Monday, December 11, 2023

Food and drink businesses front and centre of new UK Government export campaign

Food and drink businesses are at the forefront of the new phase of the UK Government’s ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign, creating pride in UK exporters and growing exports around the world.

The campaign includes twelve food and drink exporters from all four nations, including ice cream maker Yee Kwan in Sheffield, Drop Bear Beers in Wales, Isle of Harris Gin Distillery in Scotland and Burren Balsamic in Northern Ireland.

Minister for Exports Marcus Fysh said: “The UK is home to world-class food and drink, so it is brilliant to see so many great exporters join the ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign, showcasing their excellent products, helping to grow our economy and supporting local jobs.

“We are proud of our great British exporters, but we want to see more businesses take advantage of the potential they could achieve if they get onto the exporting ladder. As the campaign says: if you make it in the UK, why not sell it to the world?”

UK food and drink is an exporting success story. In 2021, UK food and drink exports were worth £20.3 billion. The food and drink sector also employs 3.7 million people across Great Britain.

Exporters create jobs, pay higher wages and help grow the economy. That’s why the UK government has committed to becoming an export-led economy and to reaching a trillion pounds of exports a year by 2030. This includes free expert advice from a network of local and international trade advisors offered by the Government, to support businesses to boost their exports and take advantage of exciting new opportunities across the globe.

Export Champion Granny Gothards produce premium luxury ice creams and sorbets in over 190 flavours. Handmade in Devon, the company exports to consumers in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Amanda Stansfield, director, Granny Gothards, said: “Granny Gothards is proud to be part of the Government’s ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign, encouraging other businesses from across the UK to make their first steps in to exporting.

“We’re thankful for all the support and expertise the Department for International Trade has given us over the years, making it easier for us to export our products around the world and in new markets.”

Superfood company Creative Nature, based in West Molesey, has become a market leader in snacks and baking mixes that are free from the top 14 allergens and now export to over 16 countries around the world including Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the US.

Julianne Ponan, founder, Creative Nature, said: “As an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade, it’s great to play a further role in getting more small businesses like my own trading and exporting around the world.

“The support from DIT has been invaluable to our success, meeting the right people, attending the best tradeshows and getting our products on shelves globally. I’m proud to have my products made in the UK and sold right around the world.”

Minister for Growth and Rural Affairs, Scott Mann said: “People around the world are lining up to buy British food, and this government is making sure that they can get it. From our fantastic seafood and meat to our world class produce, British food and drink is renowned for its high-quality and exceptional standards.

“This campaign ensures that all businesses making wonderful products have the tools they need to sell them around the world, bringing even more jobs and growth to a flourishing sector of our economy.”

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