Central America Consumes More Pork Meat

In the last five years annual per capita consumption of pork in the countries of the region increased from 4.6 kilos in 2012 to 5.3 kilos in 2016, and growth was driven mainly by Panama and Costa Rica.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Between 2012 and 2016 regional pork consumption has maintained an upward trend, growing from 205 thousand tons in 2012 to 249 thousand tons in 2016, which is an increase of 21%. 

In 2016, 73% of the pork consumed in Central America corresponded to local production, while 27% was meat imported mostly from the United States and from other countries outside of the region. 

Last year Costa Rica was the country with the highest annual per capita consumption, with 14.4 kilos, followed by Panama with 12.4 kilos, Honduras with 4 kilos, Guatemala with 3.7 kilos, Nicaragua with 2.7 kilos and El Salvador with 2.1 kilos. 

In 2016, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama accounted for approximately 83% of the regional pork production, while the remaining 17% was produced in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

CentralAmericaData's "Pork Meat Market Snapshot" has information pertaining to 2016, and contains production figures and their destination, consumption and origin, prices, sales, consumption per capita and projections, with regional and country-specific details. 

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A rise is anticipated in the international price of pork in the third quarter of 2016 because of continued strong demand from the Asian country.

From a report on Agromeat.com:

Continued strong demand for pork from China and maintenance of supply will be the main factors in the third quarter of 2016, according to a report by Rabobank concerning the third quarter of 2016. In the view of Albert Vernooij, animal protein analyst at Rabobank, "this will lead to an increase in pork prices on the Rabobank index, improving margins for farmers".

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There is a growing trend for pork consumption, encouraged in some countries in the region by ad campaigns created by companies in the sector.

An article on Eleconomista.net reports that "... Central Americans are eating more and more pork. At the head is Costa Rica, with a per capita consumption of 13 kilos in 2014.

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