Food manufacturers get five-point export advice

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Food and drink firms have received a five-step guide to export success
Food and drink firms have received a five-step guide to export success

Related tags: Drink manufacturers, International trade, Food and drink federation

Food and drink manufacturers wanting to increase exports can benefit from a new guide developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA).

The guidance ‘Exports – Five Steps to Food and Drink Exporting Success’​   will help more of Britain’s 6,500 core producers to export to foreign markets.

The guide provides useful information and tips on how food and drink manufacturers can begin exporting to new markets, including what necessary research they need as well as how to create exporting opportunities and useful contacts.

FDF has set an ambition to grow value-added food and drink exports by a third to achieve a total value of £6bn by 2020.  

Access to new markets

Angela Coleshill, competitiveness director at FDF, said: “Our guide gives manufacturers the information they need to access new markets and begin their journey as successful exporters.

"FDF is committed to working with FDEA to help the UK’s food and drink manufacturers compete on an international level.

“At present only a relatively small proportion of food and drink businesses export from the UK. We want to unlock our industry’s huge export potential by helping more of Britain’s finest manufacturers to seize the opportunity to sell their products overseas.

"By doing this, we believe we can grow exports of UK branded goods by a third by 2020 to more than £6bn.”

‘Grow their business’

John Whitehead OBE, director of FDEA said: “The FDEA is dedicated to working with UK food and drink companies which want to grow their business through export. 

"We are confident that this new guide demonstrates our knowledge and expertise in the food and drink export sector, by offering sound advice that can really help companies to develop their export potential.”

A spokeswoman for UK Trade and Investment and the GREAT British Food Unit, said: “Working collaboratively with industry will enable government to increase industry exports and deliver further opportunities for the food and drink sector​.”

Five steps to food and drink export success

  1. Is now the right time to export?
  2. Do your research
  3. Create opportunities
  4. Export Practicalities
  5. Growing exports

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