Food prices fell further in late 2018

FAO reports that its calendar 2018 food price index fell 3.5 percent from 2017. While the cereals index did rise 9.0 percent, it was the only component to make gains. Meat fell 2.2 percent; dairy, 2.6 percent; oils, 14.7 percent; and sugar, 21.9 percent. [...]

More than 8.0 billion table eggs produced in October

U.S. egg production in October totaled 9.22 billion: 8.04 billion table eggs and 1.18 hatching eggs. Table egg production was up 4 percent year over year and beat the previous record set in August. Processors handled more than 6.4 million pounds of breaking-stock eggs [...]

U.S. processors break more eggs as prices fall

After the rapid decline in U.S. pricing for breaking stock eggs after 2015’s avian flu disaster, pricing shot up again in Q4 2017 and remained elevated through Q1 and Q2 2018. In the summer of 2017, the Netherlands reported finding the insecticide fipronil in eggs, [...]

Fighting over food names, protein edition: Meat & milk

In the food and beverage industry, names matter, particularly for rules on appellations—a fancy name for, well, names. Champagne must come from Champagne. Tequila must be made from Jalisco’s blue agave. It’s no surprise that growers and producers want to protect the cachet of [...]