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Meat & Poultry: Grass-fed

In 2021 we plan to extend our efforts with
experiential marketing events in-store, digital
campaigns and targeted advertising. "

Plus, when consumers use their hard-earned dollars to support
sustainable family farms, they're helping rural communities, small
family-owned businesses, and the environment.
Badger noted pastured poultry is a local first mentality, so when a
consumer buys pasture raised eggs or chicken, they're contributing to
the local economy.
" Money circulates within a community because the farmer is buying
supplies locally and the consumer purchases are feeding that loop, "
he said. " The pandemic panic in 2020 showed customers that there
is a vibrant community of independent farmers that can feed their
communities. And when they needed to find them, they did. Retailers
could play a role in strengthening that connection, if they wanted to. "
He noted consumers also care about pastured poultry because it
ticks several boxes that are top of mind: animal welfare, nutritionally
different and environmentally friendly.

Getting the word out
In the same way it's crucial for meat brands to be innovating " valueadded " products for consumers, Ehrlich noted retailers can dial in to this
sensibility by asking how they can add value to the experience of the
consumer in-store, either by offering the convenience of centralized
merchandising, meal ideation, or education, driving attention and sales
in the process.
" Consumers are often seeking out ideas to transform meat into
a complete and more inspired meal, so we always recommend that
retailers keep occasions in mind when merchandising meat and
secondary cases, as opposed to just focusing on individual product
formats, " he said. " Retailers can also display take-away information for
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consumers that call out key nutritional and environmental attributes of
grass-fed, complete with instructions that outline how fast and easy it is
to make a delicious, flavorful meal from the products displayed. "
Before COVID, in-store cooking and meal prep demos were also
great ideas, and hopefully, they will return.
Verde Farms also works to be a fully integrated partner to its
customers, helping them inform their merchandising and sales through
data, marketing support, and educational materials for their meat
department staff and consumers.
" We partner with customers on signage, promotions, and demos
to drive awareness and product trial, and we provide resources like
recipes, cooking demos, and images for cross-promotional use, "
Ehrlich said. " In 2021, we plan to expand our efforts in this area with
experiential marketing events in-store, digital campaigns, and targeted
advertising. "
Jarvis noted that a rising number of consumers find grass-fed and
pastured foods more nutritious and delicious, and supermarkets need
to get the word out about these products and emphasize the positive
qualities.
" When people try a grass-fed, grass-finished steak or burger, they'll
experience the difference in flavor, " he said. " The higher concentration
of Omega-3 fats and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acids) in grass-fed,
grass-finished meats is heart and brain healthy. "
Communication therefore is key, and he recommends stores engage
the customer.
" People want information, " Jarvis said. " It's important to have a
customer service team that can answer those questions Where does
the food come from? How is it raised? What were they fed? What are the

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