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Clash of the Titans: Meatco and BeefCor Compete for Norwegian Beef Quota

In the world of international beef exports, a fierce battle is about to unfold, as Namibia’s leading beef suppliers, Meatco and BeefCor, prepare to once again compete for the coveted 2024 quota of beef supply to Norway. The Meat Board of Namibia has issued a call for applications, setting the stage for a showdown that will determine who secures the lion’s share of the 1,600-tonne allocation.

A History of Quota Sharing:

In previous years, Meatco and BeefCor have divvied up this lucrative quota, with Meatco typically receiving 1,200 tonnes and BeefCor granted the remaining 400 tonnes. Over the span of a decade, from 2013 to 2022, Meatco has consistently delivered over 12,800 tonnes of beef as part of the Norway quota. Notably, Meatco has occasionally stepped in to fulfill quota initially allocated to other parties who failed to meet their obligations.

The Strategic Importance of Norway:

For Meatco, this quota represents much more than just beef; it’s a significant portion of their annual turnover, accounting for over 27% of their revenue generated from exports under this quota. Meatco’s commitment to timely and consistent delivery has solidified their position in the Norwegian market, which remains a strategic stronghold for Namibia and the company.

Mwilima Mushokabanji, Meatco’s CEO, emphasized the importance of this market, stating, “Norway remains a strategic market for Namibia and for Meatco in particular.”

BeefCor’s Quest for More:

BeefCor, on the other hand, has its sights set on securing the entire quota, asserting that they have the capacity to meet the demand. Jaco Swanepoel, Director of BeefCor, expressed his hopes for a merit-based allocation, saying, “I just hope they can give out the quota on merit because we qualify for a higher amount but we don’t always get it.”

New Contenders in the Ring:

Adding an intriguing dimension to the competition is the presence of a new entrant to the beef market, Savanna Beef. While their stance on the quota remains undisclosed, they are undoubtedly a player to watch in this high-stakes battle.

The Decision-Making Process:

While companies can indicate their preferred quota when applying to the Meat Board, the final allocation must be ratified by the Minister of Industrialisation and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu. This ensures a fair and transparent process that upholds the interests of all parties involved.

Beyond Norway:

It’s important to note that Namibia’s prowess in the global beef industry extends beyond Norway. The nation has also made significant strides in exporting beef to the United States and China, solidifying its position as the first African country to achieve this milestone.

As the battle for the Norwegian beef quota unfolds, the world watches with anticipation. The outcome will not only determine the distribution of a valuable resource but also underscore Namibia’s growing prominence in the global beef market. Whether Meatco continues its dominance or BeefCor manages to secure a larger slice of the pie, one thing is certain: the pursuit of excellence in beef production remains a top priority for Namibia’s agricultural sector.

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