EBLEX spots gap in market

Beef processors are missing out on a potential £95m income boost by failing to tuck in to the fifth-quarter export market, EBLEX has warned.

The levy body reckons that developing offal processing capabilities in abattoirs will help expand the capacity for exporting parts of the animals for which there is little or no domestic market and enable producers and processors to improve productivity. For that reason EBLEX is now planning to hold a seminar on 16 September at the Hilton Coventry hotel to inform processors. The seminar will highlight the opportunities available in exporting offal to markets in the Far East, with the aim of promoting discussion on the topic to drive development at processing facilities.

Jean Pierre Garnier, EBLEX export manager, said: “There is an estimated £95m to be gained in adding value to the bovine fifth quarter in the UK. This seminar is part of a continuing development programme that started in 2006, when we resumed beef exports. Current sales of bovine offal are encouraging, but still lag behind what has been achieved in the pork and poultry sectors.”

Garnier added that he feels there is also significant potential for sheep offal and that EBLEX is planning the publication of a new offal specifications guide for the Far East this autumn. For more information on attending the event, email Susanna Morris at susanna.morris@ahdbms.org.uk

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