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Meat industry: number of companies in Spain 2008-2018

The number of companies involved in the meat industry in Spain experienced a considerable downtrend over the period under consideration, reducing its figures from over 4.4 thousand firms in 2008 down to 3.8 thousand in 2016. The number of companies in this industry picked up thereafter and reached 3.88 thousand by 2018.

The meat market in Spain

The price of fresh meat in Spain maintained at a steady average of 6.55 euros per kilogram during 2018, although it skyrocketed in December and reached an average price 7.56 euros per kilogram. Fresh meat was most expensive at traditional specialized shops, where a kilogram of fresh meat cost 7.04 euros in 2018. In contrast, discounts supermarkets featured the cheapest prices at approximately 5.20 euros per kilogram of fresh meat. With nearly half of the population according to latest studies, supermarkets were the most popular distribution channel where Spaniards purchased their fresh meat in 2018.

Meat consumption in Spain

Spaniards consumed approximately 50 kilograms of meat per person in 2017. Fresh meat was the most consumed type of meat in Spain that year with nearly 35 kilograms per capita, followed by processed meat at 11.4 kilograms per head. Spaniards however spent more money on processed meat than on any other type of fresh meat, as was revealed by the latest figures. The Mediterranean country spent over 4 billion euros on processed meat, followed by pork and chicken, that recorded values of over 2 billion euros.

Number of companies in the Spanish meat industry from 2008 to 2018

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Supplementary notes

The numbers show data as of the first of January of each year. Data prior to 2017 collected from previous versions of the report.

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