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Agriculture, Food and Drink events for UK Businesses




The UK creates exceptional food and drink at every stage from farm to fork, providing unprecedented opportunities for UK exporters. In 2019, food and drink exports contributed £21.6bn to the economy. 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have a number of events including webinars, trade shows and missions which we are either hosting, supporting or attending. You can find out more information about the events below. 


Events and support for all businesses


Export Support Service

DIT launched the Export Support Service to enable SMEs to take advantage of the new opportunities that lie before them as they look to export and grow in a post-Brexit world. The new service brings together well-established government support and helps SMEs navigate existing sources of information with bespoke, tailored guidance (such as HMRC’s Customs and International Trade helpline and Defra’s Rural Services helpline). It sits alongside DIT’s wider package of support for exporters, helping UK businesses export more and with more confidence.

The Export Support Service will initially focus on questions businesses have about trading with Europe but may expand to cover more global markets in the future.

Businesses can access the Export Support Service by visiting or by calling 0300 303 8955.


French Import VAT Changes webinar, Tuesday 15 February 10am GMT

Due to popular demand, DIT France has partnered with RM Boulanger, a company specialised in cross-border formalities and tax matters, as well as Groupe BBL, a transport and logistics specialist company, to deliver a second webinar on the changes to the French import VAT regime that came into effect on 1 January 2022.

SIAL Paris 2022 - Insight For Exporters

  • The aim is to provide overview of Facts & Figures, Visitor profile, UK Pavilion options and how exhibiting at this hugely important trade fair will connect producers with buyers/importers and wider trade network.  Stand applications are due by end January, so this is an opportunity to ask questions of the SIAL and PS8 teams to encourage more UK sign-ups.

  • Location: Zoom Webinar
  • Date: 24 January 2022
  • Time: 11am
  • Meeting ID:                   895 0220 4383
    Passcode:                     952956

Regional events

Some local events are being held online due to COVID-19. These are only open to businesses in specific regions so please check that you are eligible before registering.

Levelling Up: Successfully export into Ireland and the wider EU

In association with OCO Global, DIT Midlands are inviting Food and Drink companies in the region to take part in this 3-step campaign, giving businesses in-depth knowledge and training around exporting into Ireland (and the EU) followed by a virtual Meet the Buyer opportunity with importers, buyers, and distributors from the Republic of Ireland.

Exporting to India webinar for Scottish SME spirit producers, 16 November 2021

As the UK prepares for trade negotiations with India, DIT’s India team will present to Scottish spirits producers on opportunities and trading conditions in India, and the support available from DIT for companies targeting the market.


Parliamentary Export Programme

Multiple Dates



Export Academy

Multiple start dates

For new exporters in the South West, Midlands and North of England.

Midlands Engine Food and Drink Programme: Gulfood 2022

The Department for International Trade invites food and drink producers from across the Midlands Engine to participate in this innovative two-part market visit to prepare for and visit the world’s largest food event – Gulfood 2022 in Dubai.