Argentina has recorded a 4.8% decline in meat consumption per inhabitant despite caps on exports imposed by the administration of President Alberto Fernández, which allegedly sought to prioritize the domestic market.
According to a report by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Meats and Derivatives of the Argentine Republic (CICCRA), consumption of beef per inhabitant in 2021 was 47.6 kg / year (or -2.4kg / inhab / year).
According to Argentina's previous standards, December should have yielded a result around 52.4 kg / inhabitant / year, CICCRA said.
Under the Government's new measures, beef production went down 6.1% in 2021, 194.1 thousand tons below 2020 figures.
In 2021 797.6 thousand tons of beef were exported (which would show a fall of 11.7% per year).
In 2021, the meat processing industry slaughtered 12,967 million heads of cattle, which represents a fall of 7.4% (-10.0% if adjusted for the number of working days), one million head less compared to the previous year.
According to the Argentine Beef Promotion Institute (IPCVA), the price of beef increased 9.7% in December 2021 compared to the previous month, for a 60.7% yoy rise.
Despite the decrease in consumption in recent years, Argentina continues to lead in terms of world consumption of beef per inhabitant, followed by Uruguay with 45 kg / inhabitant / year, and the United States in third position with 38 kg / inhab / year, according to data from the Rosario Stock Exchange.
The report indicates that in terms of poultry meat consumption, Argentina is among the top five worldwide, with about 48 kg / inhabitant years. The ranking is led by Qatar, whose population consumed an average of 52 kg / inhabitant / year, followed by the United States with a consumption of 51 kg / inhabitant / year, the same as Malaysia.
Regarding pork, Argentines are far from the top positions, with around 20 kg / inhabitant / year.