Beef and offal exports jump 25%

Red meat levy body Eblex has reported an increase in beef and offal exports, with the Africa and the Far East as important emerging markets.

The first quarter of the year saw a 25% increase in beef and offal exports from the UK, according to Eblex. Non-EU trade has doubled in four years and accounts for 30% of all exports. Eblex also reported that the year-on-year increase from January to March saw 9,000 tonnes of beeef and offal products exported.

Jonathan Eckley, Eblex export marketing executive, said: “The first-quarter figures for 2014 are very encouraging, with demand for offal continuing to grow and enabling us to fully utilise the carcase to help maximise returns.

“Although trade is still dominated by exports to other EU member states, demand from Africa and the Far East has intensified in recent years, presenting further opportunities. Increases in shipments to all the significant markets were higher year on year, with Germany, Poland and Ghana, in particular, recording considerable uplifts.

“With the unit value of fifth-quarter products increasing significantly over recent years, it is clear how important growth in this segment of the market is in delivering returns to the UK industry.”

Eblex also reported that, in the first three months of the year, the trade was worth £12.4m – a 45% increase on the same period in 2013.

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