An international comparison

In 2013, the UK food and drink manufacturing sector did significantly better than many of its European counterparts, with the exception of Ireland.

The United States food and drink industry is significantly more productive than the UK, with each UK employee contributing less than half of the GVA that US employees did at last count.

Countries with high rates of growth, strong export demand and low inflation benefit from labour productivity. Ireland benefits because 80% of food and drink manufacturing output is destined for export markets. The US food and drink manufacturing sector also ranks highly as a result of greater economies of scale, use of automation and typically longer working hours than international competitors.


Source: Annual Survey of Manufactures, Data Set AM1331GS101 and Data & Trends of the European Food and Drink Industry 2013-2014