US Meat Snack Market Outlook to 2028
Driven by increasing demand of high protein and nutrients meat snacks by fitness enthusiasts and youngsters to remain healthy and active

About the Report

About the Report

Market Overview:

The US meat snack market is one of the largest meat consuming markets worldwide. The growing population of meat eaters in the country is helping the meat snack market to expand its roots in the market even more. The meat snack market is finding huge acceptance from the audience who are searching for quick sources of nutrients and protein in their hectic lifestyle. As a result, the us meat market is expected to grow significantly in the future.

US Meat Snack Market

Currently, USA’s 73% population consume meat food items as a result the market for meat snacks is increasing growing with a CAGR of 2% in the last 5 years. Meat snacks such as beef jerky, beef sausages, beef sticks, and cold-crafted link attract a wide range of customers. In terms of revenue, the US meat snack market is only behind China which has the highest revenue from the meat snack industry.

The US meat snack market is a dynamic ecosystem encompassing producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. Leading meat snack companies like Jack Link's and Oberto collaborate with meat processors to source quality ingredients. These snacks are widely available in convenience stores, supermarkets, and online platforms. Marketing strategies, including social media and endorsements, drive consumer demand. Health-conscious trends have prompted the development of healthier alternatives like turkey or plant-based jerky. The ecosystem is influenced by changing dietary preferences, regulatory factors, and sustainability concerns, as consumers seek convenient, protein-rich options, driving innovation and competition within the market.

The US meat market is dominated by various companies catered by domestic and international players. Jack Lick’s LLC, Conagra Brands, and Oberto Sausages are the leading players in the US meat snack market.

US Meat Snack Industry

US Meat Snack Market Analysis

  • The US meat market is growing significantly due to the increasing demand for dried meat snacks among the public. Consumers had a strong preference for traditional brands such as Old Trapper and also it was the third most popular item in the country's convenience stores.
  • Increasing Consumer demand and changing habits are also driving the growth in the US meat snack market. Another reason behind the growth in this market is these food items are easy to carry and can be stored easily, without the requirement of other external resources.
  • The US meat market is segmented into supermarkets & hypermarkets, convenience stores, online retail, etc. In 2022, the largest market share is acquired by hypermarkets & supermarkets whereas the e-commerce segment is projected to be the first choice of customers in the future. As these sites provide home delivery and customers can select items as per their preference.
  • The market is growing rapidly because several companies are investing hugely in this market to expand their business. Jack Link’s LLC is planning to invest a $450 Mn for its new plant in Georgia. similarly, Conagra Brands is also in plans to establish a meat snacks manufacturing facility in Ohio, US. This will lead to the creation of around 1200 new jobs among locals.


Key Trends by Market Segment:

By type of items: The different types of meat snacks in the US meat snack market like beef jerky, meat sticks, meat bites, and sausages.  Beef jerky is dominating the meat snacks as it is the most preferred and demanded by the customers in 2022. Beef jerky is consumers’ favorite because is often lean and contains less fat in comparison to other meat-based snacks. Beef jerky is dried and seasoned strips of meat and is one of the foremost well-known sorts of meat snacks, accessible in different flavors and textures. Meat sticks are compact, portable snacks made from processed and cured meats like beef, turkey, or pork. Meat bites are little, bite-sized pieces of meat snacks, ordinarily available in several flavors and combinations. Smoked or dried sausages made from meat, regularly with included flavors or seasonings.

US Meat Snack Market Overview

By Type of Distribution Channels: Meat snacks are widely sold in convenience stores due to their movability and drive purchase nature. traditional jerky brands such as old trapper was the third most sold product in convenience stores. Grocery stores and Hypermarket channels are the most preferred channel by customers and are the leading distribution channel in the US meat snack market in 2022. The reason behind this is that Grocery stores and Hypermarket channels offer a wide assortment of meat snack brands and flavors, catering to a broader buyer base.

Furthermore, the developing trend of e-commerce has driven an increment in the accessibility of meat snacks through online retailers. A few gourmet or premium meat snacks are accessible in specialty stores that cater to health-conscious or niche markets.

US Meat Snack Sector Share

By Region: The dominant region in the US meat snack market is the western region in the US in 2022. This region holds a significant share due to its strong agricultural base, facilitating easy access to meat processing facilities and sourcing of raw materials. Moreover, the west's central location enables efficient distribution across the country. Additionally, its cultural affinity towards protein-rich snacks aligns with the meat snack market's offerings. While other regions have their strengths, such as the South's flavor diversity and the East's health-conscious preferences, the west's strategic advantages position it as the primary hub for meat snack production and distribution.

US Meat Snack Market Growth

Competitive Landscape:

Around 10-12, companies are operating in the US meat snack market. Major players in this market are Jack Link’s LLC, Conagra Brands, Oberto Sausage, Hormel Foods Corporation, Oberto especially meats, Hormel Foods, and Tyson Foods. But the market is dominated by a few players like Jack Link’s LLC and Conagra Brands. These two companies have almost more than half of the meat snack market share. These firms are continuously expanding their business as they tend to add attract more and more customers. Both companies are investing aggressively in the us meat snack market. Jack Link’s LLC is the market leader in beef jerky meat snacks with almost half of the market share. Whereas Conagra Brands have a huge customer base in meat snacks like slim-jim and Dukes.

US Meat Snack Market Ecosystem

Recent Developments:

  • The big players in the market like Jack Link’s and Conagra Brands have recently announced huge investments in the US meat snack market. Jack Link has announced that they will invest $450 Mn to set up a manufacturing plant in Georgia. Similarly, Conagra Brands has also announced that the company will invest more than $100 Mn in Ohio to establish a meat snacks facility there.
  • These investments will not only help the US meat snack market to grow but will also create huge employment opportunities for the locals. Meat Companies are also planning to launch meat snacks with different and unique flavors than usual ones as it will appeal to a broader audience.
  • Post-pandemic US meat market has grown positively and has witnessed record sales. One of the major reasons behind this growth is people’s shift towards health-conscious food items that are filled with nutrients and proteins.


Future Outlook:

The US meat snack market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.58% from 2022 to 2028 with people shifting towards healthy food items that are high on protein and nutrients.

  • The demand for meat snacks is likely to continue growing, driven by variables such as expanding well-being awareness, the popularity of high-protein diets, and the need for convenient on-the-go snacks.
  • Consumers are progressively looking for more beneficial snacking alternatives, and meat snack companies are likely to reply by offering items with clean labels, fewer added substances, and leaner meat choices.
  • Companies will also contribute to product innovation to present modern flavors, formats, and packaging that cater to different customer preferences and draw in new customer segments.
  • Meat snack producers might extend their item lines to incorporate a wider variety of meat sorts, flavors, and functional ingredients to meet the advancing needs of consumers.
  • The rising popularity of e-commerce and online shopping may lead to increased accessibility of meat snacks through digital stages, making it simpler for buyers to access a broader range of items.

Scope Of The Report

Scope of the Report

US Meat Snack Market Segmentation

By Type of Food Items

·       Beef jerky

·       Meat Sticks

·       Meat Bites

·       Sausages

Distribution Channels

·       Convenience Stores

·       Hypermarkets

·       e-commerce

·       Special Stores


By Region

•    North

·       South

·       West

·       East


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Key Target Audience – Organizations and Entities Who Can Benefit by Subscribing This Report:

  • Potential Market Entrants
  • Food and Beverages Companies
  • Retailers
  • Market Researchers and Analysts
  • Distributors and suppliers
  • E-commerce companies
  • Meat Snack companies
  • Food Industry Associations
  • Government Bodies & Regulating Authorities


Time Period Captured in the Report:

  • Historical Period: 2017-2022
  • Base Year: 2022
  • Forecast Period: 2022-2028


Major Players Mentioned in the Report:

  • Jack Link’s LLC
  • Conagra Brands
  • Oberto Sausage
  • Hormel Foods Corporation
  • Oberto especially meats
  • Hormel Foods
  • Tyson Foods

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. US Meat Snack Market Overview

2.1 Taxonomy of the Market

2.2 Industry Value Chain

2.3 Ecosystem

2.4 Government Regulations/Initiatives for the Market

2.5 Growth Drivers of the US Meat Snack Market

2.6 Issues and Challenges of the US Meat Snack Market

2.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the US Meat Snack Market

2.8 SWOT Analysis

3. US Meat Snack Market Size, 2017 – 2022

4. US Meat Snack Market Segmentation

4.1 By Product Type, 2017 - 2022

4.2 By Distribution Channels, 2017 - 2022

4.3 By Regional Split (North/East/West/South/), 2017 - 2022

5. Competitive Landscape

5.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

5.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

5.3 Company Profiles

5.3.1 Jack Lick’s LLC

5.3.2 Conagra Brands

5.3.3 Oberto Sausage

5.3.4 Hormel Foods

5.3.5 Tyson Foods

5.3.6 Monogram Food Solutions LLC

5.3.7 Golden Valley Natural, LLC

6. US Meat Snack Future Market Size, 2022 – 2028

7. US Meat Snack Future Market Segmentation

7.1 By Product Type, 2022 - 2028

7.2 By Distribution Channel, 2022 - 2028

7.3 By Regional Split (North/East/West/South), 2022 - 2028

8. Analyst Recommendations

9. Research Methodology

10. Disclaimer

11. Contact Us

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Research Methodology

Research Methodology

Step 1: Identifying Key Variables: Ecosystem creation for all the major entities and referring to multiple secondary and proprietary databases to perform desk research around the market to collate industry-level information.

Step 2: Market Building: Collating statistics on the meat market over the years, penetration of marketplaces, and service providers ratio to compute revenue generated for the meat snack products. We will also review product quality statistics to understand the revenue generated which can ensure accuracy behind the data points shared.

Step 3: Validating and Finalizing: Building market hypothesis and conducting CATIs with industry experts belonging to different companies to validate statistics and seek operational and financial information from company representatives.

Step 4: Research output: Our team has approached multiple meat snacks companies providing channels and understanding the nature of product segments and sales, consumer preference, and other parameters, which supported us validate statistics derived through the bottom-to-top approach from meat snack providers.

US Meat Snack Market Research Methodology

US Meat Snack Industry Research Methodology

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the US Meat Snack market?

The US Meat snacks market was valued at USD$ 1.1 Bn in 2022 and is growing with a annual CAGR of 4.5%.

Which are the biggest meat snack companies? 

The major players operating in the US Meat snacks are Jack Link’s LLC, Conagra Brands, Oberto Sausage, Hormel Foods Corporation, Oberto especially meats. 

What are the type of segments in US Meat Snack market?

Beef jerky, Meat Sticks, Meat Bites and Sausages are the 4 major segments by types of US Meat snacks Market in 2023.

What are the major distribution channels of US Meat snacks market?

The major distribution channnels of US Meat snacks market  are Convenience Stores, Hypermarkets, e-commerce, and Special Stores. 

Which region is dominant is US Meat snacks market?

The eastern region is dominant due to strong agricultural base, facilitating easy access to meat processing facilities and sourcing of raw materials.

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