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The Interprofessional Agri-food Organization for White Pigs (Interporc) received the "Spanish Food—Internationalization" award from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (MAGRAMA) at the 27th edition of the Spanish Food Awards in recognition of its efforts and initiatives to promote the sector internationally since 2013.
MAGRAMA has organized these awards since 1987 to recognize the professionals and groups involved in promoting this sector of the national economy. The 27th edition of the awards were held in 2014, at which the white pig sector's plans for internationalization were distinguished by a panel of judges comprising professionals of renowned prestige.
The "Spanish Food—Internationalization" award validates Interporc's focus on developing and strengthening its position in the international market and values the performance and growth of its exports and investments abroad and its contribution to improving the image of Spanish foods in other countries.
Pork is Spain's leading agri-food sector, and ranks second in terms production in the European Union and fourth in the world, accounting for 40% of agricultural production in economic terms, trailing leading industries such as automobiles and petrochemicals.
In the last decade, exports of pork from white pigs have increased by more than 200%, due to the sector's commitment to internationalization and to the laudable efforts by companies to export to more than 140 countries worldwide. Sales abroad exceed 3.2 billion euros per year, and Spain is the second-leading exporter of pork in the European Union, behind Germany.
The added value of these exports comes back to Spain, by reducing emigration and creating jobs and infrastructure which give rise to a large number of indirect activities related to the stockbreeding industry.
The sector has organized under Interporc since 2013, with a view to strengthening its strategic position, from an economic, social and food standpoint, through initiatives and actions within the framework of domestic promotion, healthcare professionals, international promotion, animal health, drafting industry studies and reports, gastronomy and, as an essential pillar: internationalization.
Interporc is also committed to innovation and research to resolve problems affecting the sector, while promoting exports and sharing sector concerns throughout the value chain.
It continues to focus on international growth in 2015, with actions in 11 countries, having visited Tokyo, London, Madrid Fusión, Manila and the SIAL trade fair in Shanghai, with a visit by Taiwanese journalists to Spanish facilities.
The association will be participating in the following events in the coming months: Eurocarne Verona (Italy), from May 10th to the 13th; Seoul Food & Hotel (North Korea), from May 12th to the 15th; Expo Milano 2015, from June 7th to the 14th; and Anuga FoodTec in Cologne (Germany), from October 10th to the 14th.
In all international actions, gastronomy plays a key role in strengthening the image of Spanish pork products, with leading Spanish chefs acting as ambassadors, in Spain and abroad, along with Michelin-star standouts, nutritionists, and athletes, etc. who talk about, and cook with, products from white pigs.
Pork from white pigs still has a long road ahead of it and many markets to conquer in view of its quality and capacity for international growth.