Brazil – a rapidly growing market

Brazil continues to be one of the key players in the international market, standing out among the largest meat producers in the world. Table 1 shows the Brazilian ranking in production, consumption and exportation of beef, poultry and pork in relation to the worldwide industry. The expected revenue for 2016 including the beef exports is around US$ 14.3 billion.

Participation in the world meat supply in 2016
  Beef Poultry Pork
Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Beef exports account for approximately 23% of the total production in the country. Poultry and pork represents 33% and 19% respectively.


  • In 2016, the beef industry in Brazil earned US$ 5.34 billion in exports compared to US$ 5.79 billion in 2015. China demanded 33.3% of Brazilian beef exports last year including the products directly imported from Brazil or via Hong Kong. The Asian country imported 449.9 thousand tons, equivalent to US$ 1.709 billion in exchange earnings to Brazil.

Source: Associação Brasileira de Frigoríficos – Abrafrigo (Brazilian Slaughterhouse Association)


  • Brazil continues leading the global exports in poultry with around 4,090 thousand tons in 2016, followed by the US which is estimated to have exported 3,057 thousand tons by the end of the year.
  • The international poultry sales for Brazil rose to a record of 4.38 million tons in 2016 driven up by demand from China.
  • Sales volume in 2016 was 1.9% higher than in 2015. However revenue dropped to 4.5%, which is equivalent to US$ 6.8 billion. ABPA estimates an export growth of between 3% and 5% in volume for 2017.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brazilian Animal Protein Association - ABPA (Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal).


  • The Brazilian pork exports should increase by up to 5% in 2017 in comparison to 2016 and its production should rise by 2%.

Source: Brazilian Animal Protein Association - ABPA (Associação Brasileira de Proteína Animal).