Some of the visitors at Kildare Chilling last week
Kildare Chilling has been listed as a potential beef exporter to China as part of this morning’s agreement that the Chinese market has been opened to Irish beef.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has announced that the Chinese market has been opened to Irish beef, with three factories fully approved by the Chinese authorities and there are hopes that five more, including Kildare Chilling, will follow.
There will be the first European beef processors to gain access to China.
Last week the meat processors Kildare Chilling hosted 21 buyers from China, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Germany and North America as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace International, which saw over 50 international food buyers visit Kildare to meet with leading businesses in the county.
In Naas, 24 Chinese dairy buyers visited the Kerry PLC Innovation Centre while Lily O’Brien’s in Newbridge hosted 13 grocery buyers from the Middle East.
According to a media statement it has taken years of diplomacy and trade negotiations by Government departments and agencies, the food industry, and farmers.
China is now fully open and operational for Irish beef, and the export of frozen boneless beef to the largest single food market in the world can begin.
The factories that have been fully approved, and can actively export to China include the Larry Goodman-owned ABP plant in Clones in Co Monaghan, Slaney Meats based in Co Wexford, and Donegal Meat Processors.
Kildare Chilling has been contacted for a comment.
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