Food and drink manufacturing plays a vital role in underpinning the UK economy.
As well as creating wealth for the nation, manufacturers have a key
strategic role to play in ensuring the nation's future food security against
combined effects of climate change, higher global demand and increasing
FDF members want a public commitment from Government that it will support a
thriving and sustainable food sector in the UK as a top priority in its own
by driving clear, coherent and consistent policies in all areas which
This means putting in place a competitive and regulatory framework
which promotes efficiency of resource use, stimulates innovation and attracts
skills and investment which will be needed.
Our competitiveness work
The food and drink sector has a strong record on productivity growth,
outstripping overall UK productivity and many global competitors. This report
essential steps to maintaining the talent pipeline.
Find out more
about Unlocking talent
Growth through innovation
Our vision for an innovative, resilient, resource-efficient and safe food and
drink manufacturing supply chain that delivers affordable, nutritious and safe
food for 21st century populations.
Find out more about Innovation
Growth through exports
With domestic markets growing more steadily, manufacturing companies have been
working hard to develop new opportunities.
Find out more about exports
In December 2015 we announced a pledge to treble the apprentice workforce in the
food and drink industry by 2020.
Find out more about the apprenticeship pledge
FDF is also supporting members to help them prepare for the Apprenticeship Levy
due to come into force in April 2017.
Women into STEM
FDF and our members have created a pledge to attract women into science,
technology, engineering and maths careers in our industry.
Find out more about the Women into STEM
Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
We are working with Sheffield Hallam University and the National Skills
Academy for Food and Drink to develop a world leading capability which will be
operational by 2017.
Find out more about
National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
MEng and BEng Food Engineering degree
In partnership with the National Skills Academy for food and drink and
Sheffield Hallam University we have developed a new MEng and BEng Food
degree course to equip graduates with the technical skills and knowledge that
drink manufacturing industry requires.
Find out more about Graduate Excellence and
the Food Engineering course
Taste Success - a Future in food
'Taste Success – A Future in Food' is FDF's industry-led Award winning campaign
to attract new talent to UK food and drink manufacturing.
Find out more about FDF Taste