Overheard at the Pork ForumSome of the best and brightest minds in the pork industry attended the Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta, Ga. earlier this month. Here are some of the comments PORK Network editor JoAnn Alumbaugh picked up.
“If you don’t think Foot and Mouth Disease is a problem, all you need to do is read about what’s happening in South Korea right now.” - John Weber, NPPC Immediate Past President
“The Pork Board is working with NPPC to draft guidelines for gene-editing. If we go the route of GMOs, we’re going to have problems. We have to make sure it’s crafted correctly so consumers have the facts.” -Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board
“Do you know the top three fastest-growing proteins in foodservice today? They’re all us! Those products are bacon, pork belly and porchetta (loin wrapped in pork belly).” -Jarrod Sutton, vice president of foodservice, retail and channel marketing for the National Pork Board
“Last year the big story at this time was growth in China. We don’t anticipate that happening again this year.” -Steve Meyer, Vice President, Pork Analysis EMI Analytics
“The first month of the Trump administration felt like the first year and a half. His ‘America First’ won’t go away. The country has an opportunity…but I’m scared to death.” -Jim Wiesemeyer, Informa Economics
“I firmly believe we’re at a defining moment on trade. The success of this organization and other organizations in the coming year is critical to profitability and trade is worth $50/animal. It’s significant.” -Neil Dierks, CEO, NPPC