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Demand for natural casings is increasing

According to fleischwirtschaft.de, the global demand for natural casings is unbroken – even the Corona crisis has not changed this. Although there was a decline in turnover due to the pandemic, the volume of goods traded actually increased. The long-lasting natural product is used for the production of various international sausage specialities. It enjoys great popularity among consumers, not least because of its natural texture.

Partly because China is exporting fewer sheep intestines to Europe due to higher domestic demand, there is currently a shortage of sheep semolina, which is in particular demand in Turkey.

Annual balance 2020: more goods turnover, slight decline in sales

Germany is still an important hub for the global trade in natural casings. Import and export flourish. In 2020, German companies in the natural casing industry traded 227,832 tons of goods. Compared to the previous year (225,088 tons), the trading volume has increased. Sales fell to the Zentralverband Naturdarm e. V. (ZVN) is 7.4 percent lower with 892,528 million euros. 459,734 million euros for the import of goods compared to 432,794 million euros for export goods.

EU most important trade market

Over 60 percent of the quantity of goods and over 50 percent of the turnover generated are accounted for by trade within the EU. The most important trading partners for Germany are the Netherlands with Rotterdam as a major transit port and Poland as the country in which casings are processed. There are also close partnerships with Italy and France. There, the demand for high-quality natural casings is traditionally high due to regional sausage production.

Trade with China: Major challenges mastered together

There were already serious restrictions in trade with China due to the corona crisis at the beginning of 2020: From a complete standstill in numerous companies to ports that were closed for weeks to delays due to time-consuming follow-up controls, there were a few hurdles to overcome in order to ensure the delivery of goods.

Chinese partner companies reacted quickly and pre-booked transport capacities despite enormous additional costs. Due to these problems, freight costs have risen sharply (up to fourfold per container) and, according to the chairman of the ZVN Heike Molkenthin, have a considerable effect on the margins of German companies. Before the late autumn of this year, the situation is not expected to ease.

Sausage consumers prefer natural casings

For customers in Germany, the natural casing has always been a typical quality feature of artisanal sausage products. In addition, natural, sustainable products are trendy. Many consumers pay more attention to quality and are willing to pay more for good food.

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