Overseas sales of baked goods have risen more than 15% since 2014 – with sweet biscuits accounting for the greatest increase in spend.Overall exports of baked goods (savoury and sweet biscuits, bread and cakes) were valued at £903.6m in 2018, up from £784.8m in 2014 (see table below).Sweet biscuits accounted for £416m of exports in 2018 – up more than £40m over the past five years.Among biscuit suppliers that have enjoyed success in overseas markets are Burton’s, Nairn’s and McVitie’s owner Pladis, which said the brand achieved double-digit volume and value growth in the Middle East in 2018. As well as 42% growth in Saudi Arabia and 69% in Greater China, the company said Australia had been a standout success following packaging format changes and expansion beyond supermarkets into petrol and convenience stores.Pladis has now formed a global McVitie’s marketing team, based in west London. Changes to operations include switching from a third-party distributor to using only the Pladis North American warehouse facility. And, this year, McVitie’s will be entering the South American market for the first time.Cakes were the one area of the baked goods market to register a year-on-year slump in exports, with value down 13% year on year.Premier Foods has for some years been a driver of growth in cake exports, but faced problems in 2018. In its trading update for the last quarter of the year, the company reported a 27% year-on-year slump in sales from its international division. At the time, the business said it was continuing to work through the effects of high stocks of Cadbury cake in the Australian supply chain, while sales volumes had been impacted after Premier ramped up prices paid by export wholesalers “to ensure competitive product pricing across all markets”.Despite growth in all other segments, overall growth in bakery exports has slowed from 8.4% between 2016 and 2017 to just 0.4% between 2017 and 2018 – a trend seen across the UK food and drink exports market. Growth in total food and drink exports has slowed from 9.7% in 2016/2017 to 2.5% in 2017/2018.%%Quote_56%% Exports fell in seven of the top 20 markets for UK food and drink, including the US and France, which fell by 2.2% and 3.4% respectively.Both countries are major importers of UK-manufactured wheat-based products (which includes breakfast cereals and pasta, as well as baked goods). However, the largest importer is Ireland, which received almost a third of UK exports.“In defiance of the uncertainty caused by the UK’s exit from the EU, UK food and drink exports continued to grow through 2018,” said Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright.“It is still unclear what this week will hold for our resilient industry, but regardless, we are working with Government to negotiate a Food and Drink Sector Deal to support those companies that are exporting, or want to export, our high-quality products around the world.”
Munich: German striker Timo Werner marked his RB Leipzig swansong with two well-taken goals to guide his side to a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Leipzig full back Nordi Mukiele and midfielder Emil Forsberg spurned glorious opportunities before Werner, who will depart for Chelsea at the end of the season, put his side in front in the 28th minute. The 24-year-old latched on to a defence-splitting pass from Amadou Haidara before rounding Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek for his 27th league goal of the season. Augsburg, who had a red card for Philipp Max overturned by VAR in the second half, hit back through Ruben Vargas, whose long-range effort proved too powerful for Yvon Mvogo to keep out. Werner added a second eight minutes from time, latching on to Angelino’s cross-field pass and firing into the bottom corner. The result means Leipzig end the season in third place with 66 points, one shy of their record Bundesliga tally achieved in 2016-17, while Augsburg finish in 15th with 36 points, five clear of the relegation zone.Gladbach book last Champions League spot with winBorussia Moenchengladbach capped a successful season with a spot in next season’s Champions League group stage on Saturday by beating Hertha Berlin 2-1 on the final day of Bundesliga action for 2019/20 to finish in fourth place.Jonas Hofmann tapped in after good work from Breel Embolo as Gladbach controlled the game throughout. By the 65th minute they had 17 shots compared to Hertha’s one.The roles were reversed in the 78th minute, with Embolo scoring at the far post after Hofmann had shaken off two markers to cut back into the box.Gladbach, who had leapfrogged Bayer Leverkusen into fourth place last week, finished on 65 points, two ahead of Leverkusen. Vedad Ibisevic cut the deficit for Hertha in second-half stoppage time.The top four teams qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage.Kramaric hits four as Hoffenheim stun DortmundAndrej Kramaric became the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game, overwhelming Borussia Dortmund with a one-sided 4-0 away victory on Saturday.The Croatian striker, his club’s top scorer this season, took his campaign tally to 13 as Europa League-bound Hoffenheim moved above VfL Wolfsburg to finish in fifth place on 52 points.Dortmund were already confirmed as runners-up to Bayern Munich, but after this embarrassing home defeat finished 13 points adrift of the champions.Six-goal Werder Bremen avoid automatic relegationWerder Bremen extended their 39-year stay in the Bundesliga for at least another 10 days on Saturday, when they thumped Cologne 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation.The four-times Bundesliga champions completed the first half of what could become a great escape as they climbed out of the drop zone and leapfrogged Fortuna Duesseldorf to finish 16th in the 18-team table. They now face a two-leg playoff against the team that finishes third in the second division — either VfB Stuttgart, Heidenheim or Hamburg SV — on July 2 and 6. Fortuna lost 3-0 at Union and were relegated. Agencies Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemic
“France are playing at home but they haven’t shown their spectacular football,” he said at a pre-match press conference. “We know we always lose to them but this will motivate us.“The French media are sure of the win (for France.) We have lost a final already but this time we can make it. Probability counts for nothing and all the Portuguese bet on us. There is nothing like playing in a competition like this for our country.”This will be the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. The French have won the previous three, all in semi-finals at Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and World Cup 2006.Portugal have played the most games (34) in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament.Before Portugal, the only previous cases of third-placed teams in the group stages reaching the final of a major tournament (World Cup and Euro) was Argentina in the 1990 World Cup and Italy in the same tournament four years later. Neither lifted the trophy.Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (winning nine and drawing four). Eight of those nine wins were decided by a single goal.Portugal have conceded only one goal in their last five knockout games at the European Championships, it was against Poland in this year’s quarter-finals.This will be France’s fifth major tournament final. They have won three of their previous four (Euro 1984 and 2000, World Cup 1998), losing their most recent (World Cup 2006).France are unbeaten in their last 18 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 16 and drawing two.Only Germany and Spain (three) have won more European Championships than France (two).France are the top scorers at Euro 2016 with 13 goals in six games. They had not netted that many in a major tournament since Euro 2000 (13).Team NewsPepe has been passed fit for this evening’s match after returning to full training. The Real Madrid defender missed last Wednesday’s semi-final win over Wales with a thigh injury and had been considered a doubt ahead of the Paris showpiece against the hosts.William Carvalho is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final through suspension.France have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions. The host nation named an unchanged team in consecutive games for the first time in their European Championship history in the semi-final, and Deschamps could name the same XI again today.Ronaldo vs GriezmannWhile there are many star players on show today, two are sure to stand out. Cristiano Ronaldo is a three-time World Footballer of the Year and a contender for this year’s award after leading Real Madrid the Champions League title a few weeks before the Euros.On the French side is Antoine Griezmann, a player who was on the losing side in that final playing for Atletico Madrid but top scorer at this tournament with six goals, with a legitimate claim to be player of the tournament.Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player at the European Championships (20). None of his three goals and two assists at Euro 2016 have come outside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.Ronaldo has now equalled Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championships. He has never scored against France (234 minutes of play).Griezmann has scored/assisted more goals than any other player at Euro 2016 (6 goals, 2 assists). He has the opportunity to become the third French player to finish as sole top scorer at a major tournament after Just Fontaine (World Cup 1958) and Platini (1984).Meanwhile French manager Didier Deschamps could become the second person to win the European Championships as a player and as a manager after Berti Vogts (unused sub in 1972, winning manager in 1996). Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Kick-off 8pmAfter one month and 50 games, France and Portugal are the only teams left of the 24 that played across 10 French cities for a tilt at the European title. This evening at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, France take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 final aiming to win a European Championship on home soil for the second time.Didier Deschamps’ side have the chance to match the triumph of Euro 1984, when Michel Platini scored a tournament record nine goals on route to lifting the trophy. They face a Portuguese side looking to win their first major tournament, having lost 1-0 to Greece in their only other appearance in a European Championship final, in 2004.Portugal have lost their last 10 games against France, who in Antoine Griezmann boast the competition’s top scorer with six goals, but midfielder Joao Mario believes they can spring a surprise at the Stade de France.