Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food

    Ham it up this Christmas, put pork on your fork

    14/12/2016 9:35 AM
     
    • Pulled pork popularity on the rise for Christmas
    • One-fifth of all pork production in WA is now free range 

    There is a new staple being served up this Christmas, with pulled pork becoming a new family favourite.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said December was the time of the year when demand for locally produced pork and ham products increased at both supermarkets and butchers' stores.

     

    "Ham on the bone and pork loin roasts have been popular choices for consumers.  Moving away from the traditional roast dinner, demand has increased for shoulder cuts for slow cooker meals such as pulled pork," Mr Lewis said.

     

    "Other products in high demand this Christmas are pre-prepared products like glazed hams and pork racks with skin on, ready for the oven or hooded barbecue."

     

    According to Australian Pork Limited's Nielsen survey in 2015, about 6,460 tonnes of ham was sold over the four-week Christmas period, and demand was expected to remain strong this year.

     

    The Minister said the WA pork industry was recognised as a supplier of premium-quality pork.

     

    "About 20 per cent of all pork production in WA is now free range pork," he said.

     

    "This shift in production has been in response to consumer demand for these products to be readily available in supermarkets and through local butchers not just for Christmas but all year round."

     

    Mr Lewis said he encouraged consumers to buy local and support WA producers across all industries this Christmas.

     

    Fact File

    • In 2014-15, WA produced 42,900 tonnes of pig meat of which 7,100 tonnes was exported at a value of $34 million
    • The Buy West Eat Best program is administered through the WA Department of Agriculture and Food 

    Minister's office - 6552 6400

     

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