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EU-27 poultry market struggles with Covid-19

After years of growth, the EU-27 chicken meat sector is expected to contract moderately in 2020 before rebounding in 2021, although at a slower growth rate than pre-Covid. Further development of non-conventional production schemes (organic, free-range and GMO-free chickens) remains strong.

After years of growth, EU-27* chicken meat production is envisaged to decline by 1.6% in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that led to a lockdown in most EU-27 countries and the temporary closure of hotels, restaurants and institutional cafeterias (HRI). While chicken meat demand was less affected than other meats, the loss of meals taken outside the home was not fully replaced by sales of chicken for home consumption. In most EU-27 countries, chicken meat slaughterhouses and processors had to switch from bulk sales to the HRI sector to sales to the retail sector for household purchases.

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