British milk, whisky, and pigs: The future of soaring UK exports to China

Date: Tuesday, 24th March 2015
Time: 17.00-18.00
Venue: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons

Chaired by Richard Graham MP (APPCG Chair)

  • George Eustice MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment)
  • Richard Burn (Director, Asia Pacific Corporate Relations, Diageo)
  • Stephen Jones (Managing Director, Somerdale International)
  • Peter Hardwick (Head of Trade Development, EBLEX-AHDB)
  • Claire Urry (Executive Director, China Britain Business Council)

It is part of my ambition for the UK food and farming sector to lead the world and is a key part of our long-term economic plan
DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss MP

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It has a turnover of £95.4 billion and employs about 400,000 people. The Chinese market is estimated to be worth a potential £39 billion this year.

Britain has an excellent reputation for food and drink and the ‘Britishness’ of our products is a major selling point. Demand in China for our whisky, milk, pork, and Yorkshire tea is soaring, such as for parts of animals that we don’t consume, such as whole pig’s head and trotters.

Speakers: We are delighted to welcome Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment, George Eustice MP, to discuss Britain’s soaring food and drink exports to China. Mr Eustice will be joined by some classic examples of British food and drink manufacturers who are leading the way in exporting to China, including Stephen Jones of Somerdale, a UK exporter of cheese and dairy product, and Richard Burn of Diageo, an alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London. These two businesses representatives will be joined by Peter Hardwick of EBLEX, who have played an instrumental role supporting DEFRA to gain market access for British meat, and Claire Urry of CBBC, who has been at the forefront of recent initiatives to deliver practical business advice and services for UK-China businesses in the food and drink arena.