Mexico has long been an important trading partner of the UK, with exports from the UK now totalling more than £5 billion each year. That figure continues to grow year on year as the country continues to expand its economically active population.
In fact, according to the World Bank, Mexico is now classed as an upper-middle-income country, with a stable trillion-dollar economy and a capital, Mexico City, which is the second-largest metropolitan area in the Western hemisphere (housing 21.3 million inhabitants).
Better still, demand for British food and drink products is high, as we shall now explain.
Why Export UK Food and Drink Products to Mexico?
In short, due to the increasing demand for products made on our shores. Mexico is currently the leading destination for UK food & drink products in Latin America & the Caribbean. Food exports from the UK to Mexico alone total more than £162 million annually.
What’s more, the country has a rapidly growing middle-class population with disposable income, boosting demand for premium and convenience food and drink offerings from the UK.
Meat products, in particular, present an exciting opportunity for exports. The country is the 5th biggest global consumer of meat. It ranks 8th globally for pork meat consumption and 7th for chicken, and imports make up 30% and 20% of national consumption, respectively. With British pork increasing in popularity worldwide, there’s a chance to capitalise on this opportunity and grab a larger share of the market.
Other burgeoning categories include healthy and free-from options. As the Mexican middle class continues to expand, there’s been a noticeable rise in health-consciousness preferences. Consumers with higher incomes are increasingly looking for free-from sugar, gluten, and dairy options. Additionally, there is a rise in demand for herbal teas with clear health benefits.
Why Now is the Right Time to Export British Produce to Mexico
Mexico is one of a number of nations that have signed a post-Brexit bilateral trade agreement, which came into effect in 2021. Furthermore, negotiations are ongoing for market access to the lucrative meat market to secure more significant opportunities for UK brands and Mexican importers.
In light of these recent developments, now is the time to act and begin exploring the exportation/importation of UK food and drink products to Mexico.
Speak to Latin American and British Food and Drink Export Specialists Leverbrook Export
At Leverbrook Export, we have decades of experience exporting British food and drink products to Latin America, including Mexico. We can help you every step of the way, from initial market research (including free samples) to product compliance, documentation, and logistics.
Our relationships with port authorities, logistics operators, and distributors across the region mean that we can offer you a hassle-free and end-to-end service, leaving you to focus on what you do best.