U.S. per capita pork consumption fell by 2.2 pounds in 2010 to 48.0 pounds, according to the CME Daily Livestock Report.
That's the lowest annual figure since 1997 when Americans consumed 47.9 pounds of pork. However, the 2010 level is well above the low of 43.0 pounds in 1975, according to the report.
"The stability of U.S. per capita pork consumption is truly remarkable with every year of the past 30 years being between 47.9 and 42.8 pounds per person," according to the report. "Lower consumption in 2010 was the result of lower output, higher exports and, of course, population growth."
U.S. per capita beef consumption in 2010 was 59.7 pounds, according to the report. Beef consumption in 2010 "was at the lowest level in our data set that goes back to 1955."
The report says U.S. chicken consumption rebounded last year as chicken companies increased output and U.S. chicken exports ran into a number of roadblocks, most notably in Russia. U.S. per capita chicken consumption in 2010 was about 82 pounds.
U.S. total per capita consumption of meat, poultry and fish was 224 pounds per person, retail weight, marking the fourth decline in a row and fifth in the past six years.
Source: CME Daily Livestock Report