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Food & Drink Manufacturing Sector

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Food and drink brands recognised the world over call Bedford home.

A long history of food and drink production has built a tried and tested infrastructure. Also, because of its unique geography, Bedford has a first-class logistical network.

 

Major players already here:

Charles Wells Brewery, Lantmannen Unibake, European Oat Millers, Unilever and Jordan’s.

Some key pointers:


  • 90% of UK consumers are in reach within four hours
  • Typical wage for production operative £6.31 – £7.80 p/h and typical annual salary for line manager £20,000 per annum.
  • Variety of well-established business networks specialising in the Food and Drink sector including Tastes of Bedfordshire and Taste Real Food Bedford.
  • Colworth Science Park in Bedford Borough is a food and drink centre of excellence and has been the location of one of Unilever's foremost R&D centres for over 55 years. The site is host to a number of R&D organisations that benefit from access to a significant range of specialist services directly relevant to the food science industry.
  • Cranfield University is renowned internationally for their expertise in food and specialise research areas including Food Quality consisting of: Shelf Life, Mycology, Post-Harvest Technology, Contamination, Nutrition and Microbiology.
  • Bedford Borough and surrounding area has a wide range of regional produce with particular strengths in red meat, bakery and confectionery, fruit and vegetables, breweries and drinks, ethnic foods, dairy, food technology and machinery.
  • The ethnic diversity of our region brings new food cultures to explore (ethnic and fusion) offering cuisine from around the world.

 

To read first hand how Bedford Borough attracted a major business inward investment from the food & drink manufacturing sector: Lantmannen Unibake Case Study

 


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