The Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) represents UK food and drink companies both to the international buying community and to the UK government.

We are a not for profit trade association dedicated to UK food and drink exporters and our membership is drawn from across the UK food and drink sector.

Run by experienced exporters, membership allows companies to join a network of like-minded food and drink exporters and to benefit from our extensive practical experience and expertise in international business development and our large network of global contacts via our helpdesk. As a DIT Trade Challenge partner we run UK pavilions at international trade shows and also regularly create and host FDEA Networking, Market Insight and workshop events

Benefits of Membership

  • The only trade association representing UK food and drink companies both to the international buying community and the UK government.
  • Access to a programme of regional, national and international events.

  • Being part of an active network including some of the UK’s top Food & Drink exporters.

  • Receive regular newsletters and information including export opportunities.

  • Your personalised entry onto our website Buyers’ Guide/Directory of Members.

  • Access to bespoke market research reports.
  • Access to an exporting advice helpdesk


FDEA's Management Committee of experienced exporters provides strategic guidance to the Association.

We also work closely with a range of partners, including the Department for International Trade (DIT), Food & Drink Federation (FDF) and DEFRA to ensure that the food and drink industry has a strong voice in planning international activities for the sector.

FDEA is a not for profit organisation, a Company Limited by Guarantee. 

Management  Committee

Jean-Pierre Garnier - AHDB Exports

Peter Webster - Double Dutch Drinks

Ananda Guha - DEFRA

Praveen Vijh - Eat Natural Ltd.

Angela Coleshill - Food & Drink Federation

Sean Ramsden - Ramsden International

Stephen Jones - Somerdale International Ltd.

Andrew Stokes - Walkers Shortbread Ltd.

Tim Barlow  

Plus the management team behind the FDEA

Elsa Fairbanks - FDEA - elsa@ukfdea.com

Sandra Sullivan MBE - FDEA - sandra@ukfdea.com

Nicola Thomas - FDEA - nicola@ukfdea.com

John Whitehead OBE - FDEA - john@ukfdea.com
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