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Food manufacturers perform well, despite gloom

21 December 2010

The food and drink manufacturing sector is still performing strongly, despite uncertainty among companies about the state of the economy

A new business confidence survey of Food and Drink Federation members shows a strong performance in the third quarter of the year – with almost 60% recording increased sales and only 15% reporting a fall. More than half predicted that their sales would keep growing to the end of the year.

Companies say they kept a lid on price rises in the third quarter of 2010. However, with most reporting ongoing rises in the costs of commodities and ingredients, 64% expected to put up prices up by the end of the year.

Although few companies are optimistic about the general business environment, most respondents are either maintaining or increasing their investment in facilities, research and staff. In addition, one-third said they launched new lines in the third quarter and 44% expect to have launched products by the end of the year.

FDF Director of Competitiveness, Angela Coleshill said: “Continued uncertainty over the performance of the UK economy means that members remain cautious, but they have not cut their investment in physical and human resources or delayed taking products to market. Overall it’s an encouraging outlook for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.”


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