The food and drink “export market is growing all the time”.

Boris Johnson, UK Food and Drink Showcase

December 3, 2021

Facts

Johnson claimed that the food and drink “export market is growing all the time”. 

It was actually down 4.5% to £9.2bn in the first half of 2021 compared to 2020, and down more than 17% from the first half of 2019, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 

The drop was driven by a 27.4% collapse in sales into the EU since 2019, which have dropped from £6.7bn to £4.9bn, the FDF said. EU exports so far in 2021 are also 15.9% down on the £5.8bn recorded in the first half of 2020.

Verdict

Johnson’s claim was false.

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