Margot James, MP for Stourbridge and Chair of the APPG for Trade & Investment, hosted a British Food and Drink Exports event in Parliament to celebrate the success of the food and drink industry overseas.
The event featured a high-level seminar with the Trade Minister, Lord Livingston, who was also joined by a selection of industry leaders and small food producers. Attendees were able to quiz the panel, asking questions on the agricultural industry, breaking into new markets and where they can receive help.
The seminar was followed by a reception which showcased a selection of some of Britain’s finest food and drink producers. Companies were invited to bring samples of their products to display to over 150 parliamentarians, journalists, foreign ambassadors and industry experts. Guests were treated to samples from The Scotch Whisky Association, The Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Dulce Gusto, Hawkshead Relish, Ross & Ross, and many more.
Lord Livingston formally opened the reception and said: “The growth of exports in the food and drink sector is crucial to decreasing the trade deficit. As part of our export action plan we are encouraging more UK firms to export to promote this country as a world leading destination for inward investment. UKTI will provide advice and support to allow businesses to export to foreign markets.”
Margot said: “I’m delighted to have had this opportunity to recognise the wonderful contribution the food and drink industry makes to our country. This event has brought parliamentarians, industry leaders, and local food and drink producers together to celebrate the importance of this market. The samples here today have been truly first class and I would encourage any food and drink producer thinking about exporting to seek advice from UKTI.”