Reports from IPPE

Delacon calls for feed, meat sectors to be positive in messaging

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis contact

- Last updated on GMT

© Delacon
© Delacon

Related tags: Feed additives, botanicals, eubiotics

Consumers are increasingly interested in the kinds of feed additives used and may be more responsive to positive and transparent statements than negative labeling claims, says CEO.

The Austria-based phytogenic feed additive company shared with us some results of its survey looking at consumer interest in the use of phytogenic products in animal production during the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta. The results update a previous study examining consumer interest.

The survey asked 517 US-based consumers aged 26 to 36 about their interesting in the use of feed additives, labeling claims and purchasing habits, Delacon reported.

The percentage of survey respondents who said the use of feed additives like phytogenics would make a difference in what product they purchased increased, compared to the company’s previous survey results, said Markus Dedl, CEO, Delacon. 

Around 43% of the consumers questioned said knowing the meat or poultry products they were buying was reared on feed including phytogenic ingredients has a highly positive influence on what they bought.

The survey also established a group of “phytogenic fans,”​ who highly rated phytogenic messaging. Within that group, 21% of consumers also said they would be willing to pay more for animal products raised in specific ways, the company said. The term 'environmentally friendly'​ was also of interest to consumers and some said they would pay up to $0.64 more per pound of meat for a product with that label.

Among the labeling claims examined, consumers preferred a concise and positive message, said Dedl.

Some of the messages used on labels make negative or “free-from”​ claims, he said. However, those messages may imply that other products do not meet that standard, he said.

It would be more “worthwhile” ​for the industry to move away from negative labeling, he added.

“People are sometimes playing with the fear of consumers​. If I accuse you, and you accuse me at the end of the day we both look bad. The way out will be to look at positive labeling – transparency doesn’t mean saying what I don’t do, to me transparency means saying what I do."

Industry implications

The survey's results could be used to guide wording in communication intended for consumers, to help farmed animal producers develop a way to talk about “high quality" ​conventional meat production, said Dedl.

Producers could return value to the concept of conventional production, talking about how they produce meat to a high standard, with clear, transparent ingredients and with reasonable animal welfare compliance, he said.

“There is a lot that we, as an industry, can talk about in a positive way [about] how we operate,”​ he said.

Expanding interest in alternative feed additives

Feed additive producers need to support the animal production industry as it moves away from the use of medicated or other additives facing increasing regulation, he added.

The growing interest in non-medicated feed additives, like phytogenics, has been expanding globally beyond Europe and the US, he said. “We see a lot of this now also in Latin America which traditionally adopts a lot of US [developments] and also in Asia."

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Modern molecules to support antibiotic reduction

Modern molecules to support antibiotic reduction

Perstorp | 10-Feb-2020 | Technical / White Paper

Though solutions based on organic acids have been used for various benefits in feed and feed raw material production for decades, the developments are...

Galli Crunch, developed to be better

Galli Crunch, developed to be better

Nuscience Group | 28-Oct-2019 | Technical / White Paper

In commercial hatcheries, chicks hatch over a wide hatching window, depriving them from feed and water for up to 72 hours.

Rumi Start maximally nurtures your young potentials

Rumi Start maximally nurtures your young potentials

Nuscience Group | 09-Sep-2019 | Technical / White Paper

Maximizing efficiency is key for dairy and beef farmers to obtain better revenues. Accelerated calf rearing without losing focus on health issues is vital...

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD SELENIUM SOURCE FOR YOUR FEED?

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD SELENIUM SOURCE FOR YOUR FEED?

Lallemand Animal Nutrition | 19-Jun-2019 | Technical / White Paper

Nutritionists are aware of the benefits of feeding organic selenium (Se) to animals instead of inorganic, mineral sources. However, when it comes to selecting...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars