Fresh Food

What's Behind the Huge Sales Increase in Plant-Based Meats?

The Lempert Report: COVID-19 has contributed to the boost as consumers reevaluate their choices and take sustainability into consideration.

Fresh Food

Plant-Based Meats Hit Stride in Pandemic

Walmart is the latest retailer to offer Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger. Meanwhile, Beyond Meat saw its sales soar in retail despite foodservice declines.

Already a big meat event, Independence Day saw a double-digit boost in dollars and units in most varieties.

Volume sales of meat vs. last year were flat for the first time since the pandemic began.

Do convenience stores and cannabis dispensaries make good neighbors? Will the e-commerce boom collect fresh foods like meat? And what to make of Earth Fare's comeback? These topics and more are tackled during the latest episode of Winsight's twice-weekly live news roundtable, Winsight Live with Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert.

The Lempert Report: The coronavirus has changed everything about food.

More consumers are turning to e-commerce to fulfill protein needs—a behavior that might be here to stay.

The week saw huge sales in both dollars and volume as selection was more expansive than previous weeks and even though prices remained elevated.

Compared to last year, the category grew nearly 16% in dollar sales but volume had a much less robust growth of only 1%.

Since the pandemic shopping began, dollar and volume growth have both been in the double digits compared to last year.

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