The Brazilian pork industry is represented by tens of thousands of integrated producers, hundreds of processing companies and dozens of exporters.
The social importance of pork farming in Brazil can also be seen in force in the country's rural areas, especially in the southern and southeastern states. Pork production is the main economic activity in many cities.
In 2015, Brazilian production reached 3.6 million tons, while exports totaled 500,000 tons, placing Brazil among the top four pork producers and exporters, along with China, the European Union and the United States.
In 2015, per capita consumption of pork by Brazilians was over 15 kilos for the entire year.