The State of The Industry

Covid-19 Continues to Disrupt Expected Patterns in the Meat and Poultry Industry.

 

By Dan Emery, The National Provisioner

Oct 8, 2021 

 

Put an asterisk in your record-keeping in 2020 and 2021.

 

After a stressful 2020, many people have turned to food as a means of comfort, well-being and community. Food as self-medication, healthier options, organics, plant-based meats, and premium products did very well. Consumers have extra money they could not spend at the restaurant. Forty-two percent of Americans said they had made changes to their eating and drinking habits. This included limiting sugars, “clean eating,” losing weight, and following other diets like keto. Thirty-six percent reported cooking more simple foods, trying new recipes (30%) or new cooking techniques (19%).*

 

Many people continue working from home, and consumers were forced to learn how to cook. This is something they will not unlearn. During COVID-19, 86% of the meals originated from home. Twenty percent of the population is still working from home, and 43% are working in a hybrid work environment.

 

Without the luxury of restaurant meals and well-stocked grocery shelves, people browsed their pantries and transform overlooked canned and dry goods into interesting meals. Many familiarized themselves with the ingredients they already had on hand. Perishable foods are up 16% versus 2 years ago, and small appliance sales are up 26% including air fryers (50%), toaster ovens (61%), rice cookers (38%) and electric grills (99%).

 

This shift will have a long-term effect on the restaurant business, and the home food adventure will expand. Virtual cooking classes, TV cooking classes, and cooking parties will also become more popular once we start getting back together socially.

 

2021 is an extension of 2020, but we did not have the hoarding event that occurred in 2020. Purchase habits are now returning partially to pre-COVID patterns. Amazon was up 42% in 2020, but it’s down slightly in 2021. Because people had extra spending money, they switched to premium items, and indulgence consumption accelerated.

 

One hundred million people age 16 and over are not in the labor force. This is up 17% over the past decade...

 

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