Malaysia’s Beef Imports On The Rise

MALAYSIA - Beef imports into Malaysia during August increased three per cent year-on-year to 9,976 tonnes swt, lifting total imports for the first eight months of 2011 by 11 per cent, to 76,644 tonnes swt, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
calendar icon 3 November 2011
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Beef imports into Malaysia from major countries all increased during January to August, including India (up 12 per cent), Australia (up 41 per cent) and New Zealand (up 29 per cent).

During the eight months to August 2011, Indian buffalo continued to dominate Malaysia's imported beef market, accounting for 81 per cent, followed by Australia (13 per cent) and New Zealand (three per cent).

Indian buffalo meat is traditionally sold through retail (traditional/wet markets), with a smaller proportion in foodservice (institutions and quick services).

In contrast to the frozen segment, Australia dominated the chilled beef trade between January and August 2011, with an 85 per cent share of the imported market, while New Zealand accounted for the remaining 14 per cent.

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