Consumption upgrade, health consciousness and pursuit of a better quality of life are all spurring innovation and expansion of meat trade in China-and Liao Xiuping, in her 30s, a bank employee in Qingdao, Shandong province, -would vouch for it. She visited an international meat exhibition in her hometown on Oct 18. The three-day event, jointly hosted by the China Meat Association and the France-based International Meat Society, brought together major meat industry players from home and abroad. They all displayed and sold their latest products…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2017

Key Points

  • From 2015 to 2016, China’s meat imports increased 63.4% to 4.67 million MTs. According to the deputy secretary-general of the China Meat Association (CMA), from 2010 to 2016, Chinese meat imports doubled. The CMA representative also noted that China’s annual meat consumption totals 66 kg per capita (~90 million MTs) and is expected to total 100 million MTs by 2020.
  • In 2012, the Dutch Meat Association entered the Chinese market. The DMA has since signed an agreement with the China Meat Association to establish the Joint Meat Cooperation Center. The center focuses on the pork and beef trade.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2017, China’s pork output reached approximately ~53.5 million MTs. By 2020, China plans to produce 57.6 million MTs of pork.
  • From 2016 to 2017, China’s pork imports declined from 1.6 million MTs to 1.2 million MTs, but were still well above historic norms. Germany, Spain, USA, Canada, and Denmark were the top suppliers. Over the same time period, China’s beef imports increased from 579,700 MTs to 694,900 MTs.
  • In 2016, China’s pork offal (primarily trotters and head meat, excl. livers) imports reached 1.3 million MTs.
  • From 2015 to 2016, China’s animal feed production rose 5.7% to 209 million MTs.
  • From 2000 to 2012, China’s backyard pig farms (<50 hogs) contribution to the country’s pork output dropped from 77% to 32%.

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