Health and Wellbeing report 2015

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) represents the UK's food and drink manufacturing sector. It's a hugely diverse industry, whose 6,360 businesses bring in £22 billion in gross value added to the economy.

FDF and its members have a commitment to help consumers achieve a balanced diet within a healthy lifestyle, informed by robust, up-to-date science. In this brochure, we bring together a handful of the achievements of food and drink businesses in the UK.


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UK food and drink manufacturing – Our contribution


Our Contribution

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Foreword: Ian Wright, Director General, Food and Drink Federation

Ian WrightFood and drink is a unique source of pleasure for many and is an essential part of daily life for all. Consumers rely on the industry to provide them with access to safe, nutritious and affordable food on a daily basis, making food and drink the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Never before in history have British people benefited from access to such a wide range of enjoyable food and drink – considered by leading experts to be amongst the best and safest in the world.

Britain's food and drink industry is seen as world-leading on the international stage. Not only do many of the most dynamic, best-loved brands originate from the UK, we are also exporting our innovative ideas and ways of working world-wide. We have doubled our exports to £12.8 billion over the decade to 2014.

Innovation is a key to this success. It's not just the larger producers investing in ideas and product development, in many cases it's the 6,000 small and medium-sized businesses driving innovation in the sector. The industry is also rising to the challenge of making healthy food more pleasurable and of making pleasurable food healthier. For over a decade, FDF members have taken a responsible, proactive and collaborative approach to public health.

There are many examples of this approach:

  • We have implemented a world-leading salt reduction programme which has helped reduce population intakes by 15%.
  • For well over a decade we have led the world in providing nutrition information on pack.
  • We have virtually eliminated artificial trans fats in products.
  • We have boosted fibre and other micronutrients and increased fruit and vegetable content.
  • Many producers have reduced calories in products through recipe reformulations, changes to portion sizes, as well as by developing healthier options and investing in consumer education.

The Government recognised the complex challenge of improving public health through the Public Health Responsibility Deal in England. It seeks to facilitate action across four networks – Food, Alcohol, Workplace Health and Physical Activity. It also recognises that the constructive input of a wide range of players including the food and drink industry and the implementation of a broad range of proactive initiatives is needed to drive real change over the long-term.

FDF and its members have a commitment to help consumers achieve a balanced diet within a healthy lifestyle informed by robust, up-to-date science. In this brochure we bring together a handful of the achievements of food and drink businesses in the UK. FDF looks forward to playing its part in this next phase of improving public health.


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Last reviewed: 05 Feb 2016