Exports Working Group

The Food and Drink Sector Council has six priorities, one of which is Exports. Led by Graham Hutcheon (Managing Director of Edrington), the Exports Working Group is a forum for senior industry and government representatives to come together to discuss ways to transform the sector's future export growth potential. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the nominated anchor organisation supporting this workstream.

Meeting Dates:

Please note that until further notice, all our meetings will be held in a virtual capacity due to COVID-19.

24 February 2021 15:00 – 16:00 Virtual
29 March 2021 13:00 – 16:00 Virtual
26 April 2021 15:00 – 16:00 Virtual
24 May 2021 13:00 – 16:00 Virtual
15 June 2021 15:00 – 16:00 Virtual

For more information about this work, please contact: info@fdsc.org.uk

Vision and Objectives:

FDSC Exports Working Group Vision:

“Boosting exports in all food and drink categories, doubling the value of the UK's food and drink exports by 2025.”

  1. Develop and publish an ambition new International Action Plan in 2021, that sets new long-term export targets that industry can deliver in partnership with government. This will include targets around: overall value, volume and share of exporting businesses, as well as tangible actions and delivery mechanisms for sectoral and country-specific targets.
  2. Drive forward proposals agreed by industry members of the Food and Drink Sector Council to support long-term export growth which will deliver improved specialist export support for UK food and drink businesses.
  3. Seek opportunities to ensure a more coordinated and effective approach between UK, national/regional campaigns and brands to deliver the best outcomes for exporting businesses.
  4. Drive a more collaborative approach and inspire and enable industry to export through business-to-business engagement, including networking, export mentoring and partnership opportunities between non-competing businesses in overseas markets.

Members of the group:

Name Company
Graham Hutcheon Edrington – Chair
Ananda Guha Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rupert Daniels Department for International Trade
Dominic Goudie Food and Drink Federation (Anchor organisation)
Phil Hadley Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Philip Hambling National Farmers Union
Angela Coleshill Provision Trade Federation
John Whitehead Food and Drink Exporters Association
Barry Watts The Society of Independent Brewers
Hannah Thompson Seafish
Andy Richardson Food and Drink Wales Industry Board
Michael Bell Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association
James Withers Scotland Food & Drink
Allan Wilkinson HSBC
Andrew Williams Santander
Tim Beard AB World Foods
Martin Collison Greater Lincolnshire LEP
Wilson Del Socorro Diageo plc
Adam Sopher Joe & Seph's
Rob Furse Millennium Group
Jamie Goodwin Pladis Global
Claire Jackson Eat Natural
Sean Ramsden Ramsden International
Matthew Burghes Tesco plc
Simon Bullen The Export Partners Ltd
Jonathan Pratt Yeo Valley