Appetite for global success: how food and drink manufacturing through the industrial strategy can feed UK prosperity and serve global needs

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Sumner, Jake; Heasman, Michael; Nguyen, Thomas
Date of publication
2 November 2017
Social Policy, Employment, Health Services
Social welfare
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This report provides new analysis on the food and drink sector’s importance and economic footprint across the UK for jobs, growth and rebalancing. F&D is a sixth of UK manufacturing, employs 400,000 and produces nearly 7% of exports. Despite this, F&D has largely been omitted from the Industrial Strategy.

A decisive focus must be established to maintain and grow jobs and exports, and drive productivity. A decade ago, Scotland did this and has seen a turnover increase of 44% and a 56% increase in exports.

Key recommendations:

  • Develop a specific F&D approach in the Industrial Strategy and set a mission-orientated goal for leadership in nutritious and sustainable food production and standards to meet a growing UK and global demand – and address the £16bn a year obesity crisis.
  • Develop an innovation eco-system to drive increases in public and private R&D investment – the UK is a poor performer for R&D investment compared to OECD countries.
  • Establish a F&D Manufacturing Council with connections to the food pipeline addressing the fragmentation across the sector and co-ordination across Government.

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