WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Executives at Tyson expect the high demand for meat products to continue even after stay at home orders are lifted because people are still eating at home more than normal. One dietitian from Purdue says more people eating at home could lead to them having an overall healthier diet.
Tyson plants were hit hard by the coronavirus and many had to stop operating because so many of their workers tested positive for the disease.
"If our plants need to be slowed downed or even idled for the sake of ensuring that the workforce is safe, we are not afraid to do that,” said Hector Gonzalez the Senior Vice President of Tyson Foods
When Tyson idled some of their plants, it affected the supply chain.
"We have seen reductions in productivity primarily on the red meat side of the businesses,” added Gonzalez. “That's where we have seen the biggest impact.”
That impact came at a time when demand for meat products was higher than normal, due to stay at home orders.
"I expect that demand to continue this virus has impacted demand in a big way, “added Gonzalez.
Erica Hill is a Dietitian and Ph.D. student at Purdue University. She says that since consumers are changing their eating habits it could lead people to make healthier choices.
"So when you are eating out at restaurants you don't have as much control over the individual ingredients that go into it and the portion sizes,” added Hill. “So I think that's an advantage to eating at home."
While it's hard to say if people will continue to eat at home more often as the country continues to open back up.
"It really depends on the individual consumer, “said Hill.
There are ways to eat healthier when we venture back out to restaurants
"You can make easy substitutions at restaurants that are more nutritious or health-conscious that could be good for your health,” said Hill. “Even when we get out of this pandemic you can still maintain these healthy eating practices at home."
Tyson says their productivity levels are slowly getting back to normal. They hope by the time restaurants are open to full capacity they will be back up and running to the levels they were before the pandemic.