Food and Drink Feature 2017

Open to Export is partnering with the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) once again 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.


Strategies to grow international sales through trade shows – watch now

The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) give practical advice on how to choose the trade show that will create most opportunities for your business.

Hear of the benefits of an international show in Europe from SIAL 2018, plus the opportunities in Asia from UBM Allworld.

The session covers the following:

  • Where trade shows fit within a business’ export marketing mix
  • How to choose the right show for your business
  • How to use a trade show to make new relationships and boost your brand
  • Tips from the food and drink industry’s leading exhibitions in Europe and Asia
  • On the ground experiences of boosting exports from a successful exporter

Important update from CBBC on Export Health Certification

This information note provides an update on the implementation of the Chinese Food Safety Act 2015 and in particular new measures that will apply to food and drink companies which export products to mainland China.

Read the update

6 months on from the Export Action Plan competition

We talk to Rik Garner from First Chop Brewing Arm, 6 months on from their win in the Export Action Plan competition for the sector at IFE 2017.

Read the interview.

You can enter the next competition with your strategy for Brexit here for the chance to win £3000 cash and more prizes towards your export plans and strategies for Brexit.

first chop winners

Food and Drink Exporting – Five steps to success

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, exporting has never been more important to UK businesses. Together, FDF and FDEA have produced this guide to get you thinking about core elements of the export process and who can help you along the way. Key terms are explained, questions answered and support offered through five simple steps, concluding with a list of useful contacts and links to our joint webinars that will bring it all to life.

5 steps to food and drink exporting

Read the full guide

The latest from the FDEA

The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) is a not-for profit trade association of UK food and drink exporters both large and small. Services include:

  • FDEA Buyers Guide – list of exporters distributed to buyer contacts online and at events
  • Networking events – workshops, market updates and more to update your knowledge and contacts
  • Programme of UK pavilions at international trade exhibitions. Pdf attached of forward programme which might be helpful.
  • Access to a number of Professional Partner organisations with exclusive member benefits.

Given BREXIT, it is now more important than ever for UK exporters to maintain strong ties with our European partners. The EU is of vital importance to the UK food and drink industry – with over 70% of our exports going to the EU in 2016.  FDEA works with its members to ensure Government are aware of the issues being faced and the importance of maintaining access.

Membership for individual companies is £350+VAT. Find out more at:

International Trade Shows

fdea pavilion

FDEA, in partnership with PS8 Ltd, organises a programme of UK pavilions at international trade shows.  Exhibiting on a pavilion provides a convenient and high profile way to exhibit for companies wishing to meet with new or existing customers.

Many of the shows in the programme attract financial support in the way of grant from Department for International Trade (DIT).

The full programme can be found at or download pdf here. Contact Gayle Parker for more information –

New FDF guide

FDF commissioned Grant Thornton to undertake an independent research project identifying both the opportunities available to manufacturers and the barriers to growth. This was done through the collation of the latest quantitative data and by speaking at length with FDF members to add a qualitative perspective.

food and drink opportunities

Read the full guide

Export Snapshots

Executive summary of the FDF and FDEA 2017 H1 Export Snapshot:

Snapshot for 2017 – H1

Snapshot for 2016 – annual

Exporter Case Studies

Read case studies of successful exporters in the sector, compiled the FDEA and FDF.

Breakfast cereals and cereal based foods

Biscuits and Cakes

Chocolate and Confectionery


Tea and coffee



Sauces and chutneys



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

Sectors: Bakery Products, Beverages & Alcoholic Drinks, Brewing, Dairy Products, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Manufacturing, Frozen & Chilled Foods, Fruit & Vegetables, Meat Products, Pet Food, Ready Meals, and Tobacco Products
Topics: Getting Started and Trade Fairs
Export Action Plan