New Trends in Meat Consumption

Due to the fact that preference for "vegetable" or plant-based meat is growing quickly in major global markets, food industry business groups have begun to make investments to meet this novel and growing market niche.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Foods that were once considered the exclusive consumption of vegans or vegetarians are now becoming popular, and in the case of the United States, in supermarkets it is increasingly normal to see meat products made from plants.

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Elfinancierocr.com reports that due to the fact that "... hamburgers, sausages and plant-based chicken are becoming increasingly popular and are available in fast food restaurants and grocery stores across the United States, a new group of companies has begun manufacturing 'meat without meat'. In recent months large food companies like Tyson, Smithfield, Perdue, Horme and Nestlé have introduced their own alternatives to meat, so supermarket shelves have been filled with hamburgers, meatballs and plant-based chicken nuggets."

Bruce Fiedrich, head of the Good Food Institute, explained that "... When companies like Tyson and Smithfield launch plant-based meat products, that makes the plant-based meat sector no longer a niche and becomes commercial. They have gigantic distribution channels, enthusiastic consumer bases, and they know what meat products to offer to satisfy them."

Also see "Beef: Exports up to September 2018"

According to reports from CentralAmericaData, exports of fresh, chilled and frozen beef from Central American companies recorded a 3% year-on-year decline in 2018.

Figures show that during last year regional sales to companies in the United States totaled $227 million, an amount that is 11% higher than that reported in 2017, a rise that contrasts with the fall in exports in general.

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Chicken meat imports in Costa Rica had a growth of 57% in 2012 over the previous year, while beef only grew 46%.

From the report:

In 2012 the country imported $48.3 million worth, an increase of 28% compared to the previous year.

Imports of frozen bovine meat recorded the highest increase in monetary terms, with imports in 2012 having increased by more than $4.4 million compared with the previous year, going from $9.6 million in 2011 to approximately $14 million in 2012.

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