Meat industry in Europe - Statistics & Facts

A central part of the European food industry is the meat sector. The sector deals mainly with slaughter and meat processing. Operations in the meat trade are also part of the industry. Fresh and frozen meat, as well as meat products such as sausages or pastries are traded all over Europe. And thus, meat is one of the most discussed food products among consumers: the health factor is one issue; the environmental impacts of animal husbandry another one, and ethical concern often resulting in vegetarianism or veganism.

The country with the most meat and fish companies in Europe in 2016 was Germany. Over 14,700 companies are located there. Its meat processing industry generated revenues of roughly 21 billion euros in 2016. In the slaughter sector, a distinction is made between poultry slaughter and the slaughter of other animals. Poultry includes chickens, turkeys and ducks. Other animals refer to pigs, cattle, calves, sheep and goats. In France, over 1.7 million tons of poultry were slaughtered in 2015. Foie gras, the liver of a duck or goose, is a French export hit, with a volume of 2,421 tons exported in 2015. In the Netherlands, most non-poultry animals slaughtered for the domestic meat industry in 2017 were pigs, with an amount of roughly 15.4 million animals. In comparison, only 1.5 million calves and 571 thousand cattle were slaughtered.

In the Spanish meat industry, there were 3,810 companies established in 2016. This accounts for a share of roughly 14 percent of all companies in the Spanish food and drink industry. In Italy, the meat industry accounted for 27 percent of the total revenues of agricultural cooperatives in 2016. This refers to a production value of 2,018 million euros. The southern European country is famous for its meat products such as Prosciutto di Parma, which is cured raw ham, or the air-dried, salted beef Bresaolo della Valtellina. Approximately 36.2 kilograms of pig meat was consumed per person in Italy in 2015. That year, the per capita consumption of beef and veal meat reached 17.4 kilograms.

The northern European diet consists mainly of fish, but also of meat and poultry, served with vegetables and potatoes as side dishes. Denmark's hot dogs are considered to be some of the best in the world. They come usually along with a red, boiled pork sausage, fried onions, sliced pickles as well as Danish remoulade, ketchup or mustard. In 2017, Denmark exported sausages and similar meat products, edible offal or blood with a value of 962 million Danish kroner. In Sweden, Köttbullar are served for dinner. Outside the Nordic country, customers can taste the minced meat balls, served with mashed potato and lingonberry jam, at the store restaurants of the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA. Households in Sweden spent on average 39 billion Swedish kronor on meat in 2015. The most favored meat type that year was pig meat.

Out of the biggest five European countries, France consumes the most meat per person. In 2015, the amount was 69.6 kilograms. In comparison, the United Kingdom had a per capita consumption of 54.1 kilograms, whereas the EU average amounted to 64.7 kilograms. For countries such as Germany, France and Italy, a decrease of the annual volume of meat eaten until 2020 is forecasted. In Spain and the United Kingdom, an increase is expected.

The average weekly purchase per person of beef and veal in the United Kingdom in 2016/17 was 102 grams. That year, the majority of meat purchases were made in the top five multiples, consisting of Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, the Co-operative and Morrisons, ahead of hard discounters and butchers. Whereas other European countries prefer a sweet starter in the morning, across the British Isles, the breakfast includes bacon, sausages and eggs. The weekly amount of cooked bacon and ham purchased per person in the United Kingdom in 2016/17 was 41 grams. One kilogram of bacon in British retail stores cost 387.6 pence on average.

But there are also concerns regarding meat and poultry among consumers all over Europe. As a survey from 2015 reveals, nearly 10 percent of Italians followed a vegetarian diet. In France, Spain and Germany each 7 percent of people were vegetarian. The biggest concern among British consumers when it comes to buying meat and poultry, was the animal welfare followed by whether the label is accurate in its description and the use of antibiotics in meat production.

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Average retail price of bacon in the United Kingdom 2010-2017
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Poultry meat import value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2017
Beef and veal import value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2017
Pork import value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2017
Beef and veal export value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2017
Poultry meat export volume in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2017
Pork export volume in the United Kingdom (UK) 2003-2017
Pig meat per capita consumption in Italy 2005-2015
Pig meat per capita consumption in France 2008-2015
Pig meat per capita consumption in Germany 2008-2015
Pig meat per capita consumption in the Netherlands 2008-2016
Pig meat per capita consumption in Spain 2008-2015
Pig meat per capita consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2008-2015
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Fresh chicken meat consumption volume in Spanish households 2011-2015
Fresh pork consumption volume in Spanish households 2011-2015
Fresh beef consumption volume in Spanish households 2011-2015
At-home expenditure on fresh chicken meat in Spain 2011-2015
At-home expenditure on fresh pork in Spain 2011-2015
At-home expenditure on fresh beef in Spain 2011-2015
At-home expenditure on meat in Spain 2015, by type
Per capita at-home expenditure on meat in Spain 2015, by type
Sales turnover of meat in Sweden 2006-2016
Foie gras export volume France 2008 to 2015
Fresh foie gras export volume from France 2008 -2015
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Import value of pork products in Spain 2012-2016
Rabbit meat export volume from France 2008 to 2015
Rabbit meat import volume to France 2008 to 2015
Rabbit meat export value from France 2008 to 2015
Rabbit meat import value to France 2008 to 2015
Rabbit meat average retail price in France 2008-2015
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Manufactured chilled beef and veal cuts sales value weight in the UK 2008-2017
Chilled pork manufacturing sales volume in the UK 2008-2017
Manufactured chilled pork sales value weight in the UK 2008-2017
Fresh chicken cuts manufacturing sales volume in the UK 2008-2017
Fresh chicken cuts sales value weight in the UK 2008-2017
Dried and smoked pork cuts: manufacturers' sales volume in the UK 2008-2017
Dried or smoked shoulders of swine and hams sales value weight in the UK 2008-2017
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Sausages and meat offal: manufacture sales value weight in the UK 2008-2017
Consumer expenditure on meat in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2016
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Per capita consumption of poultry in Germany 1991-2016
Per capita consumption of beef and veal in Germany 1991-2016
Per capita consumption of meat in Germany 1991-2016
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Italian imports: leading suppliers of meat and edible offal 2014
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Production volume of beef and veal in Sweden 2009-2016
Per capita consumption of fresh and frozen pork in Sweden 2006-2016
Per capita consumption of fresh and frozen beef and veal in Sweden 2006-2016
Per capita consumption of fresh and frozen poultry meat in Sweden 2006-2016
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Export value of fresh, chilled or frozen meat and meat offal from Norway 2008-2017
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Import value of fresh or chilled bovine meat into Denmark 2007-2017
Import value of fresh or chilled pork into Denmark 2007-2017
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Italy: meat consumption and vegan/vegetarian diets 2016
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Meat consumption by category in France 2010-2014
Italy: turnover value in the processing and preserving of meat industry 2010-2015
Italy: consumption volume of beef and veal meat per capita 2005-2017
Italy: consumption growth of meat products 2016, by type
Retail sales of organic meat in Norway 2011-2016
Frozen meat retail sales value in Belgium 2014-2016
Average price of slicing sausages in Spain in 2016, by type
Consumption volume per capita of slicing sausages in Spain in 2016, by type
Production volume of pork in Norway 2012-2017
Average retail price of fresh pork meat in Spain in 2016, by distribution channel
Average retail price of fresh chicken in Spain in 2016, by distribution channel
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