Plans to Export More UK Food and Drink Unveiled

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Plans to Export More UK Food and Drink Unveiled

Plans to Export More UK Food and Drink Unveiled
January 31
14:26 2012

The UK food and drink industry has welcomed a new plan, launched by Food and Farming Minister Jim Paice, which could help hundreds of companies secure sales in lucrative emerging markets. The Exports Action Plan, overseen by a Forum co-chaired by Jim Paice and FDF (Food and Drink Federation) deputy president and chief executive of Nestle UK Paul Grimwood, aims to cut through many of the barriers currently faced by potential exporters and help towards the drive for industry growth of 20% by 2020. Food and drink exports were valued at £10.8 billion in 2010 but are expected to reach almost £12 billion when official 2011 figures are released in March.

The plan identifies a number of actions to boost exports including removing trade barriers; encouraging and putting in place measures to help SMEs export; shifting the focus to emerging economies and highlighting exporting as the key route to growth.

Welcoming the launch of the plan, FDF director general Melanie Leech says: “Food and drink is one of the UK’s key growth sectors and our shared ambition with Government is to grow the sector by 20% by 2020 across both the domestic market and exports. The core of food and drink manufacturing is SMEs and it can be difficult for these companies to access the help and support that they need to take that first step to export. Therefore the opportunity to work in partnership with Defra and UKTI has been embraced by industry.”

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