Virtual showcase event to target key export markets for UK red meat

A virtual showcase of UK red meat is being held next week targeting potential key export markets: Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, and Mexico, which earlier this month opened its doors to British pork for the first time.

Following that pork from the UK will be heading to Mexico, worth an estimated £50 million to industry over the first five years of trade, AHDB has organised the online event targeting potential importers, to takes place on 22 September, and will target retailers, importers, local authorities and the media.

The theme for the virtual event will be ‘Sustainability and Innovation’ – highlighting the ‘great strides’ UK agriculture is making to become net zero by 2040.

Hosted by AHDB’s Lisa Bray, it will feature AHDB knowledge exchange manager for beef and lamb Sarah Pick and Patrick Loten, AHDB knowledge exchange manager for pork.

High quality pork and beef will be showcased, with butchery demonstrations from AHDB’s Martin Eccles and cooking displays to champion the textures and flavours of UK red meat.

AHDB senior export manager for the Americas Susana Morris, organiser of the virtual events, said: “Following on from this month’s exciting announcement that pork from the UK can be exported to Mexico for the first time, we are delighted to be hosting this event – with the aim of helping boost shipments to this important new market.

“We are also looking forward to connecting with key influencers in Florida, where we have recently secured access for UK beef and are continuing to build on impressive shipments of pork exports. And with Covid issues and ASF in parts of the Caribbean, this presents another opportunity to highlight the quality and taste of UK red meat.”

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