A GROUP from Kilkenny is set to travel to China next week for a trade mission to strengthen ties between the county and the Suzhou area with which it is twinned.
The delegation will include Environment Minister Phil Hogan, representatives of Glanbia, Taxback and Keenans of Borris, Kilkenny County Council Chairwoman Marie Fitzpatrick and county manager Joe Crockett.
“Ireland views China as a key strategic trade partner,” Minister Hogan said. “China has a strong demand for imports of quality food and Ireland is strategically placed to be a key supplier.”
“In 2011, Ireland exported €240 million in dairy, meats, beverages, seafood and hides and skins to China. Indeed, infant formula is one of Ireland’s biggest food exports to China, worth over €100 million in 2011,” he noted.