Chinese market puts a €100m slice of Irish beef on the menu

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Ireland's agri-food exports to China have increased about five-fold from around 200 million euros ($247.73 million) in 2010 to almost $1.24 billion previous year, which Creed said, "has been a remarkable achievement and underlines the importance of the Chinese market".

The minister said: "I firmly believe that our beef industry can and will compete effectively in the Chinese market and I look forward to the opportunities that this access will bring".

"The opening of this key market presents an excellent opportunity for the Irish beef sector, from farmers through to processors".

If [farmers] continue to produce - as they are - a recognised quality product of global standing, then the world is literally our oyster in terms of the markets we can access.

CHINA HAS OPENED its markets to Irish beef after years of negotiations, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed confirmed this morning. On Thursday (April 12th), the buyers will join 185 Irish food and drink buyers at the Convention Centre Dublin for a major one-to- one business development event involving 5,000 pre-scheduled Ôspeed- datingÕ style meetings.

Ireland is to be first European Union country to export beef to China, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced.

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Meat Industry Ireland (MII), which represents the country's valuable processing industry, described it as an "important breakthrough" after years of intensive efforts.

The other issue which is really important is they import and are very interested in, what the industry here would term, the fifth quarter - the product that's probably not as much in demand in the other markets that we are in.
This has been a remarkable achievement and underlines the importance of the Chinese market.

The average beef consumption per capita every year is 4kg, compared to the average Irish consumption of 19kg per person.

Mr Creed will lead a trade mission to China next month to consolidate Ireland's trading relationship with the Chinese government.

According to Irish broadcaster, RTE, ABP in Clones in Co Monaghan, Slaney Meats based in Co Wexford, and Donegal Meat Processors have all been given approval for access to China, with the hope that five more Irish plants will be given the green light as well.

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