Lincoln, Neb. —The Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln welcomed guests from throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America as part of a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Global Processing Workshop on August 9-10, 2022.
"This is the second time we've partnered with the university and animal science to bring this event to Lincoln after previously being here in 2019," said Travis Arp, Assistant Vice President of Export Services for USMEF. "Between the faculty expertise and the facilities, Nebraska has been a great partner with us for this event."
USMEF partners from meat processing companies in Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica traveled to Lincoln to attend sessions about technical topics ranging from industry economics and trends to packaging of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook products. All sessions were led by Nebraska faculty, graduate students, and representatives from USMEF.
"This is a great opportunity for our Meat Science program, as well as the University of Nebraska as a whole," said Dr. Gary Sullivan, Associate Professor of Meat Science. "We are working with processors from the Western Hemisphere to demonstrate and develop ways to utilize and ultimately, add value to U.S. beef and pork."
The highlight of the event was a product development workshop held in the Loeffel Meat Lab. Groups developed a marinated ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook beef or pork product to be targeted to their own domestic markets. Products developed included Jamaican Jerk Beef, a Bacon Wrapped Pork Kabob, Peruvian Fajitas, and an Adobo Pork.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USMEF increases the value and profit opportunities for the U.S. beef, pork and lamb industries by enhancing demand in export markets with market development activities in more than 80 countries. In addition to its headquarters in the U.S., USMEF has offices in Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Singapore, Taipei, Mexico City and Monterrey. USMEF also has special market representatives covering South America, South China, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.