Some Mangalitsa ham related articles appeared in the Hungarian press, both Hungarian-language and English-language.
Here's the Hungarian article (the source of the above photo). Here's the English version.
Toadberry (Vanda) was kind enough to translate the Hungarian article for me. The additional info in the Hungarian language article is:
- They expect to sell 1000-2000 hams in the USA based on current sales numbers.
- Half of the 50,000 Mangalitsa produced in Hungary are done "industrially", by Pick, the other half by small producers (like this one). [Toth has said this before, as mentioned here.]
- There are 20 different companies in Hungary doing Mangalitsa breeding.
- The biggest Hungarian producer is Olmos es Toth, whose revenue is approximately 7.3 million dollars. This year, increasing prices are balancing out decreasing sales.
- The increased cost of feed (last year?) cut into supplies.
- 60% of Olmos es Toth's products are exported, 90% of that to Spain.
- Toth expects to enter the US market with Mangalitsa products. In five years, the population of hogs in Hungary could double.
- Toth will attend the Austrian Mangalitsa Festival in Wels next week. There's only a few hundred Mangalitsa in Austria, mostly kept by hobbyists. [Austrian hobbyists are amazingly capable.]