UK's red meat exports top £1.5 billion in unprecedented year

The UK's red meat exports valued at £1.5 billion despite COVID-19 shocks and increases in domestic demand.
calendar icon 17 February 2021
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“We have also seen an increase in domestic demand for red meat, which has slightly impacted the volumes available for exporting. With all of this in mind, 2020 has delivered some encouraging and positive results for our red meat exports.”

Latest figures show that exports of pig meat to non-EU countries rose by 17% in volume and 23% in value, year-on-year. And exports of sheep meat to non-EU countries increased by 22% in volume and 48% in value.

Japan provided a £5.4 million boost to the beef sector with exports rising from 734 tonnes in 2019 to 1,581 tonnes in 2020 – marking the first full year of trade after securing market access early in 2019.

Dr Hadley added: “2021 will continue to present challenges for our red meat exports given the global conditions, but AHDB will continue to work with government and industry bodies to help boost these figures th

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