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NationalPork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities

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National Pork Board
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NationalPork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities
Goal is to explore approaches to help U.S. pork meet growinginternational consumer demand

DES MOINES, IOWA - Aug. 14, 2014 - The National Pork Boardannounced today a study that will explore alternatives for promoting pork'squality and sustainability benefits with international consumers.  Thestudy, to be conducted by SIAM Professionals, LLC, will evaluate existingmarketing strategies and partners to identify methods for improving pork'sposition as the global meat of choice.

Funded through America's Pork Checkoff, this project will evaluatethe effectiveness of current global marketing efforts and identify potentialpartnerships and marketing tools for promoting U.S. pork. SIAM specializes inevaluating and developing international market opportunities for the food andagribusiness industry.   

"Throughout the world, pork is the single most consumed meat.The popularity of U.S. pork is driven by its taste, versatility as a recipe andmenu item, and affordable cost," said Chris Novak, chief executive officerof the National Pork Board. "For many years, pork has been marketedglobally with all other meats, and it's our intention to determine the idealway to market U.S. pork on an international basis. It is part of our ongoingcommitment to examine all of our Pork Checkoff programs to ensure continuousimprovement."

According to Euromonitor International's latest estimates, globalpork sales are expected to grow by 12 percent in the 2013-2018 forecast period,adding 10.6 million metric tons in sales volume by 2018. Most of this increasewill be seen in emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific andLatin America where populations and incomes continue to grow. In the first sixmonths of 2014, exports increased 9 percent from the same time period a yearago, according to current data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Mostof the gains are due to growth in Mexico and continued demand in Asia.

The National Pork Board is committed to addressing theinternational trade barriers facing the pork industry. Currently, the UnitedStates exports approximately 28 percent of the pork raised here, deliveringaround $70 per animal raised back to America's pig farmers.

"In 2013, the U.S. sold pork in more than 100 countries.International markets represent a significant sales channel and, grownproperly, will be critical to the success of pig farmers across thecountry," Novak said. "As an industry, we must remain keenly focusedon developing global markets and effectively promoting pork worldwide."

The Pork Checkoff's International Trade activities are overseen bythe Checkoff's Board of Directors and a 23-member International Trade Committeefrom throughout the United States. The committee's mission is focused on:

  • Research: Conducting technical and economic research and market analysis to prove or dispute non-scientific barriers to international trade.
  • Market Access: Seeking and pursuing all legitimate avenues to market U.S. pork worldwide.
  • Market Development: Defining key target markets and creating promotion and education outreach opportunities with importers and consumers.  

The National Pork Board has funded international marketdevelopment activities through the U.S. Meat Export Federation for more than 25years and is interested in further expanding how U.S. pork is marketed on aworldwide basis. SIAM will investigate the potential for a revised orcomplementary approach, developing systems with a focus on identifying new andemerging markets, incorporating new messages, and more effectively measuringresults.  

"Our farmers, staff, contractors and others involved in U.S.pork production look forward to using insights gleaned from SIAM'sanalysis in shaping and sharing pork's story with our internationalconsumers," Novak said. "We plan to engage our entire industry inthis process of global market review."

Results of SIAM's evaluation will be presented to Pork Checkoff'sfull board of directors in spring 2015.   

The National Pork Board has responsibilityfor Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects andfor communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislativenational Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogssold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula.The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumerinformation, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion,production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmentalmanagement. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers cancall the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internetat www.pork.org.

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