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Challenges for pork

by 5m Editor
25 June 2003, at 12:00am

UK - The world’s pig industry is on the verge of a great opportunity - and a great challenge. That was the message from the first-ever World Pork Congress in Birmingham last week which attracted 400 delegates from 24 countries.

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The opportunity, delegates were told, will be increasing global meat sales - much of it pork - and the challenge will be to remain competitive in a world market.

The event, which covered consumer and market trends, trade issues and technical developments, was organised by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) along with the International Meat Secretariat and the Meat and Livestock Commission.

Mick Sloyan, BPEX Chief Executive, said: “Over the next 20 years world wide meat consumption is forecast to increase dramatically as incomes rise - and pork is the world’s most popular meat. Here is the opportunity.

“But at the same time the global commodity markets will be looking for the best price and Britain and parts of Europe are not low cost producers. Instead we must provide quality and value - that is the challenge.“

Stewart Houston, BPEX Chairman, said: “The Congress was a unique event - an invaluable opportunity for people in the British industry to meet their opposite numbers from around the world to discuss shared challenges and opportunities.

“Our Road to Recovery strategy for the British pig industry clearly identifies the need to network and discuss issues at a world wide level. The Congress has been an extraordinarily good starting point for that strategy.“

Source: Meat and Livestock Commission - 23rd June 2003

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