According to the data presented by the European Commission towards the end of February 2018 with regard to the situation on the poultry market in the European Union, European poultry production continued to grow in 2017. Once again, poultry export increased in 2017, while import to the EU dropped for the first time in years after a continuous period of growth.
The European Commission’s data for the first eleven months of 2017 indicate an increase in European poultry production of 1.1% year on year. The highest increase was observed in Latvia (13%), Slovakia (11.5%) and Denmark (11.4%). Poland has remained the unquestionable leader in chicken meat production since 2014, and since 2016 also in turkey meat production. It is estimated that in 2018 total European poultry production, including poultry produced in line with additional quality systems such as QAFP (Quality Assurance for Food Products), will grow by 1.9% to reach nearly 16 million tons.
In 2017, poultry import fell by over 10% in comparison to the previous year and reached over 805.5 thousand tons. Import of poultry from China grew in 2017 by 13% and China took the fifth place among the largest exporters of this type of meat to the EC market.
In 2017 European poultry export grew again by 2.9% with regard to 2016, to reach 1 662 300 tons. Despite that, the People’s Republic of China did not find itself among the top ten destinations in the recent years. This was because of the Chinese ban on poultry from countries which reported cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry at the turn of 2016 and 2017. This season bird flu has not been so troublesome for the European continent, therefore, we shall hope that soon Chinese consumers will be able to enjoy the benefits of high-quality European QAFP poultry.