Certain underutilized pork cuts are gaining new traction

With global demand for pork on the rise, certain underutilized cuts are gaining new traction.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says the pork trade has been receptive to new product ideas. In 2021, 54 percent of picnic production was exported along with 35 percent of butt or shoulder cuts, and 46 percent of ham leg products were exported.

The Federation says most of the cuts were going to be processed further upon arrival, but overseas customers are looking for economically priced products. Pork picnic cuts, for example, are a popular alternative dish in Japan.


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