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April 18, 2018
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Meat matters more than ever.
Meat matters more than ever.

In February, I attended the Annual Meat Conference in Nashville and was blown away by the industry and its people. Every session provided unique insights and opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of meat in the food retail industry and beyond. What I learned is that meat is everywhere and it's expanding its reach.

Here a few key takeaways from my time at the conference:

  • Customers are creatures of habit when buying meat, but if someone were to educate them, they would be more willing to purchase varieties they've never tried.
  • Meal kits are opening consumers' eyes to new and different ways to incorporate protein into their meals.
  • Value-added, heat-and-eat and ready-to-eat proteins have seen tremendous growth in recent years.
  • Ethnic and specialty grocers are an area of growth in food retail and often provide unique protein varieties and preparation methods.
  • Meat with special production attributes, like organic or grass-fed, caters to consumers' focus on health and transparency.
  • Value meat sales have grown as consumers seek better deals, and limited assortment and discount food retailers continue to expand.

To learn more, check out the Power of Meat 2018 survey results. I hope you find them valuable to your business.

Best,
Rick
Vice President, Fresh Foods
 
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Learn more: The Power of Meat
How can meat best capitalize on the top megatrends driving sales across the store? How are meat planning, shopping and consumption trends changing? Join us for the Power of Meat webinar on Thursday, April 19, to get answers to these questions and more.
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The grocery industry is undergoing a period of great disruption. Volume 3 of Boardroom brings perspectives from leading experts to guide you through strategies for achieving success in today's food retail environment. Read the Boardroom Insights issue.
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