Export news in brief: wine, alcohol, US, India, skills, manufacturing

Export news in brief
Export news in brief

UK alcoholic drinks exports to US on the rise

Americans and expat Brits raise a toast to the Queen as exports of UK gin, beer and wine to USA increase.

US exports of the UK’s favourite beverages reached a record £361million last year, according to Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. More than 220 million pints of ale, including from Yorkshire’s Ilkley Brewery and Aberdeenshire’s Brew Dog, were shipped to the States in 2015 worth a record £164 million. This is up 35% since last year.

Enough gin to pour 580 million gin and tonics was enjoyed in the US last year as exports rose 9% to a record £159 million – in part thanks to a UK revival led by fashionable artisanal producers like Sipsmith and Hoxton.

And sales of English sparkling wine—which is now rivalling the very best French champagne—have helped boost overall wine exports to the US by 23%.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “Business is booming for our iconic drink brand in the States. From our world class gins to beloved ales, it’s fantastic to see brands so synonymous with British culture becoming the drinks of choice in bars, clubs and restaurants across the US.”

UK passes on skills to next generation of manufacturers in India

Skills experts from the UK are passing on their expert knowledge to former members of the Indian armed forces to help them train the next generation of engineers in their country.

An 11-strong delegation from Mumbai has been on an intensive six-day Train the Trainer course, organised and run by the Semta group, to learn how best to deliver training to help support the next generation of apprentices, graduates and employees entering or already working in engineering careers.

The programme, co-funded by the Indian government and the British High Commission, was delivered at Semta’s Watford HQ by trainers Jas Sall, Paul Gannon and Terry Coles from Semta’s specialist industry awarding organisation EAL, all of whom have backgrounds in industry.

Once the delegates have passed the course, they will be issued with EAL certificates, qualifying them to Train the Trainers in colleges and workplaces across India.

As part of their learning, the delegation visited an EAL Centre, North Hertfordshire College, which includes an Engineering and Construction Campus in Stevenage – a purpose-built unit which emulates an industrial environment, also run by tutors with industry experience.