The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £29billion to the economy annually and employing over 440,000 people. We are a key part of the nation’s £120 billion ‘farm to fork’ food chain.

The FDF's economic reporting is a key avenue for ensuring that the economic importance of the UK food and drink industry is widely recognised, as well as its potential for growth and productivity improvements.

We do this by producing regular reports on business confidence, export performance and industry growth priorities with FDF partners such as Santander.


Facts and stats

The FDF is committed to reporting regularly on the sector’s performance, and highlighting industry’s successes to our key stakeholders, government, industry and the media. Click here to learn more about our sector’s achievements and the most up-to-date industry data.

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Business Confidence

The FDF’s quarterly Business Confidence Survey, launched in early 2018, showcases business sentiment over time and highlights the key opportunities and risks facing food and drink manufacturing businesses across the UK.


Export statistics

The FDF publishes quarterly export statistical reports, outlining the latest UK food and drink export figures. As the sector focuses on growing exports, the FDF showcases the success of our industry via case studies.

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Food and drink sector research

The FDF publishes various reports across a wide range of policy areas highlighting the achievements, performance, and challenges facing our industry and the wider food and drink supply chain.

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Regional analysis

To highlight the geographical spread of the industry, the FDF produces regional analysis of key economic indicators including: the sector’s economic contribution in each region, how many people we employ, average wages and trade statistics.

A Recipe for Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability

Report: A recipe for growth, prosperity and sustainability

05 May 2020

This is our shared plan for governments to work in partnership with the UK’s food and drink industry to ensure it continues to lead the world and meet the needs of UK consumers and shoppers.

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Federation of Bakers set to join Food and Drink Federation membership

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) is to join the Food and Drink Federation as the industry works together to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the sector.

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Santander UK and Food and Drink Federation publish Food and Drink Industry Report 2021

Santander UK and Food and Drink Federation Report shows that disappointing year for food and drink exports exposes need for greater long-term support

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Next Welsh Government must support growth of vital food and drink industry

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Cymru and the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) have today launched what it sees as the key priorities for the next Welsh Government.

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