Key industry stats

The UK food industry from farm to fork is of fundamental importance to the UK economy, the sustainability of the food system and the health of the nation.

  • The food supply chain employs 4.3million people and generates over £120billion of added value for the economy each year
  • In 2019, UK food and drink exports exceeded £23bn and went to over 220 countries worldwide
  • Farmers have 10,000 football pitches worth of wild flowers, creating homes for bees and food for birds and insects
  • British farms produce 61% of the nation's food
  • There are around 270,000 hectares managed voluntarily under the Campaign for the Farmed Environment

Last reviewed: 11 May 2020