A major £1.2 million national consumer campaign encouraging consumers to “Make It” with beef has being launched by AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).
The campaign, which aims to inspire consumers to create restaurant-style meals in the comfort of their own home using a variety of high-quality hindquarter cuts, will run for 12 weeks across TV, video on demand, radio and social media.
It will be supported with ‘how to’ videos and cooking tips, and influencer-driven content and builds on a social media push launched earlier in April by the three levy boards. The campaign aims to reach 85 per cent of UK households and deliver a three-to-one return on investment.
The move is a joint response to carcase balance challenges faced by the beef supply chain in the wake of Covid-19, which has seen a surge in demand for beef mince in supermarkets. More expensive cuts, more commonly favoured in restaurants, have seen demand plummet as the lockdown has taken hold and so to meet the demand for mince, processors are forced to mince higher value hindquarter and steak cuts, which leads to a drop in the overall retail value of the carcase, and a subsequent drop in potential returns back to beef farmers.
A joint statement from the levy boards said: “This is a unique joint effort by AHDB, QMS and HCC which we hope will drive an uptake in steak and roasting joint sales in the run up to barbecue season. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved and create some amazing dishes in their own kitchens.”
The campaign is being funded from the £3.5 million fund of AHDB red meat levies ring-fenced for collaborative projects which is managed by the three GB meat levy bodies – AHDB, HCC and QMS.