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

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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The Food and Drink Federation responds to ONS inflation figures for December 2021

“Today’s inflation shows food prices up by 4.5%, the highest rise in nearly ten years. Food producers have been hit hard by significant inflationary pressures, from rising ingredient and logistics costs to an increase in energy prices and labour issues, as firms compete for workers in a tight labour market.

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UK food and drink sees a significant and persistent drop in exports

UK exports of food and drink are down £2.7bn (-15.9%) in the first three quarters of 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels. This is largely due to a drop in sales to the EU of £2.4bn (-23.7%) resulting from new barriers to trade with the EU and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Food and Drink Federation publishes Q3 Business Confidence Report

Today, the FDF has published their Q3 2021 Business Confidence Report, summarising member sentiment, the latest official industry figures, and key opportunities and challenges for the sector.

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