Recent changes made by the Brazilian government in their export control department have eased the problems which have caused serious shipment delays to export of frozen and canned beef products. Sources in Brussels confirm that complaints were made to the Sao Paulo customs department, who were blamed for the hold ups, but shipping companies were also blamed for re-directing vessels from the port to avoid undue delays to the schedules. Supplies will take a few weeks to get back to normal, but in the meantime ­ other than cancelled hot pack promotions ­ the overall effect seems to have been kept to a minimum. Slightly weaker prices for Brazilian corned beef are expected to encourage heavy promotional activity among retailers who use the 340g as a key product in the canned meat sector. Evidence of this is the continued sale by the discounters at below cost. Similarly, major supermarkets have as much as a 40p/can price differential between the premium brands and the tertiary product. {{M/E CANNED GOODS }}

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