Poultry has room for growth on breakfast menus

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Poultry has room for growth on breakfast menus
May 27, 2011

Consumers recently polled by Technomic say they eat chicken more frequently than any other type of meat. Despite this high rate of consumption, consumers indicate that opportunities still exist for new poultry applications, particularly at breakfast.

Twenty-five per cent of chicken consumers say they would very likely order chicken breakfast sandwiches at restaurants if they were available. The numbers are slightly higher for turkey-eating consumers, with 29 per cent saying they would likely order breakfast sandwiches or burritos featuring turkey sausage or bacon.

“Poultry is a very versatile protein that can be positioned in a number of ways for different day parts,” says Technomic EVP Darren Tristano. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of turkey items on breakfast menus, and also some high-profile additions of chicken items at breakfast. If you look at consumers who eat turkey at least occasionally, 22 per cent say they are eating it more now for breakfast than they were two years ago, so there is clearly an opportunity.”

To help food industry professionals stay abreast of current issues and evolving consumer needs in the poultry category, Technomic has developed the Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report, of which a full version can be purchased via the company’s website.

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