What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

EU-28 chicken production

GAIN Report No. FR1928 16 September, 2019

The EU-28 chicken meat sector is expected to continue its growth in 2019 and 2020 due to slowly increasing domestic demand and increasing exports. Overall, EU-28 production in 2019 varies in different regions, but chicken meat production is foreseen to increase from 2018 in most major EU producing countries especially in Poland, now the leading EU-28 chicken meat producing country. EU-28 chicken imports are expected to increase in 2019. Thailand is the largest supplier of chicken meat to the EU-28, passing Brazil that had 20 plants delisted for salmonella issues in 2018. Ukraine is now the third largest supplier because it was granted a Tariff Rate Quotas for chicken meat.
Consumers in the EU-28 are demanding more cage-free, organic, non GM-Fed type of production and many consumers will pay a premium price for products labeled as using one or more of those production methods. In France, the free-range sector under a quality scheme such as “Red Label”represents about 10 percent of the consumption. The growth of those specific schemes is especially significant in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Italy and Spain (with the “Happy Chicken” label), despite retail prices which can be significantly higher (even double the price of conventionally raised chicken meat).