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Updated statistics: 2019, the year of the pig

Pig exports continue to lead the way for exports from the Danish food sector

In 2019, exports were DKK 5 billion above exports the year before, with Germany clearly the sector’s largest single market.

Pig meat exports to China and Japan saw significant increases last year. Exports of pig meat to China increased by 70 per cent, from 222 million tonnes to 378 million tonnes between 2018 and 2019. At the same time, the average pig price for 2019 increased by 24 per cent on the year.

According to Finn Christensen, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council’s Head of Statistics, 2019 was the year of the pig – in several respects.

"2019 was the Chinese Year of the Pig, which ran from 5 February 2019 to 24 January 2020. The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle and ends with the Pig. Seen from an international perspective, however, the presence of African Swine Fever in China was the dominating factor in 2019”.

Our updated statistics provide an insight into the latest figures from the Danish pig industry in 2019. The figures cover production, slaughtering and exports.

See our latest statistics here