Increasing popularity of British food in France
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is promoting Birtish food and drink to a trade delegation in Paris in an attempt to boost sales further in France
British produce is becoming more popular with the French in recent years, and Mr Paterson believes we can sell even more of it. UK food exports to France have doubled from £1.1 billion to £2.2 billion, since the year 2000, including four times the sales of cheese such as stilton and cheddar, and triple the sales of whisky and beer. Whisky accounts for over a quarter of food and drink exports to France. English sparkling wine is also rivaling Champagne in top awards and is increasingly served in leading Paris restaurants. The delegation will tonight promote British food at a “St George” reception where “les Rosbifs” will serve traditional roast beef to French food importers.