According to the latest CSO figures to the end of April, the Philippines bought 20 times more Irish beef than the US in the first four months of 2017. In this period, the US bought 330t of Irish beef while the Philippines bought 6,658t.

The US market was launched with great expectation in February 2015 by the then Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, but significant volumes of beef sales failed to materialise despite a further promotional visit.