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Japan Registers Record Wagyu Exports in 2014

11 February 2015
Meat & Livestock Australia

JAPAN - Growing demand for Wagyu, combined with the Japanese government’s strong commitment to grow the industry, Japan’s beef exports during 2014 reached 1,251 tonnes, up 38 per cent from the previous year and the highest on record.

According to Meat and Livestock Auistralia, beef shipments from Japan, presumably the majority of product being Wagyu (rather than less valued Japanese crossbred or dairy beef), reached a variety of destinations in 2014, including Hong Kong, the US, and Singapore.

While the total volume was extremely small in the global beef trade context, its high value – averaging 6,529 yen/kg (A$68.5/kg) – and growing demand for authentic, highly marbled quality beef from Japan, are key features that the Australian beef industry continues to monitor closely.

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