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AECOC Congress. The meat sector consolidates its growth. In Spain less meat is consumed but of better quality

The AECOC Congress of Meat and Processed Products in Lleida, which is being held until today, has been inaugurated by the general director of the Food Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture, José Miguel Herrero, has said in statements to the media that the Ministry is working with the sector and in the European Union “to try to solve the supply of cereals and other products that came from Ukraine looking for solutions and alternative markets”.

The consulting firm NielsenIQ has presented a report at the congress that shows that the meat sector has consolidated the increase in sales achieved during the pandemic, after closing 2021 with an increase of 6.6% compared to 2019. In the trend analysis, the report highlights that fresh meat accounts for 62.5% of the sector’s sales, with significant growth in the demand for chicken and turkey, while the purchase of delicatessen products falls and that prepared meat dishes continue to represent a very low percentage of the market. total sales.

The report highlights that fresh meat accounts for 62.5% of the sector’s sales, with significant growth in the demand for chicken and turkey

 

The AECOC Shopperview consultant, Marta Munné, explained that 42% of Spaniards consume less meat, but of better quality, and that 65% say they consume any type of meat. 29% of consumers limit their purchase to some types of meat, and 6% declare themselves to be ‘flexitarian’ and state that they have significantly reduced the presence of animal protein in their diet. Among the reasons for reducing meat consumption, the study mainly points to concerns about health and sustainability, the consumption of other proteins such as fish, or their sensitivity to animal suffering.