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Monday 16 July 2018

Creed holds high-level discussions with Japanese Minister on market access

On day one of the Government of Ireland, Agri-Food Trade Mission to Asia, the Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD, met with Japans Minister for Health Labour and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato.
On day one of the Government of Ireland, Agri-Food Trade Mission to Asia, the Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD, met with Japans Minister for Health Labour and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato.

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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed held high-level discussions with Japan’s Minister for Health Labour and Welfare Minister Katsunobo Kato an access for Irish meat.

The meeting was part of day one of an Agri Food Trade Mission to Asia this week. Minister Creed said that at today’s meeting he took the opportunity to request that the 30 month age limit on our beef exports be raised and also undertook to begin the process of gaining market access for Irish sheepmeat to Japan. 

He said Minister Kato was interested in discussing Brexit and its implications for Ireland and the EU as a whole.

The Minister’s opening engagement of the day was a briefing on the Japanese market for the 40 Irish food company delegates accompanying him on the mission. 

Minister Creed also met with Suntory Group, an important dairy, consumer food and pharmacy business in Japan.

Suntory Group has well-established ties with Ireland including a strong focus on beverage products, with both Cooley and Kilbeggan distilleries coming under its umbrella.

 Suntory are also very open to opportunities to collaborate with Irish researchers; in the past, they have fostered R&D programmes with Teagasc, UCC and other authorities.

Commenting on the activities of Bord Bia’s client companies on day one of the Mission, Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive, Bord Bia said the core focus of this week's Trade Mission is to fully immerse our client companies in two potentially valuable export markets.

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“Both Japan and South Korea feature strongly as priority markets with significant potential for dairy, meat and seafood. Bord Bia's work to date in terms of understanding market dynamics highlights the need for a tailored approach to these markets."


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