Importance of U.S. Export Markets Seen on International Mission

by Derrick Sleezer, International Marketing Committee Vice Chair I recently returned home from the National Pork Board’s International Marketing Committee Asia Mission that included stops in Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Macau. As my first trip to Asia, I really had no idea what to expect. Before the trade mission, I fully understood that the […]

It’s A Small World, After All

by Glenn Stolt, President and CEO, Christensen Farms I recently participated in the National Pork Board’s International Marketing Committee ten-day immersion mission to Asia. While in Hong Kong we met with forty of their largest importers—the people that decide whether our U.S. pork and pork products are the ones that will be sold in retail […]

South Korea: A Bright Spot for U.S. Pork Exports

by Clay Eastwood, manager of International Marketing Monthly Market Highlight South Korea is a booming and rapidly expanding market for U.S. pork exports. In 2017, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports to Korea increased 28 percent by volume and were valued at $457 million – up 30 percent year-over-year and the second highest year […]

From Port to Port: International Marketing Committee Departs for Asia

by Craig Morris, Ph.D., Vice President of International Marketing Last week, the Pork Checkoff Board of Directors met in Seattle, Washington. As part of the meeting, we visited the Port of Seattle, which, incidentally, is the third largest gateway port for U.S. pork and pork products. We watched massive ships get loaded with brightly colored […]

Learning Where “The Puck Will Be” with U.S. Exports on an International Mission

By Jan Archer, National Pork Board member “Skate to where the puck will be.” While that quote is often attributed to the great hockey player Wayne Gretzky, Wayne himself credits his Dad with this particular pearl of wisdom. The National Pork Board’s (NPB) International Marketing Committee (IMC) is tasked with helping to figure out where […]

Singapore: An Exciting Market for U.S. Pork

by Clay Eastwood, Manager of International Marketing Monthly Market Highlight Singapore is an increasingly important market for U.S. agricultural exports, and U.S. pork specifically. In 2017, the U.S. pork export market in Singapore increased by almost 20 percent from 2016, reaching $17 million. However, U.S. pork and pork products face strong export competition from Brazil, […]

Sharing Our Responsible Pork Production Story on the 2018 Heartland Tour

by Gregg Hora, Iowa Pork Producers Association President Each year, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) leads a group of U.S. beef, pork, corn and soybean producers across Japan to meet with Japanese buyers, explore market opportunities and see U.S. pork promotions in action. I am excited to be a part of the Heartland Tour […]

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 […]

Vietnam: An Emerging Market for U.S. Pork

by Clay Eastwood, Manager of International Marketing Vietnam is an important emerging market for United States agricultural exports. In 2017, the U.S. exported over $11 million of fresh/chilled/frozen bone-in hams and shoulders to Vietnam, making it Vietnam’s second largest trading partner for pork products behind China/Hong Kong. Vietnam also imports bellies, prepared/preserved hams, and pork […]

U.S. Pork Exports: June Trade Update

Recently, China added an additional 25 percent tariff to all U.S. pork products, increasing the total tariff on U.S. pork and pork products to exceed 70 percent. This increase in tariffs has essentially stalled all U.S. pork exports to China. Simultaneously, Mexico increased their tariff on U.S. pork products, which includes U.S. hams, to 20 […]