Number of butcher shops and meat retailers in the United Kingdom (UK) 2008-2018

Between 2008 and 2018, the number of stores that specialize in the sales of meat has been shrinking In the United Kingdom. During this period, the number of meat specialty stores has seen a decrease of almost 943. Of these stores, approximately 1.75 thousand generated a turnover between one hundred thousand and 250 thousand British pounds in 2018. Only slightly above a hundred stores generated revenue of two million or more British pounds.

UK meat production industry

The number of enterprises operating in the production and preservation of meat products has remained mostly stable between 2008 and 2017. Turnover for the industry has peaked in 2017 with the largest share of turnover made up by companies which process and preserve meat, as well as produce meat products.

Meat retail in the UK

The retail sale of meat generated a turnover of 21.5 billion British pounds in 2017. Since 2008, retail sale turnover has seen an overall increase. In 2014, turnover peaked at 21.8 billion pounds. Most commonly, consumers purchased their meat from the top multiples. A share of 63 percent of meat product purchases were made in the top five multiples in 2018. However, their market share has been in decline, mostly due to pressure from the discounters.

Number of specialized stores for the retail sale of meat and meat products in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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