There is no better time than now for food and drink manufacturers to focus on growing exports.
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.
FDF/FDEA Growth through Exports guide
Growth through Exports - Five Steps to Food and Drink Exporting Success has
developed by FDF and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) as part of an
enhanced partnership to help more of Britain's 6,500 business to export.
The guide provides useful information and tips on how food and drink
manufacturers can begin exporting to foreign markets including details of
research, and how to create exporting opportunities and useful contacts.
As part of FDF's 20/20 vision for growth which looks to see economic input from
Food and Drink manufacturers increase by 20% between 2010-2020, FDF have set an
ambition to grow value-added food and drink exports by a third to achieve a
value of £6 billion by 2020.
Regular joint activity and promotions between FDF
and FDEA will be a key strand of FDF's efforts to achieve that ambition, with a
networking reception at Food and Drink Expo 2016, hosted by UKTI, being the
in a series of events.
UK Export Statistics
FDF publishes an annual report on the food and drink export performance of the
Food and Drink exports is one of the great stories for the UK and a great way
highlight the strength of our industry over the last few years.
View the full 2015 statistics research report UK Food and Drink Export Performance statistics
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The report provides extra detail on: top products by sector, top markets and Top 10 EU and Non-EU Markets , Top 10 value gains by product and market.
Food and non-alcoholic drink exports have almost doubled in value over the last
decade, from £6.7bn in 2005 to £12.3bn in 2015. (View the key exports indicators from 2005 – 2015
UK Food and Drink: International Action Plan
In October 2013 UKTI and Defra launched the 'UK Food and Drink: International Action Plan' which FDF contributed to. The action plan sets out overarching targets
- Grow food and drink exports by £1bn by 2015
- Provide support to help 1,000 more food and drink businesses to start exporting.
A new action plan is due soon and will be used to continue the promotion of UKTI
services with additional support from industry. It will also be used by UKTI
regional offices as promotional
material to attract overseas buyers. As well as carrying out export activities
part of the strategy FDF will continue to assist Government to raise awareness
the action plan across the industry.
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)
FDF works closely with UKTI, the Government Department responsible for working
with businesses to
boost exports and grow inward investment. As part of this relationship we work
closely with the UKTI food and drink team and the Department for the
Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to promote export opportunities and grow UK food
and drink exports. UKTI supports FDF's close relationship with FDEA and the
British Food Unit, saying "Working collaboratively with industry will enable
government to increase industry exports and deliver further opportunities for
and drink sector."
Exporting is GREAT
UKTI offers a number of services for food and drink businesses no matter what stage they are in their export
journey. Their Exporting is GREAT campaign is designed to encourage new and
existing exporters and a perfect place to start for businesses looking to start
expand their export remit.
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
- If your business is new to export we advise you contact your regional UKTI
office and speak to a regional trade advisor.
- 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. Click here
view the contact details of all of the regional trade offices.
UKTI provide subsidies for SMEs under some of their support programmes. Why not
investigate and look to build contacts in these high growth markets for food
Export Britain is the online resource by the British Chambers of Commerce which showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK
exporters to support available from British Chambers and business groups both
UK and around the world.
Export Britain helps businesses to make new connections overseas by drawing on
the power of the international UK business network of British Chambers and
The site also helps growing and prospective exporters navigate through the
export journey by signposting the support available every step of the way.
Additionally, Export Britain provides information on export training and
events and trade missions, and inspiring case studies featuring successful UK
Open to Export
Open to Export is an online community helping UK businesses get ready to sell overseas. Backed
by Government and business, it is a not for profit social enterprise dedicated
to helping UK companies grow through export.
It is a free service providing:
- Guides and articles giving advice and insights into each stage of the export journey
- Webinar programme which gives insights and practical guidance on different topics on a monthly
- Export Action Plan – a tool to help exporters assess their readiness and their first steps to export
- Ask the Experts forum in which exporters can ask questions to our community of experts and receive
answers to any of their export questions
EU SME Centre
The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive
range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized
(SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China.
A team of experts provide advice and support in four areas – business
development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating
external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and
practical business tools and services easily accessible online. From first-line
advice to in-depth technical solutions
To gain full access to the Centre's services, simply sign up here to create an account.
Last reviewed: 08 Jul 2016