Sao Paulo, Brazil, 29 Feb – Brasil Foods is due Thursday, 1 March, to send its first shipment of pork to China, which will be sold by the partnership set up with Hong Kong group Dah Chong Hong Ltd. (DCH), the company said in a statement issued in Sao Paulo.
The first shipment has been processed in the company’s facilities in Rio Verde, in the state of Goiás, one of three facilities approved by the Chinese authorities to process and export pork meat directly to China.
Brasil Foods is authorise to export only de-boned pork, but said it was working towards authorisation for its facilities in Santa Catarina state, from which it will be able to export pork on the bone as the state is considered to be free of foot and mouth disease.
The recent partnership with DCH is intended to distribute products in China and to process meat in local units, as well as to sell the Adia brand in retail channels in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Brasil Foods noted in its statement to the market that China was the world’s largest producer of pork, but that demand in the market outstripped supply.
In November 2011, Seara Alimentos, of the Marfrig group sent its first shipment fo pork to China and Coopercentral Aurora (Aurora Alimentos) began exporting pork to China, with a shipment of 120 tons, at the beginning of February. (macauhub)