US pork suppliers meet with Latin American buyers

They met at USMEF’s Product Showcase
calendar icon 11 August 2023
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Red meat buyers from Central and South America and the Caribbean recently met with US suppliers in Cartagena, Colombia, during the 11th edition of the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Latin American Product Showcase, according to a press release from the federation

With 70 US exporting companies exhibiting at the showcase, 220 importers had the opportunity to meet US suppliers and arrange purchases of a wide range of US red meat products.

“We are a family company in Colombia for 45 years. This show is very important to us, because we can find new suppliers,” said Laura De Bedout with Vitamar. “We are looking to have more brands of beef and pork to complete our portfolio for foodservice.”

The value and versatility of underutilised pork, beef and lamb cuts were a focus of the educational activities during the showcase. US industry leaders in attendance also toured a distribution centre and several types of retail outlets.

Randy Spronk, a farmer from Edgerton, Minn., who serves as USMEF chair-elect, attended his third Latin American Product Showcase.

“It’s just phenomenal seeing the growth that’s happening in these countries," Spronk said. "It’s great for those that fund USMEF to be able to see what those funds actually do and show the return on their investment.”

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