UK: Soft drink exports rise in 2009 - figures
Export sales of non-alcoholic drinks grew 20.6% in 2009
UK food and soft drink exports rose by more than 4% in 2009, led by non-alcoholic beverages, seafood and breakfast cereals, according to data published yesterday (19 April).
Exports climbed 4.4% to GBP9.65bn (US$14.7bn), the Food and Drink Federation said, adding that the statistics highlighted "the importance of the sector to the UK economy".
Melanie Leech, the FDF's director general, said: "This is the fifth consecutive year of record exports by the food and drink industry – demonstrating the significant economic value of our sector.
"This strong performance is testimony to the persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of British manufacturers – as well as a reflection of the quality of what they produce."
Export sales of non-alcoholic drinks were up by 20.6% on 2008, coming in at GBP318.6m.
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