Increasing global interest in underutilized U.S. pork cuts
In 2021, 54% of U.S. picnic production, 35% of the butt/shoulder primal and 46% of ham/leg production was exported.
Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)
via National Hog Farmer - Aug 02, 2022
Global prices for all meat types continue rising, according to the FAO Food Price Index, a global barometer of prices for food commodities. While an environment of rising prices can potentially slow strong global demand for U.S. red meat, it also brings marketing opportunities as consumers and the trade look to reduce costs.
"Saving money is important for international consumers and cost-reduction has become essential for retail and foodservice sectors," says U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom. "The trade is very receptive to new product ideas and USMEF has accelerated educational and promotional programs for cost-effective pork cuts and variety meats at the center of the plate."
Halstrom points to the strong preference of U.S. consumers for middle meats, especially bacon, loins and ribs. On the other hand, pork production far exceeds U.S. demand for primal ends such as the picnic, butt, ham and leg, which rely heavily on export demand.
In 2021, 54% of U.S. picnic production, 35% of the butt/shoulder primal and 46% of ham/leg production was exported. The bulk of exports from these primals are destined for further processing, says Halstrom, but there is increasing interest from the trade in offering economically priced ingredient options to consumers for traditional dishes.
Funding from USDA's Market Access Program and Agricultural Trade Program, the National Pork Board and soybean and corn checkoffs support this market development work...
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