Statistics at a Glance


FDF statistics infographic

Top facts

  1. We have doubled exports over ten years to £12.8bn in 2014, bucking a decline in total exports
  2. We have reduced our CO2 emissions by over a third since 1990
  3. 96% of our businesses are micro to medium-sized
  4. Over the time of the responsibility deal on average FDF members reduced salt in their products by 8%
  5. We have 6,360 businesses
  6. Our gross value added to the economy is £21.5bn, nearly automotive and aerospace’s combined
  7. We employ around 400,000 people, that’s more than the population of Leicester
  8. We will need 109,000 new recruits by 2022 to meet the skills needs of the sector
  9. We self-fund three quarters of the sector's research and development (£325m)
  10. We account for almost 16% of total manufacturing turnover (£81.8bn)
  11. We have virtually eliminated artificial trans fats in UK products

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Last reviewed: 25 Aug 2015