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21 August 2018

FDF response to the Export Strategy

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Responding to the publication today of a new Government Export Strategy, Ian Wright, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“Food and drink is a UK exports success story, with global sales reaching a record level of £10.6bn for the first half of 2018. Yet the majority of UK food and drink businesses still do not export and, as a country, we export less food and drink than some of our key competitors. We therefore welcome the publication of today's Export Strategy as an important step in helping business to understand and seize the opportunities that exporting provides.

“Proposals to boost food and drink exports form a key part of the Industrial Strategy Sector Deal for food and drink manufacturing which we are currently negotiating with government. We are working closely with DIT, Defra and BEIS on the deal and to promote food and drink exports more generally. We look forward to an early green light for the deal so that we can press ahead with our plans.

“It is also critical that we get urgent clarity over our trading relationship with the EU after March next year. It is our biggest export market and any 'no deal' exit would be a disaster for food and drink exporting opportunities.”

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Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or 02074207120.

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