Spanish meat companies are about 4,130, down 6.8% over the last five years. The meat establishments are 6,120 divided into 590 slaughterhouses of ungulates, 2,374 cutting rooms for ungulates, 213 poultry and rabbit slaughterhouses, 784 cutting rooms for poultry and rabbits, 22 breeding game slaughterhouses, 20 breeding game rooms, 4,938 processors of meat products and 2,117 establishments dedicated to the production of minced meat, meat preparations, etc. It is especially among slaughterhouses where there is a continuous decline in the number of installations in operation.
Castile and Leon is the community with the largest number of slaughterhouses, while Catalonia occupies this place in the case of rooms and warehouses of cutting. It is also Catalonia where there is a greater proportion of meat industries (20% of the total), followed by Andalusia (14.5%), Castilla y León (14.2%), Comunidad Valenciana (10%), Castilla-La Mancha (6%), Madrid (5.6%), Galicia (4.7%), Extremadura (4.2%), Aragon (3.4%) and Basque Country (3.3%).
In spite of the general atomization of the sector, some important concentration movements have taken place in the last times that have caused great companies present in many levels of the food chain and in several subsectores meat. The main meat group of our country has sales of around 1,920 million euros. The second operator reaches 1,425 million euros, while the third round is 1,000 million euros, the fourth is close to 800 million euros and the fifth is 725 million euros. The 110 meat wholesalers in the various markets have a turnover of 912.2 million euros and a volume of marketed products of around 307,900 tonnes.
The meat sector as a whole generates about 80,000 direct jobs. 76.1% of the Spanish meat industry has less than 20 people employed. The sectoral turnover is around 21.17 billion euros, representing a little more than 20% of the entire food sector in our country, 2% of total Spanish GDP and 14% of industrial GDP.

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