Botswana beef dominates British market

BOTSWANA - The United Kingdom is the highest contributor to Botswana Meat Commission (BMC)s 2005 total turnover of over P373.5 million says BMC 2005 Annual Report It says the BMCs products which are doing well in the United Kingdom include chilled vacuum-packed beef, frozen and canned beef.
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The report says the UK martket is followed by Botswana, South Africa, Norway and Greece respectively.

Despite topping the list, the report says beef sales to the UK dropped by 14 per cent compared to 2004.

In the report BMC chief executive office Dr Motshudi Raborokgwe states that the contribution of Botswana and South Africa to the beef market have increased by five per cent and 33 per cent, respectively, Dr Raborokgwe says the hottest selling BMC products are chilled vacuum-packed boneless beef and frozen beef.

Chilled vacuum packed boneless beef contributed P174.2 million to BMCs total turnover in 2005 compared to P138.3 million it contributed in 2004.

However, Dr Raborokgwe says there is a decline in pieces of hides sold in 2005 compared to 2004.

He says the unit sale value of hides declined in 2005 primarily due to decline in market prices.

Italy remains the dominating destination for the wet blue hides, he said. He observed that there has been a steady increase in the sales revenue coming from Botswana over the years.

Dr Raborokgwe notes that the Botswana market has the advantage of a wider span across the entire product range.

With regard to the South African market, Dr Raborokgwe says it buys a full range of products from the BMC, noting that it is very strong on frozen beef.

On BMC subsidiaries and associated companies, Dr Raborokgwe says the sale of ECCO cold storage in the UK were was done in a bid to reduce operating costs and raise the necessary cash for restructuring of BMC.

Regarding other by-products, the report says although there was a decline in turnover from their sale their market was Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. BOPA News Desk
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