Regional map of statistics

  • The Scottish food and drink industry employs 44,065 people and generated £3.8bn of added value for the economy last year. Making up over a quarter of overall UK food and drink exports, Scotland exported £5.7bn food and drink in 2017.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber employs the highest number of people in the UK food and drink industry (62,615), and generated £3.4bn of added value for the economy last year.
  • The North East food and drink industry employs 10,180 and exported £0.3bn food and drink in 2017. The wages of food and drink industry workers increased in 2018.
  • The East Midlands produced £3.8bn of added value for the economy last year, and also exported £1.0bn of food and drink products in 2017.
  • East England exported £2.0bn food and drink in 2017 and currently employs 34,750 people. They also generated £2.7bn of added value for the economy last year.
  • London's wages for food and drink industry workers decreased in 2018. London employs 31,425 of the UK food and drink industry's workers, and exported £2.9bn food and drink in 2017.
  • The South Eastern region employs 26,105 people in food and drink, and generated £1.9bn of added value for the economy last year. They also exported £1.7bn food and drink in 2017.
  • The South West food and drink industry exported £0.8bn of food and drink in 2017. They employ 30,720 people and produced £1.6bn of added value for the economy last year.
  • The Welsh food and drink industry exported the lowest amount nationally, of £0.5bn (food and drink in 2017). The region employs 23,305 people within the food and drink industry.
  • West Midlands generated £1.6bn of added value to the economy last year and employs 32,495 people. They exported £0.8bn of food and drink products in 2017.
  • In the North West, the food and drink industry employs 50,760 people and generated £3.2bn added value for the economy in 2017.
  • Northern Ireland exported £1.7bn food and drink in 2017 and also produced £1.5bn added value for the economy in 2017. The region employs 20,077 workers.

Last reviewed: 08 Oct 2019