Irish Food Board says dairy exports to the UAE rise to record $30m


Bord Bia says dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE increased by 23% to over 11,400 tonnes in the first half of 2019.

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has announced a record AED113 million ($30.7 million) in Irish dairy exports to the UAE in the first half of 2019.

It also reported an 80 percent increase in dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE between 2010 and 2018.

According to the latest research released by Bord Bia, dairy exports from Ireland to the UAE increased by 23 percent to over 11,400 tonnes between January and July, compared to 9,279 tonnes during the same period in 2018.

The value increased from AED102 million in H1 2018 to AED113 million this year.

The announcement comes after a cohort of Ireland’s most reputed dairy producers exhibited at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019 last week.

Showcasing the best of the Emerald Isle’s thriving food, drink and horticulture industries, Bord Bia was returning for a third consecutive year to showcase four major Irish suppliers.

“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,” said Claudia Saumell, regional director Middle East of Bord Bia.

“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. 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 is behind 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.

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