Strong Growth in Chile’s Pork, Poultry Meat Output

CHILE - Poultry meat and pork account for most of the meat produced in Chile and output of both rose between 2000 and 2010, while beef, lamb and horse meat all declined over the period.
calendar icon 28 May 2012
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The production of pork has seen the largest growth over the past decade, with an annual growth rate of 6.7 per cent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. This can be mainly attributed to an increase in exports, with the most important markets being South Korea and Japan.

Poultry has shown an annual increase of 3.1 per cent over the same period.

Beef production has decreased over the last decade, with an average annual decline of 0.7 per cent. Since 2002, Chile has been exporting small volumes of beef to international markets.

National meat production by species, 2000-2010
(thousands of tons of dressed meat)
Category Production in 2000
Production in 2010 Average annual change (%) Percentage of national meat production (%)
Poultry 438 594 +3.1 45
Pork 261 498 +6.7 38
Beef 226 211 -0.7 16
Mutton/Lamb 11 11 -0.5 1
Horse 9 7 -2.4 <1

The poultry industry provides most of Chile’s meat, with 594,000 tons of dressed meat being produced in 2010. Broiler chickens accounted for 84 per cent of the total, while turkey accounted for 15.2 per cent of domestic production.

Pork follows, with 498,000 tons of dressed meat produced in 2010.

Poultry meat is the most consumed in Chile, accounting for 45 per cent of total meat consumption, with an apparent consumption of 33.3kg per capita in 2010. The apparent consumption of beef per–capita in that year was 23.7kg, with an annual growth rate of 0.3 per cent from 2000 to 2010. This was below the combined growth rate of all meats, which reached 1.9 per cent during the same period. This growth is strongly influenced by an increase in the consumption of pork, which rose at a rate of 4.1 per cent annually over the past 10 years.

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