Sep 23, 2019

Beef prices tumble as America's tastes shift toward chicken

A butcher arranges meat products. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Chicken is starting to become Americans' favorite meat and beef looks to be be paying the price, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: While there’s normally a decrease in demand of beef around this time at the end of grilling season, the declines this year are far more drastic than usual and beef prices are tumbling.

By the numbers: Wholesale-beef prices, a proxy for short-term demand, have fallen 10% from a peak in August, and an indicator for burgers has tumbled about 35%.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month cut its outlook for beef consumption and now projects that demand for beef will stay stagnant from last year.

Of note: Darden Restaurants Inc., the operator of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, said beef inflation has been cutting into profit margins during its first quarter.

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Coronavirus testing is barely scratching the surface in much of the developing world.

By the numbers: Americans are more than 200 times as likely to have been tested as people in countries like Nigeria and Somalia, according to data compiled by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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