Have you ever wondered who are the biggest consumers of chicken meat, or where in the world per capita consumption of poultry meat is highest?
Data published in the OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook reveals just that, offering insight into consumer habits around the globe.
Coming in at the top spot are Israelis, who consume 58.2 kg of poultry meat each year, almost double that of consumers in the Ukraine, who eat 24.4 kg of poultry meat and come much further down the ranking.
Consumers in the U.S. come close to Israelis, munching their way through 49.3 kg each, and eating slightly more than Malaysians, who eat 48.3 kg of chicken meat each.
The fourth spot is taken by Australia, with 46.1 kg. Australians would appear to have a greater appetite for chicken meat than neighboring New Zealanders, who are only able to get through 39 kg of chicken each year, putting them in 10th place.
So where next for these big chicken eaters? Will their consumption habits plateau and stay the same, or will they change?
Looking across all meats, the outlook suggests that growth in demand will slow over its review period to 2027, but notes that growth will still continue across all regions, albeit at varying degrees.
By region, it is North America that consumes the most meat per capita and it will retain the top spot, followed by the European Union and, in third place, Latin America and the Caribbean. Across the three regions, growth in total meat consumption is expected to be highest in the latter, especially where poultry meat is concerned.
Poultry meat consumption will increase regardless of region or income level. Per capita consumption will grow even in the developed world, but growth rates will, unsurprisingly, be highest in the developing world and, of all the additional meat consumed over the next decade, poultry is expected to account for 44 percent.
Top 10 chicken meat consumers (kg/per capita)
- Israel, 58.2
- United States, 49.3
- Malaysia, 48.3
- Australia, 46.1
- Saudi Arabia, 42.3
- Argentina, 41.6
- Brazil, 40.7
- Chile, 40.1
- South Africa, 38.7
- New Zealand, 38.0
Source: OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027