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Pandemic hits food and drink exports

27 May 2020 4:15 PM | Sandra Sullivan (Administrator)

Q1 exports of food and drink fell by over £700m (-12.7%) to £5.1bn compared to the same period in 2019.

  • Sales to EU countries were the hardest hit, with the total value falling by 17.4% to £3.1bn, largely driven by the immediate impacts of COVID-19, and subsequently the closure of the hospitality sector.

  • Sales to the majority of the UK's top markets declined, and the share of exports to the EU fell in Q1 2020 - both for branded and for all food and drink.

  • Almost one third of branded UK food and drink exports now go to non-EU countries, a 4.5 percentage point (pp) increase on Q1 2019. The US, Australia and China all maintained demand for UK branded food and drink.


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