China has been identified as one of the top priority post-Brexit markets for British food and drink, a government minister said on Wednesday [4 January 2017]. Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, said that the country’s food, farming and fishing industries will be having an extraordinary opportunity to “thrive”. Leadsom, in a speech at a farming conference in Oxford, spoke of the big world-wide markets beyond the EU for British food and drink…Full Article: Jan 2017

Key Point

  • From 2015 to 2016, according to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK exports to China increased 50%.

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  • In April 2016, Chinese veterinary inspectors carried out audits of beef exporters in Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Belgium and Italy.
  • In February 2016, UK-based Diageo Plc was expected to increase its sales focus on its Shui Jing Fang baijiu brand at the expense of Scotch whisky in mainland China.
  • According to a 2015 market intelligence report, Chinese net sales of foreign liquor/spirits declined -40% due in part to a -42% decline in Scotch whisky sales.
  • In November 2015, the UK signed a deal to export up to US$151 million worth of barley to China (primarily to be used by the brewery industry) over the next five years. At the time, according to the British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, China will import approximately 150,000 MTs of British barley annually.
  • In January 2015, the UK’s Environment Secretary visited China in order to expand British exports such as pork and pig’s trotters (i.e. pig’s feet).
  • In 2014, Hong Kong imported 4.2 million liters of whisky and exported ~745,600 liters of whisky to mainland China, equating to roughly an 18% re-export rate. From 2010 to 2014, total re-export volumes averaged 28% of all imports. The United Kingdom was the top supplier of whiskey.
  • From 2010 to 2014, UK pork exports to mainland China increased from just under 2,000 MTs to 28,244 MTs while export to Hong Kong decreased from 17,311 MTs to 16,968 MTs. Overall, in 2014, UK exported more than 45,200 MTs of pork to mainland China and Hong Kong.
  • In July 2013, the UK-based Diageo Plc, the world’s largest liquor producer by sales, stated it will acquire the remaining shares of Sichuan Chengdu Shuijingfang Group, also known as SJF Holdco, for 233 million pounds ($357.6 million). SJF Holdco is major Chinese producer of baijiu.
  • In 2001, China banned beef imports from the European Union (EU) over concerns from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease.

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