FFB said export sales rose 4.4% to £8.9bn for 2002, with the strongest growth from alcohol sales up £111.5m on the year.
European markets showed the biggest gains, up 8%.
Meat exports rose 18% as the industry continued to recover from foot and mouth and BSE. Added value products were the star performers, accounting for 63% of 2002’s exports worth £5.6bn.
Exports of cheese from the UK have been enjoying dramatic growth, particularly to other parts of the EU. February shipments more than doubled to 8,700 tonnes.