In Brazil the poultry farming employs more than 3.6 million people direct or indirectly, and accounts for around 1.5% of the National Gross Domestic Product.
The sector is represented by dozens of thousands of integrated producers, hundreds of processing companies and dozens of exporters. Its social importance is also verified by its strong presence in Brazil’s countryside, mainly in the Southern and Southeastern states. In many cities, poultry production is the main economic activity.
In 2016 the Brazilian production reached 12,9 million tons, what places Brazil among the three largest producers worldwide, along with United States and China.
Out of this production, approximately 66% remains in the domestic market, proving the strength of this industry for the country. The poultry meat per capita consumption in Brazil is of 41,10 kilograms a year.
In the exports, Brazil keeps, since 2004, its position as largest exporter, having ended 2015 with 4.3 million tons shipped to more than 150 countries.
With this performance, the Brazilian chicken meat increased even its presence on the tables of consumers in Brazil and throughout the world.