Asprocer attended –as a special guest– the annual meeting of the “National Pork Producers Council”, held in Naples, FL, USA from December 12 to 14, 2018. Pork producers in the United States are part of this alliance that represents them and acts as the voice of the U.S. pork industry.

Talks and debates lasted three days. The most recurring subjects were: (i) the trade war between the United States and China and its possible effects on world trade; (ii) problems with housing development in the United States in areas traditionally occupied by pork producing companies that now see their location threatened; and finally, the high risk involved in the African swine fever possibly reaching the United States.

José Guzmán, General Manager of Agrosuper, gave a talk and spoke about the challenges the industry faces from an international perspective. Guzmán stressed the high degree of development achieved by the food industry in Chile, the specialization of the Chilean pork industry in developing its exports, and Chile’s condition as a “sanitary island” and reliable supplier.

Guzmán also provided a more long-term view on the world-wide increase in the demand for protein and the enormous challenge this implies for the pork industry. The industry will have to grow in concert with demand, together with addressing society’s requirements, which is increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable development.[:]