USMEF Audio: Hong Kong's Food Industry Faces More COVID-19 Challenges

Major exports leaving USDA export ships. ( Farm Journal Media )

Hong Kong-based Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for the Asia-Pacific, reports on that city's renewed efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the federation audio clip below. 

Haggard notes that in January, Hong Kong was one of the first areas outside of China to implement COVID-19 preventive measures. A second wave of infections came in the spring, and now the city is challenged by a new spike in cases. In the clip, Haggard notes that Hong Kong's retail meat sales are very strong and sales through e-commerce are rapidly expanding, but restaurants face a new round of restrictions that allow only takeout service after 6:00 p.m. He also explains that while most establishments have remained open throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 has hit Hong Kong's foodservice and hospitality sectors particularly hard, as they were already feeling the impact of large, pro-democracy demonstrations held late last year.