Where's the beef?

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17 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Dutch consumers bought less meat in the first three months of 2005 compared with the same period a year earlier.

17 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch consumers bought less meat in the first three months of 2005  compared with the same period a year earlier.

Beef sales in particular are down, the Product Boards for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE) revealed on Friday.

The PVE cited the higher price of meat as the main factor in the decline in sales.

Price also seems to be having an influence on the types of meat being bought. Sales of beef, which became more expensive over the last year, fell by 6 percent.

Chicken fillet and other poultry products fell in price over the same period. Sales of these items rose by 7.6 percent, the PVE said.

Total sales of meat fell by 3.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, as the price of meat rose on average by 1.7 percent.

The PVE's figures for the fist quarter of 2005 also showed that consumers are increasingly relying on supermarkets as their source for meat. Supermarkets accounted for almost 85 percent of meat sales, 2 percent up on the year earlier.

The market for meat substitutes is also very healthy, with vegetarian products seeing more than a 20 percent growth in sales.

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Subject: Dutch news

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