Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK

Food manufacturing is a big deal for the food industry, given that the regular and large amount of consumption of food from food manufacturing is being consumed by people. It is no question that to most countries and UK being no exception has a lot of Food and Drink manufacturing industry that affects everybody’s daily lives.

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a turnover of £76 billion. There are over 8,000 companies in this industry and they employ about 400,000 people. The industry invests in research and development (R&D) which results in about 10,000 new products being introduced to the market every year.


Aside from how big the food and drink manufacturing industry is in UK. UK is also known for producing one of the most safe and hygienic food available. The UK is also innovators of the Food Manufacturing industry as they first introduced frozen food, ready meals and instant coffee. And of course new emerging technologies and products to cater and improve human lives better are also at work.


In ensuring the quality as well as to continue the safety of the produced food by manufacturers, there is an organization based on UK called Food and Drink Federation (FDF) for this reason.


The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.


They account for 15.7% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employ around 400,000 people in the UK across 6,360 businesses. We are an incredibly diverse sector, speaking on behalf of global brands and thriving small businesses. They communicate our industry’s values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. They also work in partnership with key players in the food chain to ensure our food is safe and that consumers can have trust in it.


Given how humongous the food manufacturing industries are in UK. The established standards for food safety and hygiene should be followed religiously by upcoming businesses and established alike. Following these food safety standards is not only a legal obligations for employers to follow, these food safety standards also prevent the disasters that may arise from improper handling or care of food especially as large scale as food manufacturers.The damages from the food-related incident could be catastrophic both for the business perspective and more importantly public health perspective.

For food manufacturing industry is not only responsible for making sure they make tasty and edible food but also safe and clean as well.