Bpex and BPA promote pork in China

Bpex and the British Pig Association (BPA) has sent two high profile missions to China to promote British pork.

The two organisations were joined by five of the main British pig breeders last month at the CAHE animal breeding exhibition in Qindao. And four of the main pork processors, representing 70% of UK pork throughput, also attended the CIMIE meat exhibition in Beijing organised as part of a 20-strong group, the largest ever to go to China from the meat and livestock sector

BPEX head of Export, Jean-Pierre Garnier said China produces and consumes about half the world’s pork and that it was vital for UK pig breeders to ‘accompany the Chinese industry in this transformation.’

He added: “Of course, we are facing tough competition from European and North American pig breeders but the Chinese tend to favour British pigs for a number of traits leading to optimum profitability and for the high quality of the breeding stock.

“The British pig industry has ambitious sales objectives for China, the largest market in the world, and our presence at the Global Pig Forum and the CAHE exhibition is an important step in achieving these objectives.

“As far EU pork exports to China are concerned, analysts are optimistic. Demand is growing and Chinese production still faces difficulties. The EU is also able to compete on the vast Chinese market for fifth quarter from the carcase.”

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