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South West food and drink exports rise to £838million

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 24 September 2018 16:44

South West food and drink exports rise to £838million

Exports of South West food and drink increased to £838million in the year to June 2018 - up 8.7 per cent on the previous 12 months - the latest HMRC figures show.

The most popular products from the region overseas were seafood (£176million), and dairy (£147million).

Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits – which includes nuts and olives – showed the largest increase of any food and drink product - up to £17million.

More firms in the region are targeting China, according to the research, with 31 per cent more food and drink exported to the country compared to the previous 12 months.

There was also a marked increase in appetite for South West produce in Australia, where local exports rose by 18 per cent.

Defra and DIT have been supporting food and drink businesses across the South West as part the Food is GREAT campaign, the UK Government’s cross department initiative to highlight UK food and drink overseas and to help firms to export.


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As part of Defra and DIT’s support, a number of South West-based companies have been able to visit overseas markets around the world as part of trade missions, including the Food and Hotel China (FHC) show in Shanghai and Gulfood in Dubai.

Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of Exports in the South West, said: “South West food and drink producers are rapidly developing a reputation around the world for their high quality food and drink.

“Although many local business are already finding export success, we know that many more could still benefit from the increased profitability and resilience that exporting offers.”

DIT offers businesses of all sizes support including, assistance meeting overseas buyers face to face and one-to-one guidance on issues such as logistics and tax.

Paul added: “I’m encouraging the region’s businesses to get in touch. Exporting isn’t just for large corporations. Local businesses like Huffkins have found international success and so many others can too.”

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