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28 February 2022

75% of the population consumes between one and four servings of meat per week.

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The majority of Spaniards (74.6%) ensure that they consume between 1 and 4 servings of meat per week, as can be seen in the responses of those surveyed by the "IMOP-BERBĒS question".

This figure shows a consumption pattern in the vast majority of the Spanish population perfectly aligned with the recommendations of nutrition and health organizations and authorities, such as the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), whose Scientific Committee recommends an intake of between 2 and 4 servings of meat per week. This information is contained in its report "Dietary Recommendations for the Spanish population" published in 2020.

On the other hand, on the opposite side of those surveyed by the "IMOP-BERBĒS question", is the 3.7% of the population that does not consume meat, a percentage that rises to 8.8 of Spaniards in the 14 to 24 years age bracket.

As for the type of meat consumed on a regular basis, 68.3% eat mostly poultry, 40% beef, 35.9% pork, 4.8% rabbit and 1.3% sheep and goat meat. By sex, women are the ones who consume more poultry, 74% compared to 62.2% of men, and men tend to prefer pork, 44%, compared to 28.2% of women.

In relation to the place preferred by Spaniards to acquire these products, the survey indicates that 42.1% do it in hypermarkets or supermarkets compared to 39.1% who do it in butcher shops and 13.6% who go to the traditional market. In this sense, the age groups that buy more meat in supermarkets are those between 35 and 44 years old and those between 14 and 24 years old (39.6%) and those over 65 years old (33.9%) who prefer to go to the butcher's shop.

On the other hand, the Basques (52.2%) and Andalusians (48.7%) are those who go more to butcher's shops compared to 34.8% who buy this product in supermarkets and the Galicians who pay more attention to the labeling of meat (58.5%).

Asked if they look at the labeling before purchasing the product, 43.6% never do so, compared to 36.4% who always do so and 14.8% who only look at it sometimes. Those who look at the labeling the most are the population between 45 and 54 years of age (48.4%) and the least are those between 25 and 34 years of age and those over 65 years of age, with 47.6% in both age groups.

The "IMOP-BERBĒS question" is a joint initiative of IMOP Insights and BERBĒS to provide information on the state of public opinion on topical health-related issues.