Major agri-food trade mission hopes to boost exports to US and Mexico
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed will lead a delegation which includes State agencies and Irish food industry representatives, on a week-long trade mission to the USA and Mexico.
The visit begins in Washington this weekend and continues through Maryland, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago and Mexico City. The trade mission comprises approximately 30 separate events and engagements.
In advance of the visit, Minister Creed stressed the importance of providing industry with further opportunities to grow in international markets, both by developing export opportunities in existing markets and by opening new markets.
“This trade mission is a great opportunity to strengthen our existing market presence in the United States, to deepen the existing footprint of the Irish food sector in Mexico, and establish a platform to develop new market opportunities for Irish beef and pigmeat there.
It will also allow us crucial opportunities to meet representatives of the new US administration, and to gain a better understanding of their key policy priorities in the agri food sector. It will also allow us to engage with political counterparts in Mexico as we endeavour to forge new opportunities for Irish food companies,” he said.
Minister Creed has already had a long and constructive telephone conversation with Mr. Sonny Perdue, the newly appointed US Secretary of State for Agriculture.
This initial contact will be followed up during the trade mission by meetings with other key influencers in the new US Administration, including Mr Ray Starling, Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture and Trade, as well as senior officials in the US Department of Agriculture and the US Trade Representation.
The Minister will also meet with Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.