What Are The Most Popular Food Categories for Export From The UK?

May 16, 2022

Demand for British food products overseas has always remained high, despite recent challenges posed by Brexit and COVID-19. Today, the United Kingdom is responsible for around 7% of global food exports, such is the variety and quality of the food and drink on offer.

So, what are the most popular food categories for export from the UK? Here are some of the top products in demand from leading UK food exporters, including Leverbrook Export.

Ambient Food

It will come as no surprise that ambient foods are in the highest demand due to their suitability for long-term storage and international transportation. These products have a long shelf life and do not require refrigeration, making them ideal for export.

Popular ambient foods exported from the UK include:

  • Tinned Fruit & Vegetables
  • Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
  • Herbs, Spices & Condiments
  • Cereals
  • Soup & Stock Bases
  • Capers & Olives
  • Pasta, Rice, Grains & Pulses

We have over 5,000 lines of ambient food available for export, making us one of the UK’s leading suppliers in this category.

ambient food export

Chilled Foods

While ambient foods are popular for their long shelf life and ease of transportation, chilled foods are sought-after for their freshness and quality. These products require temperature-controlled transportation and storage, making them more challenging to export than ambient foods. However, the extra effort is worth it for these products’ quality and taste.

Popular chilled foods exported from the UK include:

  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Meat and Charcuterie
  • Cream & Dairy
  • Vegan and Free From Lines

chilled food export

Bakery Items

Britain has long been famed for its baked goods, with traditional favourites such as scones, shortbread, and Victoria sponge cake enjoyed the world over. As well as these classics, there is a growing demand for more adventurous bakery items such as artisan breads, gluten-free lines, and other specialist free-from products.

Popular bakery items exported from the UK include:

  • Bread & Cake Mixes
  • Sugar & Sweeteners
  • Pastry Cream, Marzipan & Custard Mixes
  • Baking Chocolate
  • Cake Fillings & Toppings
  • Flour & Baking Powder
  • Free From & Vegan Options

bakery products

Frozen Food

Frozen foods are another popular category for UK exports due to the ease with which they can be transported and stored. These products have a long shelf life and, despite the need for specialist temperature-controlled containers, can be easily exported to destinations worldwide.

Popular frozen foods exported from the UK include:

  • Duck, Chicken & Turkey (Halal & Non-Halal)
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Pork Sausage, Bacon & Gammon
  • Pies & Pastries
  • Meat Alternatives & Vegetables
  • Wraps & Tortillas
  • Cakes & Gateau
  • Ice Cream & Mochi

This category is undoubtedly one of the most exciting for export at this moment in time, with dramatic growth in the number of alternative and specialist food options available.

frozen food export

Speak to Leverbrook Export Today Regarding UK Food Exports

So there you have it, some of the most popular food categories for export from the UK. If you are interested in exporting food from the UK, Leverbrook Export can help. We have 50 years’ experience exporting ambient, chilled, bakery, and frozen foods to destinations across Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and beyond.

We offer a comprehensive service that includes everything from product sourcing and packaging to transportation, pallet consolidation, and last-mile delivery, so you can be sure your products will arrive at their destination in perfect condition.

To learn more about any of the food categories mentioned above or discuss your export requirements with our team, please get in touch today. We are available via telephone at +44 (0) 151 645 3517, or you can send your export enquiry to garyj@leverbrook-export.co.uk.