Estimated global pork consumption

Based on figures from official sources, a consolidation and projection of pork consumption was conducted. The top consumer of pork in 2021 continued to be China, including its special economic regions Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, whose consumptions were approximately 61, 52, and 37 kg/inhabitant, respectively. By 2022, consumption in China is expected to grow by 4,1%, reaching almost 52 kg/inhabitant. In second place is Belarus, with a slight increase in consumption of 0,3% estimated for 2022. The European Union, South Korea, and Vietnam were the third-, fourth-, and fifth-largest consumers.

Consumption in 2022 is expected to increase in most of the main consuming countries. However, a drop in consumption is forecast for the European Union, the United States, and Russia, of 0,7%, 0,9%, and 3,4%, respectively, compared to 2021.

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