Chicken: The Flexible Meat Choice Putting Pressure on Producers

No matter where you work in the United States, whether you work in poultry processing, farming, or a desk job, we all go to the grocery story every week or two to pick up food for the dinner table. You walk down the aisles, perhaps pick up milk, eggs, peanut butter, bread, and then you go to the meat section. As you browse the cases of processed meat options, you think about what you can make with each product. Are you making spaghetti that week? Perhaps you pick up a pound of ground beef. But other than that, you’re not quite sure what to cook. And that is when various chicken products end up in your cart!  Because chicken is always a flexible, healthy, and affordable meat choice for the dinner table.

For the last few years, Americans overwhelmingly preferred boneless, skinless chicken breasts to any other type of meat with more than 55 percent of poultry meat sold in the United States being breast meat, according to The Sacramento Bee. With how easy it is to cook and come up with creative recipes, this may not come as a surprise to many individuals. This puts additional pressure on chicken processors to provide excellent, deboned chicken cuts. While the industry is growing, efficiency still needs to be a major focus of every producer.

To process large quantities of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chicken processors have to make sure they use quick and accurate machines like the MAXIMA or FM 7.50 , manufactured by Foodmate US. This can improve efficiency and production rates for chicken processors of all sizes, from smaller scale facilities, all the way up to national, large scale production.

The world has never seen the demand for poultry that we now have today in first world countries. Producers and processors need to keep up with this global demand for deboned and cut-up processed chicken. As some of you may know, up until the 1960s, you couldn’t find chicken cuts or deboned chicken. They were sold almost exclusively as whole chickens. Americans no longer wish to cook whole chickens if they can get their hands on easy to cook processed cuts – and this trend has, in the last few years, become a global trend. Being able to defrost a single chicken breast and throw it in the oven with some pesto or barbecue sauce, makes the chicken breast a desirable option. Additionally, the amount of protein and reduced fat that a chicken breast can provide makes them great for every dinner.

Focusing production on what consumers demand is critical to your chicken processing business. The best way to accomplish this is by partnering with Foodmate US and using the best chicken processing equipment on the market. Contact us for more information about our products today!

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