Meat prices in Dutch shops up 3.8 percent
Consumers paid 3.8 percent more for their meat in 2017 compared to the previous year. Prices at meat producers, e.g. slaughterhouses and boning plants, rose as well.
Over the past two decades, meat prices in the retail sector have risen by 2 percent annually on average.
Last year, retail meat prices surged at twice this average rate. In 2001, prices rose by almost 10 percent.
These price hikes were possibly connected with the outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease that year.
Retail food prices went up by 2.7 percent in 2017. Altogether, consumers paid 1.4 percent more for their daily groceries, clothing, petrol, rent and insurance premiums.
Of all meat purchased by consumers, poultry saw the steepest price rise in 2017.
Processed meats (i.e. smoked, dried or salted) as well as pork rose slightly less, but still more rapidly than average. Other types of meat such as rabbit and wild boar (game) saw relatively the smallest price increase.
Processed meat accounted for nearly 30 percent of all consumer meat purchases in 2017.
The next largest share was held by pork and other meat preparations, including canned meat and half-and-half minced meat. Sheep meat and goat meat represented 1.2 percent of all meat purchases in shops. ■