Meat consumption

Germans eat less and less meat

In Germany, less meat ends up on the plate.
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In Germany, less meat ends up on the plate.

The per capita consumption of meat in Germany in 2020 will fall to its lowest level since 1989, according to preliminary data from the supply balance for meat published by the Federal Information Centre for Agriculture (BZL). While less and less beef and pork is being consumed, the consumption of poultry meat is steadily increasing.

At 57.3 kilograms, the per capita consumption of meat in 2020 was lower than at any time since consumption was calculated in 1989. In total, meat with a slaughter weight of 8. 5 million tonnes was produced in 2020 - around 1.6 percent less than in the previous year.

Meat consumption per capita over the years in kilogrammes.
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Meat consumption per capita over the years in kilogrammes.
In Germany, a total of 750 grams less meat per capita was consumed in 2020 compared to the previous year. While people ate 940 grams less pork and 40 grams less beef and veal, the consumption of poultry meat increased by 180 grams.

Production: Less pork, beef and veal, more poultry meat

Trends in domestic demand are reflected in net production

- animals slaughtered domestically - with 2.4 percent less pork and 2.7 percent less beef and veal produced compared to a year ago. Net production of poultry meat increased 1.7 percent.

Foreign trade volume in live animals decreased in 2020: Compared to 2019, 14.8 percent fewer live animals were imported

and 11 percent fewer were exported, based on slaughter weight. Furthermore, imports and exports of meat, meat products and canned goods decreased by 7.8 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, compared to 2019.

Based on the preliminary figures, the overall meat self-sufficiency rate for 2020 is 117.7 percent. The self-sufficiency rate for poultry was 97.2 percent.

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