January 14, 2014


Ireland's poultry meat exports up 4% in 2013


In 2013, Ireland's poultry sector production grew as well as growth in exports was experienced, which made up for a drop in retail sales to the domestic market.


According to the latest Export Performance and Prospects report from the Irish Food Board (Bord Bia), poultry meat exports grew by 4% last year to €230 million (US$314 million).


While more than 80% of this trade was with the UK, the real growth area was in sales of frozen chicken to continental Europe, especially France. This business was valued at €30 million (US$41 million) and benefited in part from lower shipments to the EU from Brazil in 2013. Meanwhile, the home market for Irish poultry meat was subdued, with a 3% decline in retail sales, despite the fact that chicken prices run at less than 80% of the average meat price.


Bord Bia predicts a substantial 3% growth in global production of poultry eat in 2014, led by Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA. "With global consumption also set to rise, the prospects for EU exports remains reasonably good, with increased shipments expected to Africa and Asia," the report stated. "These developments suggest that EU broiler prices may show modest growth in 2014."


The overall total value of Irish food market exports was up 9% in 2013 to a record €10 billion (US$14 million), dominated by dairy products and beef.

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