Government announces new support for UK’s world-leading agri-food and drink industry

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The Government has announced further measures to support the UK’s world-leading agri-food and drink sector. It plans to add eight new agri-food and drink attachés in priority markets, as part of a wider plan to boost exports, further unlock barriers to trade and open up new exporting opportunities around the world.

As well as posts in China, USA, India, Canada and Mexico, the agri-food attachés will be covering growth markets in the Gulf, Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific region. There will also be additional capacity and resource in Europe, as Government’s key market.

Existing attachés in China and the UAE have been pivotal in securing access for a greater range of products, driving export growth and building mutually supportive relationships with trading partners. Attachés are based in UK embassies and consulates overseas and have long-standing expertise in the agri-food and drink sector.

UK Government has a key role to play in supporting businesses grow their exports in global markets. The new attaché roles will help to reduce and remove trade barriers, broaden market access and support companies as they increase their market share in established and emerging international markets.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP said: “Our food and drink is recognised at home and abroad for its great taste and high quality.

“My department is supporting UK businesses on their export journey. From our Export Support Service to Export Champions, we want businesses all over the UK to have the tools to take advantage of the ambitious trade deals we are signing with countries across the world.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “We want people at home and abroad to be lining up to buy British. The support announced will enable our farmers and food and drink producers to take advantage of new opportunities and fly the flag for UK produce around the world.”

This follows the recent successful launch of DIT’s ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World’ campaign, which saw a range of measures to support UK businesses in their exporting journey and deliver on the aim of exporting a trillion pounds’ worth of goods and services by 2030.

The UK’s food and drink industry exports totalled £21.7 billion in 2020, including £1.8 billion worth of exports to the USA and £257 million to the UAE.