News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Articles by Anne-Marie Roerink


July 4th: A big meat holiday even bigger amid COVID-19

Many families celebrated Independence Day by grilling rather than eating out.
So far, the 2020 pandemic-affected holidays have seen strong sales performances. Without exception, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day boosted the elevated everyday demand even higher to achieve astounding gains versus year ago. Independence Day was no exception.
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Will consumers keep up with rising meat prices?

Meat department dollar sales up 24.1% so far this year.
The meat department had much improved its in-stock position the week ending June 28 and assortment continued to recover from May lows. However, prices remained highly elevated and that was the big unknown relative to everyday demand versus year ago.
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Father’s Day weekend boosts retail meat sales

Summer holidays and the start of grilling season gives companies an opportunity to provide consumers with tips, recipes and ideas for cooking something new.
The week ending June 21st was Father’s Day weekend and the results for the meat department, and beef in particular, were astounding.
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Supply chain issues put pressure on chicken prices

Uncertain consumers lead to a cautious Memorial Day holiday for some poultry buyers.
Memorial Day signals the traditional start of the summer grilling season, with meat and poultry promotions typically dominating the front page of grocery circulars around the country. This year, however, tight supply along with price inflation and continued social distancing measures created a very different marketplace and demand.
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Meat sales see big gains as grilling season heats up

Foodservice closures as a result of COVID-19 affect chicken prices.
The past two months have not seen a week that clearly reflects just everyday demand for meat and poultry. The week ending May 17 could have come close, however, tight supply and purchase limits along with the reopening of restaurant dine-in facilities in many states altered the demand landscape yet again.
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