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Minister Rutley (pictured at the Westmorland County Show) is Defra's latest appointment with a focus on food and drink strategy (Image credit: UK Parliament)

Government food and drink strategy head appointed

By Aidan Fortune

The Government has appointed David Rutley as new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with a focus on the UK’s Food and Drink Industrial Strategy.

Huffkins has exported its first shipment to Japan

Huffkins enters Japanese market

By Aidan Fortune

Cotswolds-based bakery Huffkins is entering the Japanese market followed the shipment of a 1.7 tonne order of fruitcakes, shortbread and branded merchandise to Japan, with more orders already secured for October 2018 and into 2019.

The Lakes Distillery is exploring the potential to join the London Stock Exchange

Lakes Distillery plans AIM flotation

By Aidan Fortune

English single malt whisky brand The Lakes Distillery has announced it plans to explore the possibility of trading its shares on AIM, the London Stock Exchange for smaller companies.

Forest Gin Distillery has been inundated with orders from Japan

Forest Gin hits it big in Japanese market

By Aidan Fortune

A Macclesfield-based distillery is expecting exports to grow tenfold following massive demand from Japanese customers for its new line of whisky.

The UK has secured a £240m dairy trade deal with China

UK secures £240m China dairy export deal

By James Ridler

International trade secretary Liam Fox has secured a multi-million pound export deal with China to supply UK dairy products made with milk from third countries.

Glens of Antrim Crisps sales director Michael McKillop and Invest NI director of food & drink John Hood celebrate the listing deal

Glens of Antrim wins Asian listings

By Aidan Fortune

Northern Ireland manufacturer Glens of Antrim Crisps has begun shipping to Singapore after securing a supermarket contract in the country.

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