GERMANY, Bonn. Meat consumption in Germany has recently fallen noticeably. This is shown in the provisional supply balance of the Federal Information Centre for Agriculture (BZL) for 2019.
According to this, the consumption volume has shrunk by 1.6 kg or 2.6% to 59.5 kg compared to the previous year. This is the amount of meat that German citizens had last consumed at the height of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) crisis in 2001. In 2018 the per capita consumption of meat reached the 60.15 kg mark.
The fact that the 60 kg mark was broken for the first time since then is primarily due to the sharp decline in pork consumption. Last year, per capita consumption fell from 35.7 kg to 34.1 kg compared to 2018. In addition, each German citizen ate 10 kg of beef and veal over the course of the year, 100 g more than in 2018. After many years of rising consumption of poultry meat, it stagnated at 13.8 kg.
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Source: fleischwirtschaft.de, AgE