Scotland accounts for the largest share of UK food and drink exports

By Michelle Perrett

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Scotland accounted for the largest share of UK food and drink exports, according to the FDF
Scotland accounted for the largest share of UK food and drink exports, according to the FDF

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Scotland, alongside Wales and the North East of England, had the strongest recovery in response to the supply chain problems caused by Covid-19 and the new UK-EU trading relationship, according to research by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The FDF’s new UK Food and Drink Exports report​ ​reveals the latest breakdown of food and drink exports from across the UK during 2021.

The report found that Scotland accounts for the largest share of UK food and drink exports at almost 30% of total exports. This is worth £5.7bn with exports are up by nearly 15% since 2020.

It said that Scotland’s recovery has largely been driven by a strong growth in exports of beverages and seafood products, together accounting for £5.2bn of total Scottish exports. France is now Scotland’s largest export partner, worth more than £1bn, and exports to China nearly doubled in 2021 to just under £225m. 

Big opportunities

The report also revealed that the share of exports to non-EU markets is increasing in Scotland, and it believes there are big opportunities to drive further export growth through new trade deals with increased market access. 

However, more can be done to improve the implementation of the UK-EU trade agreement, to help companies recover exports in the EU alongside growing market share in other global markets, the FDF said.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not factored into the report.

“Scotland continues to punch above its weight – accounting for the largest share of UK food and drink exports - with an impressive 30% of total exports,” ​said Food and Drink Federation Scotland’s chief executive officer, David Thomson. 

“It’s heartening to see an increase in Scotland’s food and drink exports as the industry begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit. We hope that new opportunities will help further increase sales of Scotland’s food and drink abroad.

Recovery

“We will continue to work with Scottish and UK governments and partners from across the food chain to support the recovery and growth of our vital industry.”

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Scotland’s food and drink producers not only play a major role in our economy, these figures demonstrate that their high-quality products are being increasingly enjoyed by consumers across the world.

“I am always delighted to see Scottish food and drink products do well on the international stage and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this significant achievement.

“These figures are set against the backdrop of significant challenges presented by the double blow of a global pandemic and Brexit and it is testament to the resilience of our producers and the quality of their products that the sector continues to make such a strong recovery.”

 

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