British exhibitors were out in force at Anuga with 80 companies represented in seven of Anuga’s 14 halls.

However, this strong turnout was not enough to persuade a single minister from any of the home countries to support them by attending the world’s top food show, which ended on Wednesday.

Food From Britain’s chief executive David McNair said he was pleased by the British representation, particularly by the number of small and medium companies.

But he expressed his disappointment that no minister attended. “It was a missed opportunity by the government to highlight the support it gives the UK food and drink industry,” said McNair.

There were plenty of first time exhibitors and they reflected the diversity of the British food and drink industry, with exhibitors ranging from drinks firm Belvoir Fruit Farms to innovative frozen food company KK Fine Foods.

For a full review of Anuga see this week’s issue of The Grocer - out Saturday.