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.

Food and drink exports are a national success story, truly highlighting the strength of our industry, the FDF showcases our members’ achievements through export case studies.

The FDF’s export ambition is to grow exports of branded food and non-alcoholic drink by a third, reaching £6bn by 2020

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

Q3 2020 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

Update

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.

H1 2020 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

Update

Food and drink exports are a UK success story. However, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted growth after exports fell for the first time since H1 2015.

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Q1 2020 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

Update

In Q1 2020, food and drink exports fell by over £700m (-12.7%) compared to the same period in 2019. Sales to EU countries were the hardest hit, with the total value falling by 17.4%.

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2019 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

Update

In 2019, exports rose by 4.3% on the previous year, reaching a total of £23.6bn. The UK is now exporting 8.7% more (in value terms) to non-EU countries, lifting the share of total food and drink exports going to nonEU countries by 1.6pp.

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Q3 2019 Food and Drink Exports Snapshot

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Q3 2019 food and drink exports increased by 8.3% (y-o-y) to £6.2bn, largely driven by export value growth to non-EU countries (+13.1%), which was over twice that of exports to the EU. Food and drink exports accounted for 6.4% of total UK exports over the year-to-date.

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Exports case studies

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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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Case Study

Nairn's

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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Case Study

Walkers Nonsuch - - exports case study

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

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