SUMMARY: Leading Food 4.0: Growing Business-University Collaboration for the UK's Food Economy

SUMMARY: Leading Food 4.0: Growing Business-University Collaboration for the UK's Food Economy

Published: March 9th 2015

This summary report seeks to provide an overview of the next food revolution. UK consumers spent £196bn on food, drink and catering in 2012. The sector contributed over £103bn to the economy, £19bn in exports, and 3.7 million jobs in close to 200,000 firms. It encompasses seemingly disparate businesses such as farms and fisheries, high-tech manufacturers, mass-market retailers and industrial caterers. It is intimately bound up in competition for the use of land and water, in the management of climate change, and in the nation’s health and well-being.

Improved innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and talent for the food sector are fundamental to the UK’s economic success, not only today but in the very different future of what we call: Food 4.0.

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