shoulder), and for the holidays
“it’s all about hams,” especially spiral sliced, Smith says.
At Festival Foods, ribs sell
well year-round, and boneless
loin cuts and pork chops are
also popular. At Geissler’s, ribs
are also a summer mainstay,
particularly baby back, St.
Louis-style and country style
ribs off the pork loin, as well
as center-cut chops for the
grill. Rib sales slow in the winter, but the center cut chops
still do well. Geissler’s stores
offer packs of assorted pork chops, with two
rib end chops, two sirloin end chops and two
center cut chops. These cost $1.49 to $1.99 per
pound, or up to $2.99 per pound as a non-sale
The interesting thing about pork is that
many cuts, namely bacon, ham and sausage,
aren’t thought of as pork by the consumer,
only major protein that saw volume growth (in
pounds) during that time. Chicken sales were
up 0.6%, and beef sales were up 3%.
The sales increase in pork, however, was
driven by ham and bacon, up 48.4% and 1.2%
respectively, while fresh pork sales were down
5.5%, Nielsen figures show.
Americans are eating more pork, says
Fleming, and 2019 “will be the largest year
for pork production and pork consumption
for quite a while.” This year, 52 pounds of pork
will be consumed per person, which is up from
51 pounds last year and 50 the year before
that, he says, citing the U.S. Department of
As for what type of pork sells, the most popular cuts depend on the time of year.
At Harmons, boneless pork loins are the
sales drivers, but in the summer months, it is
ribs, with baby back and St. Louis-style doing
well. As fall progresses into winter, the chain
sells more roast cuts (Boston butt or pork
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Boneless pork loins are
sales drivers for Harmons.
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says Roerink of 210 Analytics. Processed pork
products constitute the majority of sales, with
96% of U.S. households buying processed and
77% buying fresh, she says, citing data from
InfoScout. Overall, 97% of U.S. households
buy pork on an annual basis.
“That means there is a lot of overlap
between the two households,” she says. “In PH