There is no better time than now for food and drink manufacturers to focus on growing exports.
The eyes of the world are firmly on the UK following the Olympic and Paralympic
games. With opportunities in many EU and non-EU markets and strong demand from
emerging economies the image of UK food and drink is that of exceptional high
quality, safe food. By exporting UK food and drink manufacturers:
Achieve higher levels of growth (between 2008 and 2011 exports of food and
non-alcoholic drink grew by 31% compared to domestic sales growth of only 8%)
- Become more productive and innovative by producing products for different
- Hedge risk in the UK market and are therefore more resilient through the
If you don't believe us then take a look at some of the success stories of our members. Below is some useful information on where to go to find export help.
UK Export Statistics 2012
Research of the UK Food and Drink Export Performance by top sectors, top markets and regions (EU and Non-EU).
View the full statistics research
report UK Food and Drink Export Performance statistics.
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Services
UKTI offers a number of services for food and drink businesses no matter what stage they are in their export
journey. If your business is new to export we advise you contact your regional
office and speak to a food and drink specialist (see below).
UKTI is the Government body responsible for working with businesses to boost
exports and grow inward investment. FDF are working closely with the UKTI food
drink team and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra) to promote export opportunities and grow UK food and exports, see our Exports Brochure for more information.
UKTI Regional Trade Advisors
- The first port of call for any food and drink manufacturer new to export is to
speak to a food and drink specialist International Trade Advisor (ITA) within
- These contacts can explain all of UKTI's services and which would suit your
business as well as providing on-going support and key information.
- Rob Furse, UKTI's central food and drink sector specialist can help you contact the right
trade advisor within UKTI's regional network. Alternatively find the
number for your regional UKTI office on the website.
Open to Export
Open to Export is a community driven website which signposts key export information, events,
opportunities and useful contacts to help grow exports. The site also hosts a
forum enabling users to post export related questions and receive a response
48 hours from service providers which include UKTI, Defra, Trade Councils and
The site is delivered by HIBU (formerly Yell Group) in partnership with UKTI
and was launched by the Prime Minister in 2011, becoming fully operational in
October 2012. FDF are working closely with the Open to Export team to begin to
develop food and drink specific content for the site which we will begin
with our members later on this year.
A number of FDF members trialled the site in 2012 all of which provided very
positive feedback, so why not register today and see what you could be missing out on.
Find out more about Open to Export
Last reviewed: 26 Apr 2013