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By Angus Mcneice in London | China Daily | Updated:2017-08-23 07:45A saleswoman arranges shelves at a supermarket selling UK foods in Beijing. [A Jing/for China Daily]British food and drink exports saw record growth in the first half of this year, rising by 8.5 percent year-on-year, buoyed in part by a 35 percent increase in exports to China, according to a report of UKs Food and Drink Federation.
The first half of the year saw exports of British food and drink grow to 10.2 billion pounds ($13.14 billion), up by 8.5 percent and representing the highest first half-year growth on record.
Whisky, salmon and beer remained the UKs top three food and drink exports. Ireland, France and the United States were the top three destinations for British products in terms of overall value.
UK food and drink exports to China from January to June totaled 274.3 million pounds, a 35 percent increase year-on-year. This represents the third-largest growth for an individual market, behind South Korea and Belgium where exports grew 77 percent and 39 percent respectively.
George Eustice, minister of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “We will continue to work with industry to open new opportunities. Last week, we announced further market access to China for pork producers, and UK beef will soon be heading to the Philippines.”
On Aug 14, Eustice announced an increase in the number of pork exporters and products from the UK to China. Valued at 45.2 million pounds, salmon was the UKs top food and drink export to China in the first half.
In descending order, pork, milk and cream powders, whisky, beer, crustaceans, milk and cream liquids, waters, coffee and wine rounded out the top export products from the UK to China this year.
In terms of growth, beer was the outstanding performer. Britain exported 23.7 million pounds of beer to China in the first half of 2017. Crustacean and wine exports registered 179.8 percent and 98.7 percent growth respectively.Related StoriesUK pet food maker takes bite out of growing marketMore imported food fails Chinas quality testsBig Mac comes up with a super-sized menu for change in seven secondsUKs AB Agri teams up with Chinese clients to develop better animal feedsTop 10 celebrity food products in ChinaPhotoFrench entrepreneurs Chinese dreamTourists take path less traveled to form niche marketGet a birds-eye view of islands near downtown DalianTsinghua graduate turns spoon sturgeon breeding a money-making businessThree American entrepreneurs Chinese dreamPanda-shaped solar power station starts operationMost Viewed in 24 HoursState Council NewsState Council sets restrictions for government office buildingsState Council issues guideline on overseas investmentTop 10Top 5 industrial robot producers in ChinaEditors picksWorld Robot Conference opens todayRobots in the limelight at WRC 2017China DataBusiness leaders share insights on Chinas H1 economic dataQ&A With CEORainbow of innovationPride and PassionSpecial2017 Summer DavosChinas Q1 economic dataBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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