Sir; I was concerned to read some of the comments last week regarding Food from Britain and the regional food groups (Giving Local Directions, p30) ­ in particular, that neither Food from Britain nor the regional food groups work with smaller producers and that our efforts are predominantly export focused. Both Food from Britain and the groups are here to provide tailored trade development and marketing assistance to small and medium-sized producers making added-value products to a high quality that are produced within a region, but that can be distributed more widely. This does include many local' producers and the regional food groups all have demonstrable programmes designed to help the micro-food businesses in their regions. Contrary to comments made in the article, very little of the groups' work is currently aimed at helping producers export, given that most are very small companies. However, when the need arises, they do refer companies to the international services provided by Food from Briain or other public sector service providers such as Business Links and Trade Partners UK. Food from Britain welcomes the fact that many of the regional food groups have established effective relationships with the Local Food Link network: it is only by working together to complementary objectives that future confusion and duplication will be avoided. Kirstie Berridge Regional affairs and speciality manager Food from Britain {{LETTERS }}