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Export boom as world enjoys the great taste of Britain

Ministers claim they have helped a record 2,500 British food and drinks businesses export produce in the past 12 months, which generated £300m for the British economy. A record 150 countries across the world are importing British food and drink. Exports of food and drink were worth £18.9bn in 2013, an increase of £1.2bn since 2010. Official figures show that sales of cheese to the French have risen by more than a quarter in four years to 22,000 tonnes, worth £71m in 2013. France also imported £48m worth of British wine, up 11% in a year. Export sales of British biscuits are worth £1.1bn worldwide. Official figures show that the British food chain employs one in eight people and contributed a record £103bn towards the economy.

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