At the heart of our campaign are four key themes: people and employment, trade and global impact, health, and sustainability. These themes represent the fundamental pillars of our industry and the positive impact it has on communities across the UK.

Food and drink manufacturing sector statistics

  • Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, representing 20% of all  manufacturing​ across the country.
  • Food and drink manufacturers contribute a total output of £33 billion​ the UK economy, employing around 450,000 people across every region.​
  • Food and drink exports reached a record high of £25bn in 2022.
  • The number of food and drink businesses in the UK grew by over a quarter between 2017 and 2022.
State of industry report Q1 2023


State of industry report Q1 2023

The FDF net confidence score gained 17 percentage points in Q1, reaching -30%, reflecting mainly perceptions that market conditions have stabilised in Q1 compared to Q4.

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UK passes peak food price inflation

Food and non-alcoholic drink annual inflation eased to 18.4% in May, down from 19.1% in April.

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Press Release

Prestigious FDF Awards 2023 shortlist announced

The nominees for the FDF Awards 2023 have been announced.

How we can help your business

Whatever your size of business, FDF membership can help you. Our members vary from recognisable global brands to the most innovative start-ups; this could also include you! Whether your priority is trade, skills, food safety and health or product innovation, the FDF offers expert advice and guidance to grow your business.

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