Exports of food and drink from Yorkshire and the Humber rose to £1.2bn according to newly-released figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Food and drink exports in the year to June 2018 increased by 7.9 per cent on the previous 12 months.

Among the biggest growth areas over the 12-month period were sugar (up 38 per cent to £62m), along with dairy and hens’ eggs (up 19 per cent to £79m). Fish products were the most popular food and drink exports over the same period, totalling £670m.

The figures suggest more businesses in the region are targeting Australia, with 32 per cent more food and drink exported to the country during the period when compared to the previous twelve months.

Mark Robson, head of regions, Yorkshire and the Humber at the Department for International Trade, said: “There are many Yorkshire and the Humber food and drink firms, from breweries to ice-cream makers, that are experiencing phenomenal success thanks to exporting.

“Exporting can be an extremely lucrative prospect and help a business become more resilient. We have a team on the ground ready to help firms either start exporting or explore new territories. Selling overseas does however come with its challenges, and this is why our team of experts is on hand to support. Whether it’s advice on the logistics of selling products abroad or support on trade missions to new countries, businesses thinking of reaching out should get in touch with our team today.”

Source: Stephen Farrell, Insider Media, 24th September 2018

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