UK food and drink exporters are continuing to thrive despite the economic downturn, according to new Food from Britain research. The Eurozone looks to be heading for recession, but in the first quarter of 2008, UK food and drink exports to the region were up 13.2% on the same period in 2007, reaching a record-breaking £2.8m.

FFB head of research Chris Brockman said this was due to a favourable exchange rate and UK companies increasing their focus on the EU as a tried and tested channel in tough economic times. However, he added:

“It’s very much a case of stick with what you know and while that is obviously working for now, it’s not necessarily the only strategy for long-term success.”

UK meat, beverages and cheese were driving the bulk of the growth in EU markets, he said.