China’s Appetite For Meat Continues To Strengthen

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Despite the impact of COVID-19 and African swine fever, China’s appetite for meat is showing no sign of slowing down. The country is the world’s largest consumer of meat by some margin, with citizens expected to eat 40.3 million metric tons of pork in 2020, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

To put that figure in context, pork consumption in the country is set to be more than double that for all European Union countries combined in 2020. While pork is the most widely-eaten meat in China, the consumption of beef and chicken is also expected to be higher than for any other country apart from the United States.

In the pork industry, not only is China the world’s leading consumer, but it is also the largest producer by some margin. In recent months, large scale Chinese hog producers have been very focused on restocking and it is forecast that a total of 36 million metric tons of pork will still be produced in 2020. This compares with 24.1 million metric tons for the European Union in second place and three times more than the U.S. in third place.

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