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Welcome to the Food & Drink Faculty

Specialised Advice & Support SMEs

British food and drink is among the best in the world and renowned for its quality, provenance, and innovation. 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) offers a wide range of support for businesses who want to start exporting or expand into new markets. This support helps UK producers to capitalise on the enormous global demand for British food and drink. 

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, and in 2019, total turnover in the industry accounted for almost 20% of total UK manufacturing. In 2021 UK food and drink exports were worth £20.3bn. If you are a food and drink company looking to begin exporting or expand into new markets, DIT can help.  

The Food and Drink faculty is brought to you in collaboration with the Export Academy to support export skills development. 


How can we help? 

Exporters in the agriculture, food and drink sector are supported through the breadth of DIT’s services, including: 

The Export Support Service 

If you are a UK business selling goods or services to Europe, you can contact the export support team by phone or online. Ask the Export Support team a question here Digital Platform 

Free interactive tools to help you sell to the world. Sign up and unlock product specific market data for 193 countries 

UK Export Finance (UKEF) 

UKEF helps UK companies win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers, fulfil contracts by supporting working capital loans, and get paid by insuring against buyer default. Find out more about UKEF’s products and read success stories. Arrange a consultation with your local export finance manager

International Trade Advisers (ITAs) across England  

ITAs work to match producers with international buyers in person and virtually. They ensure international buyers can interact with new products through the sample box initiative. Contact one of your local trade offices to seek advice on building your business here

The Export Academy 

Sign up to exporting masterclasses via the Export Academy.  

About Us 

The agriculture, food and drink sector team champions the UK’s highly innovative and hugely successful agriculture, food and drink industries, which span the entire country. 

Focused on our priority sub-sectors (beef, lamb, seafood, dairy, private label, organic, vegan/vegetarian, and drinks) the team support UK companies to boost exports, maximising opportunities through Free Trade Agreements and market access gains.  



Talk to us about how we can help. 

Contact your local trade office and seek advice directly from one of our expert trade advisors 


To sign up for the Food & Drink Faculty and help to grow your buisness by learning how to sell to new customers all around the world, click below on Register Now.