Poultry well-positioned to gain share of stomach at restaurants

Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data to understanding consumers’ shifting behavior and attitudes toward poultry
 
CHICAGO, Apr. 6, 2017—Chicken remains consumers’ protein of choice while turkey shows room to grow, according to Technomic’s recently-released 2017 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report. Chicken consumption has been bolstered over the past few years by increases at breakfast and snacking occasions. Meanwhile, turkey consumption is still centered on the holidays, though 39% of consumers who eat turkey indicate they are more likely now than two years ago to eat turkey during the rest of the year. 

“Chicken’s adaptability will be on full display over the next few years as operators increasingly highlight this healthy protein across dayparts”, explains Kelly Weikel, director of consumer insights at Technomic. “For turkey, operators will work to menu this protein in a way that is new and intriguing, but still leverages turkey’s positioning as a familiar and healthy standby.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • 47% of consumers say it’s important for restaurants to be transparent about where they source their poultry
  • 45% of consumers who eat chicken strongly agree that restaurants should offer more chicken entrees with ethnic flavors
  • 38% of consumers who eat turkey would like restaurants to offer turkey as a protein choice for a wider variety of entrees

Compiling findings from more than 1,500 consumers, as well as Technomic’s Digital Resource Library and MenuMonitor, the comprehensive 2017 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report serves as a guide for foodservice operators and suppliers to understand consumer consumption of and attitudes toward poultry and to identify key areas of opportunity.
 
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Contacts:
Press Inquiries and Report Details: Kelly Weikel, (312) 506-3830, or kweikel@technomic.com
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About Technomic
Technomic Inc., a Winsight company, delivers a 360-degree view of the food industry. It impacts growth and profitability for clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights. Its services range from major research studies and management consulting solutions to online databases and simple fact-finding assignments. Its clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants and retailers, other foodservice organizations, and various institutions aligned with the food industry. Visit Technomic at technomic.com.

About Winsight, LLC
Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant BusinessFoodService DirectorConvenience Store Products, and Winsight Grocery Business. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces seven exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership ConferenceOutlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTECMenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. In 2015, Winsight acquired Technomic Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.

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