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To Boost Chinese Beer Industry, UK Barley Deal Worth £100 Million

Barley producers set to benefit from landmark agreement to export around 750,000 tonnes of the grain to China Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced that as growing demand, British barley is booming in China for beers and ales leads to a trade deal worth up to £100 million for UK farmers.

Over the next five years, barley producers will reap the benefits of this new landmark trade deal which could lead to around 750,000 tonnes of UK's top quality British grain being exported to Chinese breweries.

The deal has been struck as Elizabeth Truss leads a delegation of 80 UK food and drink businesses to China—the largest ever food and drink trade mission of its kind—to turbocharge Britain’s exports to the world’s largest market.

Not only are the Chinese using UK's barley to produce beer, they also have a growing thirst for the UK-produced beverage, including Fullers and Meantime, with £15 million worth of British beer exported to the country last year, a 186% increase since 2013. Up-and-coming microbreweries, like St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk and Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire, have also recently stated exporting there.

Barley may also be used for animal feed in China, is the latest in a long line of new markets negotiated by the UK government, with more than 600 opened since 2010. to Pave the way for further deals in China, Elizabeth Truss will lead negotiations.