THE latest food and drink export statistics reveal the global appetite for British food over the festive period.

The results published by Defra revealed that more diners across the world will be tucking into British produce than ever before this Christmas, with global sales of British turkey, Brussel sprouts and other festive favourites hitting record levels in recent years.

Between 2017-18, 64 countries around the globe chose to important British turkeys for a quintessential festive feast, whilst global demand for the UK’s Brussel sprouts has increased by almost 40 per cent.

This festive staple is proving particularly popular in the Netherlands, which makes up 73 per cent of the £1.5m market.

The results also showed that the worldwide demand for British carrots and turnips has increased by 52 per cent.

Meanwhile, 109 countries around the world will be tucking into British cheese on Christmas Day, with the Republic of Ireland forking out £116m and exports up by 21 per cent.

The UK’s highest grossing export continues to be whisky, dominating the market at £4.8bn – with Scotch Whisky exports to China growing from £10m in the early noughties to £77m. This is followed by chocolate (£713m), and cheese (£675m).

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “As we leave the EU, we want people, both at home and abroad, to be lining up to buy British.

“This is testament to the hard work of our brilliant farmers and food producers and the crucial role they play in making Britain a leader for high-quality, high-welfare, seasonal produce.”