Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Expanded Opportunities for U.S. Chilled Pork in Hong Kong
DENVER, CO -December 24, 2019 – A decline in Hong Kong’s fresh pork supply due to African swine fever (ASF) is creating new opportunities for the U.S. pork industry. Utilizing funding support from the National Pork Board and the USDA Market Access Program, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently announced plans to fill Hong Kong’s growing fresh pork supply gap with U.S. chilled pork.
Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, says ASF has caused the number of live hogs brought into Hong Kong from China to drop by about 50% – to below 2,000 head per day. This has caused a shortage of local fresh pork, and the fresh product still available is being sold a much higher prices. Haggard notes that this opportunity could benefit the U.S. industry in both the near and distant future, as more consumers adapt to chilled pork. More than 100 supermarkets in Hong Kong are now selling U.S. chilled pork, along with some of the city’s traditional wet markets.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.
Submitted to the BARN by:
Vice President, Communications
U.S. Meat Export Federation