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·         Meat imports up 21% in first quarter after surge in pork shipments

·         Pork prices hit P400 per kilo in some markets

·         Alternative meat



Meat imports up 21% in first quarter after surge in pork shipments


BusinessWorld (Philippines)

April 5, 2021


MEAT IMPORTS in the first quarter rose 21% from a year earlier to 243,108.89 metric tons (MT), the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said.


In a report, BAI said meat imports rose due to increased volumes for pork, beef, buffalo meat, and turkey. Lower import volumes were recorded for chicken, duck, and lamb.


Pork imports during the quarter totaled 110,419.40 MT, up 150.7% from a year earlier.


Chicken imports fell 28.4% to 81,482.55 MT...







Pork prices hit P400 per kilo in some markets


By Margret Fermin, Philippines Lifestyle News

April 5, 2021


The price of pork in some markets in Metro Manila hit P400 per kilo again, 3 days before the existing price ceiling expires.


At the Tandang Sora Market in Quezon City, the price of kasim and pigue is P400 to P420 per kilo while kasim and pigue are priced at P370 per kilo.


In Kamuning Market, liempo costs P390 per kilo and kasim and pigue P370 per kilo.


The price cap, which is expected to end on April 8, for kasim and pigue is P270/kilo while for liempo it is P300/kilo. The price ceiling for chicken is P160/kilo.


According to the sellers, next week, kasim and pigue will cost P400 per kilo while liempo will cost P420.


Some traders also had difficulty finding pigs to transport this Monday because the “pig holiday” or non-selling of pigs has already begun...


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Alternative meat


Iris Gonzales, The Philippine Star

April 5, 2021


The alternative meat industry has gone a long way. The era of healthier food substitutes, which tasted like Gerber of sorts, is over. There’s now a wide array of healthy and delicious options available in supermarkets.


I was pleasantly surprised to discover this last year when I started eating a plant-based diet.


Plant-based meat now (almost) tastes like real meat, except that you can eat it guilt-free.


Animal diseases


Demand for meat substitutes has grown through the years, but more so now because of animal diseases such as the African swine fever. Animal diseases have underscored the need for an alternative supply of protein to feed a steadily growing population, not just in the Philippines, but also for the whole world...


Feeding the global population ...


Tipping point ...