Food Industry Market

Eduardo Gonzalez discusses the meatpacking industry in light of COVID-19.

Eduardo Gonzalez of Hoboken New Jersey analyzes the meat industry, how COVID impacts it and market research

Hoboken, New Jersey — Normally, the summer season is a time for family cookouts and Independence Day celebrations. In 2020, however, the severe economic and health hardships brought by the coronavirus pandemic have put a damper on such outdoor festivities.

One of the industries hardest hit by COVID-19 infections has been that of the meatpacking industry, which has seen thousands of workers fall ill and numerous deaths resulting from the infection. Meat shortages are being felt in markets throughout the United States, and the U.S. meatpacking industry is exploring new technologies to help overcome the severe challenges posed by the pandemic, according to Eduardo Gonzalez, a Hoboken market analyst.

Contrasts Between the U.S. and European Meatpacking Industries

By contrast, the European meat-processing industry continues to operate near normal capacity, and one would be hard-pressed to gauge the effects of the pandemic on this bustling industrial sector. The difference between U.S. and European facilities centers on one aspect: the widespread adoption of robotic and automated meat-processing systems. These systems serve to eliminate many of the contamination and infection-spread hazards rampant in U.S. facilities.

Technology to the Rescue

More importantly, automated meat-processing robots slash the infection hazards workers are experiencing. Of the 8000 Danish Crown employees, less than 10 workers have tested positive for COVID-19. This has allowed meat processors to continue operations, easing the economic burdens felt by the industry and eliminating many of the food shortages experienced in the United States.

Investing in the Future: Safety and Efficiency

While the start-up costs of robot meat-processing systems remain high, these systems ultimately improve employee safety, reduce workers’ compensation claims, and help to eliminate many of the expensive and reputation-damaging meat contamination issues like regional/national food recalls. Over time, robotic systems pay for themselves, ensuring a bright future for meat processors in the United States and beyond.

Read more from Eduardo Gonzalez on his LinkedIn

Hoboken financial professional, portfolio manager, and qualitative consultant. President of Elysian Charter School and treasurer of Hoboken Quality of Life Co.

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