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UK Food Tech Industry

We’ve mapped the UK’s Food Technology industry using our Real-Time Industrial Classifications (RTICs). Find out more about the companies and organisations contributing to the UK’s Food Tech sector using our innovative financial, company, funding, and growth data.

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What is Food Tech?

Food Technology (or Food Tech) is an emerging sector made up of a combination of companies, organisations and projects that use technology – such as AI & machine learning, precision farming and automation – to help design, choose, produce and deliver food.

Often the Food Technology sector is associated with the use of technology to drive efficiency and sustainability, particularly within the agricultural and AgriTech industries.

Food Tech companies range from those developing next generation foods and food safety solutions to food delivery and AgriTech businesses.

Food Tech sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the Food Tech sector. The sector has a turnover of £45.5bn currently, has received £2.0bn of investment and the sector is growing at 1.1% per year.

3,224
COMPANIES CONSIDERED
£45.5bn
TOTAL TURNOVER
126,892
TOTAL EMPLOYEES
£2.0bn
TOTAL INVESTMENT FUNDING
£289.3m
TOTAL INNOVATE UK GRANT FUNDING
1.1%
AVERAGE COMPANY GROWTH PER YEAR

Food Tech verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK Food Tech industry today.

Our Food Tech RTIC is made up of 8 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Food Delivery, and Agri Tech. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0057 Food Tech 3217 companies

    Companies developing food and drink processing technologies, taxonomy adapted from Forward Fooding.

    • Food Tech: Agri Tech

      Companies offering services and technologies that aim to increase farming efficiency and sustainability

      568 companies
    • Food Tech: Consumer Products and Services

      Companies developing apps and services that facilitate access to food and the information behind it.

      504 companies
    • Food Tech: Food Delivery

      Companies offering direct-to-consumers food delivery services on-demand.

      585 companies
    • Food Tech: Food Processing

      Companies providing products or services that leverage innovative techniques to process food or to improve food ingredients’ functionality

      346 companies
    • Food Tech: Food Safety and Traceability

      Companies supplying tech-powered solutions to sanitise machineries and other food processing equipment, assess products’ freshness and prolong their shelf-life.

      370 companies
    • Food Tech: Food Surplus

      Companies offering products and solutions that help reducing food waste.

      50 companies
    • Food Tech: Kitchen Tech

      Companies developing smart kitchen appliances for consumers as well as smart equipment or technologies that help restaurants managing their business more efficiently

      520 companies
    • Food Tech: Next Generation Foods

      Companies developing solutions and processes that leverage science and technology to create new types of foods and beverages.

      393 companies

Food Tech industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 1.1%, we expect that this sector could be worth £47.7bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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