Exports of U.S. pork, beef and lamb to foreign countries are expected to increase in 2007, thanks in part to efforts of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. That was one of the messages shared by Phil Seng, USMEF President and CEO, at the USMEF Strategic Market Planning meeting.

U.S. international beef sales are expected to be up 36 percent, Seng says, while pork is projected to increase 9 percent and lamb projected to be up 7 percent. According to the USDA, global beef trade will be up 6.5 percent and pork up 2.6 percent. Chicken is expected to see a 4.1 percent increase.

Seng also identified six strategic priorities for USMEF that will help maximize U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports in the coming year. These are total carcass utilization, trade support, buyer education and loyalty, market presence, product/industry image and market access.

Source: USMEF news release