2017 Export Statistics Q3

UK food and drink export statistics 2017 - Q3

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Key Indicators

Executive summary

  • Q3 2017 exports of food and drink reached £5.9bn, up 14.7% on 2016.
  • Q3 2017 export growth to non-EU markets (+18.2%) out-performed those to EU markets (+12.5%), raising the non-EU share to 41.2%.
  • From January to September 2017, exports increased 11.0% to £16.1bn against the same period in 2016.
  • Exports of branded goods saw growth of 12.7% to £4.3bn (YTD 2017) against the same period a year before, demonstrating further strong progress towards FDF's branded export ambition.
  • The food and all drink trade deficit increased by 0.7% in Q3.
  • All of the top 10 export products reported growth YTD 2017, apart from soft drinks which report a slight dip of -0.1% (by value) due to reduced sales to Ireland.

Top 10 products

Top 20 markets

Q3 UK food and drink exports

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FDF Ambition

  • FDF's industry ambition is to grow exports of branded food and
    non-alcoholic drink by a third, from a 2014 baseline, reaching £6bn
    by 2020.
  • Exports of branded products grew by 14.3% in Q3 reaching
    £1.5bn. From January to September 2017, branded exports grew
    to £4.3bn.
  • Based on latest figures, branded export growth is on track to reach
    our target ahead of schedule.
  • FDF is currently developing proposals as part of the Government's
    Industrial Strategy activity to boost specialist export support with an
    aim of delivering ambitious long-term export targets.

Branded Goods

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China one of the top 3 potential markets

  • China was identified as one of the top 3 target markets that food and drink companies would like to target, according to the Grant Thornton survey commissioned by FDF. It was also one of the
    highest growth markets from January to September 2017.
  • Export growth to China remains strong, rising by 38% YTD 2017 to £420m, up from £305m in the same period last year. Notable product growth was recorded for salmon (51%), whisky (52%) and beer (155%).

Q3 branded food and drink exports to china

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Fastest growing export markets (January to September) 2017

  • When looking at the top 50 UK export markets by value, the fastest five growing markets were the Philippines, Latvia, Iceland, South Korea and Romania.
  • The surge in growth to the Philippines of 289% was led by higher demand for UK animal feed (1648%), pork (85%), whisky (277%), cheese (1608%) and salmon (227%).
  • While overall export growth to Latvia of 116%, up from £60m to £129m, was driven by sales of whisky (131%), wine (239%), gin (86%) and fish fillets (125%).
  • Higher demand for breakfast cereals (32%), soft drinks (179%), chocolate (112%) and fruit (4140%) contributed to the overall increase in food and drink exports to Iceland.
  • Following the ratification of the EU-South Korea FTA in December 2015, UK food and drink exports have grown significantly. Over the first 9 months of 2017, exports of beer (+208%), shellfish (46%) coffee (32%) as well as butter and spreads (181%) have all increased.
  • The top 3 products exported to Romania were whisky (49%), chicken (86%) and cheese (144%).

20 Fastest growing markets YTD 2017


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Top 10 fastest growing exports products YTD 2017

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Last reviewed: 28 Feb 2018