Who we are?

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is an independent, industry funded trade association, representing food and drink manufacturers from major global brands through to small and medium-sized enterprises in Scotland.

The voice of food and drink manufacturing

FDF Scotland is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which is the voice of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.

The food and drink manufacturing industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland and the rest of the UK. In Scotland, we account for 30% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employ 43,000 people across 1,015 businesses, of which 95% are micro to medium- sized. We ensure our members' views and concerns are heard where it matters with Government, regulators, key influencers across the food chain, consumers and the media.

Ensuring Scotland's food is safe

We work together with Food Standards Scotland and other partners across the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe and that consumers can have trust in it.

Our skills work

Food and drink manufacturing offers a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers, in particular there are many opportunities for scientists, technologists and engineers driving innovation and growth. However, the industry faces a skills gap, we need 19,000 new recruits by 2024.

Through our skills initiative - A Future in Food, we work with industry and partners to promote the variety of careers in food and drink. We have many free resources that can be used in the classroom and at careers events.

Working in partnership for industry growth

As members of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Board, we participate fully in the delivery of the Industry Strategy which aims to grow the value of the industry in Scotland to £30bn by 2030.

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Our members

Our membership is made up of a wide range of companies, from major global brands through to small and medium-sized enterprises in Scotland.

FDF Scotland membership

We look out for the interests of both large and small food and drink manufacturers.

Our organisation and priorities

Led by CEO David Thomson, FDF Scotland focuses on Scottish specific issues that are important to our members. Our top priority is to ensure our members views and concerns are heard by policy makers on a variety of issues including Brexit, diet and health and sustainability.

Cross Party Group on Food

We provide the secretariat for the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Food, which acts as a policy forum for discussion of food issues in Scotland.