The UK’s export strengths in food and drink are often driven by innovation built on decades or even centuries of investment in food production processes, brands and local product identities.

While tariff elimination remains an issue in some markets, a trade policy for this export mix also needs to focus on finding and targeting the right pools of potential customers globally, tackling regulatory issues, including those linked to new or innovative products, and defending intangible knowledge and brand assets.

A thriving export sector requires collaboration across the supply chain and with FTA partners. This includes the ability to develop products for overseas markets and this is dependent on an open, risk-based and permissive sample import system.

FDF’s trade and investment strategy for food and drink sets out our plan for UK government to secure the greatest opportunities for UK exporters.



Trade statistics

The FDF publishes quarterly reports of industry trade statistics, detailing the latest UK food and drink export and import figures. As the sector undergoes significant changes, the FDF will show the changing dynamics of the industry’s trade flows.


EU customs and trade support

We have been working to put in place a range of solutions that will help members moving goods into and out of the EU. This includes a programme of training courses, free expert guidance, customs support and staffing assistance.

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Exports snapshot: Q1 2022

The FDF’s newly released snapshot analyses trends in trade for UK food and drink in the first quarter of 2022 compared with 12 months previously.



UK Food and drink regional exports report

The FDF’s newly released export regional report analyses trends for UK regional food and drink trade in 2021, with a focus on the four nations.



Trade snapshot: Full year 2021

The FDF’s newly released 2021 Trade Snapshot analyses trends for UK food and drink trade in 2021.

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The FDF proposes new approach to trade policy to drive economic growth and improve affordability of food

FDF has published a Trade and Investment Strategy that champions the interests of the UK’s food and drink industry.

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UK food and drink trade tops pre-pandemic levels

Research by the FDF shows food and drink trade with non-EU countries has soared above pre-pandemic levels for the first time.

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UK food and drink exports driving economic growth

Food and drink exports across the UK are recovering from the challenges of the pandemic with manufacturers taking advantage of new trading relationships across the world, according to research by the Food and Drink Federation.

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UK food and drink firms seek new trade opportunities but shadow of Ukraine looms

Despite a drop in trade with the European Union, UK food and drink manufacturers are searching for new trading opportunities further afield, according to new research by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

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Report: A UK trade and investment strategy for food and drink

09 June 2022

In this report, we have set out a series of actions which champions the interests of the UK’s food and drink industry alongside delivering economic growth and providing greater choice and affordability of products for UK households.

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Related case studies

Exports has been one of the UK food and drink industry's major success stories. These case studies showcase businesses across the UK that are successfully making in-roads abroad.

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Case Study


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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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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Joe & Seph's

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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