Food manufacturers get access to export buyers at summit

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

The Food & Drink Exporters Association is organising a ‘meet the buyer’ event in Liverpool on June 15
The Food & Drink Exporters Association is organising a ‘meet the buyer’ event in Liverpool on June 15

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Food manufacturers will get the chance to meet some of the biggest export buyers at the international Food and Drink Summit in Liverpool this month. 

The event, organised by the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), will showcase United Arab Emirates’ Lootah Premium Foods, Germany’s Dancake, Turkish buyer Demak, Indian firms Tree of Life and Big Basket as well as Ireland’s Flanagan’s Food and Scandinavian companies, MatHem and Galleberg.

Meet the Buyer

The event includes a ‘meet the buyer’ and workshop programme, which offers the opportunity for exporters and potential exporters to meet one-on-one with buyers.

The event is part of the 2016 International Festival of Business.

Tree of Life India, the halal and speciality foods company, will be speaking at the event and there will also be expert case studies from Quorn Foods and Nairn’s.

Global niches

The FDEA's Nicola Thomas said: “British companies are ideally placed to take advantage of growing global niches in food and drink.

“Areas like organic, natural, free-from, indulgence, halal and kosher are growing rapidly and this summit will provide exporters and potential exporters with the insight and contacts they need to build sales in these channels. 

“This is a key event in the UK food and drink export calendar and a golden opportunity for manufacturers to have pre-arranged meetings with key buyers from both traditional and emerging overseas markets.”

The FDEA is a not-for-profit trade body, which represents UK food and drink companies both to the international buying community and the UK government.

The event takes place on June 15 at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.  Visit​ for more information.

Five facts on food and drink imports

  • Sales of organic food and drink in Germany account for over one-third of the total EU market.
  • The gifting market in India is worth an estimated £27bn.
  • Globally, the Muslim population is forecast to be growing globally twice as fast as the non-Muslim population, reaching 2.2bn (just above 26% of the world population) by 2030, offering a vast market for halal products.
  • All demographics, from Generation Z to Baby Boomers, say they would pay more for healthy foods, including those that are genetically modified organism-free, have no artificial colouring/flavours and are deemed all natural (Nielsen 2015).
  • Including alcoholic drinks, UK food and drink exports were worth £18.2bn in 2015.

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