Dairy exports to Australasian markets explored

The opportunities, challenges and implications of exporting UK dairy products to Australia and New Zealand will be explored in an AHDB webinar next month.

On November 2, AHDB will be joined by industry experts to look at why dairy exporters should consider tapping into the Australasian markets – where imported speciality cheese and dairy snacks are in high demand.

It comes after an announcement last week that UK government has agreed in principle a new trade deal with New Zealand, paving the way for the UK to join the CPTPP – a collaborative trading block of 11 Pacific nations including New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Japan, worth £8.4 trillion in 2020.

With Australia and New Zealand showing huge potential for dairy exports, delegates will also hear about two new reports, commissioned by AHDB to assess their attractiveness.

The findings will be discussed by Nicola Thomas, Director of the Food and Drink Exporters Association and Jayne Hunt, Director of Hunt Exports in Australia. They will explore how a new Free Trade Agreement with Australia and New Zealand has the potential to open-up wider market access.

They will also look at how both countries have a shared heritage and affinity with UK products and culture and how premium dairy products are growing in popularity, providing opportunities for imported goods.

Exporters will also hear from Cheryl Brett, International Sales Manager at Coombe Castle – who has been exporting British dairy products for over 40 years.

AHDB Senior Dairy Export Manager Lucy Randolph, who will be hosting the webinar, said: “This is an important event for exporters in the UK as it will take an in-depth look at the many opportunities these markets present for our dairy products. And with many exporters looking at new markets further afield in the wake of Brexit, the findings of our new reports will prove hugely valuable.

“It’s important to recognise that both countries have some of the highest dairy consumption and consumer expenditure levels in the world and pre-Covid, UK dairy exports to both Australia and New Zealand were showing double digit year-on-year growth.

“We hope that dairy exporters from the UK will join us for this webinar as AHDB continues to explore new and emerging markets which have the potential to deliver the most valuable opportunities for our levy-payers.”

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