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Sales of salmon take a pounding

Food Shopping - Food & Drink exports more expensive, which is harming sales - SantanderCB

Exports of Scottish salmon plummeted by 21% last year to £496.4m, after a trade embargo with Russia and a stronger pound hurt sales. The Food and Drink Federation said the strength of sterling had made food and drink exports more expensive in key markets, which harmed sales. Chocolate, which remained Britain's top food export, saw sales fall in value by 1.8% to £579.6m last year. Cheese followed salmon into third place, but also fell in value by 4.1% to £449.3m. Within the top ten, the only three items to increase in sales were sweet biscuits, breakfast cereals and vegetables. Ben Clarke, chief executive of Burton's Biscuits and co-chair of the UK Food 7 Drink Export Forum, said: 'It is testament to the strength of Britain's reputation abroad that branded food and drink exports continue to grow year-on-year.'

 

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