Did you know:
- Total UK expenditure in the food service sector is worth £74 billion and provides 1.4 million jobs, supporting 108,000 businesses in the UK (source: DEFRA)
- Total UK expenditure in the household food and drink sector (including supermarkets) is worth £78 billion supporting 187,000 jobs and 13,800 businesses (source: DEFRA)
- There are approximately 2,000 farm shops and 550 farmers markets across the UK (source: FARMA 2006)
- A report by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) entitled 'Local and Regional Food Opportunities (March 2005) found that 70% of people wanted to buy local and British food with 49% wanting to buy more than they were currently.