Eastern opportunities for British food and drink

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 by The Manufacturer

The Food and Drink Federation says that there is a growing abundance of opportunities for food and drink manufacturers in Asia, China in particular.

In an effort to encourage British food and drink manufacturers to take advantage of China’s growing import habits, the FDF is to host an exhibition in Shanghai for British companies to network and create new exporting partnerships with Chinese buyers.

As British exports to China continue to grow, the FDF believes it is critically important to make sure that companies ensure their products are known about in the country. The figures for 2010 were an increase of 28.9% compared to the same figures for 2009 – it is an extremely encouraging trend according to FDF.

Charlotte Lawson, director of member services at FDF, said: “Demand for our products abroad continues to grow. China, with its growing middle class, has turned from an export country to an import destination.”

The FDF has partnered with UK Trade and Investment and the Food & Drink Exporters Association to host the event, which takes place in November 14 – 18 this year.

“Working with FDEA and UKTI, FDF aims to support Britain in her endeavour to double trade with China by 2015 to some 62 billion pounds, by supporting business building initiatives which enable UK food and drink manufacturers to gain access to this market.”

Organisations interested in attending FHC China 2011 should contact Elsa Fairbanks.

George Archer