Food and Drink Federation

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Food and Drink Federation
Abbreviation FDF
Legal status Non-profit organisation
Purpose Umbrella group, with subgroups, representing the UK and drink manufacturing industry
  • 6 Catherine Street, London
Region served
UK food and drink manufacturers
Director General
Ian Wright
Main organ
FDF Council
Affiliations SFDF
Website Food and Drink Federation

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is a membership organisation that represents and advises UK food and drink manufacturers.


Its members are companies of all sizes as well as trade associations and groups dealing with specific sectors of the industry.

The food and drink manufacturing industry employs around 400,000 people and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; it buys two-thirds of what farmers produce.[1]


The Federation is responsible for communicating to and from a range of audiences including the UK government (particularly the Department of Health; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), regulators, consumers and the media.[2]

The Federation tackles a range of issues on behalf of its members under the three core areas of health and wellbeing; food safety and science; and sustainability and competitiveness; readiness and calorific contribution; it also aims to highlight the work industry conducts under these areas. For example, its Five-fold Environmental Ambition sets out where manufacturers are looking to make a difference to the environment through reducing CO2 emissions; sending zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015; reducing the level of packaging reaching households; improving water efficiency to reduce water use; and embedding environmental standards in their transport practices to achieve fewer and friendlier food miles.

Product reformulation has also been another major focus for the Federation, highlighting the industry’s ongoing work to reduce salt, trans fats, fat and sugar in food products. The industry’s efforts have been supported by the UK's Food Standards Agency, the UK Government and others.


Selection of members:[3]


Food sector groups[edit]

• Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Group - is a member of the CAOBISCO European association • Frozen Food • Ice Cream • Meat eWG • Organic eWG • Yogurt & Chilled Dessert eWG

Affiliated groups[edit]

In the same building are the Snacks, Nuts and Crisps Manufacturers Association,[4] the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers [5] and the European Snacks Association.[6]

Scottish Food and Drink Federation[edit]

The organisation has a Scottish division (SFDF) that runs autonomously and is based in Edinburgh. It deals directly with the Scottish Executive and is wholly responsible for the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry, having its own Executive Committee. The drinks industry in Scotland is an important part of its economy, and its exports.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Representing the UK's biggest manufacturing sector". Statistics at a Glance. Food and Drink Federation. January 26, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Representing the UK's biggest manufacturing sector". Who we are. Food and Drink Federation. January 26, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ full members list
  4. ^ SNACMA
  5. ^ ABIM
  6. ^ ESA

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