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    Our Industry at a Glance

    • The UK food & drink manufacturing sector employs 106,000 EU workers, over 1/4 of our workforce
    • Manufactured food and drink contributes more than £28bn to the economy, 2.3% more than 2017
    • In 2018, total sales of manufactured food and drink exceeded £74bn
    • FDF members are selling 22.6 billion fewer teaspoons of sugars than they were in 2015
    • FDF members are selling: 90.3 million fewer kilograms of sugars; 1.2 trillion fewer calories; and 4.9 million fewer kilograms of salt than they were in 2015. The food & drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the country...larger than automotive & aerospace combined
    • Our industry employs over 430,000 people across every region and nation of the UK
    • Our industry has a turnover of more than £105bn, accounting for almost 20% of total UK manufacturing
    • 96% of the UK's 7,400 food and drink manufacturing businesses are SMEs
    • In 2019, UK food and drink exports exceeded £23bn and went to over 220 countries worldwide
    • Our top three export markets are Ireland, the USA and France
    • The food supply chain employs 4.3million people and generates over £120billion of added value for the economy each year
    • The food and drink manufacturing sector delivered a reduction in food waste of over 30% on a per capita basis since 2011
    • FDF members reported an absolute reduction of 53.2% in CO2 emissions from their use of energy in manufacturing operations in 2018, compared to the 1990 baseline
    • Almost half of our members identified investment in new product launches, and increased demand for healthy food products as opportunities for 2020

    Last reviewed: 09 Jun 2020