Korean meat importers set to visit Ireland next week

A delegation of meat importers from South Korea is scheduled to visit Ireland next week, following on from initial engagements on the Irish trade mission to the Asian country last month.

The group of 10 importers will visit Irish meat processors and will also take a trip to a beef farm in Co. Carlow during their travels, according to Bord Bia.

The visiting party will include representatives from: Zenith Co; Hanwha Trading Corporation; Highland Foods Co; Hyosung Marketing; Woojin Meat Trading; Jinsoo Beef & Pork; ARA Company; Summit International; and GBM International Co. One other is also due.

Arriving Sunday night, July 21, the delegation will visit Kepak Clonee, Rosderra, Slaney Meats, Dawn Meats and ABP Cahir. The focus of the trip will be on both pigmeat and beef.

The group will also attend a Bord Bia presentation on Origin Green, which will include details on Irish beef and pork production.

On Thursday, the importers will visit Co. Carlow beef farmer Fintan Keating, from Milford, who runs 50 heifers to beef on his 24ha Quality Assured farm.

The trip follows on from the Irish trade mission to South Korea in June, led by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Bord Bia.

During the mission, Bord Bia launched the South Korean phase of its new €3.9 million EU Pork and Beef campaign in Seoul, to build awareness of Ireland as a supplier of high-quality, sustainably produced beef and pork.