Food from Britain (FFB), the consultancy established to help UK food and drink firms build an export business, has closed its doors for the final time.

The body closed on 1 April after losing UK Government funding, although it insists its network of international offices will continue to support the UK's up-and-coming food and drink firms.

A new body, the Food & Drink Exporters Association, has been set up and will work alongside a government body, UK Trade & Investment, and the FFB's international offices to help UK food and drink suppliers overseas.

Food from Britain's chief executive, John Adams, advised exporters to take advantage of the support that will still be available: "We are incredibly proud of our achievements in helping UK producers shift their island mentality and realise their business potential overseas.

"For the past three years, UK food and drink exports have broken records and, provided companies utilise the support now in place, there is no reason that this growth can't continue."

FFB has launched a page on the FDF's website - available through www.foodfrombritain.com - which provides a series of links to organisations that will continue to provide support to exporters after FFB's closure.

These include UKTI, International Business Wales, Scotland Food & Drink, Invest Northern Ireland and the FFB International Network. The page will also link to UKTI's events page and to FFB's research publications, which will be hosted on the UKTI website.