Chicken or poultry is one of the most popular meat consumed by the world population as it is affordable and available in great quantities. Not only that, almost every part of the chicken is edible for human consumption.
According to latest data from US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US, China and Brazil are three of the world’s largest poultry producers in 2020.
The US produced 20.25 million tonnes followed by China (14.6 million tonnes), Brazil (13.9 million tonnes) and the European Union (12.37 million tonnes).
The US has the higher per capita consumption of chicken at 43.7 kg. The US poultry industry is consolidated and vertically integrated with the Top 3 producers accounting for more than 50% of production in the country.
Other major chicken producers in the world include Russia, India, Mexico, Thailand, Turkey, Argentina and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, major exporters of chicken are Brazil and the US with major destinations being Mexico, China, Russia and the Middle East.