The average Dutchman ate around 85 kilos of meat and meat products in 2007. This is nearly 2 percent less than in 2000. The decrease is completely accounted for by a reduced demand for pork.
Pork accounts for half of meat consumption
Just about half of the meat eaten by the Dutch is pork. Nearly one quarter is beef and veal. Chicken and other poultry account for just under a quarter. The remaining amount is mutton, goat and horse meat. A typical Dutch family with two grown up children ate half a cow and two pigs in 2007.
Per capita meat consumption in the Netherlands, 2007
Consumers spend more on meat
The value of spending on meat and meat products in the shops rose by 20 percent tin the period 2000-2007. The volume of spending rose by about 6 percent in this period. Prices rose by 14 percent.
Just over 70 percent of all money consumers spent on meat ended up in supermarket tills.
Germany main meat supplier
In addition to home produced meat, the Dutch also eat meat from abroad. Just over 1.3 billion kilos of meat was imported in 2007, 90 percent more than in 2000. Around 85 percent of imported meat comes from other EU countries. Germany accounts for 30 percent of meat imports.
Origin of imported meat, 2007