Animal Ag Organizations Launch Protein PACT

Earlier this week, U.S. animal agriculture groups announced the Protein PACT. The coalition is the first joint initiative designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across the animal protein sector. The Protein PACT was submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit as a sustainability game changer, and sustainable livestock and […]

USMEF: Market Diversification The Key

March was a good month for American meat exports. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef and pork exports totaled just under $1.6 billion. When breaking down the numbers, beef exports set a single month record, with more than $800 million sent overseas in March of this year. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of […]

Record-Breaking Performance for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports in March

U.S. red meat exports ended the first quarter on a high note. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reported March beef and pork exports each posted the highest monthly value on record. Pork exports and shipments of beef muscle cuts also set new volume records in March. March pork exports were record-large at 294,700 metric tons, […]

USMEF: October A Good Month For Beef, Pork Exports

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports in October were steady when compared to 2019 figures, but there were significant gains reported in several key markets. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef exports came in at 107,591 metric tons for the month. “It’s really a pretty good rebound from earlier in […]

USMEF: Despite Struggles Of 2020 Pork Exports To Japan Hold Signs Of Encouragement

During the U.S Meat Export Federation’s Strategic Planning conference in mid-November, USMEF Vice President of Marketing Jesse Austin provided pork producers with an update on two areas that are critical for success in Japan; chilled port and ground seasoned pork. Austin said through September, Japan’s imports of chilled America pork were slightly lower year over […]

Binger Becomes New USMEF Chair

U.S. Meat Export Federation has a new chair. Pat Binger of Wichita, KS started his yearlong term on November 13th at the conclusion of the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference. Binger comes to position with 32 years of experience at Cargill, the last 11 years he led the international business segment for the North America protein […]

USMEF: August Was A Great Month For Beef Bound For Taiwan, Korea

According to the latest USDA data, U.S. beef exports to Korea and Taiwan set new records in August. Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO, noted exports to Taiwan in August totaled 7,439 metric tons, valued at nearly $64 million. He said Taiwan is enjoying a tremendous recovery in the food service industry. […]

USMEF: U.S. Meat Thriving In Japanese Convenience Stores

Consumers have changed their habits because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s not all bad news. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S. Red Meat is thriving in convenience stores in Japan. Jesse Austin, USMEF Vice President for Marketing, said with over 58,000 convenience stores across Japan, they continue to be a dominate source […]

USMEF Is Trying To Adapt To Second COVID Wave In South Korea

A new round of COVID-19 restrictions in South Korea’s food service sector has created challenges for U.S. beef producers in one of its largest markets. The South Korean government has heightened social distancing requirement in the greater Seoul area, including restrictions on food and beverage providers, and a suspension of large gatherings. U.S. Meat Export […]

Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds Slow Red Meat Exports in May

To no one’s surprise, U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in part to interruptions in slaughter and processing. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports dropped well below year-over-year levels and recorded the lowest monthly volume in ten years. May beef exports were down 33 % from a year […]