Food and drink

The UK creates exceptional food and drink at every stage from farm to fork, providing unprecedented opportunities for UK exporters, international buyers and investors.

Market leader

Our unique food culture, modernised and crafted for contemporary tastes, has captured the imagination of buyers and consumers around the world.

Research hub

UK food and drink manufacturing is growing rapidly and there is strong consumer demand for new products in our supermarkets. This means the UK has a thriving research and development (R&D) scene and is a great test bed for new products.

High standards

UK food and drink is not just delicious, it offers international buyers and investors genuine products they can trust. Product traceability at each stage of the supply chain has opened market access for UK produce around the globe.

£230bn

spent on food and drink in the UK each year

400,000

employed in the sector across 10,000 businesses

£22.5bn

food and drink exports in 2018

140,000

new recruits needed by 2024 to feed a growing population

#1

biggest manufacturing industry in the UK – larger than automotive and aerospace combined

33%

intended growth rate for branded food and non-alcoholic drink to reach £6bn by 2020

Innovation

With thousands of new food and drink products launched to market each year, UK based manufacturers are not afraid to push the boundaries of food production, and adapt to diverse audiences and changing tastes. From developing new technologies that prolong food shelf life to creating new free-from products to meet an emerging market, UK-based companies make the most of our world-renowned science and thrive in this innovative environment.

Innovative packaging

The UK is recognised worldwide for its packaging innovation and new product development. We have a highly skilled ecosystem in materials science, computer science and engineering. We are a great location to help you develop your innovative packaging needs.

Vegan food revolution

Demand for UK vegan foods is increasing, as more people in the UK stop or reduce their consumption of products containing animal ingredients.

Private label

The UK private label market is one of the most mature in the world, with many manufacturers specialising in products for international businesses.

Devon ice cream company goes global

Devon-based Granny Gothards makes artisan ice cream and sorbets from local produce and is part of a thriving dairy community in south west England. The company exports to the Middle East and has now sets its sights on establishing itself in China.

Next steps

Whether you’re looking for a supplier or starting a business in the UK, we can help. Get in touch with us for simple, straightforward help and advice on how to do business in the UK.