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China’s Pork Dilemma

When African Swine Fever (ASW) struck China late last decade, animals were euthanized and actual swine numbers fell from their high by nearly 38 percent. Meanwhile, pork imports understandably rose dramatically to fill the void and consumer demand. Imports fell as the domestic herd recovered. Domestic pork output has been rising even as prices are reportedly falling. Meat production has been rising faster as productivity gains have meant more meat per pig. Pig producers are said to be losing money but they keep producing with the benefit of easy domestic credit. However, more notable is that pork import volume has begun rising despite the low domestic prices and record domestic production. But the value may be falling as prices have droppe...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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