Eblex eyes China for beef and lamb

Eblex is hoping that beef and lamb will follow in pork’s footsteps in securing market access to China, to the benefit of the entire supply chain.

Eblex head of trade development Peter Hardwick said that, despite global market volatility, there are huge opportunities in China, not least for beef and lamb products.

Speaking at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) in Westminster, Hardwick explained how the market had been secured for pork, since he also covers pig meat exports for pig body Bpex.

The meeting highlighted how food and drink was the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, and outlined the huge opportunity in China, with its market potentially worth £39 billion this year.

Hardwick said: “Exports and helping secure market access is one of the cornerstones of Eblex’s work. While we are mindful of global market volatility, the market in China clearly presents tremendous opportunities for the UK. Our experiences in securing market access to China for pork have clearly demonstrated this and it is a success story we would like to replicate for beef and lamb.

“In particular, there are huge opportunities for products such as fifth-quarter, which have limited demand in the UK, enabling us to add more value to the carcase. As such, it’s important to keep the subject on the agenda at the highest level and I was delighted to outline the opportunities and challenges to the APPCG.

“It must be remembered that securing market access for beef and lamb will not happen overnight and there is still some way to go in the negotiating process. We will, however, continue to work with Defra and UKTI in these negotiations, which will hopefully reap rewards for the entire supply chain in the future.”

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