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British expats ship thousands of tins of baked beans across the globe, research shows

Homesick Britons choose Heinz beans, crumpets and Jaffa Cakes as foods they miss most when living abroad

Grant Bailey
Wednesday 07 November 2018 13:33 GMT
Figures show nearly 6,000 tins of Heinz baked beans were shipped to expats in the US over the last 12 months
Figures show nearly 6,000 tins of Heinz baked beans were shipped to expats in the US over the last 12 months (Rex Features)

Baked beans, crumpets and Jaffa Cakes are among the top items homesick Britons have been getting shipped across the globe, according to new data.

A string of traditional foods are exported including cheese and onion crisps, squash and Bisto gravy chosen as common shelf fillers.

Scampi Fries, Frazzles and tomato soup also emerged among a list of goods those who had moved abroad could not live without.

The figures showed nearly 6,000 tins were shipped to the US in the last 12 months, while over 2,000 cans were sent to Australia.

Britons who live in Australia were also buying Shreddies and oxtail soup, while those in the US opted for Heinz baked beans, Warburtons crumpets and Robinsons squash.

Those living in Spain were buying gingernuts and Bisto gravy.

“Moving abroad to sunnier climates or more exotic scenery makes sense for thousands of Britons every year and many take the plunge and up sticks," said a spokesperson for British Corner Shop, which released the figures. “But regardless of the exciting new life you find in a new country, it can be hard to let go of those familiar home comforts which may not grace the shelves of your new local supermarket.

“Weirdly, many of our expats have baby milk on their minds, as well as the odd Brit-centric snacks and treats we seem to have a taste for here, like Frazzles, Jaffa Cakes and a good buttery crumpet.”

They added: “It gives an interesting insight into the diet of the typical Briton, who when taken out of their natural habitat still craves Heinz baked beans, Robinsons squash and McVities gingernuts.”

One of the more unusual orders came from the Philippines from a person who got in contact to satisfy their craving for Ambrosia, with an order of five Milk Chocolate Custard Pots and four Strawberry Rice Pots.


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