Meat consumption drops in Argentina


Limited beef exports imposed by the current government didn't encourage inhabitants to consume more meat.

Posted on Feb 09 ,14:46

Meat consumption drops in Argentina

Meat consumption in Argentina has dropped by 4.8% last year, despite regulatory measures in the domestic market adopted by the current administration, especially for the beef sector. According to a report by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Meats and Derivatives of the Argentine Republic (CICCRA), per capita consumption of beef in 2021 was 47.6 kg, 2.4kg less than in 2020.
Under the Government's new measures, beef production went down 6.1% in 2021, 194.1 thousand tonnes below 2020 figures. In 2021 797.6 thousand tonnes of beef were exported, a fall of 11.7% compared to the previous year.
In 2021, the meat processing industry slaughtered 12,967 million cattle head, which represents a drop of 7.4%, or one million head fewer compared to 2020.

According to the Argentine Beef Promotion Institute (IPCVA), the price of beef increased 9.7% in December 2021 compared to the previous month and by 60.7% from the same month of 2020. However, beef consumption in the country is ranked as No.1 in the world. It is followed by Uruguay (45 kg) and the US (38 kg).
In terms of poultry meat consumption, Argentina is among the top five worldwide, with about 48 kg/inhabitant/year. The ranking is led by Qatar, whose population consumed an average of 52 kg/inhabitant/year, followed by the United States with a consumption of 51 kg/inhabitant/year, the same as Malaysia. Regarding pork, Argentines are far from the top positions, with around 20 kg/inhabitant/year.

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