Economic Review: Welsh Food and Drink sector

The Economic Review provides information on the performance of the Welsh Food and Drink sector since 2014, covering turnover, employment, business counts, exports and more, across the key food and drink sub-sectors.    

The infographic below contains a selection of headline figures from the latest economic review, illustrating key statistics and other data about the food and drink sector in Wales.

Food and Drink Flyer


The latest release of the Economic Review of The Welsh Food and Drink sector can be seen here.

Economic Appraisal 2020 Data

For previous releases please see the table below.

Please note that the figures in this report were correct as of the date the report was collated, March 2020. There may have been minor revisions to some of the figures since this date which are not captured in this report.

Economic Appraisal 2019
Economic Appraisal 2018
Economic Appraisal 2017
Economic Appraisal 2017 – Mid-term report
Economic Appraisal 2016

Economic Appraisal 2015

The Food and Drink Foundation Sector Definition 

From 2020 we are adopting a new “Food and Drink Foundation Sector” definition, to replace the previous focus on the Food and Drink Priority Sector. This change reflects Welsh Government’s policy to develop a ‘foundational economy’, alongside allowing the impact of Food and Drink Wales’ policy and support to be more accurately monitored and analysed.

Further details of this change can be seen in our transition document here, which includes a full list of the SIC20075 codes included in both the new foundation sector, and previous priority sector.

Welsh Food and Drink Performance