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British Poultry Meat Industry Reports Continued Strong Growth

06 July 2015

UK - The British poultry meat industry’s contribution to UK GDP has increased by 9 per cent over the last year according to a new analysis by Oxford Economics.

The value of poultry's contribution to British GDP is up from £3.3 billion to £3.6 billion.

The report ‘Economic Impact of the British Poultry Meat Industry 2015’, commissioned by the British Poultry Council (BPC), tracks the growth of the industry over the past year.

Compared to last year, UK sales have increased in value by 13 per cent, up from £6.1 billion to £6.9 billion, with exports also up 6.6 per cent from £286 million to £305 million.

The increase in production is good news for UK plc. Contribution to UK GDP is up, and tax receipts are up by 10 per cent, £1.1 billion compared to £1 billion.

The number of jobs the industry supports has also increased by more than 8 per cent. The industry now employs 79,300, compared to just 73,200 a year ago, both directly and through its wider supply chain.

Commenting on the launch of the report, BPC Chief Executive Andrew Large said: “Our annual report is a timely reminder of the importance of the poultry meat industry to UK plc, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and contributing £ billions to UK GDP. We are delighted the industry keeps going from strength to strength.

“There are significant opportunities in both domestic and export markets and we look forward to working with government to realise these potential opportunities.

"Key to catering to this demand will be the industry’s ability to upgrade its capital assets. That’s why we have written to the Chancellor and asked him to consider maintaining the annual capital investment allowance in plant and machinery at its current level as part of his Summer Budget next week.

"We appreciate there are many demands on public finances, but this would make a huge difference to the industry and help it increase it’s contribution to UK GDP in future”.

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You can view the full report by clicking here.

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