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News | Oct 29 2019

The First Bone-In Hams from Spain Arrive in China Thanks to New Protocol

A new protocol will give Spanish producers greater access to Chinese consumers, allowing them to export a much wider range of pork products

Bone-In Hams from Spain Arrive in China

A new pork protocol was signed between Spain and China, back in November of 2018, negotiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Customs General Administration of China. This has opened up export possibilities, allowing Spanish producers to now ship fresh meat, cured products and several kinds of sausages. According to lamoncloa.gob.es, “This new protocol will grant access for products of greater added value, such as ham on the bone and other cured products, generating huge opportunities for the meat industry once it has access to the largest market in the world under some highly advantageous conditions.”

About one year later, the first bone-in ham is already in China. Leading Spanish brand Cinco Jotas, part of Grupo Osborne, based in Jabugo and in the business for the last 140 years, will be the first to take advantage of the new protocol. Its bone-in hams will be sampled at the second edition of the China International Import Expo, from November 5th to the 10th in Shanghai. Additionally, there will be well over 3,000 companies participating in the event, but only a handful have been chosen as speakers, among them Grupo Osborne.

A representative from the company said, “In the case of Cinco Jotas, this will allow us to strengthen our brand’s leading position in China and will indubitably boost the international growth strategy that we have been implementing in recent years.” According to data from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pork is Spain’s leading agri-food export to China and has experienced notable growth over the last ten years. Spain is also Europe’s top exporter of pork to China, and it ranks second in the world, trailing the US.

Bone-In Hams from Spain Arrive in China / Photo by: @Cinco Jotas

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