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New guide helps food and drink producers to export goods

22 April 2016  •  Author(s): Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

New guidance rolled out to food and drink manufacturers will help existing and would-be exporters to compete in the fiercely competitive global marketplace.

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Exports – Five Steps to Food and Drink Exporting Success‘ was developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) to help more of Britain’s 6,500 producers to export. The guide provides useful information and tips on how food and drink manufacturers can begin exporting to foreign markets including details of necessary research, and how to create exporting opportunities and useful contacts.

FDF has set an ambition to grow value-added food and drink exports by a third to achieve a total value of £6 billion by 2020.

Growing exports by a third by 2020

Commenting on the new guide, Angela Coleshill, Competitiveness Director at FDF, said: “Our guide gives manufacturers the information they need to access new markets and begin their journey as successful exporters. FDF is committed to working with FDEA to help the UK’s food and drink manufacturers compete on an international level.

“At present only a relatively small proportion of food and drink businesses export from the UK. We want to unlock our industry’s huge export potential by helping more of Britain’s finest manufacturers to seize the opportunity to sell their products overseas. By doing this, we believe we can grow exports of UK branded goods by a third by 2020 to more than £6bn.”

John Whitehead OBE, Director of FDEA, added: “We are confident that this new guide demonstrates our knowledge and expertise in the food and drink export sector, by offering sound advice that can really help companies to develop their export potential.

“Working in partnership with FDF we want to ensure that this message reaches the widest possible audience and encourages more companies to begin the journey into international markets.”

The export guide is available online at the following link: www.fdf.org.uk/export-guide.aspx

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