According to data released by the Interprofessional Food and Agricultural Organization for White Pork (Organización Interprofesional Agroalimentaria del Porcino de Capa Blanca), or INTERPORC, the industry reported 15 billion euros of business last year, directly generating some 300,000 jobs – many of which are in rural areas of Spain.
Significantly, Spain sold pork products to more than 130 countries around the world, yielding more than five billion euros in exports, which, according to INTERPORC’s Director Alberto Herranz, is “thanks to factors like quality, food safety and the implementation of the European production model, which is the most demanding in the world in terms of sustainability and animal welfare.” He also explains that Spain boasts, “modern stockbreeding that looks after animal welfare and works to reduce the impact of this activity, which, over the past twenty years has seen a 30% decrease in the amount of water used per kilogram of meat, and a 22% decrease in the emission of greenhouse gasses."
70% of Spanish pork exports went to Europe in 2017, and particularly France, which was the most important foreign market for Spanish pork last year in terms of both volume and value, importing 322,000 tons of Spanish pork, for a total of 922 million euros. Other important destinations included China, which followed close behind France with 318,00 tons of pork imports at a value of 500 million euros, and Japan, which imported 433 million euros worth of Spanish pork.
In terms of cuts and types of meat, 78% of export sales corresponded to fresh, refrigerated and frozen pork and offal.
70% of Spanish pork exports went to Europe in 2017, and particularly France, which was the most important foreign market for Spanish pork last year in terms of both volume and value