Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has shipped its first orders to New Zealand.

The Topping Pie Company has partnered with UK food exporter Smylie Ltd. This has enabled it to ship its first export orders to Union Jack’s, which operates a chain of UK food stores in Auckland, New Zealand (NZ), targeting the expat community and domestic consumers.

A range of award-winning handcrafted pies have been listed by the retailer, all made with British Red Tractor pork meat and ingredients including Dinky Topped Cranberry, Cheese & Pickle, and Stilton.

Smylie Ltd, a north west-based family-run food exporter, specialises in sourcing and distributing British food and drink for the export market, supplying supermarkets, distributors, embassies and foodservice companies internationally.

Roger Topping, managing director of The Topping Pie Company, said: “We are excited to secure another export order after our recent success with The Co-operative Society in the Channel Islands.

“New Zealand is a popular destination for British expats and we know they crave a little taste of home, so we are delighted to be able to deliver a slice of Britain with the support of Smylie’s dedicated team of experts.”

The FDF recently announced that total food and drink exports grew by 10.5% to a record figure of more than £20bn.