Spanish company Patel strengthens its position in the Romanian market in a period when domestic production is affected by the ASF outbreaks reported in the last 6 months.
"The Romanian market is important for our company. Here we sell different cuts which are much better consumed here that in our country, such as pork collars. We are linking relations with producers and retailers, here in Romania, and we are supplying on weekly basis on long-term agreements. At this point, we are working with all the main players in the Romanian market", explained Emilio Becker, International Consultant and Area Sale Manager for Patel, in an interview for Euromeatnews.
Even before the ASF crisis, Romania wasn't able to cover the domestic demand so imports of pork in the country are no surprise. Despite the fact that East Europeans pig producers, such as Romania and Poland, have accelerated imports due to the ASF crisis in the region, the EU swine sector is facing a big challenge in the years to come.
Ï think we are facing a restructuration period because is not balanced the production of pigs, the demand, and the export opportunities, so, somehow, there are some imbalanced which are going to be corrected by the market but is going to take time. This will not happen overnight", added Mr. Becker.
On the other hand, regarding the ASF crisis that is threatening the global industry Emilio Becker considers that every event of this type has taught a lesson for the meat industry. "Every time this kind of events happens, the industry is improving because we are learning a lot about this sanitary problem we are facing", he said.