Global production of meat 2016-2018

Between 2016 and 2018, the production volume of meat worldwide has increased from 317 million metric tons to 327 million metric tons.

Top producers of meat

Asia has the highest production of meat of any world region, at 141.7 million metric tons in 2017. The Americas came in second at 104 million metric tons in that year. Despite this, several of the top meat production companies worldwide are based in the United States, such as Tyson, Hormel Foods, and National Beef. In 2017, Tyson had the highest market capitalization, making it the leading meat production corporation in the world.

Meat consumption worldwide

In 2017, poultry and pork were the two most popular kinds of meat in terms of global consumption. However, by 2021 it is projected that poultry consumption will overtake pork consumption by a large margin. When it comes to per capita sales, Estonians purchase the highest volume of meat products and sausage worldwide, followed by United States.

Production of meat worldwide from 2016 to 2018

Production in million metric tons
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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Includes beef and veal, pork, poultry, and sheep meat. Carcass weight equivalent (cwe).
The total was calculated internally.
Figures were rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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