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Creating opportunities for lesser-known pork cuts in Mexico

Photo courtesy of U.S. Meat Export Federation

U.S. pork exports to Mexico reached new heights in 2022. Through November, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), shipments to Mexico were up 9% from a year ago and nearly matched the full-year record achieved in 2021. Export value has already set an annual record at $1.84 billion, up 20% year-over-year. In both October and November, exports topped $200 million in value.

While hams make up a large portion of these record-breaking shipments, support from the National Pork Board and the USDA Market Access Program is helping create opportunities for other cuts such as jowls and loins. Gerardo Rodriguez, USMEF marketing director in Mexico, said they had a recent project that developed a chicharrón – a very popular food item in Mexico – made from pork jowls.

The pork loin is also a key export item, and Rodriguez said that a successful series of seminars promoting U.S. loins has been expanded to additional cities in Mexico. These sessions showcase loin recipes specific to each region and feature activities such as cooking demonstrations and wine pairings.

For more information, visit usmef.org.

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