Doubling Down on Aggressive Growth of U.S. Pork Exports

Last year, U.S. pork exports set new records in both value and volume of pork marketed to countries around the globe. The Pork Checkoff is doubling down and working with its strategic partners with an eye toward aggressive growth again in 2020.  “China drove last year’s record-breaking pace,” said Norman Bessac, vice president of international marketing […]

The United Kingdom: A Potential Opportunity for U.S. Pork

The United Kingdom will likely face a variety of challenges and opportunities as the deadline for a “hard Brexit” or exit from the European Union (EU) nears. Representatives from the National Pork Board and U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently traveled to England to discuss the progress of a market research study with Gira, a […]

Philippines: An Emerging Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The United States is the largest supplier of agricultural products to the Philippines and an increasingly important source of pork and pork products. The U.S. and the Philippines have a long trade history that spans over 100 years, however, today many U.S. products face harsh tariffs upon import. Association of Southeast Asian […]

Honduras: A Developing Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The United States has been a primary trading partner of Honduras for years, but economic growth in the Central American nation has allowed for an increase in export opportunities. The growth of the food processing industry, as well as development in the hotel, restaurant, and retail sectors have created more demand for […]

Dominican Republic: A Growing Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The Dominican Republic’s growing economy and thriving tourism sector have boosted its viability as a trading partner in the last decade. Thanks to the CAFTA-DR, a free trade agreement between Central America, the U.S., and the Dominican Republic, most goods are freely traded with limited or no tariffs. Unfortunately, some imported agricultural […]

Latin American Product Showcase Connects Buyers and Sellers of U.S. Pork

By Holly Cook Central and South American markets are a vital piece of the U.S. pork export picture and represent significant growth opportunities for the industry. Representatives from the National Pork Board had the opportunity to explore the priorities of these markets and meet with key industry members recently at the Latin American Product Showcase, […]

Japan: U.S. Pork’s Leading Value Market

Japan has historically been U.S. pork’s leading value market and has continued this trend in recent years as the leading destination for U.S. chilled pork loins. In 2017, U.S. pork export value reached $1.63 billion (up 4 percent) and was the 3rd largest volume market at nearly 868 million pounds (up 2 percent) compared to […]

Food, and Pork, at the Heart of U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Heartland Tour

by Craig Morris, Ph.D., Vice President of International Marketing I read an article recently about why Sichuan food—even the best of the best—doesn’t taste the same outside of the Chinese province. The article was an in-depth look at what makes Sichuan food so unique (spoiler alert, it’s the special peppercorns) and the traditional preparations. Besides […]

World Meat Congress

Dallas, Texas hosted the World Meat Congress and over 700 participants from throughout the globe. The National Pork Board was well represented and was a sponsor of the event. In this edition of Pork Pod, we hear from two pig farmers, Derrick Sleezer of Cherokee, Iowa and Karen Richter of Montgomery, Minnesota. Derrick and Karen participated in the World Meat Congress and offer insight into this unique event.