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UK Food Exports Doubled in Last Decade

May 18, 2015

According to a recent report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the United Kingdom’s food and non-alcoholic drink exports have nearly doubled over the course of the last 10 years. This is unsurprising, as food and drink is the United Kingdom’s largest manufacturing industry—with salmon, chocolate and cheese being the most profitable exported products. Other exports, such as milk and non-alcoholic drinks, accounted for nearly £15 billion last year.

The food and drink industry’s growing success can be partially attributed to two key initiatives: innovation and education. British food and drink firms are currently conducting research on new ways to develop packaging that could potentially alert customers that the food has begun to turn, as well as on beneficial applications of nanotechnology in the processing and production operations.

In order to keep driving innovation within the industry and maintaining the high quality of its products, the FDF has developed a new food and drink specific academic degree. The MEng Food Engineering degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to produce popular items such as bubble laden chocolate, as well as how to transform a potato into a bag of crisps in less than 20 minutes.

In the future, the FDF expects more continued growth, supported in part by the government’s move to ease access to R&D tax credits.

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