Bakery products strong in 2012 food exports

first_imgBakery products were key performers of the UK’s food exports in 2012 – helping to contribute to the total of £12.1bn in 2012, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).The FDF said the export market for cakes increased by 7.9% to £200m and sweet biscuits also improved by 2.7% to £279m.However, unsurprisingly, last year’s poor UK harvest impacted heavily on the supply of grain available for export – in Q4 alone, the value of cereal exports fell by £160m (compared to Q4 2011).Further contraction in exports to the EU27 (-1.4%) was again counterbalanced by continued growth to non-EU markets, up by 4.6%.Despite staying at 2011 levels, food and drink exports remain resilient compared to exports from other UK industry sectors, which fell by 4.5% overall.Steve Barnes, FDF’s economic and commercial services director, said: “Despite a very tough trading year, food and drink exports remain resilient. Last year’s poor UK harvest and the continued contraction of key EU markets have both had a significant impact on overall performance.“Nevertheless, food and drink manufacturers have continued to make strong inroads abroad, travelling further afield to drive sales of great British-made products. At a time when other sectors are struggling to find demand overseas, this achievement should be applauded and encouraged.”• For further analysis of the FDF export figures see the 22 March issue of British Bakerlast_img