GERMANY, Bonn. In 2020, Germany once again consumed less meat than in the previous year. This is according to the preliminary data of the supply balance meat of the Federal Information Center for Agriculture (BZL).
According to these figures, per capita consumption in Germany fell by 750 g to 57.3 kg - the lowest level since 1989. In particular, the appetite for pork fell by 940 g to 32.8 kg. The quantity of beef and veal also fell by 40 to 9.8 kg. In contrast, consumption of poultry meat increased by 180 g to 13.3 kg. In the previous year 2019, the per capita consumption of meat reached the mark of 59.5 kg. In 2018, it was still 61.1 kg.
Trends in domestic demand are reflected in net production - animals slaughtered domestically - with 2.4% less pork and 2.7% less beef and veal produced compared to the previous year. In contrast, net production of poultry meat increased by 1.7%.
The BLE further reports that foreign trade volumes in live animals decreased in 2020: Compared to 2019, 14.8% fewer live animals were imported and 11% fewer were exported, based on slaughter weight. Furthermore, imports and exports of meat, meat products and canned goods decreased by 7.8% and 6.5%, respectively, compared to 2019. Based on preliminary figures, the overall meat self-sufficiency rate for 2020 is 117.7%. The self-sufficiency rate for poultry was 97.2%.