By: Guest Contributor and NCC Consultant Dave Juday of The Juday Group

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday released for comment its proposed plan to address the 2020 biofuel required volume obligations (RVO) and the anticipated small refinery exemptions (SRE).

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President Trump announced last Friday that the U.S. has reached a deal with China on the first phase of a comprehensive trade agreement. There are still parts of the deal that need to be finalized, projected to take three to five weeks to complete.

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Supporting the core value of prioritizing safety, Peco Foods has hired the company’s first ever Corporate Director of Health and Safety. Dr. Peter Van Derlyke brings over two decades of safety experience and accreditations to his new role and will be responsible for developing and implementing health and safety programs company wide.

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Wayne Farms this week announced an expansion of Halal-compliant, frozen chicken products for foodservice, deli, retail and club customers in conjunction with Crescent Foods.

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Tulip Ltd will operate as a business unit within the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, the company announced as it confirmed its acquisition of the UK meat processor from Danish Crown.

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Pilgrim’s Pride has announced the launch of Pilgrim’s Tomorrow Fund, a scholarship program for its employees and their direct dependents pursuing a college education.

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In honor of World Food Day, Tyson Foods will donate nearly 600,000 meals to Feeding America food banks in five states.  The total amount of protein donated is approximately 148,000 pounds.

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AmeriQual Group LLC, based in Evansville, IN, has joined the National Chicken Council as an allied leader member company. John Knapp, executive vice president of marketing, will serve as the official representative to NCC.

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Chick-fil-A continues to expand internationally opening its first restaurant in the U.K. on Thursday, October 10.  The new restaurant has “already served nearly a thousand customers,” a company spokesperson said.

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Future Meat Technologies, a start-up that makes cell-cultured meat, raised $14 million in its Series A funding to build a production plant.  Cell-cultured meat is made by using stem cells from the fat or muscle of an animal.

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Expected third-quarter broiler production was increased on higher than expected September slaughter volumes, and the fourth quarter forecast was raised on hatchery data.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending October 19, 2019 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 176,338,000 broilers, an 5-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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