Chicken Tops Japan Meat Consumption15 August 2013
JAPAN - Chicken consumption in Japan has risen by more than five per cent over the last financial year, according to figures from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The data shows that average consumption is 12kg, exceeding pork for the first time.
Analysist at Meat and Livestock Australia said that Japanese consumer preferences for low cost products, along with an increase in domestic poultry production - up six per cent year-on-year - are likely to have underpinned the increase in poultry consumption.
In contrast, beef and pork consumption each declined slightly by 100 grams/person over the year, to 5.9kg/person and 11.8kg/person, respectively.
Total meat consumption (including minority proteins such as sheep meat) during the year reached 30kg/person, the highest on record, while seafood consumption continued to decline, easing 100 grams from 2011 to 28.4kg/person.
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