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.
- 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.