Exports of red meat from the UK “one of the biggest on record”

(Image: Plant-based versions of meat have taken off across the UK)

The UK has seen a huge increase in the value of exports of red meat in 2019, according to new figures from HMRC.

Exports rose 13% year-on-year, with more than 661,000 tonnes sent across the globe.

Figures show that 183,000 tonnes of beef and offal were exported in that time with sheep meat and offal rising 12.5 per cent to 99,000 tonnes.

Phil Hadley, International Market Development Director at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said:

“This year has been phenomenal. As well as a record year in terms of both volume and value, we have also seen some incredible market access wins, which has helped make 2019 one of the best years for our red meat exports.
“This tremendous success is underpinned by our commitment to target and grow key markets not only through the tremendous efforts of our export team, but also through a network of 13 agents and representatives across Europe as well as staff in the US, China and Hong Kong.”

Meanwhile In December 2019, UK imports of beef continued to decline compared to previous years.

It follows the launch of a raft of plant-based alternatives such as the Beyond and Moving Mountains burgers.

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