Bakery exports had mixed results in the first half of 2010, as total UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks grew by 4.3%.

According to research from Leatherhead Food for the Food and Drink Federation, sweet biscuits grew by 6.6% to a total of £102.2m compared to the same period in 2009, while cakes rose by 9.8% to £87.2m. However, bread exports dropped significantly, down 9% to £40.7m, and savoury biscuits fared even worse, falling 9.7% to £14.6m.

Overall, UK food and drink exports fared well during the period, growing to over £5bn, thanks to a 23% increase in sales to non-EU countries for British products. Demand from countries in the EU was flat, with sales down 0.2%. Sales to countries outside the EU now accounts for 22.7% of all exports.

“I am delighted to see another strong export performance from UK food and drink manufacturers,” said Melanie Leech , director general of the Food and Drink Federation. “If these levels continue throughout 2010, we should see our sixth consecutive full year of growth and break the £10bn mark for exports for the first time.”

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