Beef imports to the Philippines coming from Australia rose by 21 percent in the first semester of this year, to 18,000 tons from 14,000 tons in the same period last year, according to Peter Paul Perez, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Ltd. country manager for the Philippines.
“The export value [of beef] grew by 49 percent on account of stronger demand from both consumer and food service sectors, complimenting the regular demand of food manufacturers,” Perez said. He added that other red meat from Australia also posted positive growth levels.
Perez, however, declined to give the amount in volume of their exports, pending data consolidation.
He added: “Goat meat from Australia is now offered in major local supermarkets [Philippines], from carcass to prime cuts.”
Australia is also the market leader in lamb meat, with over 90 percent in market share, according to Perez.
Based on the Consumer Price Index published early this year by the Philippine Statistics Authority, meat consumption in the Philippines advanced to 2.0 percent in 2013 from 1.4 percent in 2012, with the National Capital Region registering 1.8 percent from 1.6 percent of the same period.
The MLA, a privately run but publicly funded research center, delivers marketing and research and development services for Australia’s cattle, sheep and goat producers. It was formed in 1998 by the Australian Meat and Livestock Corp. and the Meat Research Corp.
“There’s no better place to raise beef and lamb. Australia’s unique climate and environment allow animals to live in their natural state all year round and enables consistent supply.
The remoteness of livestock farms in Australia offer natural protection from disease. It’s an island continent with wide open spaces and this natural environment enables sustainable production.”
Perez told reporters that aside from the Philippines, Australian red meat consumption is showing a stronger growth in South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, including Japan, which for many years now is a major importer of meat from the Down Under.
Written by: Alladin S. Diega