Bpex seeks to extend pork exports

Bpex is looking to increase UK pork exports as it prepares to visit Hong Kong, India and the Philippines in the coming weeks.

The levy body will head to the Restaurant and Bar show in Hong Kong at the beginning of September, where Bpex said the focus will be on high-value pork products. It will then be attending the Annapoorna World of Food, 24-26 September, which will be held in Mumbai.

Export marketing executive Jonathan Eckley said: “This is a bit of a toe in the water as it is our first visit to India. Potentially it is an extremely good market for pork as the demand is growing at 14% a year, so there is great scope.”

Eckley also explained a forthcoming trip to the Philippines: “We are mounting a trade mission to the Philippines in conjunction with UK Trade and Industry to identify importers and distributors keen to take British meat.

“We already have a health certificate, so that gives us access to a market of 100 million people. The forecasts are that the Philippines’ economic growth will continue.”

There is more positive news as Bpex announced that a health certificate has been agreed with the Dominican Republic, which means the UK can now export there. Eckley said: “This is something we have been working on for some time.” 

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