Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 5

British food is produced to the very in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, best standards of welfare, quality County Antrim and County Tyrone – UK Food and Drink and safety and this growth in exports meaning Northern Ireland will take to China is creating more jobs and advantage of this export success story International action plan 2016 to 2020 opportunities for our premium pork for the first time. producers who can guarantee quality from farm to fork. The announcement follows ongoing Demand for our food and drink is ministers in the UK and China. growing in China, with the total value of exports rising by a third to £438m work by government officials and It was welcomed in Northern Ireland in 2016. where the devolved administration In particular, demand for UK pork has the local pork industry to gain access doubled in terms of value over the last to China. three years. Nine producers already export to China and generated £43m last year. The new agreements include approval to export from five sites has been working alongside Defra and Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Robert Huey thanked Defra for securing access. He said: This is very welcome news for the Northern Ireland pig sector and for our wider agri-food industry and I look forward to the commencement of exports to China. The deal represents a major boost worth in excess of £10m for the local pork industry. This follows concerted effort by Defra supported by the government FDPP - 5