Christmas: Roast goose comes from the east
Christmas

Roast goose comes from the east

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 When it comes to roast goose, consumers do not care about regional origin.
When it comes to roast goose, consumers do not care about regional origin.

GERMANY, Wiesbaden. For Christmas, most families put a goose from Hungary or Poland in the oven. Goods from Germany have only a small share of the market.

For many people in Germany, roast goose is part of the Christmas festivities - but the meat for the holiday tables comes mainly from abroad. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), a total of 19,444 t of goose meat were imported into Germany last year - mainly from Poland and Hungary. The two countries of origin together accounted for 97.5% of imports. Due to Corona, many celebrations are cancelled this year. It fits that the import of goose meat from January to September 2020 fell by 28% compared to the same period last year. By the end of September, a total of 3,711 t of goose meat had been imported this year, compared to 5,178 t in the same period last year. However, the majority of goose meat imports occurred in the fourth quarter due to St. Martin's Day, the Advent and Christmas seasons.

A smaller proportion of geese comes from commercial slaughtering in Germany. Again, the focus is on the fourth quarter: In 2019, nearly three-quarters of the total 2,866 t of goose meat came from slaughtering in October, November and December. From January to September 2020, the slaughter volume was 683 t, down 3.9% from the same period last year. Over the year, goose meat remains the exception on menus in Germany. Only 0.2% of poultry meat from commercial slaughter in Germany - a total of 1.58 mill. t - came from geese in 2019. By comparison, 2.2% came from ducks, 29.7% from turkeys and by far the largest share (65.4%) came from young broilers.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; Destatis
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