Published On: 22/07/20215.1 min read
Top UK Food Exports

Smylies is one of the UK’s top food and drinks exporters, shipping to countries all over the world. We work with big names such as Cadbury’s, Mr Organic and Britvic, as well as independent or artisanal companies like Booja Booja, Little Jude’s and LoveRaw. The Smylies team has helped retailers, wholesalers and supermarkets around the globe import the best grocery, frozen and chilled produce from our warehouse in the North West of England.

The year 2020 was turbulent for the UK export market due to Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite the fact that the market value of many food and drink goods has decreased, the losses in value of some products have been offset by gains in the value of others, such as breakfast cereals.

UK Exports Statistics

What are the main food items exported by the UK? What do our main importers love above everything else from the British Isles? Well, it seems that alcoholic beverages are the most highly exported products from Britain according to the Food and Drink Federation, an organisation that represents the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector.

We’d like to say we’re surprised, but who doesn’t like a tipple now and then?

What are the UK’s main exports?

What are the main food items exported by the UK? What do our main importers love above everything else from the British Isles? Well, it seems that alcoholic beverages are the most highly exported products from Britain according to the Food and Drink Federation, an organisation that represents the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector.

The UK’s main export industry is still dominated by non-food items. According to 2020 data – machinery including computers is the most financially lucrative, with a market capitalisation of £43.53 billion.

Other competitive non-food British exports include Gems and Precious Metals (£31.21 billion), Vehicles (£26.23 billion) and Mineral Fuels Including Oil (£19.03 billion). Whiskey ranks as the most profitable food and drink export item from Britain with a value of £3.9 billion. Closely followed by Chocolate (£786.3 million), Cheese (£653.6 million) and Pork (£629.7 million).

Top 10 Food & Drink Exports

Here are the top food and drink products exported by the UK in 2020, as reported by the fdf.

  • Whisky – £3.9 billion
  • Chocolate – £786.3 million
  • Cheese – £653.6 million
  • Pork – £629.7 million
  • Salmon – £617.1 million
  • Gin – £573.5 million
  • Wine – £534.9 million
  • Breakfast Cereals – £526.9 million
  • Beef – £509 million
  • Soft Drinks – £471.2 million

(2020 data)

Top 10 Non Food Exports

  • Machinery including computers – £43.53 billion
  • Gems and precious metals – £31.21 billion
  • Vehicles- £26.23 billion
  • Mineral fuels including oil- £19.03 billion
  • Electrical machinery and equipment – £18.02 billion
  • Pharmaceuticals – £24.8 billion
  • Optical, technical and medical apparatus – £2.68 billion
  • Aircraft and spacecraft – £9.51 billion
  • Organic chemicals – £8.72 billion
  • Plastics and plastic articles – £7.64 billion

(2020 data)

Whiskey Still Leads The Pack as the UK’s Biggest Food and Drink Export

Whiskey once again topped the list as the most imported food and drinks product, with beer, wine and gin also featuring in the top ten. Chocolate products were the second most heavily exported product from the UK, with cheese, meats (beef and pork) and breakfast cereals making up the rest of the top ten. That’s right, the world loves booze and rich comfort foods, who knew? (We did!).

Why Choose Smylies To Export The UK’s Leading Food Products?

So, now you know the top UK food and drink exports, and you may be wondering how you can stock your shelves with the world’s most popular UK food and drink products, and that’s where Smylies can help.

Our experienced team provides worldwide businesses in a variety of different sectors with the UK’s most popular food and drink products. With UK food exports now on the rise, it’s the perfect time to stock your shelves with the best of Britain!

UK Top Alcohol Exports

Alcoholic Drinks

With whiskey, gin, wine and beer all featuring in the top 10 export products – alcoholic beverage exports continue to dominate the food and drink UK export category.

Smylies has teamed up with top alcohol manufacturers such as Magners, Brew Dog and Carlsberg, making it easier than ever for you to export alcoholic drinks. Smylies also offers favourites like gin, vodka and rum for worldwide export.

Top UK Chocolate Exports

Chocolate

Chocolate is second behind whiskey in terms of food and export value rankings. As an indulgent sweet treat, Chocolate is crafted and sold by a number of popular brands and consumed by billions across the globe. That’s why here at Smylies, we work with some of the most well-known chocolate brands such as Thorntons, Mars and Kinder to provide the best chocolate exports from the UK.

Top UK Cheese Exports

British Cheese

Following whiskey and chocolate – British cheese is the 3rd most valuable food export in 2020. As demands soar for British cheese across the world Smylies is continuing to position the best British cheese brands both small and large, at the forefront of UK exports. Make the most and browse our UK Cheese collection here.

Top UK Pork Exports

Pork

Pork has climbed up the table to number four this year, just one place behind cheese, after an increase in value of 6.2% compared with 2019 data. Pork food products are growing in demand and from pork pies to sausages – Smylies stocks and exports a wide range of wholesale pork food products. Take a look at the pork products available in the Smylies Shop.

Smylies offer swift delivery across our entire range of British food exports.

Export UK Food and Drink from Smylies

If you want to start your first personalised export order, then get in touch with the experts at Smylies. You can find everything you need to stock your shelves with us, all you need to do is get in touch with our dedicated team today by calling us on +44 (0) 151 653 3335, or alternatively contact us online and a member of staff will be in touch with you to help.

Choose Smylies Ltd as your trusted UK export company.