Australian Pork sets out five-year strategy

By Georgi Gyton

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The APL wants to expand business opportunities both domestically and internationally
The APL wants to expand business opportunities both domestically and internationally

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Australian Pork Limited (APL) has set out its strategy for the next five years, as it looks to drive forward the AU$1bn sector.

The 40-page document lays out APL’s values and vision, before breaking down its objectives which are set out in five different areas: growing consumer appeal; building markets; driving value chain integrity; leading sustainability; and improving capability.

It was launched at a gathering of pork producers and industry representatives, by Australian minister for agriculture Barnaby Joyce, and APL chairman Enzo Allara.

Joyce said the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan reflected the progressive nature of Australia’s pork industry. One of its major areas of focus is to increase the differentiation between Australian pork from other native meats, and other sources of pork.

He commented: "The focus of this new Strategic Plan is about anticipating and responding to emerging consumer opportunities and community expectations, while significantly improving pig producer revenues.

"An additional element of the Plan is to identify and expand business opportunities in new markets, both internationally and domestically."

Allara said that since the launch of the last Strategic Plan in 2009, the industry had been conscious of the need to be more proactive and progressive when it comes to change.

Among the achievements made since 2010, Allara noted, were the voluntary removal of sow stalls and the adoption of an industry assurance system.

Australia exported around 35,000 tonnes of pork in 2012, making up a 0.5% share of the international pork trade that year. However, it plans to increase exports by 37%, by expanding business where market access is already available, as well as seeking new market access for targeted countries, "with China being a priority over the life of this Strategic Plan".

It also plans to increase annual consumption from 13.81% Hot Standard Carcase Weight (HSCW) kg per capita in 2015, to 14.26% by 2020.

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