Yorkshire & Humber food and drink exports soar in 2017

Exports of Yorkshire and the Humber food and drink rose by 11% in 2017 compared to the previous 12 months, the latest HMRC figures show. 

The amount of food and drink exports from the region increased to £1.14bn in the year to December 2017. Best sellers overseas included meat (£157m), dairy/eggs (£73m) and beverages (£58m). 

The national exporting picture shows that total goods exports from the UK increased by 11.5 per cent to £625.9bn and total food and drink exports increased by 8 per cent to £22bn in 2017.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) have been supporting food and drink businesses in the region as part of Food is GREAT. The campaign is the UK Government’s cross department initiative to showcase UK food and drink overseas and to help firms to export.

As part of Defra and DIT’s support, in 2017 the government departments took a number of Yorkshire and the Humber based companies to markets around the world on trade missions, including the Food and Hotel China (FHC) show in Shanghai and Gulfood in Dubai.

Mark Robson, regional director at the Department for International Trade in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “These latest figures back up the first-hand experience of the many companies in Yorkshire and the Humber that are already feeling the benefits of increased global trade and finding success in overseas markets.

“We want firms to export their products and take advantage of the support available through DIT. We have 29 International Trade Advisers in Yorkshire and the Humber that can help businesses navigate the exporting process.”

ONS stats also show that exports continue to grow faster than imports with the overall trade deficit narrowing by £12.8bn from £41.6bn to £28.8bn.

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