USMEF Expands U.S. Pork’s Differentiation Campaign in Mexico
The American Pure Pork campaign moves beyond retail into foodservice as social media initiatives work to get the word out to important groups.
A primary market development objective in Mexico is to strengthen U.S. pork identification in the retail and foodservice sectors by differentiating U.S. pork as top quality.
The differentiation campaign is expanded through influencers into numerous social media platforms, and includes the newly developed American Pure Pork Academy
“American Pure Pork,” a marketing program that guarantees no water was injected into the labeled U.S. pork product, is an ongoing promotional campaign with Costco at each of its 27 outlets in Mexico. The promotions include featured U.S. pork cuts, product sampling, special labeling, the production of cooking videos with influencers and implementation of social media campaigns.
USMEF is expanding this program into the foodservice sector to foster product identification on menus and in restaurants. As in retail, U.S. pork identified as “American Pure Pork” will have no water injected and will be free of tenderizers and preservatives.
“Consumers tend to think that all pork is the same,” says Gerardo Rodriguez, USMEF regional director for Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic. “We are working to position U.S. pork as a flavorful, nutritious option for the center-of-the plate. American Pure Pork is superior and consumers are beginning to seek it out.”
USMEF is supporting the American Pure Pork initiative in the retail and foodservice sectors by speaking directly to consumers about U.S. pork quality through social media. Moms are a focus of these campaigns, which tout the nutritional benefits of U.S. pork along with its superior taste.
“Mothers care deeply about nutrition and we are finding great interest among bloggers in promoting American Pure Pork. We have developed what we call an ‘American Pure Pork Academy,’ in which we provide education and cooking demonstrations to “mommy bloggers” who then post about U.S. pork,” says Leticia Flores, USMEF communication specialist. “We have also engaged a respected pediatrician who creates Instagram reels about U.S. pork for mothers.”
Promotional funding for the American Pure Pork campaign is provided by the National Pork Board, United Soybean Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance and USDA’s Market Access Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion program.
The differentiation campaign is expanded through influencers into numerous social media platforms, and includes the newly developed American Pure Pork Academy.