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Greece Poultry Annual Report 2011

by 5m Editor
29 July 2011, at 12:00am

In 2010/2011 Greek broiler and turkey meat production is estimated to remain steady from the previous year and recent improvements in poultry production, including the adoption of high-quality standards should help the sector, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Broilers

Production

MY 2010/2011 Greek broiler meat production is estimated to remain steady from the previous year. Recent improvements in poultry production, including the adoption of high-quality standards should help the sector. However, the increase in input costs – mainly feed grain, which accounts up to 70 per cent of poultry production costs – severely threatened producers’ margins.

The Greek poultry industry is vertically integrated and dominated by a few large cooperatives that account for nearly 70 per cent of production. Most broiler producers are located in Epirus, Central Greece and Macedonia-Thrace.

Consumption

Greek per-capita poultry consumption amounts to approximately 18.5kg per year. Despite Greece’s economic downturn, MY 2010/2011 broiler meat demand is expected to remain stable. Poultry demand is increasing due to the perception that white meat is healthier and cheaper than red meat, as well as the increased use of poultry meat in frozen processed products and ready meals.

Trade

Greece is more or less self-sufficient in broiler production. Italy and Netherlands are the main suppliers to Greece. Bulgaria and Macedonia are the major destinations for Greece exports.

Turkeys

Production

Domestic production accounts for about 10 per cent of demand and is expected to remain stable. Most turkey production is located in Epirus, Central Greece and Macedonia-Thrace.

Consumption

MY 2010/2011 Greek turkey meat consumption is expected to remain stable from the previous year.

Trade

Greek demand is almost completely satisfied by imports from Italy, Netherlands and France. Greece exports small amount of turkey meat to Bulgaria.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

July 2011