This week I attended the Food Matters Live Exhibition at the Excel in London. It was a great opportunity to catch up with my network and gain further market insights, particularly around the trends and challenges the food sector will be facing in the coming years.

It was evident that there is still a lot of enthusiasm, innovation and desire to grow the UK food sector and its manufacturing. The sector is seen as a strong provider to the U.K. economy and will continue to be so.

Currently, the industry provides £108bn to the UK economy and employs 1 in 8 of the UK workforce. Food manufacturing is bigger in the UK than the UK automotive and aerospace sector combined. With over 10,000 new products launched every year from the UK food sector we already have a strong foundation to build on and increase our productivity.