Hong Kong-based Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for the Asia-Pacific, reports on that city’s renewed efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Haggard notes that in January, Hong Kong was one of the first areas outside of China to implement COVID-19 preventive measures. A second wave of infections came in the spring, and now the city is challenged by a new spike in cases. He says Hong Kong’s retail meat sales are very strong and sales through e-commerce are rapidly expanding, but restaurants face a new round of restrictions that allow only takeout service after 6:00 p.m. Haggard explains that while most establishments have remained open throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 has hit Hong Kong’s foodservice and hospitality sectors particularly hard, as they were already feeling the impact of large, pro-democracy demonstrations held late last year.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider.