Meat success boosts food exports

A record £10bn of food and drink was exported from the UK last year – with meat increasing by 11.7% to £1.4bn.

The sixth consecutive year of export growth saw dairy as the strongest category, up 24.6% to £977.1m.

Ireland remained the main importer of UK produce, followed by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

Speaking at the International Food Expo (IFE) in London, farm minister Jim Paice, said: ““People now recognise that Britain produces some of the best food you can get anywhere.

“The export sector is incredibly important to our producers, so the fact that we now export more than £10bn worth of food and drink shows that discerning consumers across the globe value what we produce and that this vital sector is playing its part in Britain’s recovery.”

New areas of growth included China, South Africa and Israel.

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