Row of white wine bottles in display with Union Jack bunting

Food & drink processing

Key Shropshire Sector: Food & drink processing

Shropshire sits at the centre of a thriving national food and drink industry, making it the ideal location for companies operating in the sector seeking to expand their UK presence or establish a business base in Britain.

At 23.4%, Shropshire’s Food and Drink Supply Chain contribution to GVA is well above the national average of 15.4%. Müller, Arla Foods, Palesthorpes Pork Farms Ltd, Kerry Group and Ornua Ingredients UK are among the many leading global brands that have made their home here, alongside a host of high quality niche producers.

Other leading operators include Gro-Continental, one of the UK’s leading international storage and distribution companies, Cold Move, Alcontrol Laboratories and Culina Logistics.

Consequently Shropshire has a well-established supply chain in food packaging, manufacturing, processing, materials innovation testing and development, as well as specialist logistics and preservation solutions.


Shropshire’s skills pool

The Food and Drink Sector accounts for 22% of all employment in Shropshire, well above the national average of 14.3%, supporting the County’s reputation as one of the most highly regarded locations in the world for manufacturing food and drink with a skilled and dedicated workforce. Research shows that companies in Shropshire enjoy high levels of staff commitment, with the low cost of living locally leading to wage levels below the national average.

Future talent and research excellence are provided by Shropshire’s highly regarded Centres of Excellences – including the Ludlow Food Centre, the Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury, and Walford and North Shropshire College.

Ingredients in large containers at Müller

Also close by are the Regional Food Academy and the Food Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University and the Reaseheath Food Academy at Nantwich, as well as the Dairy Processing Facility and NoWFOOD at the University of Chester, placing the area at the very forefront of innovation in British Food.