Food and drink exports in Yorkshire and the Humber reached a total of £1.14bn in 2017, an increase of 11% compared to 2016.
That’s according to the latest HMRC figures, which also show that meat (£157m), dairy/eggs (£73m) and drinks (£58m) are the most popular food and drink exports from Yorkshire and the Humber.
The national exporting picture shows that total goods exports from the UK increased by 11.5% to £625.9bn and total food and drink exports increased by 8% to £22bn in 2017.
One Yorkshire business that’s experienced this growth is Northern Monk Brew Co, the Leeds-based brewery responsible for Eternal IPA and Northern Star porter.
The business has exported to 22 different countries, including Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and Japan, in just four years of operation.
Exporting has helped the firm to double its turnover each year, with Northern Monk Brew Co expecting to hit a revenue of £4 million in 2018.
The business is now ranked amongst the top 100 out of 24,000 worldwide breweries, according to Rate Beer Best.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) have been supporting food and drink businesses in the region as part of Food is GREAT.
The campaign is the UK Government’s cross-department initiative to showcase UK food and drink overseas and to help firms to export.
As part of Defra and DIT’s support, in 2017 the government departments took a number of Yorkshire and the Humber based companies to markets around the world on trade missions, including the Food and Hotel China (FHC) show in Shanghai and Gulfood in Dubai.
Mark Robson, regional director at the Department for International Trade in Yorkshire and the Humber said:
“These latest figures back up the first-hand experience of the many companies in Yorkshire and the Humber that are already feeling the benefits of increased global trade and finding success in overseas markets.
“We want firms to export their products and take advantage of the support available through DIT. We have 29 International Trade Advisers in Yorkshire and the Humber that can help businesses navigate the exporting process.”
ONS stats also show that exports continue to grow faster than imports with the overall trade deficit narrowing by £12.8bn from £41.6bn to £28.8bn.
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