Sales of ham produced from Mangalitsa hogs raised in Hungary is expected to reach between 1,000 and 2,000 in 2009, National Association of Mangalitsa Breeders President Péter Tóth told MTI on Tuesday.
Manglitsa ham is sold in the United States through the Spanish company Monte Nevado.
A 4kg Mangalitsa ham cured for three years costs $500-$600 in the United States.
About 50,000 Mangalitsa hogs are slaughtered in Hungary every year. Pick Szeged, the country's biggest meat company, slaughter about half these Mangalitsa pigs, which represent about 2% of Hungary's domestic hog stock. Tóth said that Pick Szeged is also likely to enter soon the US market for Mangalitsa ham. (MTI-Econews)