Overview of NFU sectors for food service buyers
Find out more about sugar beet production in the UK - a real success story encompassing more than 100,000 hectares of farmland and four manufacturing plants in the East Midlands and East Anglia.
The UK poultry sector employs 47,000 people. More than 90% of egg producers are part of assurance schemes such as the Lion Scheme or Laid in Britain and 95% of poultry meat producers are Red Tractor assured.
Pesticides are an essential but often misunderstood part of food production.
Pig production in the UK is traceable throughout the process, from feed to slaughter. In addition, 40% of the sow herd is housed permanently outdoors.
The UK livestock sector is underpinned by family farms, often raising both beef and lamb due to their natural synergies in production.
More than 300 types of fruit and vegetables are grown in the UK, with production hitting 3.4m tonnes per year. A number of retailers have signed up to the NFU's Fruit & Veg Pledge which helps deliver fairness and transparency across the supply chain.
No-one knows better than farmers how important it is to protect the land that provides their livelihood. British farmers and growers operate a range of voluntary schemes to maintain and improve the quality of the farmed environment.
The UK dairy industry employs around 80,000 people. Dairy farmers produce approximately 14bn litres of milk each year, 30% of which is processed into cheese.
The arable sector in the UK produces more than 20m tonnes of grain and 5m tonnes of flour per year, providing the raw materials for a vast number of applications in the food and drink sector, as well as feed for animals.
Animal health and welfare
The health and welfare of animals is integral to productivity and British farmers work hard to maintain the UK's high welfare standards. UK animal welfare legislation is more comprehensive than that of most other major exporting countries.