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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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Funding Opportunities

Growing Kent and Medway: Collaborative Research and Development

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-focused innovation in the horticultural food supply chain.

Opens: 06/09/2021 Closes: 20/10/2021

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SMEs Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership round 2

UK registered SMEs transforming food production towards net zero can apply for a share of up to £5 million in grant support. This must align with a series A investment. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/10/2021 Closes: 17/11/2021

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19th October

Transforming Food Production: Series A Investor Partnership - Call for Investors

Sign up to find out more about investing in innovative AgriTech companies alongside grant funding.

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News

02.09.2021

Underutilised African crops could be key to better food security, nutrition and livelihoods around the world

Diversifying the crops we grow and use globally could help improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods for many around the world and reduce our reliance on a small number of plant species.

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27.09.2021

Meet the investors ready to invest in AgriTech SMEs working towards net zero emissions

The ‘SMEs Transforming Food Production: Series A Investor Partnership’ programme is launching its second round. The pool of lead private investors selected for Round 1 is expanding for Round 2, ready to invest alongside grant funding from Innovate UK.

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