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SAO PAULO, March 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA has been granted permission by Vietnam to export pork from a plant in Mato Grosso and now plans to double shipments to the Asian country, it said on Wednesday. the society.
The clearance will allow BRF to expand into a strategic geographic market, in line with its plan to increase its relevance in major global consumer hubs, BRF’s head of institutional relations Luiz Tavares told Reuters.
Vietnam was the fifth-largest destination for Brazilian pork in 2021, receiving more than 45,000 tonnes of the product, or 4% of total Brazilian exports, according to government data.
“Meat consumption in Southeast Asia is expected to increase significantly in the coming years and we are ready to meet this demand,” the executive said.
BRF already exports pork to Vietnam from a factory in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais state, which received the required authorization last year. The company did not disclose export volumes.
With the authorization of the Mato Grosso unit, located in Lucas do Rio Verde, the company will sell pork cuts including shoulder, ribs, chops, loin and ham.
BRF added that it is making further progress in the high value-added pork segment, one of the important avenues of its Vision 2030 project, in which the company aims to achieve an annual turnover of more than 100 billion reais in course of the next decade. (Reporting by Roberto Samora; Writing by Peter Frontini; Editing by Leslie Adler, Bernard Orr)