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October 6, 2020

What’s a Commodity? And Why We’re Not!

A commodity is an interchangeable good where brand name doesn’t matter because one is just like the other. Energy and metals are commodities, but so are livestock and grains. Commodity producers all follow similar practices so they can compete in price and market space. They are profit-driven and care about producing a lot for a...

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October 7, 2019

Blended Meat Products

Someone recently asked me for my thoughts on blended meat and plant protein products. I think this is a good topic to discuss because poultry producers are now introducing blended chicken products to the market. Not Bell & Evans. The first thing to understand is that the big commodity producers are the ones pushing blended...

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May 29, 2019

Organic Meat in Styrofoam Packaging?

I recently met with our friends from Rodale Institute, the original promoters and leaders of organic farming. I love meeting and brainstorming with other forward-thinking individuals who care as much as I do about good, honest, healthy food. Rodale has been a great resource to Bell & Evans for many years. During the meeting, I...

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October 1, 2018

Are You a Belletarian?

I’m sure you’re familiar with vegetarian and vegan diets, and you may have heard the term “flexitarian” to describe someone who mainly eats plant-based foods with the occasional meat. But, have you heard of a Belletarian™? I’m here to tell you they exist! A Belletarian is someone who eats a plant-based diet with the exception...

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June 18, 2018

Simple Ingredients

Do you know what’s in your burger? How about your hot dog? If you buy Bell & Evans Chicken Franks or Burgers, you’ll recognize all the ingredients. You could probably even memorize them. Our Chicken Burgers are made from just three ingredients – chicken, salt and pepper. That’s it. Our Organic Chicken Franks aren’t much...

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May 1, 2018

The “Halo Effect” – Label Confusion & Dishonesty

Commodity producers have figured out there’s money to be made in the natural and organic markets. Price used to drive most food purchasing decisions, but today there’s a greater demand for premium, natural and organic items. Commodity producers are responding by either acquiring smaller, niche businesses that specialize in these areas or transitioning a small...

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