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


The food and drink sector has a strong record on productivity growth, outstripping overall UK productivity and many global competitors. This report identifies essential steps to maintaining the talent pipeline.
Find out more about Unlocking talent

Sustainable growth

Economic contribution and growth opportunities

Industry-wide report by Grant Thornton highlighting key growth opportunities for the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector. Find out more about the Grant Thornton report

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 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

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 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 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 Success

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