Europe Processed Meat Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Europe Processed Meat Market is segmented by Type (Poultry, Beef, Pork, Mutton, and Others), Product type (Chilled Processed Meat and Frozen Processed Meat), Distribution Channel ( Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channel), and Geography (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Russia and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

The Europe Processed Meat Market Overview
Study Period: 2016-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.2 %

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Market Overview

The Europe Processed Meat Market is projected to register a CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The processed meat industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus outbreak has occurred in factories operated by the meatpacking industry and the poultry processing industry. These outbreaks affected dozens of plants, leading to closures of some factories and disruption of others, and posed a significant threat to the meat supply. However, consumers tend to consume processed meat due to its health benefits, and the supply of processed meat through online channels has boosted the market.

Processed minced beef has increased its share of the total beef volume sold, probably due to its lower price and versatility in contemporary dishes. The increasing popularity of cooking sauces, especially pasta sauces, is a major reason for the increase in mince’s share of beef sales. Also, factors like changing lifestyles, demand for convenience food, and an increase in disposable income are contributing to the growth of the processed meat market in Europe. Consumers increasingly demand ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meat products with better taste and quality. Increasing consumer awareness and acceptance of the convenience of meat products is an important factor driving the market's growth.

The increasing awareness about the risks associated with using nitrate for curing purposes in processed meat has enabled manufacturers to replace nitrate with other curing agents, like celery powder, to achieve the same effect. Such factors are registering a significant demand for nitrite-free processed meat products such as bacon products in the European countries and providing a great platform for the players to meet the growing demand by launching guilt-free bacon (nitrite-free bacon) through various retail channels.

Scope of the report

Processed meat is considered to be any meat that has been modified to either improve its taste or extend its shelf life. Methods of meat processing include salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, and the addition of chemical preservatives. The Europe Processed Meat market is segmented by type into Poultry, Beef, Pork, Mutton, and Others, by product type into chilled processed meat and frozen processed meat, and by distribution channel into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. By geography, the market is segmented into Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Russia and Rest of Europe. The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Meat Type
By Product type
Chilled Processed Meat
Frozen Processed Meat
By Distribution Channel
Convencience Stores
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channel
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Premiumization Driving Demand Through Online Retail

The processed meat sector in Europe at present and over the forecast period is expected to be driven by product premiumization, where meat consumption remains a popular inclusion across different palates. However, shortly, the less but better concept is likely to creep in, where the overall quality over quantity mindsets are prevalent in the market. The approach is particularly strong among health-conscious and flexitarian consumers, where the success of premium processed meat products is anticipated to scale up amid the meat reduction trends in the region. The growing preference for premium processed brands, especially through online retail channels, is one of those key factors driving the market.

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Russia's Stronghold Position in the Processed Meat Consumption

Driven by the dynamic food industry in Russia, which is assertive and balanced, while developing new products that address the demands of the domestic and export markets, the processed meat market in Russia is expected to witness significant growth. On a comparative note, Russia still has the lowest prices in accordance with EU-28, where overall, Russians spend less than 12% of their income on food and beverages. On the other hand, the same set of consumers eats approximately 17.2 kg of processed meat annually, which is one of the highest in the European region.

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Competitive Landscape

The Europe Processed Meat market is highly competitive with some of the key players in the European processed meat market, including BRF S.A., Cargill Inc., Cherkizovo Group, Foster Farms, Marfrig Group, Nippon Meat Packers Inc., and Tyson Foods Inc. among others. Thus, the major players are embarking on product development as one of their key strategies to achieve consolidation and optimize their offerings. Moreover, players are increasing their regional presence through acquisitions and expanding their capacities. Technological inputs have been at the forefront, leading many regional players to improvise and advance in this competitive industry. For instance, in Russia, the Cherkizovo Group launched a robotized dry sausage plant near Kashira.

Recent Development

  • In January 2022, Russian meat producer Cherkizovo Group acquired Tambov Turkey, the second-largest turkey producer in Russia. The key strategy behind the acquisition is to maintain dominance over other players in the market.
  • In 2021, JBS, the largest global protein company and the world's second-largest food industry, agreed to acquire control of Spanish company BioTech Foods and build a new plant in Spain to scale up production.
  • In 2021, WH Group completed the acquisition of Central European Packaged Meats Company Mecom Group. It has become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the company upon its completion.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Meat Type

      1. 5.1.1 Polutry

      2. 5.1.2 Beef

      3. 5.1.3 Pork

      4. 5.1.4 Mutton

      5. 5.1.5 Others

    2. 5.2 By Product type

      1. 5.2.1 Chilled Processed Meat

      2. 5.2.2 Frozen Processed Meat

    3. 5.3 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Supermarkerts/Hypermarkets

      2. 5.3.2 Convencience Stores

      3. 5.3.3 Online Retail Stores

      4. 5.3.4 Other Distribution Channel

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Germany

      2. 5.4.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.4.3 Italy

      4. 5.4.4 Spain

      5. 5.4.5 France

      6. 5.4.6 Russia

      7. 5.4.7 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Tyson Foods

      2. 6.4.2 Cherkizovo Foods

      3. 6.4.3 JBS SA

      4. 6.4.4 Marfrig Global Foods SA

      5. 6.4.5 WH Group Limited

      6. 6.4.6 Seaboard Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Biegi Foods GmbH

      8. 6.4.8 Westaways Sausage

      9. 6.4.9 Cargill

      10. 6.4.10 LDC

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Processed Meat Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Europe Processed Meat Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.2% over the next 5 years.

Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Marfrig Global Foods SA, WH Group Limited, Cherkizovo Foods are the major companies operating in Europe Processed Meat Market.

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