BY RUTH MORRIS
SHANGHAI -- With 1.3 billion mouths to feed and living standards on the rise, China is eating a lot more meat these days-- everything from moo shu pork to Kentucky Fried Chicken-- and Brazilian producers are pulling up a chair to the table.
Brazil's chicken and pork exporters in particular see mainland China as a promising new partner with a healthy, potentially huge, appetite. China's population grew by about 17 percent during the 20-year period from 1990 to 2010, while GDP per capita grew by a staggering 1,183 percent over the same period.
That new wealth has fueled demand for Buicks, Louis Vuitton bags and high-rise apartments-- and also a better diet, with more meat on the plate. As the world's largest poultry exporter, its third largest poultry producer, and a major pork producer to boot, Brazil seems perfectly poised to take advantage.
"China is a very important customer for us," says Adriano Nogueira Zerbini, ....
Keywords: Brazilian Pork Industry and Exporter Association, Brazilian Poultry Association, Marfrig