HKScan Group, Nordic meat company, has announced that it will soon start exporting Finnish pork to China.
The company’s pork slaughtering facility in Forssa, Finland, is to receive export certification from the Chinese food authorities following inspections carried out in August 2014.
According to the company’s head of exports and Away from Home business, Jukka Nikkinen, the launch of Finnish pork exports to China will be a major milestone in HKScan’s strategy to expand its export footprint. Direct exports of Finnish meat to China were not possible prior to certification. In addition to pork, HKScan has long-range plans to begin exporting other meat products suited to local culinary preferences. These include poultry meat, processed meats and convenience meals.
Nikkinen added: “After the forthcoming official export certification, we will continue our efforts to gain similar approvals for Swedish exports.”
HKScan exports pork to a number of EU countries and to long-haul markets including New Zealand and Japan. Russia was formerly major export destination. And the opening of a new export market for Finnish foodstuffs is important in the wake of the import bans imposed by Russia last January.