Leaping salmon sales helped food and drink exports return to growth last year after a flat 2012, according to an industry body.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose 5%, or about £600m, to £12.8 bn.
Salmon was one of the best-performing products, up 38% to £465m, while chocolate exports rose 9% to £571m.
Sales of fresh salmon to the world’s two biggest economies were among the highlights.
They rose by £43m to £199m for the US, and almost doubled in China, up £23m to £50m.
Steve Barnes, FDF’s economic and commercial services director, said: “Food and drink exports are back in growth, testament to the strong demand for quality British food and drink.’’
He said the recovery of exports to the EU, which grew 3% as their economies began to pick up, was particularly welcome with the area accounting for three-quarters of sales.
Non-EU markets saw 11.5% growth, with exports to China soaring by 82% as pork sales rose 92% and salmon sales by 90%.
Ireland, the UK’s biggest market, saw sales rise 7% to £3.21bn and France, the second biggest, increased by 10% to £1.47bn.