Almost half of the food and drink that we consume in the UK is imported from around the world.
A significant 27% of it coming from Europe. With recent concerns around Brexit and currency issues, imports from Europe are likely to become more expensive and stocks of certain produce may decline.
Both supermarkets and consumers in the UK are beginning to realise the importance of British suppliers and ingredients.
Many everyday products such as tea, coffee, and bananas are not even grown in the UK. Consumers have to rely on imports to keep up their daily routines. For the time being, imports are usually necessary to keep up with demand, even for native produce.
British Swaps for Imported Foods
However, there is a large range of goods being grown and produced in the UK. In recent years consumers have started purchasing British products in greater numbers. With the growing backlash against mass produced items and factory farming, local seasonal eating has surged in popularity.
More and more people are seeking out local stores and farmers’ markets. The British public are keen to purchase UK goods over imported items. This helps to support the local economy and small businesses.
Often the quality and taste is much better when food hasn’t travelled across several countries to get to us. Other benefits of buying British include a lower carbon footprint, higher welfare standards, and added food safety.
There are many ways to incorporate more British food into your kitchen. It’s easy to swap imported produce for British produce that is similar – or quite possibly, better.