New Zealand red meat sector highlights 2014-2015

The red meat sector’s highlights for the year to end June 2015 are highlighted in the Meat Industry Association’s latest annual report:

  • Total sheepmeat and beef exports were $7.3 billion, $600 million more than the previous year
  • Exports of New Zealand beef rose by 36 percent in value to $2.98 billion and 11 percent by volume (420,118 tonnes) compared to the year ending June 2014
  • China is now New Zealand’s second largest beef market – exports increased in volume by 44 percent over the year
  • At $2.91 billion, sheepmeat exports earned two percent less than the previous year, but volume fell by six percent to 378,208 tonnes
  • Edible offal had the most significant increase in the co-products category, compared to the previous year – value rose by 13 percent over the year to $211 million – while sheep and beef tripe increased 31 percent in value
  • A new $8.7 million Meat Industry Research Innovation Partnership was established
  • The New Zealand-Korea free trade agreement was signed.

This article has appeared in Food NZ magazine (October/November 2015) and is reproduced here with permission.


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