Istanbul becomes top red meat consumer city in Turkey


(Istanbul-NewsHalal, Rabi`II 27, 1437, February 6, 2016) Turkey is one of the prominent meat consuming market while historical city is top on the list for largest consumer of red meat.

According to the Istanbul Chamber of Butchers president Bilgin Sahin, out of 1.3 million tons of red meat produced every year in Turkey, Istanbul has become the top consumer with 330,000 tons.

He was quoted by several Turkish media report as saying that 1.1 million tons of the amount produced is veal only and the remaining 220,000 was beef, lamb, goat etc.

“Istanbul’s daily consumption of red meat was 400 tons in addition to another 400 to 500 tons of processed meat such as salami, sausages and pastrami”. Sahin said.

Pointing out that Turkey’s per capita meat consumption is much lower than Europe and the U.S., he said that the U.S. remained the largest consumer with 45-50 kilograms of meat whereas Europe was at 33 kg and Turkey consumed a mere 14 kg per person.

According to Mr. Sahin, red meat prices in Turkey have tripled in the last 10 years, but the government’s move to scrap the value-added-tax on animal feed had relieved meat producers.

Consumers in Istanbul said to be paying TL 40 for a kilo of beef mince, TL 50 for 1kg of steak and TL 38 for 1kg of lamb, many have long been waiting for a significant reduction in prices.

According to a Worldwatch institute report, Worldwide, per capita meat consumption increased from 41.3 kilograms in 2009 to 41.9 kilograms in 2010. People In the developing world eat 32 kilograms of meat a year on average, compared to 80 kilograms per person in the industrial world.

Global meat production rose by almost 20% over the last decade, led by growth in poultry and pigmeat. Over the next decade, global meat production will expand at a slower rate, and in 2024 will be 17% higher than the base period (2012-14), OECD FAO Agriculture outlook 2015 report says.

“Having declined over the past decade, per capita beef consumption stabilises in the next ten years, remaining largely stagnant at global level. Within developed countries, consumption per capita is expected to decline by almost 2%, whereas in developing regions, consumption is projected to expand by approximately 6% in 2024 when compared to the base period.

Despite this contrasting growth pattern, per capita beef consumption in the developing world remains less than 35% of the levels registered in developed countries. Asia continues to dominate consumption growth, accounting for more than half of additional beef consumed over the next decade”. The report revealed.