About Us

UK food and drink is a major national asset and the envy of the world. For Government, feeding the nation is as important a duty as the defence of its citizens. The Food and Drink Federation – FDF – is the voice of the UK’s makers, bakers and bottlers, representing global brands and small businesses across the four nations. FDF is headquartered in London, our sister organisation, FDF Scotland, is based in Edinburgh and we have recently unveiled FDF Cymru

As the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, we are worth £28.2 billion annually to the economy. Food and drink manufacturers employ 400,000 people in every corner of the country and export goods valued at over £20 billion a year. 96 per cent of firms are micro to medium-sized, with production widely dispersed across the UK.

Food is part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure. The UK’s 6,800 food and drink producers sit at the heart of a food supply chain which is worth £110 billion to the economy and employs four million people. We ask the new Government to join us in our shared mission: to continue to provide consumers with safe, affordable and nutritious food and drink and unlock our growth and productivity potential.

Our Manifesto

Our Manifesto is aimed at policymakers and candidates of all parties across the UK. It sets out the five key policies we want the next Government to implement after 8 June 2017 to ensure the UK’s food and farming sector continues to lead the world.

For a thriving UK food and drink sector, we are calling on the next Government to:

  1. Secure the best possible Brexit for food and drink, including a transition phase to avoid any “cliff edge”

  2. Work in partnership with industry to tackle obesity through an holistic, evidence-based approach, with calorie reduction at its heart.

  3. Turbocharge sector-specific exports support to help smaller firms take advantage of new opportunities.

  4. Support our ambition for an industrial strategy sector deal which drives transformational industry growth, so we can continue to provide consumers with great choice and quality products.

  5. Work with us to develop home-grown talent, boost skills and apprenticeships for a global UK.

For any queries, please contact press.office@fdf.org.uk

Last reviewed: 10 May 2018