UK increases beef exports to France

France has been importing increased volumes of UK beef, according to Eblex, as the organisation aims to promote higher-value cuts.

Volumes of UK beef have risen 8% year on year, to reach 11,350 tonnes, with the value of those exports up 11%, it revealed today (26 February).

Eblex, which is currently showcasing Quality Standard beef and lamb at the SIA International Agricultural Show in Paris, said the change was being driven by an increasing number of shipments of boneless product to France – a target market for the levy body – as well as its active marketing of the product.

Debbie Butcher, senior market analyst – sheep and beef, Eblex, said a refocus on higher value products, and “the premiumisation of UK beef abroad”, was a strategy the sector was focusing on going forwards. Providing higher-value cuts, which are shipped already removed from the carcase is helping to push up the value of UK exports, she said.

Butcher added: “France is a growing market for us, and one we’re continuing to focus on in the future.”

Rémi Fourrier, Eblex export manager in France, added: “We have put a lot of effort into positioning Quality Standard beef as a premium product in the French market and will continue to do so.”

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