Food facts from here in the UK

Here in the UK we love our kitchens and spend a number of hours in this room each day. Many people use the service of a Kitchens Doncaster company such as in order to redesign and adapt their kitchen spaces to meet their own specific requirements.

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The main use of a kitchen is obviously to prepare and cook meals and to grab yourself a snack when you are feeling a little peckish at 11 o’clock in morning after your porridge has disappeared. When it comes to the food industry there are some interesting facts about the way that is operates in the UK and the way in which we receive and consume our food.

Did you know that we import a staggering 48 percent of our food. This is in part due to the fact that we have become accustomed to be able to eat whatever food we want throughout the year. We no longer eat seasonally and this means that there are some foods, fruits and vegetables in particular, that we need to import to ensure that there is a steady supply all year round. There have been a number of studies completed looking into the health benefits of eating seasonally but I doubt that many people will want to give up their year round access to strawberries!.

In terms of the food and drinks items that we export, it comes to annual figure of around £20 billion pounds a year with the largest item being exported from the UK being Whiskey. It is thought that whiskey alone contributes to £4,095 million pounds worth of income to the food and drinks industry.

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Of all the land available in the UK around 70 percent of this is used for farming but interestingly the vast majority of this is used for growing and harvesting wheat and barley style crops with only 1 percent of the land being used for the planting of fruits and vegetables. Which again explains the UK’s dependence of the importation of these kinds of foods. As our taste and palates have become more accustomed to having access to a variety of different flavours we have moved further and further away from the traditional foods that you would associate with the UK and therefore there is less of a demand for these types of foods and farming has had to adjust to this over the years .