Exports of pork are soaring as producers capitalise on the weak pound and greater global confidence in British meat quality.

Fresh and frozen pork exports rose 20% last year to 118,300 tonnes, according to Bpex. Value sales went up 42% to £33m. Bacon sales rose more than a third to 33,000 tonnes, and offal sales went up 18% to 19,000 tonnes. Offal exports are now worth £3.5m, 63% up on 2007, with The Netherlands and Hong Kong the main beneficiaries.

Exports of pork, processed pork products and offal are now worth some £160m to Britain's industry. "These figures show that although sow carcase exports increased, the biggest rise was recorded for prime pork cuts," said Bpex chief executive Mick Sloyan.

"With the value of sterling more competitive compared with the euro and other currencies, we hope to see further growth in exports in 2009."

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