Food industry in the UK - statistics & facts

The food industry encompasses all activities from farming and food production to retailing and food services. Over 18.8 million hectares of farmland are used by the food industry in the UK for animal husbandry and to grow crops. The production output of the UK's food industry is not sufficient to feed the country and only close to 55 percent of food consumed in the country was made there. Over a quarter of all food consumed in the UK originated in the European Union. The revenue of the entire food market in the UK is expected to come to 148 billion British pounds in 2020.

Food producers



On the production side, over 8,000 enterprises in the UK are manufacturing food products. Employment in the UK food industry amounts to just under 390,000 people. Sales from the manufacture of food amount to over 66 billion British pounds. Dairies and cheese making achieve the highest manufacturing sales, closely followed by the sales from processing and preserving of meat. If poultry meat is taken into account, the processing and preserving of meat surpasses dairy and cheese making. The food and drink manufacturing sector contributed 28.8 billion to the GDP of the United Kingdom.

Retailing and food service industry



The UK grocery market has been growing continuously for over a decade. The market was most recently valued at close to 194 billion British pounds. For the food and drink service sector, the market value is forecast to be just short of 65 billion British pounds in 2020. This would be 32 billion less than for the prior year. Household spending on food and drinks, whether via retail or via food services, came to over ten percent of total household spending in recent years.

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Food industry in the UK - statistics & facts

The food industry encompasses all activities from farming and food production to retailing and food services. Over 18.8 million hectares of farmland are used by the food industry in the UK for animal husbandry and to grow crops. The production output of the UK's food industry is not sufficient to feed the country and only close to 55 percent of food consumed in the country was made there. Over a quarter of all food consumed in the UK originated in the European Union. The revenue of the entire food market in the UK is expected to come to 148 billion British pounds in 2020.

Food producers



On the production side, over 8,000 enterprises in the UK are manufacturing food products. Employment in the UK food industry amounts to just under 390,000 people. Sales from the manufacture of food amount to over 66 billion British pounds. Dairies and cheese making achieve the highest manufacturing sales, closely followed by the sales from processing and preserving of meat. If poultry meat is taken into account, the processing and preserving of meat surpasses dairy and cheese making. The food and drink manufacturing sector contributed 28.8 billion to the GDP of the United Kingdom.

Retailing and food service industry



The UK grocery market has been growing continuously for over a decade. The market was most recently valued at close to 194 billion British pounds. For the food and drink service sector, the market value is forecast to be just short of 65 billion British pounds in 2020. This would be 32 billion less than for the prior year. Household spending on food and drinks, whether via retail or via food services, came to over ten percent of total household spending in recent years.

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