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Food & Drink

Food & Drink Sector Overview

Food and drink is the largest and most valuable manufacturing sector in the UK, worth almost £29 billion to our economy.

  • The industry employs more than 440,000 people in the UK collectively.
  • Total domestic sales of manufactured food and drink surpass £73bn.
  • Turnover exceeds £104bn, which is nearly 20% of the sum for UK manufacturing.
  • Exports are core to the sector’s supply chain – they export £23bn worth of goods to more than 220 countries worldwide.
  • SMEs are essential, making up 97% of food and drink manufacturers.

Food & Drink Sector Details

With pressures to reduce food waste and carbon emissions, as well as produce healthier products, food and drink industry leaders need to balance customer and external demands.

  • As food and drink recruitment consultants, we secure talent for jobs in manufacturing and FMCG.
  • Managers need to be able to think outside the box, seeing beyond the specialities and silos they’re currently working in.
  • A holistic approach is crucial – taking into account decisions across the system such as sourcing, product, supply chain, and retail, along with people and the environment.

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