Dairy exports from Ireland to China are booming thanks to the demand for infant formula, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said during a visit to Co Kildare. The Minister was speaking after he hosted a major China-Ireland Food Safety Forum at a Department of Agriculture research centre near Celbridge. Mr Coveney was joined in Co Kildare by Chinese Minister Bi Jingquan who is Minister with responsibility for the China Food and Drug Administration. Minister Bi is on a three-day visit to Ireland with top-level Chinese industry leaders to study the wider dairy industry. Infant formula accounts for the majority of dairy sector trade to China having grown almost 300% from €81m in 2010 to €300m in 2014. The delegation is also due to visit Kerry Group’s new flagship Technology and Innovation Centre in Naas.
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