The UK is a major food and drink exporter – and Greater Birmingham is at the heart of the industry. With over 5,000 companies in and around the city, the sector is a significant contributor to the local and national economy.
Birmingham’s location is a massive attraction for food and drink businesses. Situated at the centre of the UK’s road and rail network, the city is close to the distribution hubs of Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA and Aldi. 90% of the country’s consumer market is easily accessible, with cities Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff just a 2-hour drive away.
The latest food innovations are worked on at state-of-the-art facilities across the city, from Mondelēz international’s global chocolate R&D centre in Bournville to the Food Innovation Facility at University College Birmingham.
As a result of these significant strengths, several international brands have made a home in Greater Birmingham, including Mondelēz International, Molson Coors and Florette.
As well as major brands, the city-region is the proud home of many niche food and drink companies, from cider producers to confectionary specialists. Ethnic foods are a particular strength, represented by Brunei Halal, National Halal and East End Foods, which occupies 600,000 square foot of space across the city.
Food and Drink: Key facts and stats
A leader in the industry
At the heart of the UK
Hub of food skills and training
Home to leading brands