Leadsom (left) with ’s Elsa Fairbanks and Nairn’s Oatcake’s Kate Birrell

DEFRA’s food export policy to China under fire

By Matt Atherton

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom’s plan to export more British food and drink products to China has been criticised by a panel of industrialists from the sector, members of which claimed even the most experienced exporters would struggle to break...

Pringles is was of the top five savoury snacks set to benefit from the Snackification trend

Global savoury snacks sales to hit £103bn by 2020

By Michael Stones

Global savoury snack sales are predicted to top £103bn ($138bn) by 2020, as the ‘snackification’ trend continues to grow, according to new research from consumer insights firm Canadean.

China represents a huge market for UK pig meat exports

Truss to visit China next month to boost pig exports

By Rick Pendrous

Environment secretary Liz Truss will be travelling to China in December with the aim of reducing barriers to UK pig exports to the world’s most populace nation as its demand for protein rises.

Chinese consumers are looking for food they can trust, says Soil Association senior certification manager Emma Yeats

£5bn export opportunities for UK organic food firms

By Nicholas Robinson

A potential £5bn export market to China has been opened for UK organic food and drink manufacturers, following a Soil Association deal with China’s Organic Food Development Centre (OFDC).

Tulip makes a range of products, including savoury snacks and sliced cooked meat

Tulip targets NPD and exports after cash boost

By Rod Addy

Pork processor Tulip is focusing on new product development (NPD) in meal solutions and further export opportunities beyond China after investing £15M at its Westerleigh site in Gloucestershire.

Chinese consumers failed to respond to 'Tesco's secret weapon', said marketing expert Qing Wang

'Tesco failed to understand the Chinese consumer'

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco’s decision to step back from going it alone in China was because it failed to understand the Chinese consumer and how unsuited they are to its so-called “secret weapon” – the clubcard, according to a leading marketing expert.

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World View: this week’s global food news

By Mike Stones

China’s booming food and drink sector, the prospects for frozen bakery in Eastern Europe and the vast potential of the US dairy products sector feature in this first global news roundup selected from’s sister online publications...

Emerging markets see Devro invest in new capacity

Emerging markets see Devro invest in new capacity

By Ben Bouckley

Scottish sausage skin maker Devro is seeing growth due to rising meat consumption in emerging markets and the demand for conversion of casings from gut to collagen in animal hides.


\"Be very afraid", warns China mission

By Elaine Watson

It is difficult to see a long-term future for ambient food manufacturers in the UK, unless they significantly up their game in order to compete with...

Feeding the dragon

Feeding the dragon

By Elaine Watson

China is an export market no manufacturer can afford to ignore. But do your homework before you catch the next plane to Shanghai, warns Elaine Watson


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