Largest volume recorded by US pork exports in 2017
“Exports continue to be an important piece of the puzzle for adding to producers’ bottom line,” said Craig Morris, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “Recognizing the importance of exports, the National Pork Board recently approved nearly $8.7 million for 2018 export market activities, the most significant financial investment of Checkoff dollars in international marketing efforts to date. With more high-quality U.S. pork available than ever, we are redoubling efforts to build on the momentum of the past year.”
Pork variety meats reached the level from 2011 last year, totalling $1.17 billion, setting a new total value record and surpassing $1 billion for the first time. China and Mexico accounted for 86% of US pork variety meat exports. In 2017, total edible pork variety meat exports added $9.67 in value to every hog marketed, according to the US Meat Export Federation.
US pork and pork variety meat exports accounted for 26.6% of total pork production, with 22% of muscle cuts exported, in 2017. Export value returned an average $53.47 per head back to producers, up 6% from 2016.
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