Pork continues to be the world’s most popular meat and consumption continues to grow.

Of the world’s meat consumption, 41 percent was pork, 29 percent was poultry and 25 percent was beef. In the last 20 years the volume of pork consumed in the world rose 73 percent.

Food service usage is a major reason for domestic growth in pork’s popularity. A study showed that new pork items on chain menus grew from 187 items in 1996 to 256 items in 1998. In addition, a three-year study showed pork usage growth was twice that of total foodservice growth