Yorkshire Forward’s board recently agreed to invest a further £8.8m in the region’s food and drink sector over the next five years.
The funding has been made available to allow continuation of work that is already underway to develop enterprise and innovation across the sector through six key themes: product, packaging, process, people, provenance and passport to export.
These themes have been established to help businesses to develop new products, processes and packaging, train people to meet industry needs, find new markets in the global marketplace and use local provenance to obtain higher profit margins.
Barry Dodd, board member for Yorkshire Forward said: ’Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the region, employing more than 60,000 people within over 1000 businesses – the largest concentration of food and drink businesses in the UK.
‘Yorkshire Forward has agreed to continue to support the food and drink sector for the next five years, ensuring that the actions identified in the Regional Food and Drink Strategy are delivered, and paving the way for continued sustainability and growth within the industry.’