A new guide has been launched to help UK food and drink companies develop new markets and drive sales overseas in the wake of Brexit.
The guide – ‘Food and drink exporting – Five steps to success’ – has been developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).
Currently only one in five of the UK’s manufacturers export which presents a major untapped opportunity for the industry. The guide encourages current and would-be exporters to think about the core elements of the export process, answering key questions, and providing useful tips and relevant contacts.
The FDF said that as the UK leaves the European Union, manufacturers must be prepared if they are to take advantage of new opportunities to sell quality UK-produced food and drink overseas. UK food and drink exports reached a record £20bn in 2016, while branded food and drink exports grew 11.5% to £5.2bn. FDF has set an ambition to help grow exports of UK branded goods by a third by 2020 to more than £6bn.
Angela Coleshill, Competitiveness Director at FDF, said: “We hope that our guide will enable more of the UK’s 6,800 food and drink producers to grow their businesses by becoming successful exporters. Manufacturers in competing nations typically benefit from more generous government export support than those in the UK, so it is essential that organisations such as FDF and FDEA work together to help unlock our industry’s huge potential.
“While our future trading terms with the EU are unclear, now is the time for British businesses to embrace new opportunities in non-EU countries and take advantage of rising demand to make inroads into new markets.”