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Brazil Takes More Australian Beef

20 October 2011
Meat & Livestock Australia

AUSTRALIA and BRAZIL - Australian beef exports to Brazil during the first nine months of 2011 jumped 381 per cent year-on-year, to 969 tonnes swt, underlining the growing Brazilian demand for higher quality imported beef, mainly among steakhouse chains in the Sao Paulo region, reports Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

MLA states that the main Australian product exported to Brazil so far in 2011 has been rump, accounting for 81 per cent of the total or 782 tonnes swt. Out of this total, 370 tonnes swt has been full rump, with 366 tonnes of rump cap - one of the highest valued cuts in Brazil. Other products shipped included chuck (11 per cent) and striploin (three per cent).

A huge middle class population that has grown significantly in recent years has driven an increase in Brazilian protein consumption, which has led to high beef prices in the domestic market. This has provided opportunities for imports of high quality beef and lamb from Uruguay, Argentina and Australia across the higher end foodservice segment.

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