Recent Release | 15 Dec 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on the red meat processing industry

Economic Consulting Team

Oxford Economics


The report stated that the industry not only dealt with the pandemic within processing plants themselves, but it also dealt with logistical and labour supply shocks. The skill and flexibility of the meat processing industry was a contributing factor for the pandemic creating only modest impacts on industry revenues.

The report – Impact of Covid-19 on the red meat processing industry – made a number of findings that indicate a strong and resilient sector. The report found that while the broader industry took an estimated 3% hit to national revenue during the most severe period of COVID-19 impact (April to September 2020), processors performed well. On the ground, they demonstrated skill and flexibility in managing logistical and workforce disruptions to maintain supplies to domestic and international markets.

About the team

Our economic consulting team are world leaders in quantitative economic analysis, working with clients around the globe and across sectors to build models, forecast markets and evaluate interventions using state-of-the art techniques. The lead consultant on this project was:

Andrew Tessler

Head of Economic Impact Consulting, Australasia

+61 (0) 2 8458 4224

Private: Andrew Tessler

Head of Economic Impact Consulting, Australasia


Related Services


From disruption to reinvention: The future of supply chains in Europe

Published at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, this report explores three possible scenarios for how the Ukraine war could play out over the coming year, modelling the impact of each scenario on the Eurozone economy.

Find Out More


De l’opportunité à l’impact – Évaluer les avantages économiques, sociétaux et culturels de YouTube en Belgique

Cette étude évalue la contribution de YouTube au PIB belge et au taux d’emploi en Belgique, ainsi que son impact plus large sur la société et la culture.

Find Out More


Van mogelijkheden naar impact – Beoordeling van de economische, maatschappelijke en culturele voordelen van YouTube in België

Deze studie beoordeelt de bijdrage van YouTube aan het BBP en de tewerkstelling in België alsook de bredere impact op de maatschappij en cultuur.

Find Out More