The Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry is Scotland’s largest manufacturing sector, employing 44,000 people in communities across the country and with an annual turnover of £10.7 billion.

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 produce regular reports on business confidence, food and drink export performance and industry growth priorities.


FDF attends Food and Drink Expo 2024

As the UK’s largest food and drink industry event returned from the 29th – 1st of May - and so did we! At our stand we invited attendees to explore what we do, what we are working on and setting out our goals for the next decade with our recently published industry manifesto.

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FDF Scotland responds to Humza Yousaf resignation as First Minister

Food and Drink Federation Scotland has responded to Humza Yousaf's resignation as First Minister.

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Scottish 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.

Economic insights

Economic insights

We publish timely analysis of developments within the wider economy and the food and drink industry, providing context about the economic events that shape our industry and views on potential future implications.

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FDF State of Industry reports

Our quarterly reports highlight the latest trends in business confidence and key policy priorities.

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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.


FDF Trade Snapshots

Our quarterly Trade Snapshots provide analysis of the latest trends in UK food and drink exports and imports.

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

06 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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