Brazilian halal food exports reached $5 billion milestone
Brazilian halal food exports have registered a growth of 10% in the last year, reaching $5 billion, according to Fambras Halal, one of the largest certification company in the country.
Chicken meat and beef are the main factors that were responsible for this performance, even if 2018 wasn't the quietest year for the meat industry in Brazil. "We failed to grow more as we had a very complicated year", admitted Ali Hussein El Zoghbi, vice-president of Fambras Halal, who mentioned the truckers' strike last May and the "Rotten Meat" scandal as two of the elements that had a negative impact in the country's halal food exports, reported Salaam Gateway.
Still, Brazil remains by far the world's largest exporter of halal meat, which complies with Muslim dietary rules.
Brazilian chicken meat exports totalled 4,100 million tonnes in 2018, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Proteins (ABPA), down by 5.1% compared to the previous year. At the same time, the South American country totalled a volume of 1,3 million tonnes of beef exported. China was the main destination for Brazilian beef exports, with 322,000 tonnes, followed by Hong Kong (277,000) and Egypt (171,000). Top 10 markets for beef export also include countries such as Chile (114,000), Iran (84,000), Saudi Arabia (41,900), UAE (35,500), Italy (28,800), Philippines (26,500) and Libany (18,200). The rest of the world accounts for 233,200 tonnes in last year's Brazilian beef exports. The total exceeded the previous year figures by 148,000 tonnes.