World food prices reach two-year high
According to a Reuters report, world food prices rose to a near two-year high in January, driven by surges in sugar quotations and export prices for cereals and vegetable oils, the United Nations food agency said. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 173.8 points in January, versus a revised 170.2 in December. The 2.1 percent monthly rise pushed food prices on international markets to their highest since February 2015, and 16.4 percent above their levels in January last year.
National Pork Board launches Taste of Now campaign
The National Pork Board announced it has launched its Taste of Now marketing campaign. The integrated marketing campaign, which also includes significant Spanish- language outreach (El Sabor de Hoy), creates consumer awareness of pork's unmatched flavor and value making it the ideal protein on any occasion. “Pork is trending and there has never been a better time to enjoy pork and make delicious dishes for family and friends,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from North Carolina. “That is the focus of this first national campaign of 2017. And we are teaming up with celebrity chefs and pork advocates with a simple message – When it comes to pork, there has never been a better time than now to make something delicious.”