Switzerland has the world’s most expensive meat according to a survey compiled by Caterwings in Germany. The survey, which looks at meat prices in 52 countries, ranks Swiss prices at the top across all meat categories.
On average, Swiss shoppers pay 142% more than the average across all meat categories.
Chicken, the meat with the highest price premium, is 222% more expensive in Switzerland than the average. Next are lamb (+174%), beef (+149%), pork (+115%) and fish (+49%).
As expected meat consumption in Switzerland is far from the the top. At 75 kilograms per person a year (26th), Swiss are well behind Australians (112 kg), the leaders. The country consuming the least is India (4 kg). Americans come in 17th with 84 kg a year, according to the company.
The ranking also has an affordability measure: the number of hours required to buy a kilogram of meat. On this measure Switzerland scores better. Someone on a minimum wage in Switzerland needs to work 1:40 to buy a kilogram of chicken, a rank of 24th out of 52. A kilogram of beef requires 3:10 of toil (36th), a kilogram of fish 2:10 (44th), a kilogram of pork 2:00 (30th) and a kilogram of lamb 3:40 (32nd).
Neigbouring France (11th) and Germany (20th) were far less expensive. France is 31% above average across all meats and Germany 10% higher.
Survey website (in German)