Water use of food and drink sub-sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013

This statistic shows a distribution of water use by food and drink manufacturing subsectors represented by the FHC in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013. That year, water use was highest within the dairy and meat processing sectors.

Distribution of water use in the food and drink manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013, by sub-sector*

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Release date

July 2014


United Kingdom

Survey time period


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based on 236 FHC sites*

Supplementary notes

* Sub-sectors included here are those represented by the Federal House Commitment (FHC). Figures are based on 236 sites with comparable data. Excludes water used in products.
** Includes red meat and poultry.
*** Includes fish processing, alcoholic beverages, pet food and animal fed, milling, desserts, sauces and condiments.

FHC is a voluntary agreement for the food and drink manufacturing sector, which aims to help reduce the stress on the nation’s water supplies and contribute to an industry-wide target to reduce water use by 2020.

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