Consumer prices rose sharply this year. This could have persuaded many to give up meat.

The meat industry in Germany lost further sales last year. The larger companies with at least 20 employees still made 40.6 billion euros in sales. That was 8.8 percent less than in 2020 and even 11.2 percent less than in the record year 2019, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office.

With an increase of 3.0 percent in 2021, consumer prices for meat remained within the general price increase (3.1 percent). In the first five months of this year, however, they rose significantly more and could persuade consumers to give up meat.

In May 2022, meat was 16.5 percent more expensive on average than a year earlier. The prices of all groceries rose by 11.1 percent in this period.