Food and drink manufacturing plays a vital role in underpinning the UK economy.
As well as creating wealth for the nation, manufacturers will 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.
20/20 Vision for Growth
Our shared vision with BIS and Defra for the UK food and drink industry is to
growth of 20% by 2020.
Our vision sets out what the industry needs to achieve this growth, highlights
action already being taken by government, and the barriers to growth.
Find out more about the 20/20 Vision for Growth
In partnership with the National Skills Academy (NSA) for food and drink and
Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), is working to develop a new engineering
to equip graduates with the technical skills and knowledge that the food and
drink manufacturing industry requires.
Find out more about Graduate Excellence
FDF is pledging to double the number of apprenticeships available in the food
and drink manufacturing sector in England and Scotland by the end of 2012.
We are calling on food and drink manufacturers to sign up to our pledge and
contribute in anyway they can – whether it is offering 10 or 100
which will collectively help us reach our goal.
Find out more about the apprenticeship pledge
Delivering sustainable growth through exports
With domestic markets growing more steadily, manufacturing companies have been
working hard to develop new opportunities.
These have arisen through taking
established British products into new export destinations and also building on
overseas interest in our innovation in sectors such as health and wellbeing.
Find out more about exports
Careers: Taste Success – A Future in Food
FDF's Careers Campaign and it aims to show potential entrants that the UK food
and drink manufacturing sector is a 'career of first choice'.
Current figures show that by 2017 the sector will require 137,000 new recruits,
45,000 will be for managerial roles and professional occupations (33%).
Find out more about Taste Success
Food and Drink Business Confidence survey
The FDF food and drink business confidence survey has been providing
intelligence to FDF and key stakeholders since 2010, at what has been a
unpredictable time for all businesses across the UK.
Find out more about the Business Confidence survey