How to begin exporting food and drink

Question posted by colin chalmers, on behalf of RAGMPLC in G2

At present we are a food and drink Trading Co. T/O 2014 £35m

What are the steps necessary to be taken in order that we can contact potential customers

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Hello.

Where do you want to export too? Have you considered the South East Asian region? Specifically the Philippines? I work for the British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and we are here to assist British companies in exporting into our market.

Please contact me directly on ctaylor@britcham.org.ph for further information.

Thank you

Chloe

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Hello,
It would be great if you can give more information on the type of products you manufacture and the countries you're interested in. We'd be more than happy to help if we can have some more information on your business.

Many Thanks
Serenay Yılmaz

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Peter Beech, on behalf of TorFX in TR18.

Hi Colin,

Do you have a LinkedIn account? I had a quick look but couldn't see one for you or the company. Worth doing, it's additional exposure for the business (you can ask people to follow your account) and personally it allows you to join groups of people who, quite often, are looking for new products for their particular territories.

Agree with the ladies above, more specific info on what products you want to sell and where you would like to export to will help!

Any questions please give me a call or email peter.beech@torfx.com

Good Luck

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Hi Colin
I have just seen a similar question by somebody else and excuse me if I give the same response. How to find customers overseas is the "Holy Grail question" , and you will find articles on this website, like the one on the right hand side by James Marquette; https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment on UKTI website; http://www.een-midlands.org.uk/services/partners.aspx on E.E.N. website and http://exportadvisory.com/tips-on-getting-started/
They won't have a list of distributors but they will all point to several different methods of researching your chosen markets, to help find distributors. Then how to manage the distributors. The advisors, with experience, will help you get focused on a plan. Some research can be part funded, and you would not go wrong to talk to a local UKTI advisor or your local Chamber or your local E.E.N as suggested already on this website, to at least get started.
Feel free to contact me with no obligations,whenever you wish.
Gilio

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Hi Colin,

At the moment we cant help with finsing potential customers but some of the links advice above will certainly point you in the right direction. we can certainly help you out once you have found those customers to help supply, print, apply labels to the individual products and re-wrap cases to adhere to any import laws on label requirements for that country be it nutritional value tables or just simple translations. we have been working for many other customers sending their products to the Far East, the Americas and into Europe. we can also help with arranging the shipping of the goods. please do contact me if you would like any further advice.

kind regards, Mark Nineham
www.contractpackers.net

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We run one of the biggest F&B distribution companies in the financial capital of India - Mumbai.

Please mail me your product catalogue and company presentation on kraichura@outlook.com.

I can review the details and suggest a way forward.

Thanks & Regards,
Krunal

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If you are interested in the Mexican market, please send me a mail with more information to Laura.atkinson@britishbusiness.mx

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