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Prime Minister hosts food and drink market to showcase British trade

The UK Prime Minister has hosted a festive food and drink market at Downing Street today to showcase British businesses.

He was joined by Cabinet Ministers including, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Food and Agriculture Secretary George Eustice, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan as well as Minister for Exports Mike Freer to support businesses who are seizing opportunities for growth by exporting their goods internationally.

Twelve businesses held market stalls in Downing Street to showcase their products including Snowdonia Cheese, a Welsh cheese company; Tayto, a Northern Irish snack company; Loch Fyne Oysters, a Scottish seafood company; and Montezuma’s, an English chocolate company.

Those invited to the event also include the co-founder of Fever-Tree Drinks, the soft drinks company established in 2004. The firm now exports to over 80 countries worldwide and selling more than 500 million bottles in 2020.

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “It’s great to see the best of British food and drink here in Downing Street, especially in the run up to Christmas. We currently export to 207 countries but this government is supporting British food and drink exporters to sell even more of their brilliant produce abroad.

“As it’s St Andrew’s Day, I’m looking forward to sampling a Clootie McToot dumpling, some Loch Fyne Oysters and a winter warmer from the Isle of Harris Distillery.”

Earlier this month, the government launched an Export Strategy to help businesses across the UK double exports and sell their products around the globe. The 12-point export strategy will aim to give businesses the tools they need to become a nation of exporters and reap the benefits of our free trade deals.

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