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Food & Drink Industry

Why Choose UK Food and Drink?

LEADERS IN HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Extensive and nutritional research leading to the development and manufacture of value-added products for the health-conscious consumer.
  • Food and drink to the highest standards, with excellent safety and traceability credentials and transparent labelling.

A DIVERSE OFFER

  • A wide variety of products that take in the UK’s diverse geography, regional traditions and openness to international influence.
  • Premium products from seafood to spirits, global consumers recognise the quality, heritage and taste of UK food and drink.

KNOWLEDGE & INNOVATION

  • A globally recognised centre for research and development in food and drink.
  • A pioneer in innovative solutions in product development, ethical, health and convenience foods.

Welcome to A World-leading Food & Drink Industry

The UK is internationally renowned for its excellent food and drink sector with a global reputation as an exporter that upholds values of quality, reliability and transparency.

From historic brands with long traditions, to innovative companies at the cutting-edge of technology, UK food and drink has so much to offer our international partners.

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Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK
Source: The 2017 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland

A Culture of Food & Drink

Our world-leading Food and drink industry is the result of a unique set of conditions:

  • A diverse geography with strong regional specialities.
  • Leading science and food technology.
  • Modern multi-cultural influences that make an exciting food and drink environment.

Internationally prized products include salmon, cheese, beer, gin and lamb.

Cheddar is one of the most popular cheeses in the world and originated in Somerset in the 12th Century. Only UK makers are licensed to use the
‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar’ protected designation of origin label.

Many of our products hold protected origin status to safeguard their traditional processes and ensure high quality, including Cornish Clotted Cream and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

World-class Distilleries, Vineyards & Breweries

From Scotch whisky and sparkling wine to craft beer, gin and cider, UK alcohol brands come with a global reputation for quality and taste.

The UK has the 6th largest wine market in the world. Acting as a major distribution hub and now boasting over 600 vineyards of our own, our sparkling and still wines are exported to 128 countries worldwide.

Alongside these, the UK produces over 140 styles of beer including amber, bitter, blonde, lager, porter, and pilsner.

Food & Drink Innovation

Although some of our products are still made to the same centuries-old recipes, the UK is a leading pioneer in food production techniques.

We have always been an early adopter of new innovations within food and drink, particularly in areas like high-tech packaging and convenience.
Our innovators pioneered frozen food, ready-meals and instant coffee, and we continue to explore new ideas.

Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire is the largest agricultural research centre in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. Its many success stories include:

  • Producing seeds with novel plant oils to help fish farmers achieve better health and environmental benefits.
  • Research on arsenic uptake in rice that could protect millions of people worldwide from being poisoned.
  • Developing a companion planting system that has helped triple maize yields in Africa.

Growth in Organic & Free-from

The UK has responded to the growing trend towards food and drink products that support the environment, animal welfare and nutritional goals.
As a result, we now have one of the most developed markets in the world.

With consumers increasingly willing to pay more for these products, there is a growing opportunity to source these value-added products from us.

A Recognised Standard

From 2000, major UK retailers have adopted the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme that signifies farm-to-pack assurance. The standards address legislative requirements, scientific evidence, best practice in the industry and consumer concerns.

Commercial help and support

The UK’s Department for International Trade has commercial officers in more than 100 locations across the world. They can connect you to UK capability, and UK Export Finance who can support the purchase of UK goods and services.

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