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UK aims to export more food than France and Germany

21 January 2016

The government has launched a dedicated taskforce with the aim of increasing manufactured food exports to £6 billion by 2020.

The Great British Food Unit will aim to push the country’s food exports to the same level as France and Germany.

Both countries currently export more than double the UK in terms of value of food and drink. 

"We produce more new food products each year than France and Germany combined,” she said in a speech. 

“My long term aspiration is for the UK to match both these countries in terms of the value of exports so our food and drink becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

"From Weetabix to Yeo Valley yoghurt, I want to see more of the Great British breakfast enjoyed around the world. Through the creation of the new Great British Food Unit companies large and small will now find it easier to export overseas and receive foreign investment.

"It is vital for our economic future that we make British food and farming all it can be - over the next five years we will do that by backing big business, supporting punchy start-ups and embracing our rich food heritage."

The unit will offer practical support to food companies in identifying markets for export and will be championed by UK international trade bodies and embassies. 

It will also increase the number of protected food names from 64 to 200. 

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