Invest Northern Ireland plans Spanish producer trip

Northern Irish meat suppliers are being given the opportunity to tap into the Spanish market, wih help from Invest Northern Ireland.

The group has organised a visit to the principality by 10 senior personnel from seven companies which supply leading supermarkets, butchers, hotels, restaurants  and canteens across mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. 

The delegation will be exploring business opportunities with eight local meat suppliers.

Included in the Spanish group is Valencia-based Consum, which had sales of around £1bn in 2009 and has a network of modern supermarkets which supply fresh and vacuum-packed meat to shoppers in the Cataluna, Valencia, Murca, Andalucia and La Mancha regions.

The Spanish companies, which cover key population centres such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca, had total meat sales of over £150m in 2009 and most are visiting Northern Ireland for the first time.

The Spanish delegation is the latest in a series of meat buying missions to Northern Ireland arranged by Invest Northern Ireland as part of its longstanding commitment to assist local companies increase sales of beef and lamb to other parts of Europe.

Alastair Hamilton, Invest Northern Irealand chief executive, welcoming the Spanish delegation to Belfast, said: "We are delighted to have attracted such an important group of potential buyers from a major European marketplace which continues to import significant volumes of beef and lamb products from external suppliers.

"I am confident that the delegation members will be impressed by the outstanding quality and tremendous value for money that our companies offer and will include them in their respective supply chains."

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