Dairies sector: Staffordshire based Adams Foods is part of the Irish Dairy Board which has funded the expansion of facilities leading to the creation of 50 new jobs since 2011 and the safeguarding of more than 150. German owned Muller Dairies based in Shropshire which has created some 400 new jobs since 2012
Meat and poultry processing: Key firms include Herefordshire based Sun Valley, which as part of the US based Cargill Meats Group has created nearly 150 new jobs since 2012, Danish owned Tulip Ltd based in Warwick and Brunei owned Brunei Halal based in Birmingham. There is also a sizeable cluster of SMEs and micro businesses in Shropshire.
Ready meals: Key firms include Kanes Foods based in the Vale of Evesham and Scheff Foods based in Sandwell, with numerous SMEs and micro businesses based throughout the area.
The processing of fruit and vegetables: key firms include the K.F. Group based in the Vale of Evesham and French owned Florette based in Lichfield.
Brewing: The manufacture of cider with key firms such as Hereford based HP Bulmer which is part of the Dutch owned Heineken Group plus a cluster of SMEs and micro businesses based principally in Herefordshire
The processing of potatoes with key firms such as Herefordshire based Tyrells and other sectors such as the manufacture of beer and biscuits, bread and cakes.