Arab world buys 30% of Brazilian chicken exports

by 5m Editor
27 December 2007, at 10:43am

SAUDI ARABIA - The Arab countries buy 30% of Brazilian poultry exports. "It is the most important and traditional market for exports from Brazil. We have been present in the market for more than 35 years now," said to ANBA the president at the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef), Christian Lohbauer.

In 2007, sales to the Middle East totalled over US$ 1 billion.

The leading importers of Brazilian poultry meat are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. According to Lohbauer, the variety of chicken most exported to the Arab market is the 900-grams variety, which is smaller. "Brazil has a special production line for this market. They are also consumers of breaded chicken and other poultry products," he asserted.

According to Lohbauer, the Arab market is the most sophisticated destination for Brazilian chicken meat, alongside Japan. "Brazil is one of the few countries that have the capacity and competitiveness required in order to export halal meat to the Arabs," he said. In 2007, Saudi Arabia was the second largest importer of the Brazilian product, at 466,000 tonnes, losing only to Japan, at 520,000 tonnes imported. According to the president at the Abef, exports to the Middle East in 2007 totalled approximately 1.2 million tonnes.

In order to keep up the promotion work in the Arab market, the Abef is going to participate for the second time in Gulfood, a trade fair for the food sector, to be held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, between February 24th and 27th. "It was one of the best fairs that we ever participated in because, in addition to Arab buyers, it is attended by Asian and European ones as well," said Lohbauer. According to him, since the first participation in the fair, the organisation decided that the emirate should be a "permanent stop."

Source: ANBA

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