Meat trade hots up in the Caribbean

Quality beef, lamb and pork is being exported to the West Indies by English producers for the first time in 20 years.

The Taste of Britain event in Port of Spain on 19 January, sponsored by UK Trade and Investment, was attended by Eblex and Bpex to help domestic exporters liaise with Caribbean importers. Shipments of lamb have already gone to Barbados, with pork supplied to St Lucia. Demand in the region for quality red meat is split between the local population and the tourist trade.

Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eblex/Bpex export manager, said: “We were very pleased to be back in the Caribbean market after an absence of some 20 years. Caribbean countries must import most of their meat, as domestic production is limited. Some countries have a high disposable income and high-end tourist trade. Also, these markets offer very good opportunities for fifth-quarter products, which are traditional in Caribbean cooking.

“We believe that Trinidad is the right base to develop sales. After all, the potential is significant with 40 million people living in the region and with 80% of the red meat needing to be imported.”

The exhibition included nine major British exporters and was supported by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP, and British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Eric Jenkinson. Around 250 visitors sampled the wide variety of food on offer.

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