EU-28: Poultry and Products Semi-annual
EU-28 broiler meat production forecasts for 2015 have been kept stable from previous estimates, but still higher than in 2014. Consumers switching from other meats to broiler meat (cheaper and more convenient) in a recession-stricken EU-28 region will increase the EU-28 domestic consumption of broiler meat in 2015. EU-28 broiler meat imports are still expected to grow marginally in 2015 with stagnant imports from both Brazil and Thailand. EU-28 broiler meat exports in 2015 are now expected to increase slightly despite lower exports of whole broilers (mostly from France) to Middle Eastern countries (mainly Saudi Arabia). The lack of exports to Russia, due to the Russian Embargo, was more than offset by higher exports to South Africa, Benin, Congo, Hong Kong and the Philippines.