Coronavirus: Asked to Eat More Steak, Potato Chips and Cheese During Lockdown | News from the world


Britons and Europeans are urged to eat more steak, potato chips and cheese due to excess food due to the closure of restaurants and bars.

Despite widespread panic purchases in mainland supermarkets in March, as people reacted to the coronavirus crisis, food producers are now calling on customers to restock.

In Belgium, the professional association of the potato industry calls on people to consume more world-famous French fries, because they cannot eat outside because of the impact of COVID-19[female[feminine.

People stand in line in front of a french fries seller near the Grand Place in the center of Brussels
The stands of 5000 Belgian fries are all closed due to the pandemic

Known as the real cradle of food, the 5,000 Belgian fries stands are all closed.

“Traditionally, Belgians eat fries once a week, and it’s always a festive moment,” said Romain Cools, secretary general of the Belgapom industrial group.

“Now we ask them to eat frozen fries twice a week at home. “

Demand for frozen potatoes has dropped in recent weeks, with the Belgian industry risking a loss of 125 million euros (£ 111 million) if thousands of tonnes of excess spud are not sold this year, according to Mr. Cools.

He added: “This is the first time in 30 years of my career that I have had to appeal to the authorities. “

In the United Kingdom, more expensive cuts of meat, normally used by restaurants, are also unsold.

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UK meat industry says there is a surplus of the most expensive cuts of beef

The British public is encouraged to organize more steak nights, with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Council launching a £ 1.2 million campaign to promote the idea.

In partnership with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Wales Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the 12-week campaign aims to encourage consumers to “Make It” with beef.

It will be accompanied by “practical videos”, cooking tips and content focused on influencers.

Industry groups said in a joint statement: “This is a unique joint effort of the AHDB, QMS and HCC which we hope will lead to an increase in joint sales of steaks and roasts to approaching barbecue season. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved and create amazing dishes in their own kitchens. “

Meanwhile, the French are encouraged to eat more cheese as sales of traditional cheeses fell by more than 60% during the pandemic.

There is a surplus of cheese in France
Cheese stocks are unsold in France

Cheese makers are struggling because the French have “avoided” convenience foods, such as their cheese platter, locked out, according to the French dairy industry.

The crisis triggered a campaign called #Fromagissons, a contraction of the words “Fromage” and “Agissons”, which translates to “Agissons pour le fromage”.

There is also insufficient space to store excess food.

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The world’s largest supplier of cold rooms has said that its UK warehouses may soon run out of space due to the closure of businesses that supply restaurants and mass caterers.

Mike McClendon, president of international operations for Lineage Logistics, said its 15 facilities in the UK were over 90% full.

He said: “In three to five weeks, you could see the overflow of frozen and refrigerated volumes in our facilities.

“We are concerned at the moment that volumes must continue to flow. “


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