HOME produced beef and lamb was in increasing demand both at home
and abroad in the first nine months of 2006 according to new figures
released by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
At home beef sales rose by 1.5 per cent in value from
January to September to £1.3 billion while sales of lamb
hit £430 million – a rise of 0.4 per cent.
On the export front demand rose even faster. In the first nine
months of restrictions being lifted exports of beef shot up from
6,400 tonnes to 22,320 tonnes while at the same time lamb exports
went from last year’s figure of 56,600 tonnes to 62,500 tonnes.
Our biggest foreign customers for beef were the Netherlands followed
by Ireland and France while most lamb was bought by French consumers
followed by Belgians and Italians.
At home the largest increases in demand in both lamb and beef came
from housewives aged under 28 years who bought five per cent more
beef and 12 per cent more lamb than last year.
Andrew Garvey, Head of Marketing for EBLEX, said: “These
are significant increases all round and show how firm the demand
is for our beef and lamb. In particular, the great deal of work
we have done this year on exports seems to be paying off.”
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