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Is Meat Consumption Declining Due to Meatless Trends?

Is Meat Consumption Declining Due to Meatless Trends?

As a growing number of consumers lean toward plant-based diets, restaurants and food manufacturers are responding with meatless offerings like The Beyond Burger.

Source: Meatless options make headway in more groceries, restaurants

 

Are meatless products gaining on the real meat industry? We keep hearing about all different types of new meatless options and some of them taste pretty good. The meatless trend is still going and keeps making its way into more retail stores and restaurants. Does that mean meat consumption is on its way out?

The Deal on Meat Consumption

Are we losing our love for actual meat?

Not at all! Over the years, there was a spike in meat prices, which caused meat consumption to decline. However, prices have started coming down and consumption has started going up.

2015 – Americans ate an average of 54 pounds of beef.

2016 – Americans ate an average of 55.6 pounds of beef.
(USA Today)

Over the last decade, U.S. beef consumption plummeted 15%. Due to the recession, beef prices rose 50% between 2006 and 2016. No wonder the consumption of meat declined.

With beef prices starting to come down more and more Americans are starting to increase their meat intake. Fast-food restaurants are having more leeway in discounting their beef products and consumers are taking notice.

“The trio of burger-driven restaurant chains is seeing 3% to 5% same-store sales growth year over year” ~Will Slabaugh, an analyst with Stephens, a financial services firm based in Little Rock, Ark. (USA Today)

So, while the meatless trends are continuing to soar…there’s still a strong demand for meat!

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How Foodservice Manufacturers Can Battle the Snacking Trend

Millennial snackers drive specialty food sales, trends Source: Millennial snackers drive specialty food sales, trends | SmartBrief The snacking sensation has continued to grow – “Sales of specialty food and beverages hit $127 billion last year, up 15% from 2014, and much of the growth was fueled by millennials’ snacking trends…” So, what does this… Continue Reading

Does AI have a place in foodservice HR?

How much tech is too much tech? Source: Does AI have a place in foodservice HR? With the advancements in technology, we are seeing all kinds of new ways of doing things. Artificial intelligence is moving at a rapid pace and completely changing how many companies do business. Looks like the foodservice industry isn’t missing… Continue Reading

NRA Show Tips – Be Prepared!

NRA Show Tips – Be Prepared!

It’s almost that time again…the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show is just around the corner! If you’re in the foodservice industry, you know all about this trade show and how valuable the connections are that you make with potential customers at the show. Unfortunately, not everyone makes the most of the NRA Show because they… Continue Reading

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