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Published on : May 06, 2015

Big names in Irish food companies such as ABP Ireland, Dawn Mears Group, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland, are gearing up to travel to Shanghai by this week to take part in the celebrated Sial China Food Fair. The fair will be organized from 6th of May to 8th May. According to reports, the food fair will host more than 2,700 exhibitors this time and they are going to attend the event from all over the world. Organizers are expected to attract 55,000 buyers this year at the food fair. 

A huge turnout of Chinese buyers at the event called Bord Bia’s Marketplace International 2015 organized at Dublin during March, in conjunction with China’s decision to lift bans on Irish beef is believed to have encouraged the dairy and meat exporters from Ireland to visit the Sial China Food Fair. 

Other companies who are expected to attend the Fair are Ashbourne Meat Processors, AgraKepak International, Liffey Meats, Rosderra Irish Meats Group, Ornua, and Dawn Pork & Bacon/Dawn International. 

When asked about what triggers such impressive influx of Irish meat exporters in China, Aidan Cotter, the chief executive officer of Bord Bia said, over the years Ireland and China has built a strong trading relationship. This has exponentially increased the value of exports of Irish food and drinks to China in the last couple of years.

The dairy and meat exporters of Ireland have built lasting commercial and trade relation with buyers in China over several years. This has made China the second biggest market for Irish dairy products and meat, added Aidan Cotter. 

Meanwhile, the government in China has lifted its ban over Irish beef that has enhanced the opportunity of the beef exporters to forge a profitable relation with buyers in China.