While the last few years have seen many businesses struggling to stay afloat amidst great financial pressure, recent news has shown a pick up in the export industry.
According to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), exports from the UK increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2010. With exports to the value of £10.83 billion, the industry enjoyed a 11.4 per cent increase on the levels for 2009.
While the majority of the exported food went to Ireland – despite its recent economic troubles – a large portion of the UK’s exports were sent to France. The Netherlands, Germany and Spain additionally remained popular destinations for UK produce while other countries, such as Hong Kong, the USA and the UAE, also enjoyed a boom.
Overall, the produce most highly desired by other countries came from the dairy sector, but fish and meat also enjoyed a significant increase. What’s more, prepared foods such as soups, sauces, rice and ice cream, as well as baking products and cereal, all received a boost in 2010.
A spokesperson for international delivery experts Parcels Please said that many people may be surprised by the most commonly exported foods: “Here in the UK there are a lot of people who think we are lagging behind other countries when it comes to fine food – especially when you’re talking about cheeses and meats – as there are so many other European countries like France and Italy who enjoy a much better reputation.
“But that’s just not the case, the UK is home to some fantastic produce, and the news that dairy was the most popular export just goes to show we can compete with the big boys when it comes to products such as cheese or yogurt.”