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USDA GAIN: Poultry and Products


08 March 2012

USDA GAIN: EU-27  Poultry and Products Semi-annual 2012USDA GAIN: EU-27 Poultry and Products Semi-annual 2012

EU-27 broiler meat production forecast for 2012 has been slightly revised downward (but still higher than in 2011) from previous estimates mainly due to the difficult economic situation which is foreseen to slow the growth in domestic demand for broiler meat.

USDA GAIN: Poultry and Products

Report Highlights:

The broiler meat import forecast is raised due to the strong demand in EU-27 for low-cost broiler meat preparations made with imported products from Thailand and Brazil. While broiler meat export estimates for 2012 show an apparent decline from previous estimates, this trend hides the removal of chicken paw export figures to Hong Kong and China, which were included in the previous estimates. EU-27 broiler meat exports are expected to grow again in 2012 from 2011, fueled by strong demand in the Middle East and Asia.

Commodities:

Poultry, Meat, Broiler

Production:

EU-27 broiler meat production forecast for 2012 has been slightly revised downward (but still higher than in 2011) from previous estimates due to lower than anticipated production mainly in Poland, Greece, UK, and Romania. The main reasons are the overall difficult economic situation combined with high grain prices and stagnant producer prices in several major producing countries such as Poland. The downward revision of Romania’s official broiler meat production figures strengthened the trend.

Consumption:

The EU-27 domestic consumption of broiler meat is forecast to further increase in 2012 from 2011, driven by a combination of term diet changes away from red meats and a sluggish economy which encourages the consumption of lower-cost poultry meat.

Note: New consumption figures have been adjusted upward to reflect the removal of chicken paws in broiler meat export figures, and hide a real consumption growth figure which is expected to be slower than previously anticipated due notably to the increasing economical problems in several EU countries.

Trade:

The broiler meat import forecast for 2012 has been raised in line with the growth of imports in 2011 and the strong demand in EU-27 for low-cost broiler meat preparations made with imported products from Thailand and Brazil. While broiler meat export estimates for 2012 show an apparent decline from previous estimates, this trend hides the removal of chicken paw export figures to Hong Kong and China which were included in the previous estimates. EU-27 broiler exports are expected to grow again in 2012 from 2011, fueled by strong demand in the Middle East and Asia. [For Production, Supply and Demand Data Statistics, please download the document]

March 2012

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