Looking north and west for exports

Northern Ireland has been in the news this week, due to the “Windsor Framework” agreement between the UK and the EU, which will hopefully provide some clarity and improved transport between the two side of the UK and its larger European neighbour. It seems the least the Conservative party can do, is to try and clear up the mess that they caused with their Brexit folly properly, and make it a useful item for the entire United Kingdom. With a fair wind, it will be ratified and approved and the next chapter can begin for both the UK and the European Union.

Interestingly, I also went to a Northern Irish cheese and charcuterie event last week, in central London at the Pick & Cheese outlet in the Seven Dials Market near Covent Garden. There, I was treated to a selection of Northern Irish products, curated by the Academy of Cheese and Invest Northern Ireland. Delights included Kearney Blue, Dart Mountain Cheese and a sandwich made with Tayto crisps and Dromona cheddar, plus drinks made in Whitewater Brewery and Woodlab Distillery and a selection of meats.

It was a delightful evening and the local cheese mongers there expressed interest in stocking the products from across the water, if they weren’t already. The new agreement should hopefully make travel across the Irish Sea easier for both people and products going forward.

Our publisher, Neil McRitchie, was also visiting cheese people up at Bradbury’s in Buxton, to discuss the outlook for exports and 2024. As a source of cheeses from 50 countries worldwide, and an exporter with top markets in Canada, Australia and the US, Bradbury’s now supplies 30 countries and spans the globe with products. Don’t miss the interviews in our April Interpack print magazine.

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