Economic Analysis: Bacon in the Time of COVID-19

Economic Analysis: How Challenging Times May Impact Retail Bacon Sales  Just a few weeks ago, foodservice operators were “all-in” on breakfast. Menus expanded to include all-day offerings and quick-service chains were competing for early-hour customers. According to NPD Group, quick-service traffic was up 4% for the week ending March 8, largely due to breakfast marketing. But COVID-19 has suddenly and drastically changed both foodservice and retail as more people eat at home. How will […]

Proof – America is Turning to Comfort Foods

More Americans Want Comfort Foods: Here’s How We Can Help  People around the country are now staying home and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, and many have stocked up with several weeks of food. According to a March 26 survey by IRI Worldwide, 70% of consumers are now staying home (compared to 43% the week before), 56% are eating […]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Helping Families Simplify Mealtime

During this challenging time, a growing number of families are at home together much more than usual, so they’re likely to be eating meals together more often than they typically do. With school and religious activities, sports and entertainment are on hold, all ages are now around the dinner table every night, and the hurried, frantic pace of busy schedules gives way to a lot more time on our […]

There’s Nothing Cold About These Cuts

Three Ways to Engage Shoppers During Deli Meat Month  March is National Deli Meat Month and National Nutrition Month, which makes it a great time to raise awareness about how healthful, flavorful and convenient deli meats can be. They’re a great source of protein, full of vitamins and minerals, and an easy, on-the-go option. For example, a 2-ounce serving of sliced ham has just 60 calories and about two grams of fat, while boasting 10 grams of protein.   […]

Reflections on Annual Meat Conference

Conferences are funny things.   At their worst, they’re merely an opportunity to get together to see the same people we see every year, socialize over free food and drink, and get a few more flights and hotel nights that let us rack up reward points.   At their best, they provide great opportunities to network, make […]

Summer Grilling 2020: Economic Analysis

Plentiful supply should keep pork at the top of merchandising lists  Preparing for the grilling season, two questions are top of the mind for a pork retail merchandiser:   Is there enough pork supply?   Will prices allow me to feature pork successfully?  The latest data offers a firm yes on both counts.   According to USDA and Steiner Consulting data, the […]

Nothing Fires Up Summer Grilling Promotions Quite Like…

Ways to Win Grilling Season with Pork  It may be cold outside, but grilling season is heating up. As retailers look ahead to their Summer and Fall promotional and merchandising plans, pork should be at the top of the list. From ribs to chops, grilling season is prime pork season. Expanding promotions to include other pork cuts like shoulder and specialty sausages can help you secure bigger baskets this year. To help you draw in more pork fans, […]

How Animal Welfare Contributes to Food Safety

As consumers look more closely at their food labels, they increasingly search for claims around animal welfare. Our Insight to Action research found 21% of meat buyers say “Certified Humane” is important and something they’re willing to pay more for, and 36% say they worry about how animals for food are raised.    Likewise, our research found […]

Broadening Consumers’ Healthy Food Purchases

February is American Heart Month, and heart health is top of mind for many Americans. Pork should also be on the top of the list as people look for ways to make food choices that are both nutritious and flavorful. But many people still have misconceptions about the nutrition in fresh, whole-muscle pork. We talked to three registered dietitians about what the […]

The Opportunities We Can’t Afford to Miss

Over the past few months, we’ve shared insights into a critical demographic: Hispanic consumers. The U.S. Hispanic population is growing rapidly, and pork is already prominent in authentic Latino cuisine. Our report, Time to Tango: Latinos are Pork’s Future, gave us a wide breadth of insights, as well as actionable steps to better connect with Latino shoppers.  The report showed […]