Brits stocking up on Belgian food and drink ahead of Brexit

Exports to the UK of Belgian food and drink products have risen by 16% over the past year. The figures come from food and drinks industry federation Fevia and appear in an article published in Friday’s edition of the Francophone daily ‘Le Soir’. According to the figures Belgium exported 2.2 billion euro’s worth of food and drink to the UK. Over the past four years exports rose by 8%. 

However, in recent months there has been an even sharper rise in exports of food and drink to customers in the UK as they stock up ahead of Brexit. In the first three months of the year Belgium exported 638,560,000 euro’s worth of food and drink to customers on the other side of the English Channel. This is an increase of 16.2% compared with the first quarter of 2018.  

 Food products saw the most pronounced rise (16.7%), while exports of drink were up by 9.5%.  

The food and drinks industry federation Fevia says that British customers are stocking up on products such as frozen vegetables, potatoes and chocolates from Belgium out of fear of shortages that may arise as a result of a no-deal Brexit.