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EU - Beef (Cattle Meat) - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights

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EU: Beef Market 2023

Beef Market Size in the EU

In 2021, the EU beef market was finally on the rise to reach $X for the first time since 2018, thus ending a two-year declining trend. Over the period under review, consumption showed a slight shrinkage. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2018 with an increase of 5.4%. The level of consumption peaked at $X in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2021, consumption failed to regain momentum.

Beef Production in the EU

In value terms, beef production stood at $X in 2021 estimated in export price. In general, production saw a slight decline. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2017 with an increase of 6.6% against the previous year. Over the period under review, production hit record highs at $X in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2021, production failed to regain momentum.

The countries with the highest volumes of production in 2021 were France (X tons), Germany (X tons) and Italy (X tons), together accounting for 47% of total production. These countries were followed by Spain, Ireland, Poland and the Netherlands, which together accounted for a further 33%.

From 2012 to 2021, the biggest increases were recorded for Poland (with a CAGR of +4.2%), while production for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In 2021, the average beef yield in the European Union reduced modestly to X kg per head, remaining constant against 2020 figures. In general, the yield, however, saw a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2015 when the yield increased by 1.7% against the previous year. The level of yield peaked at X kg per head in 2020, and then reduced slightly in the following year.

In 2021, number of animals slaughtered for beef production in the European Union reached X heads, stabilizing at 2020 figures. Overall, the number of producing animals, however, continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2016 when the number of producing animals increased by 2.5%. The level of producing animals peaked at X heads in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2021, producing animals failed to regain momentum.

Beef Exports

Exports in the EU

After two years of decline, shipments abroad of beef (cattle meat) increased by 4% to X tons in 2021. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.2% from 2012 to 2021; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2015 with an increase of 4.2%. The volume of export peaked in 2021 and is expected to retain growth in years to come.

In value terms, beef exports surged to $X in 2021. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +1.2% over the period from 2012 to 2021; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. As a result, the exports attained the peak and are likely to continue growth in the immediate term.

Exports by Country

The Netherlands (X tons), Poland (X tons), Ireland (X tons), Germany (X tons), Spain (X tons) and France (X tons) represented roughly 76% of total exports in 2021. Italy (X tons) ranks next in terms of the total exports with a 5.3% share, followed by Belgium (5.1%).

From 2012 to 2021, the biggest increases were recorded for Spain (with a CAGR of +5.7%), while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest beef supplying countries in the European Union were the Netherlands ($X), Ireland ($X) and Poland ($X), with a combined 54% share of total exports.

Among the main exporting countries, Poland, with a CAGR of +6.4%, recorded the highest growth rate of the value of exports, over the period under review, while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Export Prices by Country

In 2021, the export price in the European Union amounted to $X per ton, surging by 16% against the previous year. In general, the export price showed a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, the export prices reached the maximum at $X per ton in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2021, the export prices stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Average prices varied somewhat amongst the major exporting countries. In 2021, major exporting countries recorded the following prices: in the Netherlands ($X per ton) and Ireland ($X per ton), while Spain ($X per ton) and Poland ($X per ton) were amongst the lowest.

From 2012 to 2021, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Poland (+2.0%), while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Beef Imports

Imports in the EU

In 2021, beef imports in the European Union stood at X tons, with an increase of 2.8% compared with the previous year's figure. Over the period under review, imports, however, continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, imports reached the peak figure at X tons in 2019; however, from 2020 to 2021, imports stood at a somewhat lower figure.

In value terms, beef imports surged to $X in 2021. In general, imports showed a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, imports attained the maximum at $X in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2021, imports failed to regain momentum.

Imports by Country

In 2021, the Netherlands (X tons), Italy (X tons), Germany (X tons) and France (X tons) represented the largest importer of beef (cattle meat) in the European Union, constituting 61% of total import. Greece (X tons) took a 5.3% share (based on physical terms) of total imports, which put it in second place, followed by Portugal (5.2%) and Spain (5%). The following importers - Denmark (X tons), Sweden (X tons), Belgium (X tons), Austria (X tons) and the Czech Republic (X tons) - together made up 14% of total imports.

From 2012 to 2021, the biggest increases were recorded for the Czech Republic (with a CAGR of +8.0%), while purchases for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest beef importing markets in the European Union were Germany ($X), Italy ($X) and the Netherlands ($X), with a combined 51% share of total imports. These countries were followed by France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic, which together accounted for a further 41%.

The Czech Republic, with a CAGR of +7.3%, recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the value of imports, in terms of the main importing countries over the period under review, while purchases for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Import Prices by Country

The import price in the European Union stood at $X per ton in 2021, surging by 13% against the previous year. In general, the import price saw a relatively flat trend pattern. The level of import peaked at $X per ton in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2021, import prices stood at a somewhat lower figure.

Average prices varied somewhat amongst the major importing countries. In 2021, major importing countries recorded the following prices: in Germany ($X per ton) and Spain ($X per ton), while Greece ($X per ton) and the Czech Republic ($X per ton) were amongst the lowest.

From 2012 to 2021, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands (+1.6%), while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Source: IndexBox Platform

Base Year Historical Period Forecast Period Units
2022 2012-2022 2023-2030 US$, Tons

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

What are the largest markets for beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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The countries with the highest volumes of consumption in 2021 were France, Germany and Italy, with a combined 55% share of total consumption. Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Greece and Denmark lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 37%.
What are the largest producers of beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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The countries with the highest volumes of production in 2021 were France, Germany and Italy, with a combined 47% share of total production. Spain, Ireland, Poland and the Netherlands lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 33%.
What are the leading suppliers of beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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In value terms, the largest beef supplying countries in the European Union were the Netherlands, Ireland and Poland, together accounting for 54% of total exports.
What are the leading importers of beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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In value terms, the largest beef importing markets in the European Union were Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, with a combined 51% share of total imports. France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 41%.
What is the average export price for beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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The export price in the European Union stood at $5,864 per ton in 2021, picking up by 16% against the previous year.
What is the average import price for beef (cattle meat) in the the EU?
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The import price in the European Union stood at $6,153 per ton in 2021, increasing by 13% against the previous year.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the beef market in the EU. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2030.


Product coverage:
• FCL 947 - Buffalo meat
• FCL 867 - Meat of cattle

Data coverage:
• Market volume and value
• Per Capita consumption
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term
• Production in the EU, split by region and country
• Trade (exports and imports) in the EU
• Export and import prices
• Market trends, drivers and restraints
• Key market players and their profiles

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1. How to diversify your business and benefit from new market opportunities
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3. How to boost your sales on overseas markets
4. How to increase your profit margins
5. How to make your supply chain more sustainable
6. How to reduce your production and supply chain costs
7. How to outsource production to other countries
8. How to prepare your business for global expansion
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

    1. REPORT DESCRIPTION
    2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
    3. DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
    4. GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
  2. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    A Quick Overview of Market Performance

    1. KEY FINDINGS
  3. 3. MARKET OVERVIEW

    Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

    1. MARKET SIZE
    2. CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY
    3. MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
  4. 4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCT

    Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

    1. TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
    2. BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
    3. MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
    4. MOST TRADED PRODUCT
    5. MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
  5. 5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

    Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

    1. TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
    2. TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
    3. COUNTRIES WITH TOP YIELDS
    4. TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
    5. LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
  6. 6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

    Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

    1. TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
    2. TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
    3. UNSATURATED MARKETS
    4. TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
    5. MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
  7. 7. PRODUCTION

    The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

    1. PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
    2. PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY
    3. PRODUCING ANIMALS AND YIELD BY COUNTRY
  8. 8. IMPORTS

    The Largest Importers on The Market and How They Succeed

    1. IMPORTS FROM 2012–2022
    2. IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
    3. IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
  9. 9. EXPORTS

    The Largest Exporters on The Market and How They Succeed

    1. EXPORTS FROM 2012–2022
    2. EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
    3. EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
  10. 10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

    The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

  11. 11. COUNTRY PROFILES

    The Largest Markets And Their Profiles

    1. • Austria
    2. • Belgium
    3. • Bulgaria
    4. • Croatia
    5. • Cyprus
    6. • Czech Republic
    7. • Denmark
    8. • Estonia
    9. • Finland
    10. • France
    11. • Germany
    12. • Greece
    13. • Hungary
    14. • Ireland
    15. • Italy
    16. • Latvia
    17. • Lithuania
    18. • Luxembourg
    19. • Malta
    20. • Netherlands
    21. • Poland
    22. • Portugal
    23. • Romania
    24. • Slovakia
    25. • Slovenia
    26. • Spain
    27. • Sweden
  12. LIST OF TABLES
    1. Key Findings In 2022
    2. Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2012–2022
    3. Market Value, 2012–2022
    4. Per Capita Consumption, By Country, 2018–2022
    5. Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    6. Producing Animals, By Country, 2012-2022
    7. Yield, By Country, 2012-2022
    8. Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    9. Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    10. Import Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2012–2022
    11. Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    12. Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    13. Export Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2012–2022
  13. LIST OF FIGURES
    1. Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2012–2022
    2. Market Value, 2012–2022
    3. Consumption, By Country, 2022
    4. Market Volume Forecast to 2030
    5. Market Value Forecast to 2030
    6. Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
    7. Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
    8. Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
    9. Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
    10. Production Volume And Growth
    11. Yield And Growth
    12. Exports And Growth
    13. Export Prices And Growth
    14. Market Size And Growth
    15. Per Capita Consumption
    16. Imports And Growth
    17. Import Prices
    18. Production, In Physical Terms, 2012–2022
    19. Production, In Value Terms, 2012–2022
    20. Producing Animals, 2012–2022
    21. Yield, 2012–2022
    22. Production, By Country, 2022
    23. Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    24. Producing Animals, By Country, 2022
    25. Producing Animals, By Country, 2012-2022
    26. Yield, By Country, 2012-2022
    27. Imports, In Physical Terms, 2012–2022
    28. Imports, In Value Terms, 2012–2022
    29. Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2022
    30. Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    31. Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    32. Import Prices, By Country, 2012–2022
    33. Exports, In Physical Terms, 2012–2022
    34. Exports, In Value Terms, 2012–2022
    35. Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2022
    36. Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    37. Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2012–2022
    38. Export Prices, 2012–2022

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