FDF Awards winners revealed

On Thursday 18 September, outstanding individuals, ambitious initiatives and growing food and drink businesses were recognised for their contribution to the economy, community and environment at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards. TV and radio newscaster Katie Derham presented winners with their trophies at an award held at London’s The Brewery in the UK. […]

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Food and Drink Export Month

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the start of a month of food and drink activity with online export community Open to Export, designed to help small and medium-sized food and drink companies grow their exports business. A joint initiative between Open to Export, government and industry, the Food and Drink Export Month runs […]

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‘Leading by example’

Alice Cadman was recently appointed head of business development and marketing at 
Leatherhead Food Research. Here, she explains why the food industry must continue to improve its understanding of the more distant and less sustainable aspects of the food supply chain…

Food businesses to go head to head

Food and drink businesses across the UK supply chain are anxiously waiting to discover whether they have beaten off the competition to be named best in class at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards ceremony to be held on 18 September. At a black-tie event to be hosted by BBC presenter Katie Derham at […]

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Inspiring women into engineering

Today, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) announces a new partnership with youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd and three of the UK’s largest food and drink manufacturers to promote careers for women interested in engineering in food and drink. In this new collaboration, FDF members Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK will work with FDF and […]

FDF comments on apprenticeship scheme

In response to the launch of BIS’ Get In, Go Far apprenticeships scheme in the UK, Caroline Keohane, competitiveness policy manager at the Food and Drink Federation, says, “There is no doubt that skills are the driving force to a successful industry, and the government’s campaign highlights the importance of skilled apprentices to employers right […]

Food and Drink Federation’s view on UK Budget statement

Melanie Leech, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, has commented on the UK Budget Statement. She said: “Food and drink, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector will benefit from many of the changes to energy, investment, exports and skills policy announced in this budget for manufacturers. It is over two years since FDF launched […]


Seasoning producers help cut salt in sausages

Hundreds of butchers across Scotland now have access to lower salt seasonings which will help them to make their products healthier. The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF)’s Reformulation Programme has worked with four of the main seasoning companies in the UK, Dalesman, Dalziel, Kerry and Scobie & Junor, to create new seasonings for the butchery trade, some […]


UK’s new Food Engineering Degree meets industry support target

The UK’s first-ever Food Engineering Degree has reached a major milestone with over 40 leading food and drink businesses now pledging practical industry support to students. The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, which has partnered with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Sheffield Hallam University to create the new MEng degree, today […]

United Biscuits scoops FDF award

United Biscuits received the top accolade at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards, at a ceremony which celebrated the successes and positive contribution of food and drink businesses, held at London’s Vinopolis. The company was commended by FDF president Jim Moseley for its success in exports, for which it also won the Exporter of […]

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Food waste is falling but more must be done

Following last week’s report from WRAP, which states that the level of avoidable food waste in UK households has fallen by 21% during the last five years, The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) got in touch to argue that more must be done: Whilst the FDF applauds the news, WRAP’s new report reveals that the […]


Students ‘see inside’ food and drink manufacturing

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced that over 1,600 students, teachers and careers advisors will see behind the scenes of some of Britain’s top food and drink manufacturing companies during October as part of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) programme. SIM is a programme run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills […]


Planned food engineering centre will help skills gap

Earlier this week, news broke regarding a funding boost for the planned National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering – a move that was more than welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has granted Sheffield Hallam University […]


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