Foodservice Australian Goat

Goat is consumed around the world, and is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds here in the US. Goat meat is an authentic staple in Asia, Latin America, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Imports of goat meat from Australia have more than doubled over the past 10 years, as demographic shifts and interest in ethnic cuisines that feature goat have driven demand. Goat’s profile as a sustainable and lean meat choice is no doubt contributing to the interest, too.

No Kidding!

No Kidding!

You might be surprised to learn that much of the goat consumed here in the US comes from Down Under! Here are some other fascinating facts:

  • Goat meat is consumed by more people worldwide than any other meat
  • Imports of goat meat to the US have more than doubled in the past 10 years
  • In 2015, Australia sent 18,000 tons (about 40 million pounds) of goat meat to the US
  • 98% of imported goat meat in the US comes from Australia

Goat meat is traditionally eaten in Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Cuban, Haitian, Hispanic, Indian, Asian and African cultures. This is due to its wide availability in these regions, and because goat meat is one of the only meats in the world that has minimal religious taboos.

The demand for goat meat in the US and Canada is growing as traditional goat meat consumers migrate, their native cuisines become more and more popular with the broader public and it increases in availability. Many foodservice establishments recognize that offering Australian goat meat options is a sure way to attract trendsetting diners.