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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

Farming Innovation Programme - large R&D partnership projects

Opens: 30/03/2022 Closes: 29/06/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million for large R&D partnership projects, from the industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund, a part of the Farming Innovation Programme.

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Farming Innovation Programme: research starter pilot, EoI Round 2

Opens: 23/05/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

Farming, growing or forestry businesses based in England can apply for a share of up to £1 million for feasibility projects.

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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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