Competitiveness

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 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 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 deliver sustainable 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


National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Sheffield Hallam University is working with the FDF and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSA) to develop a world leading capability, the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), which will be fully operational by 2017.

Find out more about National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering


Graduate Excellence

In partnership with the National Skills Academy (NSA) for food and drink and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), FDF is working to develop a new 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



Women into STEM pledge

In May 2014, the government set out national ambitions for greater participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) especially amongst women. FDF and our members supported the new campaign called 'Your Life' by creating our own pledge to attract women into STEM careers in our industry.

Find out more about the Women into STEM pledge



Apprenticeship Pledge

FDF smashed its pledge to double the number of apprenticeships available in the food and drink manufacturing sector in England and Scotland by the end of 2012 by more than quadrupling the number offered across the sector between August 2011 and December 2012.

We are now working to develop the next phase of our ambition focused on the standard and quality of Apprenticeships by working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through the Apprenticeship Trailblazers initiative.

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 the 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 2020 the sector will require 170,300 new recruits, 45,000 will be for managerial roles and professional occupations (33%).

Find out more about Taste Success


Food and Drink Business Confidence Snapshot

The FDF food and drink business confidence monitor has been providing intelligence to FDF and key stakeholders since 2010, at what has been a difficult and unpredictable time for all businesses across the UK.

Find out more about the Business Confidence Snapshot



Delivering sustainable growth through innovationDelivering sustainable growth through Innovation

FDF sets out its 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. The vision includes ten long term priority areas for innovation.

Find out more about Delivering sustainable growth through Innovation



OHS PledgeOccupational Health and Safety Pledge

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Pledge provides a platform to allow businesses to formalise this commitment and offers a forum for best practice sharing.

Find out more about the FDF Occupational Health and Safety Pledge



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