Chicken Consumption Increases 353%

Chicken Consumption Increases 353%

Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen
I’m Haylie Shipp with the Southeast Regional Ag Report.

According to the National Chicken Council, Americans buy more chicken than any other food at the center of the plate. In fact, chicken consumption per capita has increased nearly ever year since the 1960’s.

In 1960, the per capita consumption of chicken was 28 pounds per year. That’s now bolstered higher with the USDA’s Economic Research Service estimating per capita consumption at 97.2 pounds. They’re projecting 98.8 pounds

How does that compare to other proteins?


1960 – Average per capita consumption, 63.3 lbs. 2021 Estimated – 58.9.


1960 – 59.1 pounds per person per year. 2021 Estimate – 49.9.

But, back to the chicken.

The top 5 export destinations (value) in 2020 were China, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The top 5 broiler producing states are: Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.

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