Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation - which represents manufacturers of food and non-alcoholic drinks in the UK, sits down with Nick Peters to discuss the challenges facing the sector. There are plenty to go around.
Food and drink is by far the biggest sector in UK manufacturing. From small local producers to global brands, the country has a brilliant track record as an innovator, exporter and world-beater in products from Scotch whisky to chocolate and cheese.
The UK wine and spirit industry is made up of whiskies (other than Scotch), gin and spirits distillers, brewers and winemakers, and they have an enviable reputation worldwide, doing much to add lustre to Brand UK.
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