New Zealand reports surge in meat exports to China
China's appetite for meat is rising as domestic supply of pork is no longer enough to cover the demand. New Zealand is reporting rising demand for beef and lamb in the Chinese market as annual meat and edible offal exports to China were $1.5 billion, up $905 million from year ended April 2018.
"The strong demand recently from the Chinese market for alternative protein sources, such as New Zealand beef and lamb, is partly due to African swine fever reducing pork production in China," said international statistics manager Tehseen Islam. "The value of beef exports to China nearly doubled in the year to April 2019 compared with the previous year.", he added.
According to New Zealand Statistical Bureau, beef exports to China are up $420 million and lamb up $340 million.
At the same time, China pork imports were higher by 24% in April compared with the same month last year, Spain, Germany, the US, Canada and Brazil being the main suppliers of pig meat for this market.