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Forty-one percent of UK shoppers ready to pay more for British food

UK famers market
Britain   Food statistics pocketbook

When surveyed, 60% of shoppers agree that they try to buy British food whenever they can while 8% disagree.

These findings are published in Defra's Food statistics pocketbook.

Other findings were that 76 % agree that it is important to support British farmers while only 3% disagree.

According to the survey 45% think that British food tastes better while 9% disagreed.

Based on the farm-gate value of unprocessed food in 2016 the UK supplied just under half (49%) of the food consumed in the UK.

The leading foreign supplier of food consumed in the UK were countries from the EU (30%).

Africa supplied 5%, Asia, North and South America all provided a 4% share of the food consumed in the UK. The three largest value imported commodity groups (at 2016 prices) were fruit & vegetables, meat and beverages.

The total value of food and drink exports increased in 2016 to £20.1 billion, £0.9 billion more than the previous peak of £19.6 billion in 2011.


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