Food and Beverages

Food and Beverages

As the fifth largest exporter and the fourth largest importer of food in the world, the UK food and beverages industry is a strong performer within the global market and has particularly strong links within Europe. EU legislation has a strong influence on UK food policy, therefore greater collaboration with the EU is cited as a high priority by those within the industry. 

As in every consumer driven industry, success in the food and beverages sector is deeply dependent on the ability to anticipate, understand and satisfy the public’s constantly evolving wants and needs. The UK population’s preference for convenience has resulted in a focus on ‘ready-to-eat’ and ‘on-the-go’ products, while financial restraints have heightened the need even more for delivering high standards at the lowest possible cost. With nearly almost a quarter of adults and a fifth of children seriously overweight, concerns about obesity will result in regulative legislation, such as the need to provide nutritional information on products. Another challenge for the industry is security of supply and sustainability issues. Climate change and environmental pressures, coupled with an increasing population, will require the industry to work together with the Government and the EU to develop a sustainable and competitive food system.

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