The three-year campaign, European Pork: Excellence in Quality Assurance and Food Safety, focuses exclusively on pork for Mexico, and targets a population of 126 million people. It is the first major in-person event since Ireland gained market access to export pigmeat to Mexico in 2020.
To promote the campaign, today Bord Bia invited Mexican government officials and food industry representatives including top importers, distributors, and wholesalers to an EU Pork seminar at the Irish embassy in Mexico City last week. The event, which was also attended by media, featured presentations on Irish pork and production.
Speaking at the event as part of the Irish government’s trade mission to Mexico, Irish Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development, Martin Heydon T.D. said: “I am honoured to lead our department’s first official visit to Mexico since securing access for the export of Irish pigmeat to Mexico. Gaining access for Irish pigmeat exports to Mexico highlights the value of investing in strategic relationships in priority markets and there is no better way to demonstrate Ireland’s commitment, with the support of the European Commission, to this market than by investing in a three-year information and promotion campaign for pork in Mexico.
I am particularly pleased to announce that the first commercial shipment of Irish pork will arrive into Mexico early next month, representing an important milestone and first step in forging a stronger commercial partnership with the Mexican meat importers.”
Noreen Lanigan, Bord Bia’s Europe and North America Director, said: “Bord Bia’s consumer research shows us that while pork has always been an important part of the Mexican diet, greater urbanisation and a growing middle class with rising consumer incomes who have an interest in food safety, have helped drive the sharp increase in pork demand. We also know that there is both a strong demand for quick and easy to-use pork solutions, along with an appetite for premium pork cuts particularly among younger Mexican consumers.
The EU Pork trade-focused campaign will build awareness and understanding of food safety, quality assurance and sustainability of European pork and Irish pork is well positioned to supply this increasing demand as we produce pork to the strictest EU food safety standards.”
Key trade events as part of the campaign include showcasing the industry at technical seminars supported with a marketing campaign including PR, digital and social media. Bord Bia is working with the leading Irish exporters of pork and are ensuring that Irish exporters connect with the key Mexican importers, retailers and foodservice providers.
In November 2021, Bord Bia together with the Irish Embassy in Mexico hosted a webinar for Mexican importers which featured a Global Pork update from GIRA International. As part of this promotional campaign, Bord Bia will exhibit at Expo Carnes y Lácteos in February 2023, along with hosting trade seminars and welcoming welcome Mexican partners to visit Ireland and experience first-hand Ireland’s world class pork production, and the workings of farms and processors.