Czech Republic Breaks Records In Food Consumption

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According to the Czech Statistical Office, the food consumption in the Czech Republic last year rose by 1.9 percent, amounting to 796.5 kilograms per capita. Compared to last year, it rose by 1.9 percent.

“Historically, the highest consumption per capita was achieved last year in the consumption of rice, namely 6.7 kilograms, then in poultry meat 29 kilograms, cheese 13.8 kilograms, other dairy products 35.2 kilograms and southern fruit 37.5 kilograms,” said Renata Vodičková, Head of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry Statistics.

Meat consumption rose to 80.3 kilos, that’s around twice the average of 1950 consumption.

On the contrary, the consumption of bread, rabbit meat, milk, and salt decreased.

Year-on-year, the consumption of mineral waters and soft drinks decreased by 4.7 liters to 246.8 liters. The decrease was mainly in mineral waters, by 9.2 percent to 56.8 liters. On the contrary, lemonades recorded an increase of one percent to 93.8 liters.

Coffee consumption increased by 5.4 percent to 2.2 kilograms, according to statistical data.

Czechs consumed a total of 142 liters of beer per capita in 2019, one more liter per person compared to 2018.

Data however shows that tap beer sold in bars or restaurants has been slowly declining, with the biggest share going to beer bottles sold in supermarkets and other retail stores, a less profitable segment for breweries.

Organic farming and food production are becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic. The long-term ambition is for organic products to become part of the standard assortment, and not try presenting them as something exclusive.

In Austria or Germany, for example, organic products in stores make up 50% of the goods offered.

“We believe that we will be able to persuade traders to reassign bioproducts from the category of exclusive goods to that of high-end daily consumption goods,” said PRO-BIO Manager Kateřina Urbánková.

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