Brazilís pork consumption up 17% in 5 years


Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress†

May 1, 2021†††


Even though beef and poultry consumption are much stronger in Brazil, thereís reason to be optimistic about pork consumption in the country. Recent figures point to a 16.5% growth over the last 5 years.


Brazilís Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE) revealed last month that Brazilians ate 16.86kg of pork per capita last year. That is an increase of 16.5% in comparison to 5 years earlier (2015), when the Brazilians consumed 14.47kg altogether.


Growth of pork products in supermarkets


Most part is due to a growth of this type of animal protein in supermarkets during the last half year. Consultancy company Horus said that pig meat has doubled its presence at purchases since mid-last year. For every 100 purchases, just 1 contained pork in July last year. In the 2nd half of 2021, that number rose to 2 purchases of pork meat per 100.


One other factor was the strong rise of beef prices since last year, which pushed consumers to purchase pig meat as an alternative to red meat.


As a result of the pandemic, the volume of items consumed within households in all income groups grew by 4% when compared to 2019.


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