Industry anticipates tough time at Christmas

The UK food and drink industry is anticipating tough Christmas trading conditions, according to the Food & Drink Federation’s latest Confidence survey. It reveals that business leaders fear a tough time this festive season, with optimism waning in the final quarter of the year, in contrast to the previous two quarters. “The results of our […]

Coca-Cola fizzing with pride

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) both received accolades at the recent Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards in London. CCE was presented with the top award in the Environmental Leadership category for its initiative to ‘Reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by a third by 2020’. […]


Industry bosses’ optimism on the up

For the first time since the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Business Confidence survey was launched in 2010, food and drink business leaders have reported positive levels of optimism for consecutive quarters. Despite continuing uncertainty in the UK economy, food and drink manufacturers’ business optimism has remained high in 2012, with 48 per cent of […]

Revealed: University provider for UK’s first food engineering degree

Sheffield Hallam University has been named as the successful university to partner the UK food and drink industry in the development of the country’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink made the announcement after a rigorous selection […]

Crumbs! Students go behind the scenes at top biscuit factory

UK students this week went behind the scenes at United Biscuits’ McVitie’s factory in Manchester – the home of the Jaffa Cake – as part of the See Inside Manufacturing scheme. The government initiative to get young people interested in careers in manufacturing saw students tour the factory and see how brands such as Jaffa […]

Minister and students get inside information from CCE

The UK Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, this week joined students from Uxbridge College on a visit to the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) site in Edmonton to witness the Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme in action. The Minister and students saw inside CCE’s state of the art manufacturing site and met its […]

UK food and drink exports soar

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew to £5.8 billion (€6.7bn) in the first half of 2011 – a rise of over 13 per cent on the same period in 2010, according to new figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Exports to the EU increased by 12.6% to £4.4 billion (€5.1bn) with the […]

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FDF boots British presence at global food event

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is encouraging UK food and drink manufacturers to develop export links with China by supporting the British presence at global food and hospitality event FHC China, which takes place from 14-18 November 2011 in Shanghai. In a joint initiative with the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and UK […]

Food sector manufacturing on the up

The UK food and drink industry has bucked the general trend of declining manufacturing output with a 0.5% increase in June 2011 compared to the same month in 2010, according to new figures. The Office for National Statistics results published this week show that while food and drink production output increased, the figures are in […]

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