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Pork production volume in China 2009-2019

In 2019, around 42.55 million metric tons of pork was produced in China, a significant decrease from around 54 million tons in the previous year. The output was severely affected by a major African swine fever outbreak in the country, which started in mid-2018 and lasted for over a year.

Pork industry in China

China has the largest hog heard in the world and accounts for more than a half of the global pig population. Around 56 percent of China’s entire meat industry output is pork. Pork is also by far most favored and most consumed type of meat in the Chinese diet. The domestic per capita consumption of pork exceeds 30 kilograms on average and is expected to increase. To meet the growing demand China imports over a million metric tons of pork annually. In 2019, pork import volume reached nearly two million tons as a result of a decreased production.

WH Group

WH Group (formerly Shuanghui Group) is China’s leading meat processing company and the largest pork company in the world. In 2013, the corporation acquired Smithfield Foods, the largest pork processing company in the United States. In 2019, WH Group generated a total revenue of around 24 billion U.S. dollars, mostly from packaged meat products and fresh pork. The company owns pig farms and production bases in China, the United States, and Europe.

Volume of pork produced in China from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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