UNION, NJ. – D’Artagnan, a leading premium meat and poultry supplier to some of the top chefs and foodservice operations in the United States, recently added 55 new products and cuts to the company’s website to meet consumer demand for high-quality meats that can be prepared at home.
Restaurant sales accounted for 75% of business at D’Artagnan before the pandemic, the company said. But since mid-March, e-commerce sales at dartagnan.com have increased by approximately 500% while retail demand increased by 83% compared to a year ago.
“To adapt and provide more options to feed this demand, D’Artagnan has added 55 new products its existing online catalog that encompasses 30 categories and 700 SKUs,” the company said, “many of which have been reconfigured and repackaged from restaurant bulk sizes to family-friendly packs for home cooks.”
Recent category increases include:
- Chicken +1200%
- Pork +700%
- Lamb +550%
- Mushrooms +550%
- Beef +500%
“On the retail side, D’Artagnan has added over 250 new retail locations including chains like Hannaford and increased the number of stores served for existing customers like Acme Markets and Safeway,” the company said. “And with larger suppliers experiencing supply shortages, D’Artagnan has seen increased demand from retailers for certain product categories, including:
- Green Circle Chicken, +212%
- Beef, +153%
- Wagyu, +208%
- Pork, +115%
- Bacon, +96
- Wild Game, +63%
Meanwhile, the foodservice industry has started on the road to recovery as more than 68% of restaurants are now permitted to resume on-premises services, the NPD Group said. Transactions at major restaurant chains were down 18% year-over-year in the week ended May 31, up 3% from the previous week. Customer transactions at major full-service chains declined 37% year over year, which represents a 15% improvement from the prior week, according to NPD data.