Media Bias in Animal Ag Story

Cindy Zimmerman

Fox News loves to point out media bias in mainstream reporting on politics in particular, but probably not when it comes to agriculture. Fox carried an AP story over the weekend about state bills seeking to make it more difficult for animal rights activists to go undercover at agricultural operations to get video of abuse and sometimes hold it for …

Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Government, Meat, Media, USDA

Unconfusing the Confused Consumer

Chuck Zimmerman

Recent information shows that the meat industry in this country has a lot of work to do with the American consumer. At the recent 2013 Annual Meat Conference in Nashville Michael Uetz with Midan Marketing, spoke during one of the sessions titled, “Demystifying the Meat Case for Today’s Confused Consumer.” “We were shocked when we went in and talked with …

Ag Group, AMI, Audio, Elanco, Food, Meat

King Richard Talks Smithfield at Meat Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the greatest race car drivers of all time, “King” Richard Petty was at the 2013 Annual Meat Conference in Nashville, talking up one of the sponsors of his NASCAR team, Smithfield Foods. “This is first time I’ve ever been to a show like this, but it looks pretty interesting,” he said during an interview, jokingly adding that he …

Ag Group, AMI, Audio, Food, Meat

Economic Outlook in Meat Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

Our morning two general session featured several economists including Steve Meyer, President, Paragon Economics. I talked with him afterward to get a few of his thoughts on how things are looking for the meat industry. The number one item is weather. Of course Steve says that’s harder to predict than the markets! Steve says we’re on such a tight supply …

Ag Group, Audio, Meat

Fact vs. Fiction in Food Crisis Management

Chuck Zimmerman

Crisis management. We hear a lot about it and any company wants to be ready to handle one if it should happen. How do you deal with fact vs. fiction, especially in the food industry? At today’s Annual Meat Conference we heard from Sue Borra, Senior Vice President of Communications, Food Marketing Institute and Eric Mittenthal, Vice President, Public Affairs, …

Ag Group, AMI, Audio, FMI, Food, Meat

Meat & Greet at Annual Meat Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The tastiest part of this opening day of the 2013 Annual Meat Conference has been the Meat & Greet Welcome Reception. Thanks to Tyson and Certified Angus Beef for sponsoring this. Pictured is a New York Strip Roast being sliced up. Yes, it is excellent. Here are some other items that you could find: Roasted Certified Angus Beef® brand Prime …

Ag Group, Beef, Food, Meat

Meat Industry Educational & Networking Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2013 Annual Meat Conference is underway in Nashville. Welcoming us and getting things started are Conference Co-Chairs, Gary Luechauer, Director of Meat/Seafood and Deli/Bakery Procurement, The Kroger Co. (left) and Matt Monkiewicz, Vice President, Marketing, Kayem Foods, Inc. I spoke with them before we got going to learn more about this event since it is my first time attending. …

Ag Group, AMI, Audio, Food, Meat

Annual Meat Conference App

Chuck Zimmerman

The Annual Meat Conference is set to kick off this afternoon. Registration is taking place now and all attendees and others are encouraged to get The Annual Meat Conference App (iOS). It’s on my iPhone. You’ll find all kinds of information including conference updates and an attendees list. Get it for Android here. The Annual Meat Conference, sponsored by the …

Ag Group, AMI, Beef, Elanco, Food, Meat, Pork, Poultry

Fresh Meat Retailing Ideas

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello once again this year from the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, location of the 2013 Annual Meat Conference. This will be my first ever opportunity to attend this annual meat retailing event. Explore and sample some of the newest and best meat, poultry and ingredient products from more than 50 companies. Taste new and different products that can …

Ag Group, AMI, Elanco, Food, Meat