Exports up...

#1
Heart warming report on EU exports... and another nail in the coffin of Euroscepticism... :D Vive le beouf

Exports totalled £10.5bn last year, topping the previous pre-BSE record of £10.1bn set in 1996, according to a report by Food from Britain (FFB).

Drinks and meat led the rise in exports, while Ireland and France were the largest markets for British goods.

Beef sales surged 321% to £80.1m, while exports of British beer rose 21.2%.

FFB said that certain brands were proving particularly strong in export market, including Tyrells crisps, Twinings tea, Weetabix, Patak's, Walker's Shortbread and Quorn.

TOP TEN UK FOOD & DRINK EXPORT MARKETS 2006
1. Ireland - £1.993bn
2. France - £1,373bn
3. US - £901.3m
4. Spain - £725.8m
5. Germany - £607.9m
6. Netherlands - £513.6m
7. Italy - £387.5m
8. Belgium - £318.3m
9. Canada - £166.5m
10. Greece - £158.8m (newish member in the Top Ten)
Source: Food from Britain

Exports to the European Union made up 68.8% of all overseas food and drink sales, with Poland and Estonia seeing the biggest growth in demand for UK produce.
 
#2
BoomShackerLacker said:
Exports to the European Union made up 68.8% of all overseas food and drink sales, with Poland and Estonia seeing the biggest growth in demand for UK produce.
Well of course it is. Half a million Estonians/Poles come across for summer working last year, the majority have gone home over the winter (not enough seasonal work) and the first thing they get offered is some sort of local mud soup to eat with a glass of grass flavoured beer.

They have got used to decent grub and are buying up as much UK scran as they can get their hands on.
 
#3
Sounds like a fair trade.

They set our laws, aim to control our foreign policy and would like to take away our currency.

We flog them a few biscuits.
 
#4
Steven said:
...decent grub and are buying up as much UK scran as they can get their hands on.
Decent grub and UK is a new combination in the same sentence!

I've heard the Poles here get sent food parcels via the Red Cross...
 
#5
BoomShackerLacker said:
Steven said:
...decent grub and are buying up as much UK scran as they can get their hands on.
Decent grub and UK is a new combination in the same sentence!

I've heard the Poles here get sent food parcels via the Red Cross...
Have you ever lived outside the UK and tried to live on the local foodstuffs?

When you have been offered a meal that consists of Barszcz, Golumpki followed by Faworki, all washed down with Krupnik and some really horrible white wine type stuff that I never learnt the name of.

You will never take the pish out of fish and chips or roast beef again. :lol:
 
#6
Why is this a 'nail in the coffin of euroscepticism'.

Most of the eurosceptics I know are against the governmental and federalist attitude of europe, not the trade.

It might be fairer to say that it sets the argument against the euro back.
 
#7
Yes I remember the EEC which is what we signed up for, if it had stayed that way I am sure all would be fine and dandy for the "eurosceptics".
 
#8
Quite right. Wasn't 1973 a referendum on the 'Common Market'?
No mention of currency, federalism et al then was there?
 
#9
BoomShackerLacker said:
Steven said:
...decent grub and are buying up as much UK scran as they can get their hands on.
Decent grub and UK is a new combination in the same sentence!

I've heard the Poles here get sent food parcels via the Red Cross...
along with free housing.....
 
#10
green_slime said:
Why is this a 'nail in the coffin of euroscepticism'.

Most of the eurosceptics I know are against the governmental and federalist attitude of europe, not the trade.

It might be fairer to say that it sets the argument against the euro back.
Well said :!: Don't mind trading with them but don't want them telling me what to do :twisted:
 
#11
rickshaw-major said:
...Don't mind trading with them but don't want them telling me what to do :twisted:
...and I thought we were part of "them"
 
#13
BoomShackerLacker said:
Steven said:
...decent grub and are buying up as much UK scran as they can get their hands on.
Decent grub and UK is a new combination in the same sentence!

I've heard the Poles here get sent food parcels via the Red Cross...
BWAH-HAH-HAH!!! :p

I suspect the proliferation and popularity of curry laced cuisine slinging shops across the UK has much to say about the traditional grub. :p

Yes... I have eaten haggis along with a number of "puddings" but then again, I'm one of those folks who was blessed with a cast iron stomach. :wink:
 
#14
Steven said:
Have you ever lived outside the UK and tried to live on the local foodstuffs?

When you have been offered a meal that consists of Barszcz, Golumpki followed by Faworki, all washed down with Krupnik and some really horrible white wine type stuff that I never learnt the name of.

You will never take the pish out of fish and chips or roast beef again. :lol:
I do, and I've eaten better in Poland and Russia than I ever have in the UK (and at more affordable prices). Not saying anything against fish and chips or a roast (if they're done well) but variety is the spice of life and good food you can get anywhere.
 

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