A two-day event has celebrated Yorkshire’s excellence in food and drink exports with Minister for Investment Graham Stuart visiting Hull manufacturers and hosting local firms.
The Trade Minister and Mark Robson, Head of Regions for Yorkshire at DIT, led a delegation visiting two major Hull food and drink exporters – oils and fats manufacturer AAK, and tea and coffee producer Finlays.
The visit came as UK food and drink exports rose to a record £5.7 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the largest value of food and drink exports ever for an opening quarter of the year, according to the latest figures from HMRC.
“It was great to meet and celebrate local businesses who are contributing so much to our national exporting success,” said Mr Stuart.
“In the first three months of this year food and drinks exports nationally grew by 12.3% year on year and reached an all-time high of £5.7 billion.
“I would encourage food and drink businesses in the Humber area to join the exporting revolution and go to www.great.gov.uk and find out what DIT can do to help.“
The aim of the visits was to gain a first-hand perspective of how each of the major Hull manufacturers were managing a global supply chain sustainably, and how they approached their exporting strategies.
The two-day event also saw local food and drink exporters invited to dinner alongside representatives from the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and global law firm Squire Patton Boggs.
The following day, a breakfast seminar with Yorkshire businesses took place at the Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club.
The session included presentations from DIT International Trade Advisers, who were representing the Food is GREAT campaign.
“Hull is home to some real heavyweights in the international food and drink sector like AAK and Finlays, alongside an abundance of talented smaller producers,” said Mr Robson.
“These firms have the quality produce that overseas buyers are increasingly hungry for, and there’s plenty of support to help businesses reach these customers – from e-commerce seminars to trade missions.”