Buying British Food Products.

 

So..........how do I know what is British and what is EU produce?

 

Generally EU exporters specialise in certain products such as Wine and Cheese....like the French and Italian exporters.  (German exports are more manufactured products, such as cars and household appliances)  Most products are stated as coming from or produced in the EU.

 

Most of our supermarkets put their wines on shelves that state the country.... ie: France, Italy, Spain etc.  Just look along the shelves and chose a wine that is not of EU origin..British is best but not all supermarkets stock UK wines...so if no UK choice, perhaps chose wines from Australia, South Africa, California USA..but do not forget, that the UK produce great wines!!

 

Read the labels...do not just grab a bottle of wine or a lump of cheese.....and remember over 80% of cheddar bought in UK comes from an EU country Ireland!!  Why buy from an EU country when we produce some of best Cheddars in the world! 

So look for the British flag on foods or where it has been produced.

 

 

Cheeses from the United Kingdom.

 

The British Cheese Board states that "there are over 700 named British cheeses produced in the UK."     British cheese has become an important export for the UK

 

Of course we have developed a taste for soft cheeses such as the French Bries and Camemberts....But, you can get almost the same wonderful tastes from a British produced soft cheese!

Here are some replacements from British cheese producers...

Try Cornish Brie or Tunworth soft cheese, and there’s a stunning cows milk soft cheese from the Isle Of Wight, and thats before we even mention Bath soft cheese!. 

 

The stinky French….rind cheeses have been long time favourites of many dining rooms, the way it seeps out on a cheese tray, the pungent, aromas tickling at your nostrils!

 

But well washed rind cheese is one of the most exciting areas of British cheese making with the likes of Stinking Bishop, Oxford Isis and Golden Cenarth to name but a few. Each of these delicate, powerful cheeses can stand toe to toe with even the most pristine French stinkies!.

 

Then we come to blue cheese, Roquefort stand pretty high on the salty,  toungue biting charts, the cave aging playing a significant role in the flavour.

 

We don’t need to tout the intricacies and world appreciation of Stilton, instead we can look at the wide range of complex, and very different blue cheeses of the UK. From Shropshire, Cornish and Beenleigh Blue, we have a wealth of blue cheese prowess at our finger tips, each with unique and refined flavours, and a sharpness, creaminess and intensity of blue veining.

 

While many people are still concerned over the pros and cons of Brexit, cheese imports should not be one worry about. You do not need to fret about the cheese board, because we in Great Britain have got ourselves covered for cheese supply!!.

 

So what are you waiting for, ask your local shop or delicatessen, if they do not stock it they will order it for you.

When it comes to fruit and veg...again these are generally labelled with country of origin or EU produced, as in the case of some honey that is a mix from all over the EU!

 

The UK has great local foods...try some if you normally just buy what is in front of you....you will be happily surprised at the taste and quality.  Remember products from  the EU have had to travel thousands of miles to get to the UK supermarket shelves...and I wonder how much pollution that has caused just to have some Romanian potatoes on the shelves!!

 

Ask your local supermarket or shop to stock more UK produce and do your bit to keep money in the UK.  The more we spend on British produce the more we keep jobs in Great Britain. You won't find EU countries buying British cheeses...they buy local...copy them!!

 

 

BRITISH MANUFACTURING

Despite the decline since the 1970s, when manufacturing contributed 25% of the UK's GDP, we are currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.

Overall, the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% each year since 1948, according to a recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS attributes the sustained growth to a better quality; more skilled workforce; a shift in production from low to high productivity goods; improvements in automation and technology; increased investment in R&D, and a more integrated global economy.

According to Make UK (formerly EEF), UK manufacturing currently:

  • employs 2.7 million people – earning an average of £32,500
  • contributes 11% of GVA
  • accounts for 45% of total exports – totalling £275bn
  • represents 69% of business research and development (R&D)
  • provides 13% of business investment

Buying British Manufactured products.

 

With so much being imported from the EU and further afield,such as China and India, it can be quite difficult to find British products...but they are there if you look!

 

From Simple glassware to an ultra modern bicycle...we will be listing here all the British made products as we find them. If you know of British manufactured products, please email us, so that we can add to the list.