New Aspects of Shaping Quality in Meat Production, Processing and Consumption

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Meat".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2025 | Viewed by 1821

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Department of Agricultural Processing and Commodity Science, Institute of Food and Nutrition Technology, College of Natural Sciences, University of Rzeszow, 35-601 Rzeszów, Poland
Interests: determinants of the quantity and quality of food of animal origin; food fortification; food quality management; food commodity science; food and nutrition technology; food safety; food security
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Department of Food Technology and Human Nutrition, Faculty of Biology and Agriculture, Rzeszow University, Zelwerowicza 4, 35-601 Rzeszow, Poland
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Dear Colleagues,

In the situation of full availability of food and its wide range, consumers have an increasingly stronger influence on the creation and changes of the qualitative image of food. The quality of meat and meat products can be defined in a comprehensive approach, including aspects of safety, nutritional value, and sensory quality, and sometimes also the convenience of their use. A new trend observed is the increasing importance of the emotional aspects of the quality of these products (for example: organic farming, animal living conditions, the generation of large amounts of waste and pollution in large-scale production) for some consumers. Consumers are currently looking for food that brings them specific benefits, while producers, observing the evolution of needs, develop food segments adapted to the changing requirements of consumers. Thus, producers must provide consumers with a product that is not only safe, of high nutritional value, and attractive in terms of physical and sensory features, but also has the expected functional and health-promoting properties, which requires continuous improvement of the efficiency of agriculture and processing, as well as cooperation of these sectors with research and service institutions. Factors shaping the final quality of meat products can be divided into four groups: vital factors, including the impact of breeding and physiological stimuli, slaughter and post-slaughter changes, processing, as well as storage of finished and semi-finished products and raw materials intended for trading from the moment of completion of the technological process to consumption by the consumer. This Special Issue aims to bring together research and review papers on various new aspects relevant to shaping the quality of meat production, processing and consumption. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: meat production and processing—expectations and perspectives; conditions of consumption of meat and its products; impact of climate change on meat production; impact of meat consumption on health; determinants of the quantity and quality of meat and meat products; shaping the quality of meat and its products; providing adequate food from high-quality meat for all segments of the population. I would like to invite you to contribute papers addressing the aforementioned related aspects for this Special Issue on New Aspects of Shaping Quality in Meat Production, Processing and Consumption.

Dr. Mariusz Rudy
Dr. Ireneusz Kapusta
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Keywords

  • production of meat and meat products
  • determinants of meat consumption
  • safety of meat products
  • quantity and quality of meat and meat products
  • health and ecological trends in meat production and processing

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Changes in Consumer Purchasing Behavior in the Food Market with a Focus on Meat and Meat Products—A Comprehensive Literature Review
by Jagoda Żurek and Mariusz Rudy
Foods 2024, 13(6), 933; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods13060933 - 19 Mar 2024
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The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the global economy before the eyes of the entire world. Due to evolving consumer needs and expectations during the pandemic, the supply and demand for various goods and services varied from the pre-COVID-19 period. This article aims [...] Read more.
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the global economy before the eyes of the entire world. Due to evolving consumer needs and expectations during the pandemic, the supply and demand for various goods and services varied from the pre-COVID-19 period. This article aims to understand the changes in purchasing and food choices, focusing particularly on meat and meat products, made by consumers and households in response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also indicates the impact directions of these changes and assesses the magnitude of the contribution of various determinants that influenced them. The literature review from 2020 to 2023 was conducted using Scopus and the Web of Science scientific databases. The study identified sociodemographic and individual factors as the main determinants influencing consumers’ purchasing or eating behavior. Positive shifts (e.g., implementing strategies to better manage food at home through activities like creating shopping lists, the average increase in consumer spending during store visits, and decrease in visit frequencies) or negative changes (e.g., shortages of food products in stores due to consumer panic buying, unusually high demand resulting from stockpiling, purchasing fewer fresh products, increased consumption of unhealthy foods and snacking, among other factors) during isolation were influenced by various individual factors (e.g., motivation, mental state) or sociodemographic factors (e.g., gender, age, income level, education). While individual factors had a greater impact on changes in consumer behavior in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, socio-demographic factors became more important as the pandemic progressed. Full article
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