Cherkizovo launches exotic snacks menu for export
Cherkizovo is expanding its snacks menu of by-products to respond to increased demand from China or Egypt and hopes to enter several markets with dishes made from pork by-products. According to a press release from the company, exotic dishes have their markets that are increasing consumption.
Today, China is the undisputed leader in importing meat by-products, with 1.2 million tonnes of poultry, pork, and beef by-products brought into its territory last year according to customs statistics (excluding stomachs, sets of intestines and a bladder). Mexico and Egypt rank second and third, with 500,000 tones and 250,000 tonnes of imported by-products, respectively.
“This year, China has become the major destination for Cherkizovo by-products: by the end of 2019, the Group's exports of chicken feet, a favored local beer snack, may reach some 8,000 tonnes. This is a delicacy the Chinese cook in many different ways – deep fry in a wok, stew, smoke, or boil,” says Andrey Dalnov, Cherkizovo Group’s Chief Analyst.
If China allows Russian pork into its market, Cherkizovo will also be able to export pig's ears and trotters, which will find their way into local cuisine, according to a press release from the company. For example, pig’s ears are boiled with sugar, soy sauce and spices (black and chili peppers, ginger), anise and spring onions, and served in slices. Similarly, trotters are braised in soy sauce, spices, and wine. Still, Russa is one of the countries that is fighting ASF for more than a decade and recent outbreaks have been reported in the last couple of months.
The least exotic ingredient to Russian foodies will probably be beef liver popular in Egypt. There you will often find it served in pitas from multiple street vendors. Cut in small pieces, the liver is fried and mixed with garlic, pepper, lemon juice, and other spices.