£15 million boost for UK lamb exports
The re-opened trade route was announced during the minister’s visit to the Gulf to promote British food and drink and strengthen the UK’s trading relationship with this rapidly growing market.
Three major UK suppliers are already set to benefit from the five-year deal - with shipments prepped to leave soon.
The UK exported £625 million worth of food and drink to the region last year, including £80 million of cereal and £22 million of cheese.
Total lamb exports from the UK reached £330 million in 2016, up from £300m the previous year, and this latest deal is a further boost to government’s commitment to open more international markets.
The trade mission included a visit to Gulfood in Dubai, where cereal brand Mornflake from Cheshire and a mozzarella producer from Durham were among around 100 UK food and drink companies exhibiting at the world’s largest annual trade show. ■