Tyson says pork exports to China soared nearly 600% in first quarter after swine fever outbreak

Tonya Garcia
Tyson says pork exports to China soared nearly 600% in first quarter after swine fever outbreak

Tyson Foods Inc. says it’s just starting to see the benefits of the African swine fever outbreak in China, which includes a 600% year-over-year increase in pork orders to China in the fiscal first quarter. The meat producer says it is moving toward a ractopamine-free hog supply, which should open additional markets for its pork products. “In fact, global demand for all proteins is increasing as African swine fever continues to reduce pork supplies in Asia,” said Noel White, chief executive officer, on the company’s earnings call last week.