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Pork market in the U.S. - statistics & facts

The most consumed meat worldwide is pork, which is the culinary name for domesticated pig meat. Pork comes in many forms, such as ham, bacon, or sausage, and can be eaten both freshly cooked and cured. In 2021, global pork production was led by China, which produced over 40 million metric tons of pork in that year. The European Union and the United States held the second and third positions, respectively.

Pork production in the U.S.

To account for the global demand of pork products, the U.S. was home to approximately 74.77 million hogs and pigs as of 2021. That year, Iowa was the state with the highest inventory, resulting in approximately 24 million hogs and pigs. This was followed far behind by Minnesota, which held almost a third of what Iowa held that year. Pork production in the U.S. has steadily increased since the 2000s. In 2020, the U.S. produced more than 28 billion pounds of commercial pork.

U.S. pork trade & retail

U.S. pork exports has increased since 2007, and in 2020 the total carcass weight of pork exports exceeded seven billion pounds. In the last decade, the U.S. exported more pork and pork products than it imported. In 2020, the import of pork products to the U.S. significantly declined and was valued at only 1.05 billion U.S. dollars. Domestically, pork still remains a popular food item. The retail sales of fresh pork in the U.S. fell behind fresh poultry and beef in 2020, generating 7.2 billion U.S. dollars. The cut of pork with the highest sales share in the U.S. was pork loin, which accounted for more than 50 percent of all sales.

Consumption of pork in the U.S.

The per capita consumption of pork has remained relatively unchanged in the United States. Pork consumption in the U.S. is forecasted to reach 51.4 pounds by 2030, up from 49.9 pounds in 2015. Pork chops are the most frequently purchased cut of pork, with almost 70 percent of consumers reporting that they purchase it regularly. In another recent survey, the most important purchasing factor of pork for consumers was that it was made in the U.S., which largely outranked other purchasing factors.

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Pork market in the U.S. - statistics & facts

The most consumed meat worldwide is pork, which is the culinary name for domesticated pig meat. Pork comes in many forms, such as ham, bacon, or sausage, and can be eaten both freshly cooked and cured. In 2021, global pork production was led by China, which produced over 40 million metric tons of pork in that year. The European Union and the United States held the second and third positions, respectively.

Pork production in the U.S.

To account for the global demand of pork products, the U.S. was home to approximately 74.77 million hogs and pigs as of 2021. That year, Iowa was the state with the highest inventory, resulting in approximately 24 million hogs and pigs. This was followed far behind by Minnesota, which held almost a third of what Iowa held that year. Pork production in the U.S. has steadily increased since the 2000s. In 2020, the U.S. produced more than 28 billion pounds of commercial pork.

U.S. pork trade & retail

U.S. pork exports has increased since 2007, and in 2020 the total carcass weight of pork exports exceeded seven billion pounds. In the last decade, the U.S. exported more pork and pork products than it imported. In 2020, the import of pork products to the U.S. significantly declined and was valued at only 1.05 billion U.S. dollars. Domestically, pork still remains a popular food item. The retail sales of fresh pork in the U.S. fell behind fresh poultry and beef in 2020, generating 7.2 billion U.S. dollars. The cut of pork with the highest sales share in the U.S. was pork loin, which accounted for more than 50 percent of all sales.

Consumption of pork in the U.S.

The per capita consumption of pork has remained relatively unchanged in the United States. Pork consumption in the U.S. is forecasted to reach 51.4 pounds by 2030, up from 49.9 pounds in 2015. Pork chops are the most frequently purchased cut of pork, with almost 70 percent of consumers reporting that they purchase it regularly. In another recent survey, the most important purchasing factor of pork for consumers was that it was made in the U.S., which largely outranked other purchasing factors.

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