The Department of International Trade (DIT) is here to help companies looking to invest in the UK or equally to help UK based companies to export abroad. Drinks companies large or small in size can benefit from the services available
Exporting is critical to the UK economy and to the Drinks industry, including categories such as Scotch whisky for example (see data below from the Scotch Whisky Association).
#DidYouKnow with DIT support…
- Fever Tree Mixers sells to 70+ countries, with exports making up 48% of sales
- Vodka manufacturer Black Cow Vodka, made from cow’s milk, sells their products into 11 foreign markets worldwide
- Yorkshire Beer secured a large export order from Japan which opened the Yorkshire brewery up to the world of international exporting
The DIT helps companies in the UK to understand their ‘Export readiness’ status and provide guidance across a number of different areas (see below), from improving their understanding through market research to the crucially important aspect of cash flow, by getting paid.
The next step is to take advantage of their Export services (pictured below), from creating a free business profile to promote the company to finding demand for their products through online marketplaces and export opportunities.
As an example, the Export Opportunities website is an easy to use service tool and can quickly help you to open new markets for your products.
By searching for opportunities to sell and export ‘gin’ for example, the following opportunities came up from regions in LAtAm and Europe.
It also offers advice relating to guidance for UK businesses interested in selling goods and services in specific markets with their own rules and regulations – to India for example, click here.
This is supported with information on how to market your goods in that country, payment advice, labelling requirements, links to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Overseas Business Risk report and it even outlines the necessary steps to remain compliant with the requirements of the UK Bribery Act.
Furthermore, you can also see additional information and links such as the one below (for India) and much much more:
There are also links on the DTI website to find events and visits by UK ministers to support trade deals.
Amongst the DTI staff, Adrian Walsh (pictured below) is their Food & Drink Trade specialist and you can find his contact details below.
Adrian Walsh | Food & Drink Trade Specialist | Food & Drink Unit
Department for International Trade | Room 206 | 55 Whitehall | London SW1A 2HP
Mob:+44 (0)7769 137134 | E-mail: [email protected]