Irish beef exports to Sweden rise by 184% this year
Exports of Irish beef to Sweden have soared by 184% – or €43 million – in the first six months of this year, according to Bord Bia’s mid-term review for Irish meat exports.
A total of 13,602 tonnes of Irish beef was exported to Sweden in the first six months of 2021. This is up from 6,126 tonnes in the same period last year.
Irish meat exports performed strongly in 2021, despite lower volumes being exported, according to figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office).
The total value of primary Irish beef exports is up 8% for the first six months of the year, despite volumes being back 3,496 tonnes.
This value growth has been driven by growth in EU markets, and a positive price environment in the UK
The UK has taken 95,516 tonnes of Irish beef in the first six months of the year.
While the volume of Irish beef exported to the UK is 11% less than the same period last year (down 12,226 tonnes), higher prices per Kg means exports are up by over €3.8 million in value so far.
According to Bord Bia, beef exports to EU markets are performing strongly for the first six months of the year.
The volumes of Irish beef exported to EU markets are up by over 15,200 tonnes (18%) with total exports valued at €477 million.
Growth is being driven by strong gains in Sweden and France, while the Netherlands and Belgium have also recorded volume and value growth, according to the Irish food board.