France's Love For UK Food Exports Driving Demand For Cheap Postage Options, Claims Parcels Please
Released on: March 31, 2011, 10:14 am
Industry: Transportation / Logistics
While the last few years have seen many businesses struggling
to stay afloat amidst great financial pressure, recent news has shown a
pick up in the export industry.
According to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), exports from the UK increased for
the sixth consecutive year in 2010. With exports to the value of £10.83 billion, the
industry enjoyed a 11.4 per cent increase on the levels for 2009.
While the majority of the exported food went to Ireland - despite its recent
economic troubles - a large portion of the UK's exports were sent to France. The
Netherlands, Germany and Spain additionally remained popular destinations for UK
produce while other countries, such as Hong Kong, the USA and the UAE, also enjoyed
Overall, the produce most highly desired by other countries came from the dairy
sector, but fish and meat also enjoyed a significant increase. What's more,
prepared foods such as soups, sauces, rice and ice cream, as well as baking products
and cereal, all received a boost in 2010.
A spokesperson for international delivery experts Parcels Please said that many people may be surprised by the most commonly
exported foods: "Here in the UK there are a lot of people who think we are lagging
behind other countries when it comes to fine food - especially when you're talking
about cheeses and meats - as there are so many other European countries like France
and Italy who enjoy a much better reputation.
"But that's just not the case, the UK is home to some fantastic produce, and the
news that dairy was the most popular export just goes to show we can compete with
the big boys when it comes to products such as cheese or yogurt."
The report from the FDF supports the belief the food and drink industry in the UK is
an important one for the economy as a whole, and Food and Farming Minister Jim Paice
has spoken out about how important the export sector is to the UK's producers.
Reliance on the export business means that postage and packaging companies who deal
with overseas orders could find that their services are more frequently in demand.
Furthermore, for local producers who are struggling to capitalise on the popularity
of UK food stuffs, a cheap delivery service can make all the difference to their
According to Parcels Please, this margin can be the difference between a successful
business and a struggling one. A spokesman explained: "When you're operating on a
tight margin, any extra cost savings can make a huge difference to your business.
Many local producers have been hit by the effects of the recession and there are
some who are struggling to survive.
"While news that UK exports remain strong is welcome, businesses need to be able to
utilise things such as services offering cheap parcels to France and other countries with a high demand for UK goods, to
help them make sure they are turning a profit and continuing to benefit the
country's economy as a whole."
Contact Details: Parcels Please
Consolidated Carriers Ltd
Telephone; 01292 310510
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