USMEF, Food Groups Asking Administration For Action At West Coast Ports

Agriculture groups across the country are sounding the alarm of port congestion and container shortages at the west coast ports. Travis Arp, senior director of export services at U.S. Meat Export Federation, said like most other industries, the ports have been hit hard by the pandemic and COVID restriction. “To where there just isn’t the […]

Beef Exports Off In 2020, But USMEF Sees Reason For Optimism

According to the latest numbers from the USDA, U.S. beef exports finished 2020 lower year-over-year, down in both volume at 1.25 million metric tons, and value at $7.65 billion. But the news isn’t all bad. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said beef ended the year on a very strong note. “[I’m] quite happy with […]

Haggard: Expanded Beef Market Leads To Controversy

It’s not often when the expansion of one commodity in a market leads to more stringent regulations of another, but that’s the situation taking place in Southeast Asia. In January, Taiwan eased restrictions on imports of U.S. Red Meat, but not without some controversy. Joel Haggard Senior Vice President at the U.S. Meat Export Federation […]

New COVID Regulations In China Has Slowed Meat Imports

Increased coronavirus testing of imported meat and poultry is having a big impact on product bound for China. Since summer 2020, following outbreaks at wholesale food markets, China has been swab testing imported meat, often focusing on packaging. At first the tests only occurred at the ports, and on a sample basis. But as the […]

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 […]

Jones Looks Back On Year As USMEF Chair

Idaho cattle feeder Cevin Jones is wrapping up his one-year term as chair of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He notes while 2020 has been challenging in a variety of ways, they were able to come up with innovative ways to communicate with international consumers and industry stakeholders. Jones added the coronavirus not only impacted […]

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 […]