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Global meat industry - statistics & facts

In the past, many cultures considered meat a luxury that could only be enjoyed on special occasions or certain days of the week, while today it is a staple that can be found in nearly all restaurants and many kitchens all over the world. The market value of the meat industry is expected to rise from 838 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 to over one trillion dollars by 2025. In 2021, the United States saw the highest revenue from meat products and sausages, nearly twice as much as the second largest meat market in the world, Germany with a created revenue of over 28 billion U.S. dollars. Russia, France, and Brazil are finishing the top five countries with the biggest revenue from processed meats..

Leading producers

As the demand for meat rises worldwide, so must the production of meat. Most of the world’s meat is produced in Asia, which generated 136 million metric tons of meat. Pork and poultry are the most widely produced types of meat, with sheep being the least produced. Although many people abstain from pork for nutritional or religious reasons, pork is widely produced in China and Europe. Some of the largest meat production companies in the world include Tyson, Hormel Foods, and National Beef.

In addition to producing the highest revenue from meat sales, the United States is also a major producer and exporter of meat, especially beef. The trade value of the U.S. beef industry amounted to about 6.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. Brazil is also a major exporter of meat, both in the form of broiler chickens and beef.

Global meat consumption

The projected per capita meat consumption is expected to remain steady at around 35 kilograms of meat per year. However, as the global population continues to climb, the overall consumption of meat is expected to rise steadily in the upcoming years. Additionally, red meat is expected to see an increase in consumption in the United States in the coming years.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 28 most important statistics relating to "Global meat industry ".


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