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Ireland's $21 billion food and beverage industry is turning to the Middle East for sales as the U.K., its biggest buyer, prepares to move ahead with Brexit and leave the European Union. The U.K. accounts for 43 percent of Ireland's agriculture exports, buying about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) each of beef and dairy products a year, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said Wednesday in an interview in Dubai. Ireland's biggest markets in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia, at about 135 million euros a year, and the United Arab Emirates, at about 60 million euros, with cheese and other dairy products leading sales in both, he said.Ireland wants to boost its agriculture exports to 19 billion euros by 2025 from 11 billion euros in 2016, he said.
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