As the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, with a footprint in every region and nation in the UK, the food and drink industry contributes over £33 billion to the economy in Gross Value Add and employs over 450,000 people. We are central to ensuring the functioning of the UK’s food supply chain providing nutritious, delicious, safe and affordable food and drink to everyone, everywhere, every day.

The unique footprint of food and drink means no one need leave their local areas to get a good job – and build a great career – in our industry. But we are facing sustained and severe labour shortages – all of which are making food and drink production more expensive, less competitive and holding back growth.

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