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The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion).

The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. In terms of economic contribution, it accounts for 17% of all UK manufacturing GVA (£28.2 billion). It comprises just over 6,800 businesses and employs nearly 400,000 people. Innovation is key to the Food & Drink Manufacturing sector. Key areas are nutrition, shelf life, packaging, healthy eating, minimal processing, food safety and waste minimisation.

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Current Food funding opportunities

SBRI: The Sustainable Production & Supply of Food Challenge

Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 18/10/2022

Cardiff Council, in collaboration with Monmouthshire Council and their wider partnership, are seeking to identify and support projects to develop innovative solutions which can significantly improve the sustainable production and supply of locally grown food in the Cardiff Capital Region.

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Growing Kent and Medway: Collaborative Research and Development August 2022

Opens: 05/09/2022 Closes: 19/10/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business focused innovation in the horticultural food and drink supply chain. This funding is from Growing Kent & Medway, a UKRI funded project.

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SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2

Opens: 12/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

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Biodiversity and Food Production: The Future of the British Landscape
Recorded: 1st December

Biodiversity and Food Production: The Future of the British Landscape

This event is for industry, academia, farmers/growers, government and funders involved in AgriFood. We’d like to gather a wide range of opinions around biodiversity and food production, a critical topic for the sector. Input from speakers and attendees will inform outputs of the event.

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