Contact: Kevin Waetke
National Pork Board
Pork Checkoff Celebrates Hispanic Holiday
Season with "21 Days of Christmas Traditions"
DES MOINES, IOWA - Nov. 26, 2013 - The Pork Checkoff will launch a social media promotion - "21 Dias de Tradiciones Navideñas" (21 Days of Christmas Traditions) - on its Spanish-language Facebookpageas part of its efforts to engage with
Hispanic consumers during the holidays.
The promotion will run Dec. 1-21 and will celebrate 21 Latin American countries in 21 days and promote pork consumption to Spanish-speaking consumers. Pork, the most consumed protein in the world, is a staple in the Hispanic culture, especially during the holidays.
"This is a fun and engaging way for Hispanic consumers to learn more about other Latin American countries' pork dishes, customs and traditions," said Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the Pork Checkoff. "By sharing typical pork dishes, like tamales and pernil with family and friends, it will inspire Hispanics to try something new and creative."
During the Facebook promotion, fans will have the opportunity to win a $25 gift card to purchase pork by commenting on the featured recipe each day. Fans who comment on posts will be entered into the grand prize drawing - a $550 gift card for a holiday meal with family and friends.
"Hispanics are very active on social media and like to share content, so engaging them on Facebook makes sense," de Jesus said.
The National Pork Board will award the grand prize on "El Día De Los Reyes Magos" (Three Kings Day) on January 6, 2014, celebrated by Latinos as the conclusion to the holiday season.
The National Pork Board's Hispanic online community encourages its online community to share recipes and exchange cooking tips with each other. Many traditional meals and new fusions of flavor will be featured daily on both its Facebook page, facebook.com/PorkMilRazones and Spanish-language website PorkElSabordeMilPlatillos.com to inspire fans to cook with pork.
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at(800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.