Brazil is big­gest beef seller to China

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Lim­ited do­mes­tic out­put and ris­ing per-capita in­comes are push­ing beef-hun­gry China to im­port the high-pro­tein, low-fat meat in in­creas­ing quan­ti­ties from Brazil.

While the Chi­nese eat far more pork than any other meat, per­capita con­sump­tion is fall­ing. At the same time de­mand for beef is in­creas­ing, a pro­duc­tion deficit is widen­ing in China, and im­ports are head­ing for a record.

About a year af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a scare re­lated to mad cow dis­ease, Brazil has sup­planted Aus­tralia as the big­gest seller of beef to China. Brazil’s am­ple sup­plies and low prices helped com­pa­nies to boost ex­ports to China by 65 per­cent in the first half of the year.

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