Kuwait trade mission set to boost UK meat export opportunities in Middle Eastern market

Thursday, 3 August 2023

A trade mission to Kuwait hosted by AHDB will explore export opportunities for red meat and dairy in the Middle Eastern market.

Five exporters will join us in Kuwait from 25-27 September to highlight sustainable UK meat production and to examine potential new business opportunities with local buyers.

The visit follows the recent launch of our news export strategy Beyond Borders, which is aimed at increasing market access and export sales while encouraging and supporting more businesses to export.

Halal sector senior manager Dr Awal Fuseini (pictured right), who recently presented at AHDB's Export Conference, explained that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market is a key target for exporters.

According to Dr Fuseini: 

"MENA offers significant opportunities for UK exporters, especially for the lamb and dairy sectors, due to the region’s strong population growth with a high disposable income, together with limited production capacity, driving food imports higher over the next decade."

Dr Fuseini highlighted the significance of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional trading bloc made up of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates. He added:

"The GCC is a high-value market which presents new opportunities for UK exporters. The region is very import-dependent and food import regulations and standards are strictly enforced, given strong adherence to the Islamic faith. 

"The Kuwait gross domestic product increased by 8.2% in 2022 and is forecast to increase by a further 2.6% in 2023.

"The expansion of the middle-class consumer in Kuwait and the entire GCC region is driving an increased demand for meat and dairy, and for high quality imported foods.

"The UK is well-placed to capitalise on this increased demand with the UK brand associated with quality and heritage in these markets."

Exploring new opportunies

The trade mission to Kuwait underlines our commitment to back the Halal sector, which recently included supporting an inaugural meat industry Eid gathering at Butchers' Hall in London.

Dr Fuseini said:

"Eid is a key seasonal market for the meat industry and farmers alike, while year-round Muslim families consume much more meat per household than the general population.

"Many Liverymen and meat businesses supply Muslim customers and consumers, in longstanding relationships and we wish to embrace and explore new opportunities in a global marketplace."

Export development is one of our key strategic objectives, working collaboratively with industry and government to cultivate further opportunities for the red meat and dairy sectors.

Export opportunities for UK producers are detailed further in our region-by-region analysis Prospects for UK agri-food exports, launched earlier this year, examining both the opportunities and challenges of trading in different parts of the world.

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