Creed seeks to 'exploit' US and Chinese markets to Brexit proof
Exploiting US and Chinese markets is a key way for the Irish agriculture and food sector to remain Brexit proof, according to Minister Michael Creed.
Speaking at a Brexit Discussion at the National Ploughing Championships Minister Creed told an audience of agriculture and food stakeholders that Ireland must consider increasing their presence in the US.
“It’s a market access for our beef and we’ll work with whatever adminstration is there as that is our obligation. There’s a huge market there for our food and it’s the biggest market out there and Brexit proof,” he said.
Minister Creed also stressed that the department were doing all they could to get Irish beef into the Chinese market and were waiting for results from a Chinese audit to get the all clear.
“China has a very important potential for a beef market. We’re responding to what the Chinese asks are, and I’m satisfied that all the asks that have come to us so far we have been able to meet to satisfaction.”
“But at the moment we are waiting for China to come back to us, with a result from their audit.”
“We’re in every market, 180 markets across the world and I can’t see why the standard of our product won’t meet Chinese guidelines.”
CEO of Bord Bia, Tara McCarthy was on the same page regarding the US and added that the less volatile dollar made the US market even more attractive to the Irish agri-food sector.