More Demand for Ready-to-Eat Meat Products

Increased interest of consumers in the nutritional value of meat products is driving the meat industry to develop, ready to eat "functional" products.

Friday, March 27, 2015

From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Cffice of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):

The development of functional meat products has become a promising opportunity for the food industry worldwide.

According to a study in the first quarter of this year by the Food Technology Institute in the US, nine out of 10 adults are making efforts to consume more nutrients and proteins, which are the focus of 57% of this section of the public, especially between 18 and 34 years of age, and again after 65 years. The main objective of this type of consumption is to find protein sources for muscle toning and strengthening bones.

Against this background, industry entrepreneurs in Latin America say that in countries such as Colombia, meat manufacturers have started a new cycle in the development of sausages to meet an emerging middle class with greater purchasing power, with new eating habits and requiring companies to produce a series of ready-to-eat and take away products, with clean labels and high nutritional value.

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