1. Market Research
  2. > Food
  3. > Processed Food Market Trends
Processed Meat Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026

Processed Meat Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026

  • June 2021
  • 143 pages
  • ID: 5878772
  • Format: PDF
  • IMARC Group


Table of Contents

The global processed meat market exhibited moderate growth during 2015-2020.

Processed meat is an umbrella term referring to meat products that have been modified and enriched with multiple additives. Some of the most commonly used additives include salt, sugar, oil, minerals, acidifiers, flavoring agents, preservative mixtures and other seasonings. The curing of meat is done in order to improve its taste and quality, extend its shelf life and enhance the overall flavor. The meat can also be processed through cooking, smoking and fermenting that aids in reducing the chances of unwanted microorganism growth on the product at a later date. These processed meat products are a rich source of essential nutrients, including proteins, vitamins, minerals, selenium, choline, niacin and riboflavin. Various types of fresh meats, including red and white meat from swine, poultry, cattle or sea animals, can be combined together and processed to form bacon, sausages, salami, hot dogs, beef jerky, canned meat and meat-based snacks. Although these products contain high concentrations of cholesterol and preservatives that are considered to be unhealthy, the enhanced flavor and convenience associated with processed meat is largely driving the market growth. As per the analyst estimates, the global processed meat market is expected to reach a value of US$ 737.2 Billion by 2026.

Rising Popularity of Ready-to-Eat Products Acts as a Key Processed Meat Market Trend
The market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for ready-to-eat meat products across the globe. This is facilitated by rapid urbanization, inflating per capita income levels and shifting dietary preferences of the masses. The busy schedules and the hectic lifestyles led by the working professionals have also impelled the sales of processed meat products. Apart from this, there has been a significant rise in the demand for animal-based proteins among individuals. This can be attributed to the growing consciousness among consumers regarding the consumption of nutrient-rich packaged product variants. This, along with the enhanced convenience offered by these products and considerable growth in the food processing industry, is facilitating the uptake of processed meat. The market is further driven by the rising popularity of international cuisines. Supported by the rapid expansion of online and organized retail across the globe, this is creating a positive outlook for the market. Along with this, numerous quick service restaurant (QSR) chains, restaurants and hotels, as well as various retail and convenience stores, are offering a variety of products that comprise processed meat as the key ingredient. Coupled with the thriving food sector on the global level, this is providing an impetus to the market growth.

Shifting Preference Toward Organic Product Variants to Propel the Market Growth
The growing awareness about the risks associated with the increasing usage of nitrate for curing purposes in processed meat products has impelled the manufacturers to replace it with healthier counterparts. Therefore, several players are now substituting nitrate with natural curing agents, such as cherry celery powder, which is gaining widespread prominence among the masses. Additionally, numerous players are heavily investing in extensive research and development (R&D) activities in an attempt to formulate safer alternatives to the chemicals that are utilized for curing meat. There has also been an escalating demand for organic processed meat that is free from antibiotics and chemical residues. This has led players to adopt meat from organic-certified farms in order to retain the authenticity of the products. They are also widely replacing synthetic preservatives with natural alternatives, thereby providing an impetus to the market growth.

Mergers and Acquisitions Creating a Positive Outlook for the Market
Multiple industry players are focusing on expanding their production capacity by pursuing mergers and acquisitions as a key market strategy. For instance, Tyson Foods, Inc., an American food service provider, acquired Keystone Foods business from Marfrig Global Foods in 2018, thereby furthering its growth strategy and the expansion of its value-added protein capabilities. This acquisition involved six processing plants and an innovation center in the United States, along with eight plants and three innovation centers with geographical locations across the Asia Pacific. This business move aided the company to expand its international presence and deliver better service to its foodservice customers. Some of the other factors contributing to the market growth include advancements in meat preservation techniques and the growing preference for frozen meat products.

Key Market Segmentation:
the analyst provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global processed meat market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global, regional and country-level from 2021-2026. Our report has categorized the market based on region, meat type, product type, processing type, and distribution.

Breakup by Meat Type:

Among these, poultry represents the most preferred meat type.

Breakup by Product Type:
Fresh-Processed Meat
Raw Fermented Meat
Raw-Cooked Meat
Pre-Cooked Meat
Cured Meat
Dried Meat

Breakup by Processing Type:

At present, the frozen segment exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

Breakup by Distribution:
Institutional Sales (HoReCa)
Retail Sales
Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
Grocery Stores
Specialty Retailers
Online Stores

Currently, retail sales account for the majority of the total processed meat market share.

Breakup by Region:
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Latin America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Amongst these, North America holds the leading position in the market.

Competitive Landscape:
The competitive landscape of the industry has been examined in the report with the detailed profiles of the key players operating in the market. Some of these players include BRF SA, Cargill Inc., Foster Farms, Hormel Foods Corporation, JBS SA, Marel hf, Marfrig, National Beef, Nippon Ham Foods Ltd., Perdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sadia, Sanderson Farms Inc, Sysco, and Tyson Foods.

Get Industry Insights. Simply.

  • Latest reports & slideshows with insights from top research analysts
  • 150+ Million searchable statistics with tables, figures & datasets
  • More than 25,000 trusted sources
  • Single User License — provides access to the report by one individual.
  • Department License — allows you to share the report with up to 5 users
  • Site License — allows the report to be shared amongst all employees in a defined country
  • Corporate License — allows for complete access, globally.

ReportLinker may already be registered as a supplier with your company. If you want to Order by PO, check with us first and we'll let you know if we are a registered supplier and what the vendor number is. Otherwise, we'll provide you with the necessary information to register ReportLinker as a vendor.

Ahmad helps you find the right report:

The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

We were impressed with the support that ReportLinker’s research specialists’ team provided. The report we purchased was useful and provided exactly what we want.

Category Manager at

ReportLinker gave access to reliable and useful data while avoiding dispersing resources and spending too much time on unnecessary research.

Executive Director at
PwC Advisory

The customer service was fast, responsive, and 100% professional in all my dealings (...) If we have more research needs, I'll certainly prioritize working with ReportLinker!

Scott Griffith

Vice President Marketing at
Maurice Sporting Goods

The research specialist provided prompt, helpful instructions for accessing ReportLinker's product. He also followed up to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure an easy transition to the next stage of my research

Jessica P Huffman

Research Associate at
American Transportation Research Institute

Excellent customer service. Very responsive and fast.

Director, Corporate Strategy at

I reached out to ReportLinker for a detailed market study on the Air Treatment industry. The quality of the report, the research specialist’s willingness to solve my queries exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend ReportLinker for in-depth industry information.

Mariana Mendoza

Global Platform Senior Manager at
Whirlpool Corporation

Thanks! I like what you've provided and will certainly come back if I need to do further research works.

Bee Hin Png

CEO at
LDR Pte Ltd

The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

  • How we can help
    • I am not sure if the report I am interested in will fulfill my needs. Can you help me?
    • Yes, of course. You can call us at +33(0) 4 37 65 17 03 or drop us an email at [email protected] to let us know more about your requirements.
    • We buy reports often - can ReportLinker get me any benefits?
    • Yes. Set up a call with a Senior Research Advisor to learn more - [email protected] or +33(0) 4 37 65 17 03.
    • I have had negative experiences with market research reports before. How can you avoid this from happening again?
    • We advise all clients to read the TOC and Summary and list your questions so that we can get more insight for you before you make any purchase decision. A research advisor will accompany you so that you can compare samples and reports from different sources, and choose the study that is right for you.

  • Report Delivery
    • How and when I will receive my Report?
    • Most reports are delivered right away in a pdf format, while others are accessed via a secure link and access codes. Do note that sometimes reports are sent within a 12 hour period, depending on the time zones. However, you can contact us to escalate this. Should you need a hard copy, you can check if this option is offered for the particular report, and pay the related fees.
  • Payment conditions
    • What payment methods do you accept?
      1. Credit card : VISA, American Express, Mastercard, or
      2. You can download an invoice to pay by wire transfer, check, or via a Purchase Order from your company, or
      3. You can pay via a Check made out in US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds for the full amount made payable to ReportLinker
    • What are ReportLinker’s Payment Terms?
    • All payments must normally be submitted within 30 days. However, you can let us know if you need extended time.
    • Are Taxes and duties included?
    • All companies based in France must pay a 20% tax per report. The same applies to all individuals based in the EU. All EU companies must supply their VAT number when purchasing to avoid this charge.
    • I’m not satisfied. Can I be refunded?
    • No. Once your order has been processed and the publisher has received a notification to send you the report, we cannot issue any refund or cancel any order. As these are not ‘traditional’ products that can be returned, reports that are dispatched are considered to be ‘consumed’.
  • User license
    • The license that you should acquire depends on the number of persons that need to access the report. This can range from Single User (only one person will have the right to read or access the report), or Department License (up to 5 persons), to Site License (a group of persons based in the same company location), or Corporate License (the entire company personnel based worldwide). However, as publishers have different terms and conditions, we can look into this for you.


Reportlinker.com © Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.

ReportLinker simplifies how Analysts and Decision Makers get industry data for their business.

Make sure you don’t miss any news and follow us on