Hopes of increased Chinese-British trade in fresh produce expressed

At the 66th Fresh Produce Consortium annual dinner, both British and Chinese guests spoke of the potential to increase bilateral trade in fruit and vegetables.

FPC Annual Dinner - image:FPC
FPC Annual Dinner - image:FPC

The dinner, at the Savoy, London, on Saturday 4 February, had a Chinese theme throughout.

Guest of honour, the Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said: "Agricultural trade can become a new boost in China-UK economic ties."

China's fruit and vegetable exports are now worth over $11 billion. But Chinese fresh produce imports to the UK account for just 0.3 per cent of the UK’s total fresh produce imports.

FPC President Jim Rogers said: "In September last year we were delighted to host a delegation from China which paid a short visit to the UK to understand in greater detail our industry, and the way in which we operate.

"We were impressed with the keen interest from our Chinese colleagues to increase exports to the UK and in turn we were interested to understand more about the desire to increase imports from the UK to China."

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