Mixed picture for UK fresh produce exports

UK-grown apples - image:HW
UK-grown apples - image:HW
Britain exported considerably more fruit and potatoes but less vegetables over the first six months of this year, according to the Food and Drink Federation.

Fruit exports rose by 14 per cent over the same period last year to £93m, with the Republic of Ireland accounting for nearly two-fifths of this.

Similarly, potatoes rose by 13 per cent to £49m, with Ireland taking around 45 per cent.

Vegetable exports dropped 6.5 per cent to £145m, though here the Irish market bucked the trend, growing by 17 per cent to £55m.

Across food and drink categories, the UK exported 1 per cent more to EU countries and 7.5 per cent more to non-EU countries, bucking a 3 per cent decline in UK exports overall. 

China was by a large margin the fastest growing market for UK food exports, growing by 126 per cent over the period to become the UK's 10th largest food buyer. But the rise was largely accounted for by sales of meat products.

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