The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £28 billion to the economy annually and employing over 430,000 people. We are a key part of the nation’s £120 billion ‘farm to fork’ food chain.

The FDF's economic reporting is a key avenue for ensuring that the economic importance of the UK 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, export performance and industry growth priorities with FDF partners such as Santander.

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Facts and stats

The FDF is committed to reporting regularly on the sector’s performance, and highlighting industry’s successes to our key stakeholders, government, industry and the media. Click here to 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.


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.

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

A Recipe for Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability

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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The Food and Drink Federation expresses concerns around potential stunted industry growth ahead of budget

Ahead of the Chancellor’s budget announcement next week, the FDF’s Chief Executive, Ian Wright CBE, has urged the government to conduct an urgent review of the regulatory burdens the food and drink industry currently faces

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FDF Scotland’s manifesto sets out producer’s priorities

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections, FDF Scotland is calling for a platform to help our world-renowned food and drink industry recover from coronavirus and Brexit, and to return to growth. They ask for a moratorium on policy and regulation changes that will negatively impact Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers.

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Food and Drink Federation response to the Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan

Response to the announcement of the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan.

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