Mexican market opens doors for British pork offal

British pork exporters are set to benefit from additional trade with Mexico with the market opening further to include offal with a potential estimated value of £18m over the next five years.

The announcement represents another boost for the sector and has come two years after the Mexican market opened for British pork for the first time.

Mexico is one of the biggest pork importers in the world. Pork is the second most consumed meat in Mexico with consumption expected to grow over the next decade, resulting in an increase in both domestic production and imports.

Mexico consumes more pork than it is able to produce, with pork consumption increasing 4.7% per year from 2017 to 2022.

Dr Phil Hadley, AHDB Director of International Trade Development, said:

“This is fantastic news for our pork sector, expanding our market access reach in Mexico and growing further opportunities for our high-quality products and the standards of production we adhere to.

“It represents another success as the result of hard work by industry and the Government to secure further access for offal in a market where there is high demand for quality pork products. This included a commercial inward mission last year where we hosted buyers from Mexico who met with farmers and processors and learned more about our high-quality meat production. This new approval will see the market opened for a range of offal products ahead of a wider audit visit in the summer.

“AHDB’s export development activity has been highlighted by our levy payers as an area of work they highly value. We are delighted to continue working collaboratively with industry and government to deliver tangible benefits for the sector.”

Food and Farming Minister Mark Spencer said:

“This agreement means that our world-class pork producers can now access another lucrative market for pork products not widely eaten here in the UK.

“Our long-term commitment to open up new international markets means our pig farmers can profit from every part of their animals.”

Minister for Trade Policy Greg Hands said:

“This is great news and builds on the access we secured for British pork in Mexico two years ago. It will empower exporters to sell more of their top-notch produce to one of the globe’s biggest pork importers.

“We continue full steam ahead to break down numerous barriers and create opportunities for British businesses around the world.”

Further details about export opportunities for UK red meat and dairy in specific regions around the world can be found in our analysis ‘Prospects for UK agri-food exports’.