Diners Say Yes to No Antibiotics

May 2017

Consumers want to know what they’re eating—and they expect brands and businesses to tell them. They’re not only looking for great-tasting meals. They’re also looking for information about ingredient statements, sourcing, manufacturing processes and animal welfare. Transparency is key to building trust with diners.

Now more than ever, diners are keeping an eye out for proteins raised without antibiotics. 77% of consumers say that antibiotic-free poultry is healthier than poultry raised with antibiotics. 44% say it’s tastier. And 43% say they’re willing to pay more for it.

In 2015, five of the nation’s top 25 restaurant chains announced a commitment to serving antibiotic-free proteins. Just one year later, four more restaurant chains followed suit. Operations from across the foodservice space now serving antibiotic-free options include Chipotle, TGI Fridays and Au Bon Pain, to name a few. The college and university segment is also making major moves in terms of eliminating antibiotics on campuses, as antibiotic-free meats are especially important to younger consumers. In fact, about 50% of younger consumers believe it’s unsafe to eat proteins that have been raised with antibiotics.

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