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|Friday, January 29, 2010||09:20|
(Drinks Media Wire). Responding to a report by the Business Innovation and Skills Committee ‘Exporting out recession’, Julian Hunt, Director of Communications at the Food and Drink Federation, says:
“This important report is a timely reminder of the value of exports to the overall economic recovery here in the UK. As the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, the food and drink sector has bucked the recessionary trend of falling exports – in part due to our strong international reputation for supplying high quality, innovative products2. Smaller food and drink businesses looking to sell overseas for the first time benefit greatly from the available services. Like the Committee, we therefore hope the Government will continue supporting exporters, in the most efficient manner possible, despite understandable pressure to cut public spending. We also agree that the Government’s decision not to provide short-term credit for exporters is a missed opportunity.”
For further information, please contact Cath Wilkins, Sarah Lovell or Rebecca Wilhelm in the FDF press office on 020 7420 7132/31/40.
Notes to Editors
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent - and for information for exporters, visit: www.fdf.org.uk/exports.aspx.
Exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks were up 10.2% to £4.82bn in the first six months of 2009, according to research commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation. Exports of all UK goods were down 13.4% over the same period. If this strong performance is maintained through the second half of 2009, food and non-alcoholic drinks exports could pass through the £10bn barrier for the first time. The sector is already on track for its fourth consecutive year of record export growth.
|Name: Nicki Hunt|
|Company: Food and Drink Federation (FDF)|
|Address: 6 Catherine Street - WC2B 5JJ London|
|Country: UNITED KINGDOM|
|Phone: +44 (0)20 7420 7132|
|Fax: +44 (0)20 7836 0580|