Blog: Dean BestUK food thinks global at IFE

Dean Best | 14 March 2011

News that UK food and drink exports broke the GBP10bn barrier in 2010 was formally announced at the IFE food-industry expo in London today (14 March).

Growth was driven by seafood, meats, prepared foods and dairy and, among the exhibitors at IFE, one dairy processor told just-food about its expansion overseas in recent weeks.

Organic dairy firm Rachel's revealed a flurry of international expansion into markets from Saudi Arabia to Malta.

The news will cheer those who are keen to see more international success for UK producers and who, since the demise of government-backed UK promotional body Food From Britain, have expressed concern that not enough is being done to push British food overseas.

However, some industry watchers used the announcement as a platform to highlight concerns around the future of food security and the UK's reliance on food imports.

Author Joanna Blythman said today that the "UK needs to focus on self-sufficiency" and that "most of the people in Britain are eating an import-heavy diet", particularly against the "backdrop of the climate crisis" Blythman claimed.

So, it seems that the UK food industry's international success may come not be welcomed by all.


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