Food & Drink

Recipe for success

Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and a key ingredient of the nation’s wider economic activity, buying two-thirds of what British farmers produce. The sector is also benefiting from a growing appetite for British products overseas – the industry has doubled its exports over the past decade to £12.8bn. At the same time, it’s doing its bit to improve the environment, cutting CO2 emissions by almost a third since 1990 and reducing the salt content of food by 10% in the past five years.

Sector at a glance

  • 96% - The proportion of food and drink businesses that are micro- to medium-sized
  • £580 million - The value of chocolate exports in 2015, making it the biggest export category in the food and drink sector
  • £21.9 billion - The sector’s gross value add to the UK economy
Belvoir Fruit Farms
Charlie Bigham's
Pipers Crisps