NI beef processors place hope in US to replace ‘lost’ Canadian market

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Meat processors in Northern Ireland are hoping newly-cleared access to the US could replace sales to the Canadian market, should access be lost following the UK’s Brexit completion.

Two Northern Ireland processers are among the first from the UK to be approved for access to the US market for the first time in 20 years, in an historic moment for local farmers.

The deal has the potential to be worth up to £66 million to the UK over the next five years. However, processors warn that access comes as they risk losing the Canadian market.

Clare Holly, marketing director at WD Meats, explained it had taken “five years of hard work” and “significant capital investment” to secure access to the US market for the firm’s 1,600 farm suppliers.

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