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UK beef market - statistics & facts

Beef is one of the staple food items for consumers in the UK. In 2019 alone, the manufacture of beef in the UK generated approximately 8.5 billion British pounds. United States and Brazil are the largest producer of beef worldwide, with over 12 and 10 billion metric tons production respectively.

Beef production in the UK

The production value of UK beef reached an all-time high in 2017, where it had doubled in value compared to the previous 10 years. In 2019, the population of cattle and calves in the United Kingdom was approximately 9.46 million, a slight decrease from the previous year. In that year, there were 300,759 organic cattle produced in the United Kingdom.

UK beef retail & trade

While meat sales in the UK have increased, the average weekly expenditure per person on beef products has decreased. In 2019, the sale of beef products generated approximately 3 billion British pounds. UK beef and veal exports were valued at 464 million British pounds that year, part of an ongoing trend of increasing exports. Ireland was the primary destination of UK beef exports followed by the Netherlands.

Consumption of beef in the UK

In recent years, mincemeat, also known as ground beef, has been the beef cut of choice in the UK , and has the lowest retail sales price amongst beef cuts. However, more and more consumers are trying to reduce or eliminate their meat in-take, in preference for plant-based options. Younger generations in the UK are more likely to eat less meat compared to those of other age groups. Despite everything, the beef industry in the UK is still booming.

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UK beef market - statistics & facts

Beef is one of the staple food items for consumers in the UK. In 2019 alone, the manufacture of beef in the UK generated approximately 8.5 billion British pounds. United States and Brazil are the largest producer of beef worldwide, with over 12 and 10 billion metric tons production respectively.

Beef production in the UK

The production value of UK beef reached an all-time high in 2017, where it had doubled in value compared to the previous 10 years. In 2019, the population of cattle and calves in the United Kingdom was approximately 9.46 million, a slight decrease from the previous year. In that year, there were 300,759 organic cattle produced in the United Kingdom.

UK beef retail & trade

While meat sales in the UK have increased, the average weekly expenditure per person on beef products has decreased. In 2019, the sale of beef products generated approximately 3 billion British pounds. UK beef and veal exports were valued at 464 million British pounds that year, part of an ongoing trend of increasing exports. Ireland was the primary destination of UK beef exports followed by the Netherlands.

Consumption of beef in the UK

In recent years, mincemeat, also known as ground beef, has been the beef cut of choice in the UK , and has the lowest retail sales price amongst beef cuts. However, more and more consumers are trying to reduce or eliminate their meat in-take, in preference for plant-based options. Younger generations in the UK are more likely to eat less meat compared to those of other age groups. Despite everything, the beef industry in the UK is still booming.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 30 most important statistics relating to "UK beef market".

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