The FDF’s members have access to unrivalled policy insight and expertise affecting food and drink manufacturing across the UK. Our core strength is our deep understanding of industry issues, which ensures we are well placed to deliver results for our members.

We are organised into seven expert teams of over 70 people across England, Scotland and Wales to help members navigate the complex and fast evolving policy landscape and keep you abreast of the latest developments wherever you are.

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Our focus

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International trade

We work with government to shape successful trade policy and world leading borders, to support our members as they drive growth through international trade.


Business insights and economics

We publish economic analysis and insights highlighting the strength of UK food and drink manufacturing and opportunities to drive growth and productivity improvements.

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Food processing

Food processing ensures we have easy access to a wide range of delicious, nutritious and safe food and drink for families whatever their budget.

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Innovation is key to developing the food and drink of tomorrow, and underpinning many of our ambitions be they around sustainability, healthy diets or safety.

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Environmental sustainability

Our members have continued to significantly reduce carbon emissions and water consumption, as part of their commitment to reduce our environmental impact.

Plastics and packaging

Plastics & packaging

The UK food and drink industry relies on packaging to help protect food, prevent food waste, and contribute to wider sustainability goals.

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Diet and health

FDF members are committed to ensuring people have access to a wide range of food and drinks that can support a balanced lifestyle.


Food regulation

Safe, authentic and traceable food is of the highest importance to our sector.


People and employment

Developing workforce skills, fair employment regulations, and ensuring access to labour is key for the Food and Drink Industry.

Get involved

We organise seminars, briefings and workshops throughout the year. These are a great way to network with peers across the industry and share ideas and best practices.

We also facilitate events that allow our members to have a close dialogue with senior retailers and other important stakeholders.

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FDF reacts to results of the General Election

Following the results of the General Election of 4th July 2024, the FDF reacts with its priorities for the new Labour Government. 

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Karen Betts OBE wins prestigious Food Industry Champion Award at FMT Awards

Karen Betts OBE, FDF Chief Executive, attended the 2024 FMT Food Industry Awards, where she was awarded the prestigious ‘Food Industry Champion’ Award.

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Events you may be interested in

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Environmental law training

Delivered remotely via SLR’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the environmental law and compliance management modules provide delegates with the key practical skills and competency to manage environmental law compliance for their organisation.


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FDF Event

How to avoid legal stumbling blocks when launching a new product

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FDF Event

The role of regenerative agriculture in enhancing in the Food and Drink Sector

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