South Africa’s Beef with Canadian Pork Jeopardizes Exports
(The Globe and Mail – Geoffrey York)
In a dining room above a giant supermarket, several dozen South Africans are sipping wine and sampling some of Canada’s tastiest food exports: smoked salmon, maple syrup, wild rice and more. “There’s maple syrup in all the desserts,” a trade commissioner tells them as they mingle. It’s the first time the local Canadian trade office has held a “Canadian food night” in Johannesburg, and it signals a growing effort to diversify Canada’s food exports away from its traditional markets in the United States and Asia.
The export campaign is producing some successes – including a steady rise in Canadian meat exports to South Africa – but it also faces a new obstacle. After years of grumbling, the South African government is threatening to file a complaint against Canadian pork exports at the World Trade Organization, sources say. Read more here.
Date: March 21, 2012