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Record exports: Bord Bia recorded an 80 per cent increase in dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE b

Record exports: Bord Bia recorded an 80 per cent increase in dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE b



Irish dairy exports to UAE rise to $30m

Dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE increased by 23 per cent to over 11,400 tonnes between January and July 2019, compared to 9,279 tonnes during the same period in 2018

January 2020

The value of dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE increased from $27.77 million in H1 2018 to $30.77 million same period in 2019.

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has announced an 80 per cent increase in dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE between 2010 and 2018.

The announcement came as a team of Ireland’s most reputed dairy producers exhibited at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019, which was held recently in Dubai, UAE, thanks to a trade initiative spearheaded by Bord Bia.

Showcasing the very best of the Emerald Isle’s thriving food, drink and horticulture industries, Bord Bia  returned for a third consecutive year to showcase four major Irish suppliers at the largest food, beverage processing and packaging show in Middle East, Asia and Africa (MEA). 

Bord Bia have also underscored their commitment to sustainable production by highlighting how Irish companies are working under the Origin Green programme, the world’s first food sustainability initiative operating on a national level.

According to the latest research released by Bord Bia, dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE increased by 23 per cent to over 11,400 tonnes between January and July 2019, compared to 9,279 tonnes during the same period in 2018. The value increased from Dh102 million ($27.77 million) in H1 2018 to Dh113 million ($30.77 million) this year.

Claudia Saumell, regional director Middle East of Bord Bia, said: “This is an exciting time for Irish food and Gulfood Manufacturing provides the ideal platform to promote Ireland’s outstanding food and beverage offering to the region’s top decision makers in the sector.”

“The UAE offers huge growth potential at a time when our food and drink industry is responding to the demand for world-class, sustainably produced food and drink,” she said.

“Our unique and holistic response to making Ireland’s food and drink a leader of sustainability, will be a most powerful tool of differentiation in this highly developed market of discerning consumers who care where their food comes from,” she added.

Bord Bia also hosted a Dairy Ingredients debrief which outlined the latest trends in the dairy market.

The organisation is also placing emphasis on developing the world’s first food and drink sustainability programme, Origin Green, involving government, the private sector farmers as well as food producers.

As part of Origin Green, almost 800 independent farm audits take place every week and measure sustainability criteria such as greenhouse gas, biodiversity, animal welfare, traceability, water measurement, energy efficiency, and soil management.

“The Origin Green programme operates across the full supply chain, from farms to food and drink manufacturers. Ultimately, we have created the infrastructure for Ireland’s food and drink industry to measure and guide the improvement of their sustainability performance,” added Saumell.




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