Food and drink firms named in top exporters’ list

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

TheSunday Times​ HSBC International Track 200 list ranked the export success of British businesses.

Topping the list of food and drink manufacturers in this year’s International 200 was baked goods manufacturer Carrs Foods International, entering at position seven.

Also featured in this year’s list was soup manufacturer Baxters, natural food and drink producer 3V Natural Foods and cheesemaker Dairy Partners.

Companies featured on this year’s International Track 200 had to meet certain criteria to be featured on the list of the top businesses.

Meet certain criteria

Firms on the list must have had total sales of at least £25M a year, with minimum international sales of £1M a year.

At least 5% of the companies’ annual sales had to be to international buyers in their latest year, either 2016, 2017 or 2018.

The food and drink manufacturers on this year’s list employed a combined total of 4,135 staff and combined export sales of £294.7M

Topping this year’s list was aircraft spares and repairs business AerFin with a two-year international sales growth of 663.9%. International sales for the company reached £52.7M last year.

To find out which food and drink companies made it on to the eighth annual International Track 200, click on the next slide in this photogallery.

Last month, the export success of small and medium-sized food and drink manufacturers was recognised in The Sunday Times​ Lloyds SME Export track 100 report.

Meanwhile, boosting exports is aim of a one-day conference to take place on October 5 at the Ardencote Hotel, Warwick, organised by the Food Manufacture Group and sister titles British Baker​ and Meat Trades Journal​. Please register your interest in attending here.

Related topics: Business News, Bakery, Beverages, Dairy

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1 comment

At last!

Posted by Simon Bullen,

After more than 25 years in international consumer goods sales and only a year after Brexit, I am witnessing widespread praise and recognition for the hard earned export success of the our largest manufacturing industry. How heartwarming. I wonder if Brexit has acted as a catalyst or is that too simplistic? Who cares; it's great news and long may it continue. Well done all of you!

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