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The challenges facing our industry are many, the post Brexit affair, shortages of skilled people, falling productivity, changing consumer trends, food exploitation, sustainability and recruiting an additional 140,000 people across all sectors are all top of the agenda on an increasing list of immediate projects. 

Our Industry Insight reports give you a taste for success in one of the UK's fastest-moving industries. From processing to packaging, fast food to frozen, farming to food service our research and analysis give you detailed data on every market segment and unrivalled insight into the future of what, how, where and when we eat.

Despite recent market disruption there is still growth in this sector 

Competing in the UK food service sector is more challenging than ever, In the short-to-medium term, industry revenue is expected to recover from the difficult economic conditions that stemmed from the UK's exit from the European Union and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the continual rise in labour costs and shortages, an uncertain climate, shifting customer trends, supply chain issues make for testing times across independents, national and international brands alike.

Operators are expected to face higher cost pressures as a result of ongoing increases in the National Living Wage (NLW), the introduction of EU-UK customs checks and the new skill-based immigration system. The high level of industry competition is anticipated to prevent operators from passing on cost increases to consumers.

Innovation is a vital way to address the challenges currently facing the agricultural and horticultural sectors. New ideas, technologies and processes will play a key role in helping farmers, growers and businesses to become more productive.

So in October 2021, Defra will launch the first competitions of our new Industry-led R&D Partnerships fund. This is the first of three different funds to launch in Defra’s new Farming Innovation Programme. 

Through this fund, DEFRA want to encourage groups of farmers, growers, businesses and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development. Like DEFRA we believe that by working together, they will be able to solve challenges and exploit opportunities for increasing productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England.

Farming For Food: the immanent challenges and future direction for global sustainability


This report provides a valuable insight into how our farming and food industry in the UK can contribute to the transition to a green economy by increasing sustainability, seizing opportunities and providing innovative solutions for the future. 

It highlights the many challenges facing global farming and food will require decision-making that is fully integrated across a diverse range of policy areas which are all too often considered in isolation, and for action to be based on sound evidence.

This research provides snapshots of people’s experiences of the UK food system in the pandemic


This report explores several key parts of the food system: food insecurity, diet and eating habits, and food supply. In each of these areas, we have sought to build on the evidence base around how people and their behaviours have changed during the pandemic. As a consequence, this research provides one of the most detailed snapshots of people’s experiences of the food system, from food supply to diet during the pandemic; in addition to capturing their attitudes and areas of consensus going forward.

In the UK 140,000 new recruits needed by 2024 to feed a growing population according to UK Govt. Dept of Int Trade

The food industry is no stranger to change and opportunity, especially after the turbulence and rapid acceleration experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, while there are large potential payoffs from this shift, many food retailers and product suppliers are not yet fully prepared to undergo the level of change required to reap the benefits. They also face some unique challenges along the way.

In this first-in-a-series of features, we assess the state of the food industry, how it reimagines the work, workforce, and workplace of the future. Our primary research considers the food industry’s current status including, legacy systems and work routines, goals, roadblocks, and investment. The good news is that we find much progress to date, but some critical gaps will need to be in place for the future.

The UK Foodservice market sector is projected to register a CAGR of 3.02% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

There has been a definite impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the overall foodservice business, with various segments being affected in varying degrees in the UK. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stresses on food supply chains, with bottlenecks in farm labour, processing, transport, and logistics, as well as momentous shifts in demand.

Lockdown resulted in the closure of all pubs, cafes, and restaurants in the country. During this time, the entire industry came to a complete halt; however, some restaurants remained open for delivery and takeaway. 

Research, learning, information, regulatory compliance, peer networking and a rich resource of experience are all readily available to members to access

We provide leadership and direction on a number of key strategic issues, including the economic importance and reputation of the industry, sustainability, competitiveness, Brexit, innovation, trade, skills, regulation and food chain policy from farm to fork. We also develop and deliver industry-led training to the through a range of thought leadership events, focus groups, and forums.

NEW FOR 2022
'membership lite'

Membership Lite has been created for those businesses who serve other industries in addition to the food industry and therefore require only a 'helicopter view' of the current issues, news, trends, and developments in the UK food industry.

Membership Lite is a subscription based service, open to all operators and suppliers across the food industry.

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On the agenda

UK Gov Food & Drinks Council


The Department for Business Energy & Industrial Stategy (BEIS) set out a broad overview of Build Back better: Our Plan for Growth1. BEIS outlined
the three pillars of the Plan for Growth – infrastructure, skills and innovation. The three
priorities underpinning the plan are levelling up, net zero and Global Britain.

Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC)

Tim Smith, Chair of TAC emphasised that Agri-trade had to fit into national food policy, and that it was important to link into the work being undertaken by Henry Dimbleby in the National Food Strategy Independent Review. Tim outlined that his report had highlighted the importance of maintaining the UKs high food standards, but how this could potentially pose problems when liberalising trade.

The recommendations set out in the report are ambitious, but realistic, and have been ‘stress tested’ with industry. The recommendations need to be acted upon collectively, not piecemeal.


Henry Dimbleby echoed members sentiments on the TAC report and highlighted the recommendation from the TAC report calling for lower import tariffs for goods meeting UK food standards as being key. Henry highlighted that all the recommendations from part 1 of the National Food Strategy report are being addressed, with one exception. Part 2 will diagnose the negative feedback loops contained within the food industry and will set out policy recommendations to address them.

Update from Transition Group

Nicolas Saphir highlighted that there is a need for the food and drink sector to make better use of evidence, data and analysis. Using data would enable the industry to identify growth export opportunities in existing/new markets and would improve the share of the domestic market. Better use of data would also address vulnerabilities and assessment of collective and individual productivity gains throughout the supply chain. On environmental sustainability, it has been shown that the costs of this are recoverable, and that we need to find ways of incentivising sustainability.




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Membership stretches across the UK food industry, sector by sector and  includes the biggest names, leading brands, start-ups, entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders.


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Our industry-driven agenda, research and thought leadership sets the stage for the events programme which offers objective insight that gets to grips with the issues that impact on  the sectors across the industry. 


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