The consumption of pork in Germany fell to its lowest level in 11 years

Moscow. July 12. INTERFAX.RU Germany remains the largest producer and consumer of pork in the EU, but in 2016, the demand for this type of meat in the country fell to the lowest level since 2005, and the popularity of poultry, beef and vegetarian products continued to grow.

The consumption of ham, sausages and other pork products in Germany declined for three consecutive years, and in 2017, this trend has continued, according to the Bonn-based company’s Agriculture Market Information (AMI). The residents of Germany want to eat more healthy foods and less to pollute the environment. Plays a role, and the increasing share of migrants and refugees, who do not eat pork in food, analysts of the company.

According to Euromonitor International, the consumption of pork in Germany to 2016, decreased to 2 million tons. In the adjoining countries of Austria, Poland, France, on the contrary, saw an increase in demand. AMI notes that the consumption of pork per capita in Germany fell to 36.2 kg in the past year, from 40.1 per kg in 2011 and was the lowest for the time of data collection. Total meat consumption in 2016 was reduced to 60 kg per capita – the lowest level since 2006.

Many restaurants and beer gardens of Germany it is increasingly possible to find vegetarian and vegan alternatives to traditional dishes, including sausages without meat and chili with soy, reports Bloomberg. Leading meat processors are also expanding the range of products in a similar way: for example, existing from 1834 Ruegenwalder Muehle Carl Mueller GmbH now offers customers vegetarian schnitzels, ham and sausages. The company last year reduced meat sales by 5%, but the demand for vegetarian and vegan products has jumped by a third, and they now account more than a quarter of total revenue. By the decade’s end products without meat can provide about 40% of sales, the company forecast.

The number of pigs in Germany continues to decline for six months it decreased by 1% to 27.1 million on may 3 to the lowest since 2010, said Fleisch Wirtschaft. According to estimates of the German Union of vegetarians, today about 10% of the population of Germany are trying to avoid meat, and ten years ago the figure was less than 1%.

The Ministry of environment of Germany no longer takes the meat and fish at their events to show a positive example of environmental management. About 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions associated with the breeding of farm animals, according to the FAO (Food and agriculture organization of the UN).