Last reviewed 3 December 2021

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have announced the appointment of eight agri-food and drink attachés in priority markets, as part of a wider plan to boost exports and open up new exporting opportunities around the world.

As well as posts in China, the United States, India, Canada and Mexico, the attachés will be covering growth markets in the Gulf, Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

There will also be additional capacity and resource in Europe.

Attachés are based in UK embassies and consulates overseas and have long-standing expertise in the agri-food and drink sector.

Existing attachés in China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been pivotal in securing access for a greater range of products, the Government said, driving export growth and building mutually supportive relationships with trading partners.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “From Scottish salmon and Welsh Lamb to Northern Irish beef and English sparkling wine, our food and drink is recognised at home and abroad for its great taste and high quality. Today’s announcement will showcase the very best that the UK has to offer on a global stage, boost jobs in our food and drink sector and help to level up every part of the UK.”

The UK’s food and drink industry exports totalled £21.7 billion in 2020, including £1.8 billion worth of exports to the US and £257 million to the UAE.