Which Country Eats the Most Meat?

Meat Consumption (Total) (kt), 2013
Food & Drink | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 157 countries in 2013, China ranked the highest in meat consumption with 78,170 kt followed by USA and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was Maldives with 7.31 kt, Gambia with 15.1 kt and Djibouti with 15.2 kt.

Total meat consumption reached 300,112 kt in 2013 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.42 % more than in the previous year and 17.0 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total meat consumption reached an all time high of 300,112 kt in 2013 and an all time low of 70,905 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.81 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 26.0 % of meat consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 44.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 60.3 % in 2013.

Data for more countries are available at Meat Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Meat Consumption (Total) Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Argentina kt 3,697 3,829 3,950 4,033 4,137
Brazil kt 15,295 16,530 16,950 17,471 18,293
China kt 68,625 72,132 74,859 77,238 77,771
France kt 5,207 5,692 5,685 5,722 5,635
Germany kt 7,196 7,146 7,154 7,264 7,280
India kt 5,100 5,286 5,356 5,425 5,123
Italy kt 5,217 5,149 5,275 5,416 5,260
Japan kt 5,879 5,920 5,833 6,075 6,208
Mexico kt 6,800 7,002 7,148 7,238 7,272
Philippines kt 2,942 3,036 3,051 3,214 3,266
Russia kt 8,634 9,368 9,211 9,479 9,585
Spain kt 4,886 4,556 4,424 4,360 4,326
USA kt 38,308 37,933 36,984 37,345 36,997
United Kingdom kt 5,189 4,999 4,985 5,034 5,145
Vietnam kt 3,653 4,028 4,436 4,586 5,171