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Action plan aims to boost UK food and drink exports

07 October 2013

A drive to boost British food and drinks exports has been launched in a bid to deliver an extra half billion pounds to the UK economy.

The Food and Drink Action Plan has been designed to expand one of the UK's most thriving sectors into lucrative overseas markets.

Food and drink is the UK's largest manufacturing sector with a turnover of more than £90billion a year and up to 400,000 workers - 15% of the overall manufacturing workforce. However, 90% of small firms do not export.

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (pictured) is unveiling the scheme today at the world's biggest food and drink fair, Anuga, in Germany.

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