UK food and drink reach record high
U.S., China and Hong Kong amongst the top countries importing the best of British.
UK food and drink businesses are now selling their products to over 200 global markets.
UK seasonal favourites are also in demand abroad – in the first half of the year 64 million litres of ice cream and over 500 tonnes of strawberries were shipped to foreign shores.
Traditional barbeque produce, such as sausages and cuts of beef have risen by 48% and 17% respectively.
This is due in part to new meat export markets opening in recent years – and will be bolstered further in the future by the recent announcement that China will lift their BSE ban on British beef, which is estimated to generate £250 million in the first five years alone.
Taiwan will also soon be importing UK pork for the first time – worth an estimated £50 million over five years to the UK’s industry.
Iconic British produce such as whisky, worth £2 billion, beer worth £235 million, and smoked salmon worth £308 million are also being snapped up from international supermarket shelves. ■