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Ireland's Creed leads major agri-food trade mission to U.S. and Mexico

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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, will lead a delegation which includes State agencies and Irish food industry representatives, on a week-long trade mission to the USA and Mexico.

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The visit bagins in Washington on Sunday and continues through Maryland, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago and Mexico City. The trade mission comprises approximately 30 separate events and engagements.

In advance of the visit, Minister Creed stressed the importance of providing industry with further opportunities to grow in international markets, both by developing export opportunities in existing markets and by opening new markets: "This trade mission is a great opportunity to strengthen our existing market presence in the United States, to deepen the existing footprint of the Irish food sector in Mexico, and establish a platform to develop new market opportunities for Irish beef and pigmeat there.

"It will also allow us crucial opportunities to meet representatives of the new US administration, and to gain a better understanding of their key policy priorities in the agri food sector.

"It will also allow us to engage with political counterparts in Mexico as we endeavour to forge new opportunities for Irish food companies."

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