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Pork Consumption by Country 2024

Pork's Dominance: Pork constitutes a significant portion (36%) of global meat intake, underscoring its importance in diets worldwide. This high percentage indicates pork's popularity, driven by its flavor, versatility in cooking, and cultural significance in many regions.

Consumption Trends: The current consumption stands at 112.6 kilotons, with an expected rise to 129 kilotons by 2031. This projection suggests a steady increase in pork demand, likely influenced by population growth, economic development, and changing dietary preferences.

Top Pork-Consuming Countries

  • Hong Kong: Leading the world with a per capita consumption of 55.24 kg/year. This figure reflects both the cultural affinity for pork and the high dietary value placed on this meat in local cuisine.
  • Mainland China and Macau: Not specified in quantitative terms, but these regions are highlighted as major consumers, which aligns with the extensive use of pork in Chinese cuisine and its role in traditional dishes.
  • Poland: Almost matching Hong Kong, with a consumption of 54.95 kg/year per capita, showcasing the meat's cultural significance, especially in traditional dishes like Golonka.
  • Spain: Not only a top consumer at 52.56 kg/year but also the largest pork producer in the EU, highlighting the economic and culinary importance of pork in Spain.
  • Lithuania to Montenegro: These countries have varying consumption rates, from 50.69 kg/year to 43.24 kg/year per capita, reflecting diverse culinary traditions, local pig breeds, and the role of pork in national agriculture and diets.

Observations and Cultural Ties

Local Breeds and Agriculture: Several countries, like Lithuania, Croatia, and Hungary, pride themselves on local pig breeds adapted to their environment. These breeds often have unique characteristics and contribute to the culinary identity of the region.

Culinary Traditions: Traditional dishes, such as Golonka in Poland, play a significant role in maintaining high pork consumption levels. These traditions not only preserve culinary heritage but also support local agriculture and economies.

Cultural Significance: In countries like Germany, where there's a museum dedicated to Currywurst, pork's role transcends dietary preferences and becomes a part of the cultural fabric.

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Country
Pork Consumption per Capita 2020 (kg)
Hong Kong55.24
Poland54.95
Spain52.56
Lithuania50.69
Croatia49.63
Hungary48.3
Austria45.03
Czech Republic44.54
Germany44.01
Montenegro43.24
Belarus39.18
Slovakia38.82
Latvia38.44
South Korea38.4
Taiwan38.35
Vietnam38.18
Portugal38.09
Estonia37.73
Serbia37.33
Cyprus36.78
China35.34
Romania34.5
Luxembourg33.14
Italy32.88
Belgium32.8
Ireland31.11
France30.97
Finland30.8
United States30.64
Bulgaria30.04
Sweden28.61
Russia28.2
Nauru28.17
Switzerland27.78
Netherlands27.71
Malta25.84
Slovenia25.79
New Zealand25.15
Greece25.03
Australia24.24
United Kingdom24.04
Bahamas23.77
Norway23.65
Chile22.05
Iceland21.8
Cuba21.61
Canada21.39
Japan21.33
Belize20.81
Myanmar20.1
Moldova19.17
Mexico19.08
New Caledonia17.35
Ukraine16.73
Micronesia16.15
Panama15.91
Saint Kitts and Nevis15.52
Burkina Faso15.21
Saint Lucia14.94
Grenada14.61
Philippines14.51
Argentina14.42
French Polynesia14.32
Antigua and Barbuda14.31
Brazil14.19
Uruguay14.12
Seychelles13.72
Laos13.52
Denmark13.47
Thailand13.14
Ecuador12.89
Costa Rica12.74
North Macedonia12.62
Vanuatu12.38
Barbados12.32
Samoa12.25
Malawi11.84
Timor Leste11.49
Dominica11.44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines11.26
Colombia10.52
Kiribati10.34
Papua New Guinea9.91
Dominican Republic9.85
Bolivia9.73
Bosnia and Herzegovina9.29
Georgia9.28
Paraguay8.83
Gabon8.29
Kazakhstan8.21
Armenia8.13
Suriname7.97
Malaysia7.44
Cape Verde7.3
Guinea Bissau7.23
Angola7.04
Cambodia5.92
Trinidad and Tobago5.61
Nicaragua5.3
Liberia5.29
Albania5.25
Honduras5.04
Guyana5.02
El Salvador4.72
Sao Tome and Principe4.69
Peru4.53
Namibia4.45
Venezuela4.43
Solomon Islands4.4
North Korea4.28
South Africa4.15
Haiti4.03
Lesotho3.79
Fiji3.69
Guatemala3.64
Mauritius3.18
Mozambique3.09
Jamaica3.05
Uganda2.87
Togo2.32
Kyrgyzstan2.12
Eswatini2.02
Bhutan1.89
Israel1.55
Zambia1.54
Nigeria1.47
Cameroon1.24
Ghana1.17
Senegal1.17
Qatar1.17
Nepal1.01
Ivory Coast1.01
Sierra Leone1
Madagascar0.98
Rwanda0.97
Indonesia0.89
Burundi0.85
Bahrain0.75
Benin0.74
Zimbabwe0.68
Mongolia0.61
Azerbaijan0.58
Lebanon0.55
Botswana0.48
Kenya0.41
Oman0.36
Maldives0.36
Gambia0.28
Tanzania0.25
India0.24
Guinea0.22
Uzbekistan0.16
Chad0.15
Djibouti0.13
Comoros0.12
Tajikistan0.09
Turkmenistan0.09
Niger0.06
Sri Lanka0.06
Mali0.05
Ethiopia0.02
Algeria0.02
Morocco0.02
Libya0.02
Egypt0.01
Tunisia0.01
Jordan0.01
South Sudan0.01
Mauritania0.01
Total15.98
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Which country eats the most pork?

The greatest per capita pork consumption occurs in Hong Kong where each person eats an average of 55.24 kg of pork annually.

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