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Meat industry in Italy - statistics & facts

Today, both beef and pork are important for the modern Italian meat industry, and famous cuts of Italian meats include salami and prosciutto. In 2018, the meat industry in Italy generated a revenue of approximately 24.48 billion euros. Over the period, the production value of the processing and preserving of meat has dropped significantly in the year 2011 (20 billion euros) and peaked in the year 2017 (over 23.4 billion euros). Production value decreased again in 2018 and registered at approximately 22.7 billion euros.

Animal slaughter in Italy

The slaughter of both young cattle and bulls in Italy saw a downwards trend in recent years. In 2020, over 45 thousand heads of young cattle were slaughtered in Italy, a decrease from 99 thousand heads in 2012. Similarly, more than 873 thousand heads of bulls were slaughtered in 2020, down from 1.74 million heads in 2010. The slaughter of poultry in Italy, however, has increased in the last decade. In 2020, 621.7 million poultry animals were slaughtered.

Consumption of meat in Italy

While other European countries, such as Germany and France, have seen a significant decrease in meat consumption, Italy has not. In 2020, the per capita consumption of pig meat reached 32.5 kilograms per head, and remained relatively unchanged since 2016. The same is true for both beef and poultry in Italy, fluctuations withstanding. In 2019, the average monthly household expenditure on beef products totalled 30.39 euros for beef products. The average monthly expenditure on poultry products totalled 18.7 euros.

Meat pricing in Italy

The consumer price index, which is a measure of the average change of the price of a good over time, paints a picture of the inflation and deflation in the market. The monthly consumer price index of meat and meat products in Italy saw a significant increase in the last year. The monthly index on poultry meats was around 100.0 in early 2016. In January 2021, however, the consumer price index on poultry peaked, and was reported to be 107.7.


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