GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Global Turkey Meat Consumption Flat

The US is well ahead of the rest in the world league table in turkey meat consumption, writes Terry Evans in this article exclusively for ThePoultrySite. A steady increase in uptake, however, has only been recorded in Mexico and Brazil in recent years.
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With increases in turkey production having difficulty in keeping pace with population growth, it is not surprising the find that the average consumption of turkey meat/person in the few countries where this calculation is made, has shown little change during the current decade and in some instances. it has declined.

Americans eat the most turkey meat, annual average uptake averaging eight kilograms per person (Table 1 and Figure 1), followed by the Canadians who, broadly speaking, eat about half as much.

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The really bright spot is the way that consumption has escalated in Brazil from 0.5kg per person in 2002 to an anticipated 1.6kg in 2009.

Not quite as dramatic but nevertheless highly significant, has been the increase of 0.5kg per person in the uptake of turkey in Mexico.

In contrast, the cut-back in consumption evident in the EU from around 3.7kg per person to the current level of 3.3kg or less is cause for concern bearing in mind that this is the world's second largest turkey meat-producing region behind the Americas.

Turkey meat consumption in selected countries

Further Reading

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