The Food and Drink Federation is asking the Government to provide more support for UK food and drink manufacturers to compete with their European rivals. It follows strong export growth figures in the first half of 2018, with food and drink exports hitting £10.68bn, up 5.1% on 2017, led by growth to the EU27. Exports to EU countries grew 7.3%, faster than those to non-EU countries at +1.6%, but UK export growth to Japan and the US is being outpaced by Spain and Ireland. Exports to China have grown 94.7%, ahead of Spain, Ireland, Denmark and Germany. FDF has submitted proposals for the food and drink industry, including plans to boost specialist export support and development of an online food and drink export portal. Singapore and Australia were the fastest growing export markets for UK food and drink, up 22.5% and 19.3%.