The UK government today announced a £ 1 million package to increase seafood exports and promote the industry’s high-quality products abroad.

The package will focus on growing overseas markets and provide new export opportunities for the UK fisheries and seafood sector following our departure from the European Union.

World seafood exports from the UK in 2021 amounted to more than 1.6 billion pounds, with salmon becoming the fourth largest food and beverage in the UK in 2021 with a total of about 730 million pounds. The investment announced today will help further increase seafood exports.

Seafood exports will be:

  • identify new foreign buyers and link them to British seafood companies
  • promote British seafood at international events
  • increase experience in British seafood at our embassies and consulates abroad

The seafood specialists funded by the package will work closely with existing agricultural and beverage attachés to help expand market access for UK businesses and address any technical barriers that prevent businesses from entering global markets. Specialists will provide vital insights to help solve industry-related challenges, and offer a more individualized approach to promoting seafood in new and existing markets.

Minister of Fisheries Victoria Prentiss said:

In 2021, we exported £ 1.6 billion worth of seafood from the UK, and we want that to increase. We are opening up opportunities to export to new markets around the world, and the £ 1 million we are announcing today will help seafood companies across the UK take advantage of them.

Export Minister Mike Freer said:

This funding will give a real boost to businesses, especially SMEs. This is a real change for current exporters as well as for those who want to access new seafood markets for the first time.

These new funds will strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in the sector and allow more countries than ever to enjoy British seafood.

The UK government is committed to working with businesses to help them succeed in the global marketplace through a first-class export support structure that will support jobs and economic growth across the UK.

This includes the recent joint holding of a British seafood pavilion at the Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona, ​​enabling some British businesses to exhibit for the first time, and helping to support businesses with an already established presence at the exhibition. to show.

Hannah Thompson, Head of International Trade and Regions UK (West) Seafish, said:

The seafood sector in the UK has gone through difficult years with a pandemic and some problems leaving the EU. It was a pleasure to support seafood businesses to return to their global customers at the world’s largest seafood exhibition in Barcelona last month. The pavilion in the UK has been a huge success and this new funding will give the sector another incentive to help it showcase the high quality and sustainable seafood coming from our enthusiastic UK seafood producers.

Louise Kelly, director of Edwin Jenkinson Limited, said:

The opportunity and support provided by Seafish, Defra and DIT during their first participation in the Global Seafood Show was invaluable. Visiting as a participant allowed us to meet face to face with all potential new customers and really understand their business, which allowed our relationship to grow faster. In just a week we are already exporting to new markets and have many more potential customers!

This package complements the wide range of export support that the UK government already provides to the world’s leading UK food industry. Food and drink are an important part of our Made in UK and Great companies, supported by trade commissioners, trade envoys and export champions.

Background

  • The £ 1 million investment is the final part The UK Seafood Fund is worth £ 100 million. The UK Seafood Fund also includes £ 24 million for science and innovation, which helps increase the sustainability of the sector through data collection, research and innovation; at least £ 65 million to improve infrastructure and strengthen supply chains; and up to £ 10 million in skills and training to create new jobs and improve fishermen’s skills.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/export-package-launched-to-promote-world-class-uk-seafood-overseas

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