Global meat industry: UK’s red meat exports r...
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UK’s red meat exports reach record levels

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“AHDB has heard from levy payers that they value our export work, so we will continue to work with government and industry to identify new markets for our red meat, to build on these impressive figures,” said AHDB International Market Development Director, Dr Phil Hadley.
“AHDB has heard from levy payers that they value our export work, so we will continue to work with government and industry to identify new markets for our red meat, to build on these impressive figures,” said AHDB International Market Development Director, Dr Phil Hadley.

UNITED KINGDOM, Kenilworth. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) commented on the latest figures for red meat export levels from HM Revenue & Customs.

According to the AHDB, from January to June, almost 314,000 tonnes of beef, lamb and pork were shipped to export markets around the world – up from 268,543 tonnes during the same period last year.


Prior to lockdown, exports of red meat reached £726 million (€843 million) in the first six months of 2019’s ‘record’ year, representing a 9% increase on 2018 figures. However, in the first six months of 2021, exports of red meat dropped in value to £673 million (€781 million) due to the impact of Brexit and Covid-19.

“Covid-19 could have adversely impacted exports long-term. However, the reality is that despite a number of challenges, our exporters have been able to continue sending beef, lamb and pork to existing and new markets around the world,” said AHDB International Market Development Director, Dr Phil Hadley.

This year, beef exports, which include offal, rose by 73.6% in value year-on-year to reach £319 million (€370 million) – the majority of which was sent to the EU. Lamb exports were worth more than £245 million (€284 million)– with both volumes and value up 22.9% and 32.5%, respectively, with the lion’s share shipped to the EU.

Pork export volumes increased from almost 177,000 tonnes to more than 193,000 tonnes; however, the value fell 3.6% on a market total of £292 million (€339 million).

While shipments of pork to non-EU countries were down 11.8% in volumes and 23.6% in value, exports to EU markets rose from £84.6 million (€98 million) last year to £125 million (€145 million) in 2022.



Source: The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
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