Beef, pork sales up for another week


After 4th of July meat sales were up 4.1 percent year-over-year, the meat sector had another strong week.

According to data from the week ending July 12, U.S. beef and pork sales were up 21.4 percent from 2019.

“As COVID-19 cases are rising across many states, several rolled back the re-opening of restaurants and businesses,” Anne-Marie Roerink, the president of 210 Analytics told Drovers. “In some cases, the rollback prohibits in-restaurant dining altogether, in others, dine-in capacity was more restricted — much like late March and April. The reversal on restaurant openings along with rising consumer concern over COVID-19 is likely to shift dollars back from foodservice to food retail once more.”

Overall, since the pandemic started meat sales are up big. From March 15-July 12, dollar sales are up 35.9 percent and volume sales are up more than 22 percent.

According to Roernik, this is the 17th consecutive week of double-digit gains. The increase has lead to an additional $7.4 billion in meat sales.