Brazilian food company Aurora Alimentos to start exporting pork directly to China in January

25 November 2011

Florianópolis, Brazil, 25 Nov – Brazilian food company Aurora Alimentos (Cooperativa Central Oeste Catarinense Aurora) is due to start exporting pork directly to China in January 2012 according to a statement issued on the company’s website.

The company did not give details of the amount of pork to be sent to China but Aurora’s chairman, Mário Lanznaster, said he was optimistic about the volume of sales to the country.

China already consumes pork produced in Brazil, but before this year it was imported via Hong Kong.

Starting in 2009, the Chinese market started to buy chicken meat directly from Brazilian producers and, last April, the direct sale of pork was authorised.

“This is good for both countries. For China because it will be buying without an intermediary at a lower price, and for Brazil because it could increase sales, offer better cuts and gain entry to a country with a population that has a growing income that will increase consumption progressively over the next few decades,” said the chairman of Aurora.

According to Lanznaster, the sale of chicken confirms that projection as in 2009 China imported 20,000 tons, and in the following year it imported 120,000 tons.

Last week Brazilian company Seara Alimentos, of the Marfrig group, said it was due on 24 November to send its first direct shipment of Brazilian pork directly to China. (macauhub)