2017 Export Statistics Q1

UK food and drink export statistics 2017 - Q1

Executive summary

  • Q1 2017 exports of all food and drink reached £4.9bn, up 8.3% on 2016, representing the highest value Q1 exports value on record.
  • Positive growth was reported in all top 20 markets, aside from Spain which saw a 21.6% decrease compared with 2016.
  • Stronger growth was reported to non-EU countries (+9.4%) than to the EU (+7.4%).
  • UK’s food and drink trade deficit increased by 19%, reaching -£6.2bn in Q1 2017 due to the weaker pound.
  • UK’s top 3 export products were whisky, salmon and chocolate.

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Branded goods

Top ten products


By sector


Top 20 markets


All UK food and drink


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Last reviewed: 26 May 2017