Food & Drink

A dynamic marketplace

The Food & Drink sector is the largest manufacturing  sub sector in the UK with a turnover of £95.4bn and employs over 400,000 jobs.

The Black Country’s Food & Drink sector contributes £0.6bn to the UK economy and is forecast to grow by £1.2bn by 2030. The Black Country is home to major companies including 2 Sisters Food Group, East End Foods, Marston’s and Eurofins. The area is seeing positive growth in a range of sub sectors including:

  •  Meat processing production
  •  Food and beverage services
  •  Beer manufacturers
  •  Bread, fresh pastry and cakes production
  •  Condiments and seasoning  production
  •  Wholesale market

The Black Country has ambitious plans to develop the advancement of world-class design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country through HVM City. HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for high value manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places. As a result this sector continues to go from strength to strength and is creating major demand for high quality industrial development, presenting significant investment opportunities.

Sector Opportunities 

The Food and Drink sector will see a number of opportunities in the future including:

  • Growth in consumer demand for healthy and premium superfoods
  • Industry perception that the growth of the UK sector is set to continue.
  • Increased automation set to fast track sector growth
  • Packaged food and drink in Europe projected to grow by 3% by 2020

Made in the Black Country Sold around the World

2 Sisters Food Group’s supplies chicken products to major supermarkets, with just one of their Black Country sites processing up to 680,000 retail packs per week.

Marston’s a leading brewer of premium cask and bottled beers, operate over 1,700 pubs and 5 breweries in the UK.

Warburtons is the largest bakery brand in the UK and has a range of over 70 products.

KTC supplies over 250 million litres a year of high quality cooking oils to all sectors of the food industry.

Drywite’s fish frying products, are used by fish and chip shops throughout the world.

Perfection Foods Ltd is an award winning bakery, and the UK’s leading cake manufacturers with over 40 different ranges of handmade, high quality cakes supplied to wholesalers and retailers in the UK and abroad.

East End Foods are leading suppliers of Asian food across the Europe, with over 80% of independent Asian stores throughout the UK stocking their range of rice, spices and sauces.

Scheff Foods Ltd – manufacturer frozen ready meals and pastry buffet products supplying to the foodservice industry.

Cox and Plant Products Ltd– producer of conveyor systems and equipment for leading food companies across Europe.

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