Slight increase for EU chicken meat production in 10 years
Data released by the European Commission show an increase in chicken meat consumption for 2020. According to the outlook, in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic, chicken was the only meat to register an increase in production in the bloc. And this should continue until 2030, even though there will be a recovery in the production of pork, still affected by outbreaks of ASF.
The forecast is to reach the end of the current decade producing about 14.1 million tons of chicken meat, a volume that corresponds to very modest growth in relation to the production of 2020 (close to 13.5 million tons): lower increase half a percent per year and 4.6% in a decade).
Regarding domestic consumption, the EC notes that chicken meat has been growing consistently in recent years, as the consumer has understood that it is a healthy meat. And the various lockdowns imposed by Covid-19 last year only reinforced this trend, given the accessibility and convenience of food in domestic cooking.
Still, chicken meat will continue to be the second choice in meat for European consumers. For 2030 is predicted a per capita consumption of around 24.6 kg, about 1.2 kg more than last year. The consumption of pork should decrease 1.4 kg in relation to 2020. But that means spending from 33.4 kg last year to 32 kg per capita at the end of this decade.
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