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FDF: Food companies have appetite for growth

26 January 2011

The FDF backed the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Summit as an important opportunity for business and Government to work together to identify ways of dismantling the barriers to growth in successful sectors such as food and drink

The summit was organised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and attended by more than 100 industry representatives, including FDF and its members.

The Summit built on the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Review Framework announced last year – in which food and drink was rightly highlighted as an example of a successful advanced manufacturing sector.

Melanie Leech, the Food and Drink Federation’s Director General, said: “The good news is that the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – food and drink – is still performing strongly. Despite uncertainty among member companies about the state of the economy, they have not cut their investment or delayed taking products to market.

“But like Government, we feel there is more potential to unlock in our sector – from tackling issues as diverse as changing the public perception of manufacturing to accelerating export growth.''

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “With figures showing that manufacturing growth has reached a 16-year high, the sector is leading the way in rebalancing the economy and reducing the budget deficit.

"We need to inspire future generations that manufacturing is a good career choice by promoting UK excellence. As a signal of our intent we have invited world leading examples of British design, engineering and manufacture to showcase their technologies at the Department.

“We are also looking at holding a major exhibition to run alongside next year’s Olympic Games that will promote the best of British manufacturing. We want to show that British businesses are winning ‘gold medals’ for growth, jobs and prosperity.”

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