UK dairy exports are at a "record high" according to the latest figures from the  Food & Drink Federation.

Dairy was up 8.8% to GBP1.4bn (US$2.1bn) in 2014. UK Farming Minister George Eustice said this was "particularly encouraging" as farmers seize new opportunities to export abroad and grow their businesses.

Food and drink exports have grown 2.6% during the year. The report shows double digit growth in exports to China and the US. The EU remains the biggest market for food and drink exports. The top three product categories last year were salmon, chocolate and cheese.

FDF’s economic and commercial services director Steve Barnes said: “This performance shows that British food and drink is in demand across the globe – a testament to our quality brands and innovative products. Food and drink is bucking the trend when it comes to exports and this is great news for the UK economy.

High demand from international markets for our food and drink must be at the heart of the country’s strategy for economic growth and we look forward to working with the Government to capitalise on this opportunity”.