Increased demand for Canadian pork in China

By Alice McFarlane/CJVR
November 29, 2018 - 10:17am

There's been an increasing demand from China for Canadian pork. 

Canada Pork International Chair Neil Ketilson says Japan is the biggest buyer of our pork with sales of $1 billion each year. 

He says we can't forget China as Canada ships more than $500 million in of frozen pork products to the Asian country each year.

"The Chinese take a wider variety of product so a lot of the offal that would be produced by pigs, things like that go into the Chinese market," Ketilson said. "Really though, when you look at the Chinese market, China has changed a lot in the last number of years. There is a growing middle class there that are quite interested in Canadian pork and they're quite interested in safe, quality food and the kinds of products we can contribute to them."

Representatives with Canada's agri-food sector took part in a trade mission to China earlier this month.

 

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