Meat, poultry and dairy: grow your business in the UK

  • third largest dairy-producing country in the EU
  • growing opportunities in the poultry supply chain
  • government support for businesses
2.5 billion GBP consumer spend on chicken
  • UK poultry

    There are opportunities in the poultry supply chain as the UK is currently a net importer of both chicken and eggs.

    The largest sector of imports, by both volume and value remains fresh/frozen whole chickens with a 50% value share and 53% by volume.

    The UK egg market was valued at 965 million GBP in 2016-17 and has grown for the preceding 7 years. More than half of eggs sold were "free range".

  • UK dairy processing

    The UK is the third largest dairy-producing country in the EU and the tenth largest producer in the world.

    Dairy farming accounts for 17% of UK agricultural production and is the largest agricultural sector in the UK.

    There are over 1.9 million cows in the UK, representing 8% of the EU dairy herd in 2016.

    Export volumes are highest for milk and cream, accounting for around 73% of the exported dairy volume for within the EU and 66% outside of the EU.

    Müller, a German dairy company, opened a 17 million GBP butter-making factory in Market Drayton in 2013. The dairy facility is the biggest of its kind in the UK, processing around 90,000 tonnes of cream about 45,000 tonnes of butter a year.

  • UK pork products

    The UK has a low self-sufficiency index for pork and pork products, indicating both consumer demand and opportunity.

    The UK imports almost 4 times as much pork and processed pork products as it exports, and will produce only 55.8% of the meat it needs to satisfy consumption.

  • UK government support

    The government has up to 50 billion GBP available to support finance and insurance for supplies from within the UK to buyers outside the UK. This support takes the form of guarantees, insurance and loans issued by its export credit agency, UK Export Finance.

  • Next steps

    We can help you grow your business in the UK

    Whether you’ve already decided to grow your business here or you’re just starting your research, the UK government can help you make the right decision.

    Research your industry

    You should research your market to help you decide if the UK is the best place for your business. Contact our Investment Services Team to get market research and other expert help and advice.

    Want to move your business to the UK?

    You’ll need to follow several steps before moving to the UK, including applying for visas and finding the ideal location for your business. Read our UK setup guide.

    The UK government can give you free help and support every step of the way. Contact us to find out more.