UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have continued to grow this year, rising to £5.9bn in the first six months of the year – an increase of 2.2% compared with the same period of 2011, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Exports to all non-EU regions, apart from those surrounding the Eurozone, grew by more than 7%.
But EU exports rose by only 0.7% − reflecting the Eurozone debt crisis. The financial turmoil has resulted in big drops in exports to some key markets, particularly France and Italy.
Eurozone debt crisis
Outside of the EU, the strongest gains were in Africa (+23.6%) and the Middle East (+17.7%).
FDF’s economic and commercial services director, Steve Barnes, said: “Once again, UK food and drink exports have proven themselves to be an important component of both our industry, and the country’s economic growth, and an area in which we can excel.
“This is why we are working with government and others to remove barriers and to strengthen support for food and drink companies looking to export.”
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