UK food and soft drink delivered strong export growth last year, rising 19.6% to £9.23bn, and hit £13.6bn including alcohol.
Central Europe was one of the "standout" regions and represented some of the fastest-growing opportunities for British products, said report author and market research manager of Leatherhead Food International, Chris Brockman.
Bulgaria was the fastest-growing export market for food and non-alcoholic drinks, soaring 160.6% to £5.5m, while Hungary followed with a 74.3% increase to £40.2m. Ireland and France were the biggest export markets at £2.45bn and £1.14bn respectively. Chocolate was the largest export category at £360.7m, closely followed by breakfast cereals at £352.9m.
Meat and animal products had made a promising recovery after the lifting of foot and mouth-related export restrictions, soaring 38.3% to £1.23bn. Total lamb and beef exports rose 43.9% and 69.3% respectively to £475m.
However, Brockman cautioned: "Exchange rates have clearly swung round in the favour of UK exporters, but the weakening of global markets means that competing on the international stage remains a challenge."