What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2020

Gain Report E42020-0009 12 March, 2020

EU-27+UK chicken meat production in 2020 is now forecast to increase by 1.1 percent from 2019. This increase follows 1.6 percent growth in 2019, driven by increased domestic EU-28 consumption and higher than anticipated exports. The EU-28 chicken meat production increase in 2019 was also notably driven by a 4 percent production increase in Poland which is now the leading chicken meat producing country in the European Union. However, FAS Warsaw estimates that Polish chicken production growth will slow to 1.5 percent in 2020 because of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) outbreaks in late December 2019. Until February 12, 2020, there were 18 confirmed HPAI outbreaks in domestic Polish poultry (mainly turkey farms) and one case in wild birds. Hungarian authorities also confirmed the primary outbreak of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a turkey farm and a duck farm, on January 12, 2020. The slower production growth in western European countries in 2020 is also due to higher feed prices, stricter environmental regulations, such as in the Netherlands, high labor costs, such as in France, and the lack of investments in updated production facilities, such as in Germany.
EU-27+UK domestic consumption of chicken meat is expected to increase more than total population growth in 2020, indicating a small increase in per-capita consumption. This is due to the switch from other meats to chicken meat because of weak economic conditions in some EU-27+UK countries as well as consumer preference changes toward learner and easier to prepare meats.