According to the director of the White-Coated Pig Interprofessional Association (Interprofesional del Porcino de Capa Blanca, INTERPORC), Mr. Alberto Herranz, 2016 was a historic year for the Spanish pig sector, with more than 2 million tonnes and €4,500 million exported.
Pork and its processed products ended year 2016 in the 12th position among the most exported Spanish products, and in the 3rd place in the food and agriculture sector, only behind fruit and vegetables. The pork sector exports have increased notably in the last 8 years, during which the rise has been by 68% regarding volume and by 84% regarding value, and this pace speeded up in 2016, in which exports grew by 21% in trms of volume and by 16.5% in terms of value.
China is the main foreign market regarding volume
In 2016, for the first time in history, a non-European country (China) has become the first foreign market in terms of volume, concentrating slightly more than 20% of the exports. In 2016, the sales to China have doubled, going from 209,000 tonnes in 2015 to 419,000 tonnes in 2016. Likewise, other 4 Asian countries are among the 11 main buyers: Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and The Philippines.
Nevertheless, although the importance of the Asian market, specially the Chinese one, is very notable, the EU still is the main market, with France being the first one in terms of invoicing, with €759 million.
Regarding the products, almost 78% of the Spanish pigs sector's foreign invoicing comes from the sales of fresh, refrigerated or frozen meat and offal. They are followed by cured hams and forelegs (9.3%) and cured sausages (8.2%). On the other hand, bacon entails 3.2% and the rest of products 1.5%.
Monday, 30 January 2017/ Interporc.