Beef exports back to 700t a week - just seven months after ban

UK - British beef exports are set to hit 30,000t in the first seven months since restrictions were lifted, with France taking half, says the Meat and Livestock Commission.
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Since beef exports re-started in May, shipments from England have averaged 700t a week, said MLC international manager Peter Hardwick.

"We're in a market that is short of beef, so our message to producers is don't blink," he said.

Exports of British beef have reached 11 countries so far in a European market that remains a net importer.


Speaking at the SIAL international food show in Paris this week, MLC France director Rémi Fourrier said the majority of British beef exports to France were being bought by wholesalers and sold on to sectors like foodservice and retail.

"There is such a shortage of meat across Europe that demand can only go up. British meat enjoys a reputation for very high quality. We have been sidelined for 10 years in Europe, but during that time UK consumers have endorsed our quality standards with their wallets. The UK is the only European country to see beef consumption rise," Mr Fourrier said.

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