Beef Export: US Success Story Continues

US - The international marketplace continued to roll out the red carpet for U.S. beef products in 2008, recording double-digit increases over 2007 levels, according to statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
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Total U.S. beef exports registered gains nearly 11 percent in volume and more than 16 percent in value in December versus one year ago. For the calendar year, export volumes rose 28 percent to nearly 2.2 billion pounds, while values jumped 38 percent to $3.6 billion.

“We have been investing our checkoff dollars and working very hard to fully recover our export markets since many closed to us at the end of 2003,” says Cattlemen's Beef Board member Robert Fountain, Jr., an Adrian, Ga., cow-calf producer and member of the Joint International Markets Committee. “And while there are ups and downs on a country-by-country basis, the key export markets for U.S. beef are performing fairly consistently.

“The international marketplace clearly offers the U.S. beef producer the greatest potential for demand growth,” Fountain adds. “And our beef checkoff – often leveraged with funding from other sources, including USDA foreign market development programs – is helping us increase consumer confidence in U.S. beef around the globe.”

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