Food industry facts to know

We all rely on the food industry, and the many organisations working in this area are continually looking for ways to provide the best quality food and drinks to consumers. This starts with the manufacturing parts of the sector, which use the finest technologies to ensure that all food and drink is produced in a way that meets the most rigorous of quality and safety standards.

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Using a key technology

A great number of machines (along with their countless component parts) are involved in food production, and it is essential that food and drink industry manufacturers optimise the lifespan of each device. The sector has invested £4.3 billion, some of which has been earmarked for high-performance machinery.

These vital pieces of equipment will be subjected to ingredients that could potentially be corrosive, so making sure that these parts are protected with electroless nickel plating is essential. This is a great way to prolong the working life of the machinery, making it a very cost-effective move. You can find out more about how electroless nickel plating is used for food industry equipment at specialist sites such as

And opting for electroless nickel plating can also help businesses to meet their sustainability goals, as described here.

A major contributor to the economy

The food industry is responsible for an impressive £25 billion contribution to the British economy, with the high standards of our food and drink being recognised worldwide. That’s why British food exports are highly sought after, with our main partners including countries such as Ireland, France, and the USA, and over 220 countries and territories in total.

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The industry also supports the economy by being a major employer, with almost half a million people being employed directly by food industry organisations. With companies operating all over the UK, this means that the sector is playing a key role in the economic well-being of many towns and communities.

In fact, the food industry contributes more to the UK economy than any other, outstripping other big manufacturing sectors such as aerospace and vehicle manufacturing.