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Fast-Food Boom Drives Rebound in Meat Sales for American Packers

  • Cargill says protein sales to food-services sector near normal
  • Sanderson is encouraged by American chicken-sandwich wars
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American meatpackers are benefiting from one bright spot in the restaurant industry during the pandemic: fast-food sales.

With most restaurants closed or operating at reduced capacity, customers have flocked to places including McDonald’s and Burger King, where they can simply drive through to grab food. That’s helped Cargill Inc.’s protein sales to food-services business to return to near normal, while Sanderson Farms Inc. is encouraged by the chicken-sandwich rivalry among quick-service restaurants, or QSR.