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Pork Board Examines International Marketing Opportunities
USAgNet - 08/18/2014

The National Pork Boardannounced 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.

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.

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