Economics publications

FDF's economic reporting is a key avenue for ensuring that the economic importance of the UK food and drink industry is widely recognised, as well as its potential for growth and productivity improvements.

Regular reports

Business confidence reports

Latest publication September 2020

The FDF's business confidence reports showcase the current economic views of FDF members on a quarterly basis.

Export snapshots

Latest publication May 2020

FDF publishes quarterly reports outlining the latest UK food and drink export statistics, which can help your company to prioritise markets for exporting. Our reports include: data on the UK's top food and drink exports, key export markets, areas for growth, and updates on FDF's trade-related policy work.


Food and Drink Interim Industry Report

Published September 2020

We are delighted to launch the Food and Drink Interim Industry Report 2020 in partnership with Santander.

This report shows that despite business confidence falling to record lows across the food and drink industry in Q2, overseas export markets remain a key opportunity for growth, particularly as we enter post-COVID-19 recovery.

The report focusses on key markets that have been identified as having potential for growth: the UAE & Gulf region, China, and the USA & Canada.

Food and Drink Industry Report 2020

Published December 2019

We are delighted to launch the Food and Drink Industry Report 2020 in partnership with Santander.

This report highlights the growth opportunities and challenges for the food and drink sector for 2020.

The report looks in particular at exports and the developing markets of China, India Japan, UAE and USA, all of which have seen considerable year-on-year growth.

Preparing for a Changing Workforce

Published October 2019

Access to skills is a growing problem across the sector, and according to the Food and Drink Sector Council's Preparing for a Changing Workforce Report, the majority of companies expect the situation to become more difficult, as we see record lows in unemployment (3.8%), parts of the industry where one third of workers could retire in the next 15-17 years and a forecasted 120,000 fewer migrants overall by 2023.

This report outlines the future workforce and skills needs of the UK food and drink sector, and has brought together the entire supply chain to develop key recommendations for both government and industry that will deliver a real step change.

Breaking the Chain

Published August 2017

Key workforce considerations for the UK food and drink supply chain as we leave the EU. Survey to establish the supply chain's Brexit priorities from a labour and workforce perspective and to address some of the gaps in official data.

Economic contribution and growth opportunities

Published July 2017

This FDF-commissioned industry-wide report by Grant Thornton has highlighted key growth opportunities for the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector.

Growth through exports

Published April 2016

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, exporting has never been more important to UK businesses. Together, FDF and FDEA have produced this guide to get you thinking about core elements of the export process and who can help you along the way.