Rising beef and pork prices will impact restaurant purchases

Higher prices for beef and pork are having an impact on consumer purchasing patterns at restaurants, according to the "2013 Center of the Plate: Beef & Pork Consumer Trend Report." FULL STORY »

Americans spend less on food

The portion of household income American consumers spend on food is the smallest of any other nation and has continued to shrink over the last 30 years, according to a graphic from Businessweek.com. FULL STORY »

Vilsack says inspector layoffs mean meat shortages

Americans should expect to experience spotty shortages of meat due to furloughs of food inspectors caused by federal budget cuts, but the government will stagger the layoffs to minimize the impact, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week FULL STORY »

Meat consumption drops as prices rise

U.S. meat consumption is down, and beef consumption in particular has lost ground, according to the 2013 “Power of Meat” study. Price is a key reason for the decline as beef prices have climbed through a period of tight consumer budgets, but other factors also are involved. FULL STORY »

Independent grocers rely on butchers to increase meat sales

Panelists of the National Grocers Association Show have found a knowledgeable butcher can build a strong relationship with shoppers, encouraging repeat business. FULL STORY »

Meat survey: Consumers picking convenience over price

Today’s consumers are growing increasingly interested in convenience-based meat, a trend that shows value-priced meats becoming less of a priority. FULL STORY »

Red meat helps bridge nutrition gap

According to a new study, red meat helps cover the nutritional gap left as a result of inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals. FULL STORY »

GAO: U.S. risks financial exposure from climate change

The U.S. government is at high risk of financial exposure from climate change, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday, two days after President Barack Obama vowed to tackle the issue with or without Congress' help. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Putting food prices in perspective

Drought has caused many across our nation to worry about the future of food prices. While we can’t predict the market, we can count on farmers and ranchers to keep food prices low through improved efficiency and technology. FULL STORY »

Frugal diners, higher costs could squeeze restaurants in 2013

Penny-pinching diners plan to eat out more this year and spend less on each meal, according to a new forecast released by consulting firm AlixPartners on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Fruits, veggies not necessarily better for the planet than meat

A nutritious diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables might not be the greenest in its environmental impact, according to a new study from France. FULL STORY »

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