see the URL for an online survey printed on receipts from grocery stores and restaurants, in which the companies want you to offer feedback on how satisfied you were with your experience as a customer.
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Are RBI’s broiler supply purchase pledges realistic?

Restaurant Brands International made some ambitious purchase pledges
When Restaurant Brands International (RBI), the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, pledged to remove antibiotics also used in human medicine from its broiler supply by 2018, the goal seemed ambitious but still attainable. Then, when the company announced its entire broiler supply to slower growing breeds raised according to Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards, it seemed even more ambitious.
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BuzzFeed feedback on cage-free eggs a must-read

News article gets message out about oversupply of cage-free eggs but comments also reveal how little some consumers know
When I saw the headline “America is flooded with cage-free eggs, but people aren’t buying them,” I was happy to see that message being spread.
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