Britons who move abroad might not miss the weather, or the economy, but they can’t do without a cuppa, a new survey suggests. A survey conducted by British Corner Shop – an online supermarket for British expats – reveals 20% of expats said a proper cup of British tea is one of the things they miss the most.

Top British brands such as Tetley Tea, PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea were named most frequently in the survey, closely followed by Twinings, Scottish Blend and Typhoo.

Mark Callaghan, managing director of British Corner Shop said: “When people move abroad they often think they won’t miss food or drink from home, but millions of Brits drink several cups of tea a day, so giving this up is much harder than you’d think.”


Some of the products Britons long for abroad, wherever they are living
Some of the products Britons long for when they live abroad

Other products mentioned in the survey were chilled items such as cheese, bacon and sausages, with 12% naming these as the products they struggle to live without. British chocolate was also a popular answer, especially Cadbury chocolate such as Dairy Milk, Flake and Roses.

Marmite, condiments such as Branston Pickle, Bisto Gravy Granules and Walkers crisps also made the top 10 most popular answers. Mark Callaghan adds: “We’re not particularly surprised by the products that have made the top 10, the only real surprise was that Heinz Beans didn’t place higher, as this is a top selling product on our website.

Mark added: “Tea is likely to remain at the top of the expats most wanted list, as no matter how you dress it up, no tea tastes as good at the classic British brands.”

Top 10 UK products that Britons really long for:

1. Tea – 20%

2. Chilled (including cheese, bacon, sausages, meats and black pudding) – 12%

3. Chocolate

4. Marmite – 6%

5. Condiments – (including Heinz Salad Cream, HP Sauce, Tomato Ketchup and Branston Pickle) – 4%

6. Bisto Gravy Granules – 3.5%

7. Crisps (including Walkers, Hula Hoops) – 3.1%

8. Heinz Baked Beans – 2.5%

9. Biscuits – (including McVities, Rich Teas, Ginger Nuts and Jammie Dodgers) – 2.3%

10. Oxo Stock Cubes – 1.4%

British Corner Shop was established in 1999 and is an online supermarket delivering over 8,000 branded British food, drink, toiletries and household products worldwide. Last year British Corner Shop delivered over three million products to 130 countries worldwide.

For more information, go on-line at: http://www.britishcornershop.co.uk/