Pork production in Mexico was 1.5 million tons cwe last year, according to the USDA.
In addition to being a large producer, Mexico also imports a large volume, mainly from the United States. According to bill of lading data, Mexico imported 1.1 million tonnes of product weight in 2021, a marked increase from the previous year.
Going forward, in 2022, Mexican pork production is expected to reach 1.6 million ecu tonnes. The productivity of the Mexican sow population compared to their European counterparts is lower, although some gains have been made. As in Europe, recent increases in input costs will pose challenges and squeeze profitability.
Domestic demand should be strong as, as in other countries, foodservice continues to recover from Covid.
Rising food inflation could hamper demand, although pork currently remains an affordable protein option in Mexico. If consumers are looking to reduce their protein choices, pork offal is often a popular choice.
Import volumes are also expected to rise this year, reflecting the revival of trade from street food stalls and restaurants.
Export volumes are also expected to increase. Most Mexican pork exports are high-value, labor-intensive products to the United States, Japan, and South Korea.