Which Country Eats the Most Pork in the World?

Swine/Pigs February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global pork consumption amounted to 116,804 thousand tonnes in 2015, going up by +1.7% against the previous year level. Overall, the global pork consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.0%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012, when the output figure increased by +3% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global pork consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Pork Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (57594K Tonnes)

2. United States of America (10296K Tonnes)

3. Germany (4702K Tonnes)

4. Russia (3498K Tonnes)

5. Viet Nam (3393K Tonnes)

Global Pork Consumption

With nearly 57,594 thousand tonnes, China became the world’s leading pork consuming country, comprising 49% of global consumption. The other major consumers were the United States (10,296 thousand tonnes) and Germany (4,702 thousand tonnes), with a share of 9% and 4%, respectively. Moreover, pork consumption in China surpassed the figures recorded by the United States sixfold. They were followed by Russia with a 3% of global consumption share and Viet Nam with a 3% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of pork consumption in China stood at +3.5%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: the United States (+0.4% per year) and Germany (-0.4% per year).

The highest levels of pork (meat of swine) per capita consumption was registered in Germany (58.28 kg/year), followed by China (40.92 kg/year), Viet Nam (36.31 kg/year), the United States (32.00 kg/year) and Russia (24.38 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of pork (meat of swine) was estimated at 11.15 kg/year in 2015.

In Russia, per capita pork (meat of swine) consumption has grown noticably (+4.0% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Russia per capita consumption reached 58.28 kg/year as compared with 17.77 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Pork (Meat Of Swine) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025