Demand for British food & drink sees Yorkshire exports reach £1.2bn

Demand for British food & drink sees Yorkshire exports reach £1.2bn
Mark Robson, Head of Region, Yorkshire and the Humber at DIT

Food and drink from Yorkshire and the Humber have enjoyed an increase in overseas trade, reaching £1.2 billion last year – a 3% rise on 2017.

Qatar was the fastest growing market for Yorkshire food and drink last year, with exports rising by 123% according to the latest HMRC figures.

Exports to Australia also experienced a significant jump of 24% on 2017.

Coffee, tea, cocoa and spices remained the region’s largest food and drink export, totalling £201.9 million.

Sugar, sugar preparations and honey were the region’s fastest growing export, increasing by 24% to £65.2 million.

“I am pleased to see businesses in Yorkshire taking advantage of the increasing demand for high quality British food and drink, with products such as tea and coffee boosting our reputation around the world,” said Food Minister David Rutley.

Mark Robson, Head of Region, Yorkshire and the Humber at DIT, said: “The excellence of Yorkshire food and drink is increasingly being recognised, causing a surge in overseas demand for it.

“This is particularly relevant in markets like Qatar and Australia, making now the perfect time to export.

“It’s great to witness so many of our region’s businesses begin to export, or grow their international footprint by making a name for themselves overseas.

“Firms that export are more resilient, profitable and ultimately more successful, which is great news for the local economy.

“Overseas opportunities are out there for ambitious firms and we’ve got a team of dedicated International Trade Advisers to guide food and drink producers throughout the whole exporting process – from logistics and paperwork to due diligence on new markets. I’d urge businesses looking for support to get in touch.”