Americans Will Eat a Record Amount of Meat in 2018

January 3, 2018


  • Record consumption driven by low prices, higher protein demand
  • Plant-based protein and artificial meat are trends to watch

For all the buzz about pea protein and lab-grown burgers, Americans are set to eat more meat in 2018 than ever before.


To be precise, the average consumer will eat 222.2 pounds (100.8 kilos) of red meat and poultry this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, surpassing a record set in 2004. Meanwhile, domestic production will surpass 100 billion pounds for the first time, as livestock owners expand their herds on the back of cheap feed grain.


Meat Record

Per-capita availability to rise to all-time high in 2018


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture


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