Supermarket Perimeter - February 2024 - 3

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FEBRUARY 2024 - 3
Inflation fighters
" It's the economy, stupid. "
You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better
political slogan than the one that helped propel a littleknown
Arkansan to the White House in 1992.
Here we are in an election year again, and we can expect to hear endless variations on
" the economy is good " and " the economy is bad " between now and November.
What's hard to argue with, regardless of party affiliation, is that Americans really don't
like inflation. Even if other economic indicators are fair or good or downright great, there's
something about higher prices that doesn't sit well, for obvious reasons.
Food inflation is one of the worst kinds of inflation, and unfortunately, food has been one
of the sectors of the economy hardest hit post-COVID.
One silver lining for the grocery industry is that many people are reverting to their COVID
Era behavior, eating more meals at home than in restaurants.
" Shoppers are on the hunt for high-value products that are nutritious and delicious yet
don't break the bank, " said Monica Camarin, senior brand manager for Prairie Fresh.
Make no mistake: meat producers and their retail partners are hyper-aware of inflation,
continuing to provide their customers with smaller cuts, value packs and other products
delivering as much bang for the buck as possible.
Ground beef and pork will continue to be top sellers, as consumers continue to watch
their budgets while still being able to buy affordable, premium meats for simple meal-time
solutions.
But the meat industry is also thriving despite inflation, and there are no signs of that
changing in 2024.
Price is paramount. But for more and more consumers, so is convenience, variety, health,
companies whose values align with their own and a host of other factors.
" (Consumers) are certainly keeping an eye on their grocery budgets and looking for ways
to save when possible, but without compromising on quality or their values, " said Jake Fazio,
vice president of retail sales for Niman Ranch.
At the Annual Meat Conference March 18-20 in Nashville, look for increasingly innovative
products that appeal to a wide variety of consumer needs while also not creating too much
sticker shock.
It's about value, _______. (I would never call our readers the S word.)
ANDY NELSON
anelson@sosland.com
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