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The pandemic highlighted interesting strengths in the beef industry. Even with inflated prices, consumers still choose beef as their protein of choice. Beef continues to remain the protein of choice for consumers and has proven to be a staple in consumers’ diets.
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Online grocery ordering has expanded its reach and popularity over the past several years, but current events have recently aided its growth. Progressive Grocer and a study by Brick Meets Click report the household penetration for online grocery shopping hit its highest at 33% in May of 2020.
Beef choices abound for today’s shopper. From the indulgent and celebratory Ribeye Steak or Roast to a more affordable – and lean – Sirloin Steak. (Spoiler alert: Tenderloin Steak is also lean.) And, lean cut sales have increased 12% since 2014. But what is lean?
To say consumer behavior around food has shifted this spring due to COVID-19 would be an understatement. One of the most jarring examples of the changes were empty store shelves across the country, caused by consumers stocking up on food and supplies. While this dynamic was short-lived, the widespread magnitude was something many generations in the U.S had never faced before. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, set out to understand how COVID-19 shifted consumer thinking and how those shifts impact beef purchasing.
Beef caters to a wide variety of consumers. From young to old, East Coast to West Coast, beef is something almost everyone enjoys. But not all consumers approach how they eat in the same way. For example, consumers can have differing views when it comes to their protein choices, where their food comes from, and what’s important during mealtime. Unsurprisingly, factors such as age, marital status, or whether someone has kids can affect how they think about and eat beef. To understand more about these differences, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, sought to learn more about consumers when it comes their behaviors that influence how they shop, eat, and dine.
Tenderness is one of the biggest influencers of consumer approval of beef. Since most consumers can differentiate between tough and tender beef, improving tenderness is a high priority for the beef industry. One of the best methods to do this is by aging beef.
More than 1,750 Annual Meat Conference attendees, including retailers, processors and packers, learned that beef is the most valuable protein in terms of sales and how the Beef Quality Assurance program is helping improve consumer attitudes about beef.
While your shoppers may not be able to see a “label” that says BQA certified, both you and your customers can feel good knowing that 85% of beef in the U.S. comes from a BQA certified farmer or rancher.