EU poultry and beef sectors to see a decline in production
Mixed image for meat production in the EU this year, according to the latest short-term outlook from the European Commission. While pork is expected to add 394,000 tonnes (1.7%) to the volumes reported last year, other sectors are expected to go in the opposite way.
In terms of exports, EU pork will see o growth of 5%, despite the trade barriers that appeared after Brexit. At the same time, EU beef production is expected to decline 1.3% (92,000 tonnes) in 2021, due to lower demand for food services. However, exports to high-value markets such as Canada and Japan should continue to increase thanks to recent trade agreements.
The poultry industry is expecting a similar evolution due to avian flu outbreaks reported in the main producing markets and high feed prices. Poultry production will drop by 0.9% this year (- 121,000 tonnes) but is expecting an increase in domestic consumption across the bloc as the food service is reopening. However, frozen stocks should partly satisfy this additional demand, leading to apparently stable consumption.
EU sheep and goat meat production should remain stable in 2021, with an increase of 0.1% (688 tonnes), despite relatively high prices. In terms of demand, the reopening of food services should have a positive impact on the second half of the year.
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