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Key sector Food and drink What do Seabrooks crisps, Theakstons bitter, Betty’s fat rascals and Henderson’s Relish have in common? The answer is that they are all produced by companies based in Yorkshire and the Humber, and all play heavily on their regional provenance. It’s an undeniable fact that Yorkshire has one of the country’s premier food and drink industries, with some household brand names. This strength is boosted by Yorkshire’s considerable logistics strength, as evidenced by continued investment in plant and factories in the region over the past year, helping suppliers and retailers to move fresh products quickly. And while many industry sectors have been damaged as the recession forces consumers to rein back their spending, food and drink remains a buoyant market. Consumers may have cut back on eating out but they are trading up in other areas, such as premium foods to eat at home. Giants such as Arla, Fullers Foods and TSC Foods are prospering in this region but there is a wealth of entrepreneurs at the opposite end of the scale, from startup breweries to independent bakeries. As consumer and raw material price pressures increase and consolidation and overseas investment continue, legal and accountancy professionals debate what the future holds for Yorkshire’s food and drink sector. SPONSORED BY 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Yorkshire and Humber plc 2013

Yorkshire and Humber plc 2013
Economy at a Glance
In Focus… Yorkshire
In Focus… Leeds City Region
In Focus… Sheffield City Region
In Focus… Hull and the Humber
In Focus… York and North Yorkshire
International Trade
Knowledge and Skills
Food and Drink

Yorkshire and Humber plc 2013