Drop in European meat consumption predicted
Meat consumption in Western Europe will be at least
15% below the current level. That opinion was stated this week by Henny
Swinkels, head of the Dutch central organisation for the meat industry
Swinkels believes meat consumption will drop in
comparison to other sources of proteins. In his view the sector is not paying
sufficient attention to this development.
Change in eating
Most important reason for eating less meat in his eyes in a
change in eating patterns, as people tend to snack more instead of taking three
meals a day. In addition, people do eat meat products as long as it cannot be
recognised as such - no bones or fat please!
Pork chops will thus be
replaced by fillets - being worth more but the total weight of meat consumed
Italy and Belgium
Italy is already
showig this tendency as only 30% of the inhabitants have a meal twice a day,
mainly due to more women being in work.
In Belgium, the total amount
of meat, excluding poultry and charcuterie, consumed per family in-house
decreased from 44.7 kg in 1995 until 32.2 kg ten years later, the Flemish centre
for agro- and fishery marketing (VLAM) reported.
All in all, however,
Swinkels does not think the total amount of animals produced will decrease as
the number of consumers is growing slightly and demand is expected to grow in
Eastern Europe and China.
â€¢ Dutch central organisation for the meat
â€¢ Flemish centre
for agro- and fishery marketing (VLAM)
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