South West food producers boosted by international trade

By admin on April 04, 2019

South West food exports made their mark
on the international stage last year with food and drink exports totalling
£50.4 million.

Coffee, tea,
cocoa and spices were the most popular food and drink exports in 2018 with overall
exports for the region valued at £823.2 million according to the latest HMRC
figures.

Singapore has become a buoyant target
market, with 54% more food and drink exported to the country during the period
than in 2017. There was also a marked increase in South West produce exported
to Australia which saw a 27% increase, alongside China with a 12% increase. 

Many food and
drink businesses across the South West have been receiving support on their
export journey from Food is GREAT, the cross departmental campaign between the
Department for Environment, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
and the Department for International Trade (DIT) to showcase UK food and drink
overseas and to support firms to export.

South West food
and drink producers, including The Fine Cheese Company based in Bath, were able
to showcase their products in the hope of securing further trade deals at the
International Food and Drink Event (IFE) at the ExCel in London last month.

Food Minister
David Rutley said, “Thanks to our world-renowned reputation for quality,
welfare and taste, the UK is a key player on the global food and drink stage,
exporting a record £22.5 billion of food and drink in 2018. 

“It is
fantastic to see producers in the South West seizing the opportunity to export
to markets like Singapore and Australia, flying the flag for high quality
British food and drink.”

Paul Shand,
DIT’s Head of Trade in the South West, added, “UK food and drink is globally
recognised for its quality. International demand for our local produce is
soaring, particularly across Australia, Singapore and China, making now the
perfect time to export.

“Many South
West food and drink producers are beginning to export, breaking into new markets
around the world and claiming international renown. We know that firms that
export are more resilient, profitable and ultimately more successful. 

“International
opportunities are well and truly in reach for ambitious firms. We’ve got a team
of dedicated international trade advisers to guide food and drink producers
throughout the whole exporting process. I’d encourage businesses looking for
support, whether it’s relating to international branding, overseas legislation
or forging new international relationships, to get in touch.”

Firms looking for help on their export journey should contact 01275 370 944 or email DITsw@mobile.trade.gov.uk. They can also visit great.gov.uk, which lists a variety of live export opportunities, alongside general exporting and events information.