Future projections put chicken and pork at a similar growth rate in the next decade. Which of the two will win?
World chicken demand continues to rise. Only in the last decade, it increased 29 percent, with an average annual growth rate of 2.8 percent, and that's not all. Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), said a couple of weeks ago at a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, that the demand for poultry meat is forecaste to grow another 20 percent in the next decade, with increases in both world population and per capita consumption.
However, the insatiable appetite for animal protein does not stop with chicken. The consumption of pork also continues to increase, although, apparently, at a slower pace. According to the data presented by Sumner, chicken meat production is approaching more and more rapidly to be the same as that of pork in the world. In fact, it is expected that by 2030 — that is, within only 11 years — there will be a clash between both lines of the graph, with more than 120 million tons each.
If the trend continues as it has been so far, there will be more chicken than pork soon. And the chicken will win the fight, without counting egg protein!
Another interesting aspect is that there are two Latin American countries among the main producers of chicken in the world: Brazil, with 14.2 percent of the world production, and Mexico, with 3.7 percent. In other words, in the region, only two countries produce 17.9 percent of the world's chicken, more than the European Union (12.9 percent), China (12.2 percent), India (5.1 percent) or Russia (4.9 percent).