The Industry

Discover your career in food and drink

Published March 2016

With a range of entry routes into food and drink, there's something for everyone!

Careers in food and drink cover a whole range of areas, including food science, product development, marketing and communications, nutrition and wellbeing, HR, packaging, research and design – with a particular demand for engineers. The options are endless!

Unlocking talent – The key to driving food and drink productivity

Published July 2016

The food and drink sector has a strong record on productivity growth, outstripping overall UK productivity and many global competitors. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, working alongside apetito, Butt Foods, Nestlé, Mars, Mondeléz International and Premier Foods, have identified essential steps to maintaining the talent pipeline.

The key findings and business actions under the project, which forms part of Sir Charlie Mayfield's Government Productivity Review, have been captured in a report - 'Unlocking Talent – The Key to Driving Food and Drink Productivity'.

Growth through Exports

Published April 2016

Five steps to food and drink export success

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Exports snapshot

Published March 2015

UK food and drink export statistics for 2014

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10 Steps to Export Success - A reference guide for food and drink businesses

Published September 2014 - first version published September 2013

FDF in collaboration with Defra have created this free online resource to help food and drink manufacturers with every step in their exporting journey.

View the 10 Steps to Export Success

Download: 10 Steps to Export Success guide - pdf | 700k

Ingredients for Success

Published June 2014

Food and drink manufacturing is a great British success story.

With the right partnership with Government we can build on our success to continue to improve our efficiency, productivity and overall contribution to the economy.

Download the Ingredients for Success - Agenda - pdf

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Delivering Sustainable Growth Through Innovation

Published December 2013

In this report 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

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Celebrating Our People

Published: July 2013

Looking back on 100 years of FDF and the progress that food and drink manufacturers have made throughout the last century we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the most vital ingredient in our recipe for success.

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Take a closer look at food engineering

Published June 2013

The MEng food engineering degree course provides students with everything they need to secure a coveted graduate role with UK's leading food and drinks manufacturers.

Download the student campaign brochure - pdf | 248kb

Download the student campaign poster - pdf | 344kb


20/20 Vision for Growth: Achievements 2012

Published: December 2012

FDF's shared vision for the UK food and drink industry is to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020. This leaflet outlines the achievements of the last twelve months.

View the 2012 Achievements: 20/20 Vision for Growth.

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Delivering growth through Apprenticeships

Published: December 2012

Throughout 2012, FDF has been working to help companies understand the benefits that apprenticeships can bring through the Apprenticeship pledge. This booklet reflects the progress that has been made.

View the Delivering growth through Apprenticeships.

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UK Export Statistics - first half 2012

Published: September 2012

The export of food and non-alcoholic drink in the first half of 2012 grew by 2.2% to £5.9bn. Growth was much stronger in non-EU markets (up 7.2%) versus the EU 27 (up 0.7%).

View the UK Export statistics and case studies.

Download full report: UK export statistics - first half 2012 - pdf | 200kb


Delivering sustainable growth through exports

Published: April 2012

Food and drink exports are one of the key drivers of growth for our industry. With domestic markets growing more steadily, manufacturing companies have been working hard to develop new opportunities.

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Sustainable Growth in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry Report cover

A Grant Thornton report commissioned by Food and Drink Federation.

Published December 2011

This report concludes that the food and soft drink manufacturing industry (FDM) can generate sustainable growth and contribute to the UK economic recovery by building on its strengths and minimising its weaknesses. However, the industry will only be able to achieve this if it operates in a supportive regulatory environment which incentivises business investment and nurtures British food and drink manufacturers.

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UK Export Statistics 2011

Published: October 2011

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports increased to £12.15bn exceeding both the £11bn and £12bn thresholds for the first time by growing £1.24bn in value terms over the period.

View the full year of UK Export statistics and case studies.

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UK Export Statistics 2010

Published: October 2010

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew a healthy 11.4% in 2010 to £10.83bn breaking the £10bn barrier for the first time.

View the full year of UK Export statistics 2010 and case studies.

Download full report: UK export statistics 2010 - pdf | 200kb


Future Scenarios for the UK Food & Drink Industry

Published: September 2010

This report provides a set of possible scenarios for the future of the food and drink industry in the UK in 2025. The report is commissioned by the FDF and written based on work carried out by the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge (IfM).

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Value of Food & Drink Manufacturing to UK

Published: July 2010

This report provides a summary of the impact of food and drink manufacturers on the UK economy. The report is commissioned by the FDF from the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to clarify what the impacts of the industry were and to understand what could be done to improve the economic and social impacts of the industry.

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Support a British success story - Manifesto

Manifesto 2010 cover

Published: April 2010

As the main trade association for the UK's food and drink manufacturers, we believe the facts speak for themselves: FDF members play a vital role in underpinning the economy through our ongoing efforts to create jobs, add value and boost exports.

Download full report: Support a British success story: Manifesto 2010 - pdf | 864kb


Working for the UK: Our contribution to the economy

Published: December 2007

Delivering for the environment This report studies the UK food and drink manufacturing sector with the aim of examining its importance to the UK economy, identifying important trends over the next five years and the industry's capacity to respond to them, and highlighting constraints that need to be addressed by the industry and the Government.

The report is based on a review of recent literature and statistics relating to the sector and interviews with senior food industry executives.

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