UK Food and Drink products

Question posted by jas sunner, on behalf of michaels trading in B11

My company has been operating in the UK for 9 Years. We are members of one of the UKs biggest buying groups for independant wholesalers. We would like to begin expanding our business through exports of FMCG such as food and drink items to various countries. Any initial advise would be much appreciated.

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Sarah Carroll, on behalf of Grow Global Limited in BN1.

Jas -

Great to hear that you're looking to export further afield.

UKTI offers a service called the Export Communications Review which can help you to optimise your website for international trade, making you visible in search engines in other countries. This will help you to generate new leads online or help you sell more with an e-commerce site.

To find out more, take a look at www.growglobal.com under Services or send us a message on ecr@growglobal.com.

Good luck with your international plans!
Sarah

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Paul Hickey, on behalf of Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd in PO1.

Hi Jas,

From a practical point of view of shipping the goods it depends what you are looking to move, any meat/diary/fish content, will it need to be refridgerated during transport, any alocohol etc. If you would like me to take a bit more of a detailed view of what you are planning then please pop me an email to james@mercatorcargo.co.uk we have partner offices in over 90 countries so i can also find out what if any local requirements need to be met in those 90 areas.

Thanks
James

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Hi Jas,
I work for UKTI, the main organisation for Exports in the UK, Government led.
I will be able to help in many ways. Personally, i dela with companies with turnover above £25M but i can suggest names of people to contact within the region and in the varies Embassies abroad.
If you like, view my profile and get in contact for further info.
Kind regards
Giuliana

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Nicola Carmyllie, on behalf of One Global in BD18.

Hi Jas

If you are thinking of exporting you will probably need translation at some point to help you gain access to your new consumers in your new markets - maybe your website or labelling? If you need help or advice with how to go about that please just drop me a line.

Thanks, Nicola

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Dear Jas,

I am the Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. Your first step is to decide which products to expand with and where to go. The world is your oyster right now, with plenty of help available from UKTI and British Chambers worldwide. Asia is often a good choice with many markets featuring educated consumers and a favorable attitude towards British products. The most likely hurdle you'll encounter is the regulations each country has regarding the safety of F and B products they allow into their country. If you'd like more information on Taiwan, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at heidi.gallant@bcctaipei.com.

Sincerely,
Heidi

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Dear Jas Sunner:
Hello, I have seen your question posted on the Open-to-Export website. Our company is interested in food & drink products from UK, since there is a great multicultural combination of outside packaging and food quality for UK’s products. Therefore we’d like to cooperate with you to bring these products into the market here for local customers if your company has an intention to export them to China. And please feel free to contact me at any time when you have any question. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards
Ryan Lu

WILD HERBS VILLAGE TRADE (SHANGHAI) CO. LTD.
MP: (086) 13761798238
TEL: +86 21 -3126-5128*104
Skype: whv2011
Email: mw1002@yeah.net

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Keith Hodgson, on behalf of PLK International in Thailand & UK.

Hi.......

Fore what it's worth I can give you a little info about Thailand.

There would appear to be two opportunities for foodstuffs:
- routine products the expat (approx. 300k in Bangkok alone) market, and
- hi end products typical of the UK such as speciality teas etc

There are several supermarket chains such as Tesco, Topps and Villa that might be worth contacting.

If you have any specific questions I'll try to help - info@plk-inter.biz.

Best of luck,

Keith

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Hello

Glad to hear that export is in your plans.

At the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) we have a wealth of information on different markets and are working with a number of companies who are in the same field as yourself.

We run the UK pavilions at international trade shows which could be a good way of broadening your contacts in new markets.

Let us know if we can help. www.ukfdea.com

Kind regards
Sandra

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Jas,

A few other things to also consider, would you hold your own stock of products to ensure quick turn around of export orders or would you wait and place orders with suppliers at time of receiving orders, reducing your overheads, but increasing lead times. Sales terms of your export orders, would need to be agreed with customers and reflected in your sales costs - FOB CIF CFR. Payment terms - cash in advance, Letters of credits, cash against documents to ensure you recieve funds. Country of destination requirements, documentation, pre-shipment inspections, standards programmes. Also it woudl be good to have load plans so you know exactly how many cartons of biscuits ( for example) you can fit in to a 20' or a 40' container. If containers are mixed make sure you know the sizes of your stock so you can work out load plans, as customers will complain if you load a 40' container and they receive it half empty because the load plan was wrong.

We handle many food export containers for a number of customers and have an excellent knowledge of most countries requirements and facilities to consolidate, loose load and deal with product testing, and any other documentational requirements.

Good luck with your new export venture and I hope we can be of service to you in the future,.Please feel free to contact me directly @ dplayfoot@rochardshipping.co.uk or 01932 565225
Best regards
Darren

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Mike Hunter, on behalf of betterlanguages.com Ltd. in Nottingham.

Hi Jas, translation will be required on pack for most countries. Even countries which are English speaking may have very different requirements, e.g. the US and Canada have very different legislative requirements for food and drink packaging. We specialise in translation of food packaging for a wide range of international markets, and also work with compliance specialists who can advise on international packaging and labelling requirements. More information can be found on our website. I also thoroughly recommend UKTI. The Passport to Export programme gives invaluable support for businesses new to export. Depending on where you are in the UK, Chambers of Commerce and local trade associations are a great source of networking and advise from other exporters. We are East Midlands based, and EMITA the East Midlands International Trade Association is brilliant for building contacts with other exporters and learning about international markets. Hope this is helpful. Kindest regards Mike

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I have a supplier in the UK that can supply you any item you want. He sources for products from different parts of the world.You can reach me on email; etido2020@gmail.com for details.

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