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
Vision for growth
FDF's 20/20 Vision for Growth is a shared vision with BIS and Defra for the UK
food and drink industry is to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020.
Find out more about the 20/20 Vision for 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
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
We launched a new Apprenticeships Pledge in March this year. Food and drink
manufactures have pledged to increase the number of technical apprenticeships
Find out more about the apprenticeship pledge
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
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
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
Find out more about the FDF Occupational Health and Safety Pledge