Pork exports in the first quarter were exceptional due to diversification

U.S. pork exports during March held close to last year’s numbers but their value was up. The Pork Board says the industry can be summed up with one word: diversification.

“The diversification that we’re seeing in our markets. Mexico is still our number one marketplace that our products are going to in terms of volume and value. But just through that, we’ve been able to see significant growth in other areas. For example, Korea has jumped significantly. We’re talking year to date, 54 percent in volume and then 59 percent in value, so just significant growth that we’ve seen there. We’re seeing really strong numbers in Colombia, throughout South America as well as Central America, so just really strong diversification in other places outside of Mexico, though Mexico is still a very important market for us,” said Kelli Wicks.

Wicks also points to places like Australia and New Zealand. She says they have seen more than 100 percent growth in those areas and credits their partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.