British cheese exports soar

British cheese exports soar

Exports of British cheese rose in the first three months of the year with worldwide sales up 29% to almost £143m.

The latest figures released by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) show almost 40,000 tonnes of British cheese was exported in the first quarter of 2017 – a rise of 3% compared to the same time last year.

The lion’s share was destined for the EU where exports grew by 8% – rising to 32,479 tonnes. One of the biggest growth markets was Asia and Oceania where exports rose by 36% to 1,798 tonnes.

AHDB’s senior exports manager for dairy, Lucy Randolph, said: “These latest figures are very encouraging for the dairy sector. It is fantastic to see that cheese from Britain is in demand around the world and markets are recognising our high quality and sophisticated products.

“While exports to Europe are still incredibly strong, it is also very encouraging to see non-EU exports have grown since the start of the year. It is important with Brexit that we look further afield for opportunities for our exporters.”