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Dramatic Rise in Pork Exports Compared to 2008

by 5m Editor
24 February 2009, at 8:32am

UK - Pork exports have shown a dramatic rise over the last year according to new figures from BPEX.

Exports of fresh and frozen pork have risen by 20 per cent over the year, up nearly 20,000 tonnes to 118,300. Bacon exports also showed a big jump, going from 12,000 tones to more than 33,000 tonnes.

Offals showed an 18 percent rise hitting 19,000 tonnes with nearly 40 per cent of that going to the Netherlands and almost 30 per cent to Hong Kong.

The value figures are even more impressive with fresh and frozen pork up 42 per cent, worth an extra 333m while the value of offals is up 63 per cent, worth almost 33.5m more.

In total, exports of pork, processed pork products and offals were worth 3160m to the British industry.

"Exports are vital to the industry which is why BPEX is keen to expand the number of markets into which we sell. They have a very important role in adding value to both producers and processors,:" said BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan.

"These impressive figures show that although sow carcase exports increased, the biggest rise was recorded for prime pork cuts. This is particularly encouraging following the restrictions put in place during the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2007.

"It also demonstrates the value of the export recovery programme conducted by Defra and BPEX in early 2008. It is particularly true for pork offal which was an important element of the programme.

"With the value of sterling more competitive compared with the euro and other currencies, we hope to see further growth in exports in 2009."