Pork market in Canada - Statistics and Facts

Pork is the name used for the food products derived from pigs. In 2018, around 2.12 million metric tons of pork were produced in Canada, and approximately 1.33 million metric tons of pork were exported that year. Japan and the United States were the leading destinations for Canadian pork in 2018, with export values of approximately 1.27 and 1.25 billion Canadian dollars respectively. As of December 2018, there were over 1,600 hog and pig farming businesses across Canada. The eastern province of Quebec was home to most of these businesses at that time.

Pork is a variety of red meat which can be cut into roasts, steaks or chops. Popular processed pork products include bacon, ham and sausages. In Canada, the average retail price for one kilogram of pork chops was 12.26 Canadian dollars in June 2019. This makes pork chops a cheaper alternative to some cuts of beef – prime rib roast cost an average of 32.6 dollars per kilogram in May 2019. The average household expenditure on pork was 106 Canadian dollars in 2017. This figure has decreased in recent years from 137 dollars in 2014.

Whilst almost 50 percent of Canadians consume meat or meat containing products daily, a fair share of consumers are also reducing or eliminating meat entirely from their diet. Therefore, it is not surprising to report that pork consumption amounted to just under 22 kilograms in 2018, a large decrease from 1980, when per capita consumption was measured over 32 kilograms. According to a recent survey, it was revealed that some Canadians were actively avoiding red meat in their diets. Females aged over 55 are the demographic most likely to be avoiding such foods, followed by females aged between 18 and 34.

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