The FDF publishes quarterly export statistical reports outlining the latest UK food and drink export figures, which support companies with market prioritisation. Our reports provide a wide range of content, including analysis on the UK's top product exports, key destinations for UK exporters, areas with growth potential, and practical insight from our partners.

The UK’s top 3 exports partners are Ireland, the USA and France.

Exports of food and drink make an important contribution to the economy, exceeding £23bn in 2019 and going to over 220 countries worldwide.

Updates & milestones

Q1 2021 Food and Drink Trade Snapshot


FDF’s newly-released Q1 Trade Snapshot shows that for the first time in our reporting, non-EU exports of food and drink outgrew sales to countries in EU as a consequence of a large drop in sales, resulting from the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 ad changes in the UK’s trading relationships.

Exports to the EU fell by 47% compared to the same quarter last year, with sales to the Republic of Ireland down more than three quarters. The report also looks at imports from the EU, which were down 16% from Q1 2020.

In Q1 2021 there has also been a return to strong growth exports to East Asia, where there is a high demand for quality UK food and drink, driven by growing demand from China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.


UK-EU Food and Drink Trade Snapshot: February 2021

The Food and Drink Federation has produced its second Food and Drink Trade snapshot this year, looking at trade between the UK and the EU for the month of February 2021.

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UK-EU Food and Drink Trade Snapshot: January 2021

The Food and Drink Federation has produced a Food and Drink Trade snapshot looking at HMRC data for the month of January.

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Full 2020 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

The report looks at exports performance in 2020 and highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of the EU Exit transition period on food and drink manufacturing. The report includes a focus on exports to four growth markets: the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on businesses operating across the food and drink sector and exports fell by 9.7% compared to the previous year. The reduction in exports was reflected among all the UK nations and regions, whose performance and contribution is carefully analysed in the report, alongside insights provided by FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru.

View Food and Drink Exports Snapshot 2020 full year report

Q3 2020 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

FDF’s newly-released Q3 Exports Snapshot shows that food and drink exports continued to decline both in EU and non-EU markets, with only pork and breakfast cereals experiencing growth among the top 10 product exports in the first nine months of 2020. The UK top 3 exports partners remain Ireland, the USA and France.

Ireland confirmed its role as a key trade partner for the UK, being the top destination market for 5 out of the top 10 UK products and accounting for 30% of UK food and drink sales in the EU. Maintaining these highly integrated supply chains across Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as we leave the EU will be essential for future growth in our industry.

Looking at new opportunities via preferential trade agreements, Japan and Australia are within the top 20 UK export markets, accounting for £513.5m of exports between January and September. New Zealand also offers great opportunities for exporters. For further insight, see our latest report.

Exports case studies

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Delamere Dairy - exports case study

Cheshire based Delamere Dairy sells a range of fresh and long-life speciality dairy products using cows, goats and sheep milk, for its milks, butters, yogurts and cheeses.

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Joe & Seph's - exports case study

Joe & Seph's are a family business from London with a mission to produce the best-tasting popcorn in the world, and were awarded FDF Exporter of the Year in 2016.

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Jordans & Ryvita - exports case study

The Jordans & Ryvita Company is an owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods that produces whole grain breakfast cereals and crispbreads under the Jordans, Dorset and Ryvita brands.

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Loch Duart Salmon

Loch Duart farms in the Hebrides and Sutherland in a sustainable manner making no compromise in our aim to produce extraordinary tasting Scottish salmon, which is sold to leading hotels, restaurants and retailers in the UK and worldwide.

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Mr Lee's - - exports case study

Mr Lee’s Pure Foods are an award-winning brand of gourmet instant noodles. Using the finest ingredients, the noodles and their flavours are uniquely crafted from authentic recipes, created by the brand’s team of Asian innovators.

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Nairn's know their oats. They have been baking with them since 1896. Using wholegrain oats grown in the nearby Scottish Borders, where the climate is perfect for slowly and naturally ripening the grains – the oats don't need insecticides. Nairn's aim is to make tasty, wholesome food that's as simple and natural as possible.

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Walkers Nonsuch - - exports case study

Walker’s Nonsuch is an independent family company specialising in making quality toffee.

Latest exports report

Report: Exports snapshot: Full Year 2020

14 May 2020

The report looks at exports performance in 2020 and highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of the EU Exit transition period on food and drink manufacturing.

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