Pork and Poultry Exports: South America
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports that U.S. pork exports remain strong. The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program has funded pork promotion efforts with USMEF in South America, where pork exports are surging. Pork exports to South America increased 57 percent in volume from 2016 to 2017.
From grocery stores to restaurants, the demand for U.S. poultry has been growing in South America as well, thanks in part to work funded by the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council and the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. For example, Peru has a massive rate of adoption of U.S. protein, including a focus on chicken leg quarters. And in Chile, 94 percent of survey respondents at supermarkets rated U.S. poultry good or excellent.
Efforts in South America to promote U.S. pork and poultry include chef demonstrations, in-store promotions, seminars on topics like cold chain safety and product quality, and strengthening relationships with importers.