Competitiveness

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 the combined effects of climate change, higher global demand and increasing pressure on finite resources.

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 right, by driving clear, coherent and consistent policies in all areas which contribute to this.

This means putting in place a competitive and regulatory framework which promotes efficiency of resource use, stimulates innovation and attracts the tas skills and investment which will be needed.

Our competitiveness work

Sustainable growth

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

Skills

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 pledge

Apprenticeships

We launched a new Apprenticeships Pledge in March this year. Food and drink manufactures have pledged to increase the number of technical apprenticeships by 20% by 2017.
Find out more about the apprenticeship pledge

National 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 fully operational by 2017.
Find out more about National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Food Engineering degree

In partnership with the National Skills Academy for food and drink and Sheffield Hallam University we have developed a new MEng Food Engineering degree course to equip graduates with the technical skills and knowledge that the food and drink manufacturing industry requires.
Find out more about Graduate Excellence and MEng Food Engineering course

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety Pledge

Our pledge formalises the industry's committment to providing a safe and healthy working environment and provides a forum for best practice sharing.
Find out more about the FDF Occupational Health and Safety Pledge

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