Ger­mans in­creas­ingly pass­ing up pork

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

The na­tion that gave the world bratwurst and hot dogs is cut­ting back on its fa­vorite pork sausages and load­ing up plates with more veg­gie con­coc­tions in­stead.

Ger­mans last year con­sumed the small­est amount of pig meat since at least 2005, and the drop will con­tinue in 2017, ac­cord­ing to Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket In­for­ma­tion Co. in Bonn. In Europe’s largest hog-pro­duc­ing and pork-eat­ing na­tion, ham and sausage de­mand has dropped for at least three-straight years.

Pork still ac­counts for more than half the meat eaten in Ger­many, but it’s los­ing mar­ket share to poul­try and beef and com­pet­ing more with veg­e­tar­ian op­tions at shops and restau­rants. The shift re­flects chang­ing Ger­man at­ti­tudes about di­ets and sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion. There’s also been an in­flux of refugees who don’t eat pork.

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