Festive meat sales rise 6% in Northern Ireland

Total meat sales in Northern Ireland (NI) were valued at £79.7 million (m) during the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017 according to the latest available data from Kantar. 

This marked a 6% increase from the same period in 2016 when total retail meat sales in the region were valued at £75.1m.

Red meat sales in NI during the 12 week period ending 31 December 2017 were valued at £34m, a 4% increase from the corresponding period in 2016.

Red meat sales also accounted for 43% of total meat sales in NI in terms of value during the 2017 period. This proportion was unchanged from year earlier levels. Total beef sales in NI during the last twelve weeks of 2017 were valued at £28.5m, a 2% increase from the corresponding period in 2016 when beef sales were worth £27.9m.

Meanwhile lamb sales in the region were valued at £5.5m during the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, a 16.5% increase from the same period in 2016 when lamb sales were valued at £4.7m. During the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017 the volume of meat sales in NI totalled 13,361 tonnes. This was a 1% increase from year earlier levels when the volume of meat sales totalled 13,218 tonnes.

The total volume of red meat sales in NI during the 2017 period totalled 4,450 tonnes, back almost one per cent from year earlier levels when beef sales totalled 4,485 tonnes. The volume of beef sales totalled 3,704 tonnes during the 2017 period, back two per cent from year earlier levels when 3,783 tonnes of beef were purchased by NI consumers.

Lamb sales in NI during the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017 totalled 746 tonnes, a 6.3% increase from the 701 tonnes sold during the corresponding period in 2016. With the volume of beef sales remaining fairly stable in NI during the last 12 weeks of 2017 the increase in the total value of beef sales has been driven by an increase in the price per kg. 

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