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April sets records for U.S. pork and beef exports

April sets records for U.S. pork and beef exports

By Jamie Martin

April proved to be a groundbreaking month for the U.S. meat industry, with record-setting pork and beef exports. USDA data reveals a surge in exports, driven by robust demand from key international markets.

Pork exports reached unprecedented levels, with a volume of 277,910 metric tons (mt), marking a 14% increase from the previous year.

The export value climbed by 18% to $778.8 million, marking the third-highest on record. Leading the charge was Mexico, with strong contributions from South Korea, Central America, Colombia, Australia, and the ASEAN.

Simultaneously, beef exports witnessed significant growth, totaling 111,580 mt, with export value reaching $898.7 million, the highest in 10 months.

Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Middle East emerged as key markets, capitalizing on foodservice demand and currency advantages. Despite challenges in Asia, particularly Japan, beef exports remained resilient, driven by strong demand for beef variety meats.

These record-setting exports underscore the competitiveness and quality of U.S. pork and beef products in the global market. The surge in exports reflects the industry's ability to meet diverse consumer preferences and capitalize on emerging opportunities in international markets.

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