The graph shows China’s pork import volumes more than doubling in 2016 before falling back slightly in 2017 due to higher expected domestic production. China has overtaken Japan as the largest importer, whilst of course it was already the largest producer. Other news from the report is that the USDA are also predicting a 3% […]

As reported in previous newsletters Spanish pig population & export growth has been accelerating at a rapid pace since last year. Spain is getting very close to Germany now in terms of pig numbers. Mexico has also now opened as an export market for Spain which is a boost to potential export volumes. We expect […]

The team in AgraKepak Shanghai met with Michael Creed, Irish minister for agriculture, Paul Kavanagh, the Irish ambassador to China, the Irish consulate and the head of Bord Bia Asia during the ministers’ trade mission to China in September 2016.

On a trip to Korea last week AgraKepak’s Korean sales manager Andrew Agnew noted that the market for Samgyeopsal bellies was very hot. Samgyeopsal is a popular Korean meal consisting of thick, fat slices of pork belly meat, usually marinated, and cooked on a grill at the table by the customer themselves (see picture). Normal […]

Two members of our Chinese pork sales team from our Shanghai office, Shane O’ Flynn and Tao Shen, visited Suzhou pork market last week. Suzhou is located 100km west of Shanghai and is one of the largest markets for frozen imported pork in China. As well as domestic pork there was product on show from […]