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 […]

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 […]

Halstrom Expects Strong Second Half To 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for the agricultural world, but one commodity is looking forward to better days ahead. Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation said despite a recent slump in exports due to production challenges, he anticipates a very strong second half to 2020, thanks, in part, to […]

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 […]

USMEF: April Exports Solid Despite Ongoing Challenges

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, April was a solid month for both beef and pork exports. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom said numbers were fairly resilient given supply chain disruptions as well as the ongoing pandemic. He noted beef exports slipped a bit in April. “We were down 6% year-on-year.  The bright […]

Despite Supply Chain Challenges, Red Meat Exports Look Good for 2020

Despite a host of challenges, 2020 U.S. red meat exports have been fairly strong. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, beef exports were up 9% year over year in the first quarter; pork exports were up 40%. USMEF CEO and President Dan Halstrom said because of the coronavirus pandemic, the red meat industry saw […]