News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Articles by Alyssa Conway


Global poultry market characterized by higher demand, slower growth

An estimated 311.8 million metric tons of meat will be produced worldwide in 2014 at the same time growth marks slowest pace in past 20 years.
World meat production growth in 2014 is expected to be modest, growing 1.1 percent from to nearly 311.8 million metric tons produced in 2014 thanks to rising demand among developing countries.
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Disease, population, costs influence poultry outlook in next decade

A growing population will demand more poultry meat and eggs, while producers will be challenged with controlling disease among flocks and managing elevated input costs.
A growing population will demand more poultry meat and eggs in the next decade, while producers will be challenged with controlling disease among flocks and managing elevated input costs.
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Egg production

Egg production growth expected from key players US, Asia

Of nearly 67 million metric tons of eggs produced globally in 2013, China’s 28.76 million-metric-ton share continues to increase.
Over 1,250 billion eggs were produced worldwide in 2013, from a laying flock of approximately 6.9 billion hens, with future growth expected in the U.S. and Asia.
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Poultry, egg trade slows with rising production among exporters

Exports over the next decade will come mainly from North and South America, while Asia and Africa will account for most significant imports.
At the end of 2014, poultry meat trade volume will have increased an estimated 2.4 percent, slower than the growth pace seen over the past decade in part due to rising production among exporting countries and poultry’s competitive price relative to other meats.
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Export forecast up for 2014 due to poultry products growth

Poultry, bovine meats account for 80 percent of additional trade to 2022.
By 2022, world meat exports are forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to grow by 19 percent or 1.6 percent annually, a slowdown compared to the previous decade when exports grew by 4.3 percent per year from 2003-12. Nonetheless, growth in meat trade over the next decade will be driven by poultry meat and bovine meat exports, which together will comprise 80 percent of the additional trade from 2013-22. 
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Input costs, slowing production growth influence market for poultry, eggs

Poultry, pig meats remain most-consumed meats worldwide.
The market for all meats in 2013 has been represented on the demand side by rising incomes from growth in developing countries and high nominal output prices; whereas on the supply side, high input costs, specifically grains for feed and energy-related expenses, have also affected growth. Over the next decade, meat prices are expected to remain high as meat production slows while demand, driven by developing countries such as China and India, remains strong.
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Meat Production

Global broiler meat production nears 85 million metric tons with growth in US, Thailand, Russia

Poultry meat production to slow over next decade.
Although slowing, growth in meat production over the next decade will be dominated by developing countries, which will comprise nearly 80 percent of additional output of all meats by 2022. World meat production will grow at a slower pace than the previous decade’s growth of 1.6 percent annually as a result of higher input costs, such as feed and energy, as well as high competition for natural resources.
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Projections for global poultry, egg markets as world population grows

Demand for poultry products will increase in developing countries as production slows.
Higher demand for poultry meat and eggs around the world in the next decade will largely be driven by income growth and rapid population growth in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, and generally other developing regions. A growing population with changing diets will require more animal proteins overall in the near future, but at a higher cost than in the previous decade with input costs rising and production slowing.
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Egg Production

China, US dominate egg production again

Asia-Pacific region contributed more than half of world’s total egg production volume in 2012.
Between 2000 and 2012, world egg production increased by 28.4 percent or an average rate of 2.4 percent per year (Figure 1). In 2012, almost 1,230 billion eggs were produced from a laying flock of approximately 6.8 billion hens. In fact, over 90 percent of global egg production comprises eggs from hens.
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Egg Consumption

Changing diets, rising income in Asia increase egg consumption over past decade

Future growth in animal protein consumption will come from developing regions that currently don’t consume as high amounts of dairy, poultry products.
Changing diets in Asian countries and urbanization combined with rising incomes have led to an increase in consumption of eggs and poultry products over the past decade.In China, egg consumption is projected to grow to 20 kg per person in 2030 from 15 kg per person annually in 1997-99.
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Egg consumption

Egg consumption growth driven by developing countries

Table egg consumption increases due to population growth, increased uptake of egg products.
Consumption of eggs and a wider variety of egg products has increased over recent years and is projected to grow to approximately 1,154 billion units by 2015, according to market research publisher Global Industry Analysts Inc. Much of the growth in egg consumption has come from developing countries.
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