Food and Drink Feature Month 2016

Article posted by William Barns-Graham, on behalf of Open to Export

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Open to Export is partnering with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) for a month of sector-specific webinars, content and events. Food and drink is a significant sector for the UK’s exports and we support the FDF and FDEA in their work towards improving the UK’s value-add exports in the industry leading up to 2020.


Open to Export webinar – Get your price right

Tuesday 25th October 2pm

Food and Drink Exportese, Morley Consulting and Nairns’ Oatcakes gave an overview of the current challenges for food and drink exporters in regard to pricing, including currency fluctuations and changing tariffs in the light of the recent Brexit vote.

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Open to Export Webinar – How to approach export documentation

Thursday 27th October 10am

Ramsden International and Hull Chamber of Commerce share their tips for fellow exporters going about completing their documentation ahead of export.

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Growth through Exports – Five steps to Export Success

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) are committed to working together in order to support existing food and drink exporters in growing their sales overseas, while helping and encouraging more companies to begin their export journey.

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SIAL 2016

UK food and drink producers will be out in force at SIAL, the world’s largest trade show for the industry in 2016. Taking place in Paris from 16-20 October, the UK pavilion organised by the Food & Drink Exporters Association, with its event delivery partner PS8, will showcase over 100 companies all looking to grow their export business. With the BREXIT result of the recent EU referendum within the UK, it is now more important than ever for us to maintain strong ties with our European partners. Given the importance of the EU to the UK food and drink industry – with over 70% of our exports going to the EU in 2015 – it is vital that access to this market is maintained. SIAL provides an excellent platform for UK businesses to meet with export partners and is a highly important event in the calendar this year.

Event details

If you’re going, read this Open to Export guide to making the most out of food and drink trade fairs.

A new UK-EU relationship – an FDF manifesto

This document sets out the food and drink industry’s priorities for a new relationship between the UK and the EU in response to the vote to leave in the referendum on 23 June 2016.

UK-EU Exports

FDF Q2 and Q3 stats

The latest export figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) show that the value of branded food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose to £2.4bn in the first half of 2016, an increase of £141.2m (+6.2%) when compared to the same period in 2015.

You can read more about this on our blog or in this feature in The Grocer.

Have a look at the Q3 snapshot here.

Case Studies

You can also read these FDF case studies of successful UK exporters in the sector:

For more information and food and drink export advice check out the Food and Drink Federation and the Food and Drink Exporters Association.

Click HERE to view Open to Export’s food and drink feature page.