The Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry is Scotland’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £11 billion to the economy annually and employing 47,000 people in communities across the country.

It has been a challenging year for Scotland’s food and drink industry, despite this our businesses have shown great resilience – adapting and innovating to keep the nation fed. FDF Scotland is proud to be part of the Scotland Food & Drink partnership. The partnership’s recovery plan, supported by the Scottish Government, will help our sector recover and grow sustainably into the future. 

The FDF's economic reporting is a key avenue for ensuring that the economic importance of the Scottish 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, food and drink export performance and industry growth priorities.


Facts and stats

FDF Scotland is committed to reporting regularly on the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry’s performance, and highlighting our members’ successes to our key stakeholders, government, industry and the media. 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.

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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 national regional analysis of key economic indicators including: the sector’s economic contribution in each area, how many people we employ, average wages and trade statistics.


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.

Report: Eating into household budgets: the Government’s recipe for food price inflation

20 July 2021

This report looks at the impact UK Government policies will have on food prices for both our food and drink manufacturing businesses and our household shopping baskets across the UK.

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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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Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

Sales of UK food and drink to non-EU countries were up 13%, accounting for 46.6% (£4.3bn) of all UK food and drink exports in the first half of 2021, driven by a return to growth in China, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the Gulf region. This increase means non-EU exports are now almost back to pre-Covid levels.

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Cost of Government regulation will mean higher food prices for consumers

The FDF has today warned that consumers will inevitably face higher food and drink prices if manufacturers are forced to absorb the cost of proposed Government policies.

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The Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for Awards 2021

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2021, which takes place in person on Thursday 16 September 2021 at The Royal Lancaster, London.

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