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Why is meat consumption growing in the Netherlands?

As in 2018, the amount of meat and sausages consumed in the Netherlands increased in 2019. It is the first time that there has been a multi-year increase since 2005-2009, according to a study by Wageningen University.

In 2019, the total consumption of meat and sausages per capita in the Netherlands was 77.8 kg. This amount is more than 500 g higher than the amount that was consumed in 2018. The increase between 2018 and 2019 is identical to the increase that previously occurred between 2017 and 2018. This increase is mainly due to the consumption of poultry meat and, in a small part, also from the consumption of pork.

The amount of meat consumed is approximately 39 kg. The type of meat they consume is pork, of which approximately 18.5 kg are consumed per year. At 11.5 kg per person per year, chicken ranks second. Beef represents 8 kg of meat consumption per year. Other types of meat, such as veal, goat, lamb and horse meat, are less popular.