Minister highlights export growth at Anuga

Farming Minister George Eustice has praised the 4,000 food and drink businesses that have exported almost £1 billion of British produce to shops and restaurants around the world over the past two years.

Speaking at the world’s largest trade fair at Anuga in Cologne, the Minister said: “This Government is backing Britain’s world-class food and farming industry, helping a record 4,000 British businesses to put their top-quality produce on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus around the world.

“The companies exhibiting at Anuga today are flying the flag for British produce. Their excellent standards of safety and welfare are world-class, and the huge variety of produce they have on offer is second to none.

In 2013, the government pledged to directly help 1,000 UK food and drink businesses sell their produce abroad by October 2015, generating business wins of £500m. Two years later, four times that number of companies are using free advice and support from UK Trade & Investment to win £985m of business around the world

Last year, the UK exported to 228 countries and territories around the world and exports of UK food and drink have doubled in the last decade, worth nearly £19bn in 2014. The UK government has negotiated to open almost three new global markets a week since 2010 — including beef to Thailand, processed pork to India and poultry meat to Angola this year.

Food and drink remains the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, greater than cars and aerospace combined; from farm to fork, the UK food chain contributes £103bn to our economy and employs one in eight people.

The Minister added he would like to see more British produce abroad in the future.

“I’d like to see even more of our food and drink companies starting to export their great British produce, using the support and advice the government can offer and making the most of the opportunities created as we negotiate to open new markets.”

Anuga features 183 top UK food and drink companies aiming to attract more export business as they showcase their produce to 155,000 buyers from around the globe.

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