There are more opportunities to be had on the export front for UK agriculture, an influential audience of international buyers and exporters were told this week during AHDB’s British Meat Dinner at the Anuga trade fair in Germany.
While commenting that around £3 billion worth of British red meat, potatoes, dairy and cereal and oilseeds products are exported around the world, AHDB’s International Market Development Director, Dr Phil Hadley, told the Board’s 300 dinner guests that there is still more to be achieved.
“Our exports are enjoying a strong period of growth, particularly red meat,” he said. “In the first seven months of this year, red meat exports were worth £854 million, which is great news, not just for the UK economy, but for our producers and processors.
“Lately, successes have included gaining market access for our beef, lamb and pork in more new markets, most recently Japan which, after more than 20 years, has put UK beef and lamb back on the menu.
“We have also seen Taiwan open its doors to pork, growth for lamb in the Middle East and in just the last few months, China sign a protocol agreement for our beef.
“These are challenging times and we know that trade is volatile which is why we must work collaboratively with government and industry to make the most of any opportunities.”
The dinner formed part of a five-day visit by AHDB to Anuga, which marked its 100th anniversary this year by attracting more than 7,400 exhibitors from over 100 countries. AHDB was joined on its stand in the Meat Hall by a record 16 exporters of pork, lamb and beef from the UK – creating its biggest presence at the show in more than 30 years.
Pictured above: Dr Hadley with Sue Bishop of the Department for International Trade.