India as an Export Destination for Pork

Frozen meat and meat products such as sausages, ham and salami are some of the goods imported by supermarkets, restaurants and hotels in India.

Friday, July 29, 2016

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The Foreign Service at the United States Department of Agriculture has prepared a report on the situation of the pork production in India and trade of this product. According to the report, the Asian country produced around 464,000 tons of this product from April 2014 to March 2015 and this amount accounts for 8% of the total protein intake in the country. It also states that the figure is 1.4% more than in the same period in previous years.

Regarding consumption, the USDA notes that is very small because 14.2% of the population is Muslim and many consumers do not trust the quality and safety of food products. Demand is divided into two segments. One is sales of products that are not tightly controlled in unorganized wet markets. The second segment is high value imported pork products such as sausages, ham, bacon, salami, canned meat products and frozen meat..." which are sold to supermarkets targeting the population with the highest purchasing power as well as restaurants and hotels. The demand for this type of food is focused mainly in big cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Pune.

On the other hand, India imports about 527 tons a year which is mainly destined for hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. The major exporters to the Indian market are Belgium, Sri Lanka and Spain.  The most frequently imported products are pork belly, chops, loin, tenderloin, neck, shoulder, spare ribs, bacon, ham, salami and sausages. 

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