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UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks bucked the recessionary trend for the first-half of the year, up 10.2% on the previous year, according to new figures.

Research by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) published today (20 October), showed the figure reached GBP4.82bn (US$7.91bn) in the six-month period. Exports of all UK goods, however, were down 13.4% over the same period.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks exports in 2009 could pass through the GBP10bn barrier for the first time if the performance is maintained, the FDF said.

Soft drinks for the period were up 22.2% to GBP151.1m.

Europe however, remains the standout region for exports, with its share of UK food and non-alcoholic drinks exports now at 80.8%, fuelled by strong growth in sales to The Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain.

"These figures are testimony to the efforts of UK food and drink exporters to keep building their overseas sales in what are very challenging international trading conditions," said Melanie Leech, director general of FDF. "Food and drink is one of the few sectors to have bucked the trend of falling exports."


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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