Greater demand for cattle beef to come from developing nations

BRAZIL - According to a sector study, by 2030 emerging countries will consume 350 million tonnes of cattle beef, against 100 million in developed countries. Brazil, which is already the greatest exporter in the sector, should occupy a special position in this market. 'The world needs Brazil to eat,' stated Abiec president, Marcus Vinícius Pratini de Moraes.
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Pratini:the tendancy is for exports to the arabs to continue growing

According to ANBA developing countries are going to be the main consumers of cattle beef in years to come. By 2030, while developed countries will be consuming a little over 100 million tonnes of cattle beef a year, developing nations will be consuming around 350 million tonnes. These figures were supplied on Friday (09) by the president of the Brazilian Beef Industry and Exporters Association (Abiec), Marcus Vinícius Pratini de Moraes, at a meeting promoted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Japan in Brazil, in São Paulo.

"We are selling more and more meat to less traditional markets," stated Pratini. The Arab nations are part of this list and have been increasing their purchases systematically. The Abiec president also presented at the meeting the Brazilian cattle beef export figures for February. Raw cattle beef exports grew 84.43% in terms of value, to US$ 280.5 million, and 62% in terms of volume, to 115,300 tonnes. Sales of industrialized meat were US$ 55.5 million, presenting growth of 23.2% over the same month in 2006, with a volume of 16,100 tonnes and an increase of 20.7%.

Egypt was the second main importer of raw cattle beef and the sixth in terms of the industrialized product. "Our tendency is to continue expanding exports to the Arab countries," stated Pratini in an interview to ANBA after the meeting. Algeria was the tenth greatest importer of raw cattle beef and Saudi Arabia the twelfth. In terms of industrialized meats, the Saudis were the thirteenth. "Up to 2030 the consumption of meat in Europe, Japan and the United States is going to grow little, whereas it is going to grow strongly in emerging countries," stated the Abiec president.

Due to this demand in emerging markets, Brazilian slaughterhouses are trying to open markets in the region. In the Emirates, for example, Abiec participated in February in fair Gulf Food, in Dubai, and promoted a barbecue for local authorities and importers. Pratini is strengthening, at the events in which he participates, the importance of Brazil as a global supplier of food. "The world needs to eat," stated the Abiec president. "We have land, technology, water and industrial capacity." Below is the interview that Pratini gave to ANBA about the Arab market:

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