We are working hard to support our members during the Coronavirus - Covid-19 crisis.

Member COVID-19 support

Although we are working remotely we are still working hard to support our members during the Covid-19 crisis.

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UK updates and guidance

For the lastest UK updates on COVID-19 please visit the FDF website


An overview of the latest updates on COVID-19 and detailed guidance and latest advice for each of the key topics below including detailed Q&A's and links to government guidance.

Daily survey on labour shortages and the impact of Omicron

The FDF has been asked to support the Government in monitoring the ongoing labour shortages and the additional impact of the Omicron variant of Covid. The request from Government is for businesses to complete the survey on a daily basis.

The survey is very short and should take no more than 3 minutes to complete.

The aim of this survey is to collect up-to-date, accurate and representative data on the impact of workforce absences across key parts of the UK economy. 

The latest data suggests Omicron is extremely transmissible and is quickly becoming the dominant variant. Cases are now doubling every 2 to 3 days and for this reason the Government urgently need real-time (daily) data.

Your contributions to this survey are highly valued and will directly inform senior government officials and ministers. Due to the sensitivity of this data it will not be shared outside of the UK and Devolved Governments. 

Please contact Mark Corbett, Innovation, Employment and Skills Policy Manager if you have any questions about this request.

Face Coverings

If you would like to purchase face coverings, the Government has partnered with a number of production facilities to offer approved, BSI kitemarked face coverings. Further details and contacts.

Please note these are face coverings, not PPE.


Support #HiddenHeroes

Please continue to support the FDF's #HiddenHeroes campaign on Twitter @foodanddrinkfed and @FDFCorpAffairs which is highlighting the hard work happening across the supply chain to keep the nation fed.

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Employment exchange and workforce collaborations

FDF have collaborated with job recruitment apps Placed, SonicJobs and Syft to share potential job opportunities across the food and drink industry, specifically in distribution warehouses, driving, and logistics

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Letter from George Eustice, Defra Secretary of State

The FDF is delighted that George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wrote an open letter expressing his appreciation for the hidden heroes working on the front line of food and drink.

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Report: Establishing the labour availability issues of the UK Food and Drink Sector

27 August 2021

The FDF in partnership with the NFU and a number of other food chain organisations has published a new report on Establishing the labour availability issues of the UK Food and Drink Sector.

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Report: Covid-19: The impact of the incident on food and drink manufacturing

01 July 2020

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for food and drink producers. This report summarises the main issues, the challenges for food and drink producers then, now and going forward.

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FDF Scotland Podcasts

FDF Scotland produces regular podcasts featuring insights and updates from Scotland's food and drink industry. These focus on behind the scenes of the food and drink business, skills, reformulation, environment and other topics of interest.

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