Exports of sweet and savoury biscuits and cakes rose in 2009, according to new report on UK Food & Drink Export Perfor-mance, published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

With research carried out by Leatherhead Food, the report revealed that, within the cereals and bakery category, sales of sweet biscuits increased by 8.3% to £220.9m. Exports to Ireland, the UK’s number one export market for sweet biscuits, rose by 11.7%. Cakes were up 6.2% to £168.3m. Exports to Ireland, which accounts for a 59% share of the market, rose by 9.8%.

Savoury biscuits also saw export sales grow by 13.2%. Exports to the US, the number one market for savoury biscuits from the UK, rose by 19.4%.