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Meat
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MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, consumers today are trying to diversify
their at-home menu, balancing factors like nutrition, taste and kitchen
burnout while they continue to prepare more meals at home.
" Ground beef has always been foundational in Americans' kitchens
and we don't see that changing, but consumers are realizing now how
versatile some of the other ground proteins and protein blends can be
while offering the same convenience and optionality for their recipes, "
said Jay Sagel, director of business development, fresh meats, for
Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods.
That's led to blends becoming more and more popular-especially
during the pandemic when consumers were looking for new flavors to
eat at home.
" Generally speaking, we know that most shoppers are still buying
more meat than they did pre-pandemic, " Sagel said. " They are seeking
convenience and variety while they continue to prepare more meals at
home. Grinds, including blended protein grinds, were certainly a major
driver of that trend due to their versatility, convenience and value and
we don't see demand slowing down in the near future. "
According to the industry insiders, consumer demand for blends has
outpaced the ability to manufacture and deliver the product. In spite of
that, sales are robust and continue to demonstrate a need for increased
production.
Brian Nagele, CEO of Restaurant Clicks, said transparency is
becoming a fundamental factor for successful food marketing and
today's consumers are more interested in grass-fed blends than those
that are processed or come with unspecified production labels.
" We're seeing a lot of resistance against blends with beef, especially
if the labels don't indicate which parts of the animal are used, " he
said. " People favor leaner meats due to their concerns about high-fat
intake. More companies are focusing on blends that incorporate meat
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and plant superfoods like mushrooms to encourage health-conscious
purchases. "
Meat blends are popular, Nagele noted, because of their convenience.
Blends remove the effort and commitment for many shoppers while still
including some level of nutrition in their meals.
New and improved
Many companies are responding to the increase in consumer demand
with new and exciting blended products.
" Blends have emotional, functional and performative benefits, and
this is what makes them so popular, " said Tanya Rodriguez, senior
human experience research manager at Hormel Foods, Austin, Minn.
" While meat blends are an emerging space as more consumers learn
how to incorporate these type of products in their food routines, we
can't forget that a lot of home cooks have been doing this for a long
time. Blending meat and veggies creates flavor, curbs food waste,
extends available foods and increases the nutritional profile of meals. "
Another interesting aspect to blends is how consumers are looking
to add more plant-based foods to their diets, and creatively doing so by
taking a food that they are familiar with and adding an aspirational food,
like vegetables, to bring a nutritional aspect to their meal while also
keeping a more familiar flavor option.
Applegate Well Carved products or Jennie-O Burger Blends are great
examples of products that Hormel offers that help consumers get a
serving of vegetables within a delicious burger.
Tyson Foods offers a beef and pork grind blend that is in high
demand by consumers and offers retailers a cost-effective, consistent
value- added solution.
" We expect to continue to see increased demand in grinds and
blended protein grinds in coming months, " Sagel said. " We see
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