The USMEF “Meet the Buyers” luncheon in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday successfully brought together 13 meat buyers from Mexico with representatives of USMEF members Midwest Premier Foods, Pine Ridge Farms, Tomex and Vectra International.
The pork-buyer team from Guadalajara, Queretaro and Monterrey toured Cargill, Pine Ridge Farms and JBS plants in Iowa, and a range of retail outlets before meeting U.S. buyers for lunch in Des Moines.
“Mexico is our No. 1 market for pork exports in volume and No. 2 in value,” said USMEF Assistant Vice President, Industry Relations John Hinners, “and with continued hard work by USMEF and the industry in creating and strengthening relationships with our partners south of the border, our sales will continue to grow. Meet-the-buyer events allow crucial face-to-face meetings between buyer and seller, promoting trust and understanding.”
In the first six months of 2013, U.S. pork (including variety meat) exports to Mexico totaled 290,801 metric tons (641 million pounds) valued at $531 million. The United Soybean Board funded the USMEF Mexican buyers team visit with Soybean Checkoff dollars.