Government sponsored marketing consultancy Food From Britain received £6.1m from industry this year to add to the government's £5.4m. But tough exporting conditions have made it a difficult year, said chairman Gordon Summerfield. A 6% drop in exports to Europe in 1999 against figures for 1998 was partially offset by solid growth to North America and Japan, the UK's most important export market. Given the 14% drop in the value of the euro, UK exporters nevertheless put in a "creditable performance" in Europe, he added. {{NEWS }}