£100 million boost for British beer thanks to new export strategy

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A new strategy to drive exports of the British beer, the UK’s third biggest food and drink export, by £100m over the next five years was launched today by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

The new export strategy launched at Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, is part of the Government’s International Action Plan for food and drink to help create opportunities for UK exporters.  Export boosting measures now being put in place by the BBPA and Britain’s brewers, include.

Food Minister George Eustice said:

“British beer is one of our food sector’s greatest success stories – with nearly £600 million worth exported to countries as far afield as Japan and New Zealand.

“This is the first sector-specific strategy to launch since our ambitious export plan last year – testament to the hard work of the British Beer and Pub Association – and will put us in a strong position to boost international trade when we leave the EU.”

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“Today, we are launching an ambitious strategy for British beer exports from 2017 to 2022. Beer exports were worth £583 million in 2016, third on the list of food exports from the UK.  Our brewers produce thousands of fine beers, many in styles unique to Britain.

“With the right strategy in place, there are real opportunities for growth. This builds on work already done, through the Government’s own food and drink strategy, and shows that through working together and sharing best practice, we can boost British beer exports and overcome existing barriers to trade.”

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