Food & Drink

Birmingham hosts significant Food and Drink production activity with many world class brands based in the region

Food and Drink


Home to one of the largest Food and Drink sectors in the UK and supported by an extensive supply chain, the region is home to many world class brands including Mondelez International, Coors and Bulmers alongside large quantities of smaller regional and local producers.

Several cutting edge companies within the region are also leading innovation in new food technologies.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham has four Michelin starred restaurants
  • Access to all major supermarket distribution centres within 2 hours
  • There are 2,000 employed in the brewing sector across Greater Birmingham

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Birmingham is home to an thriving independent food scene and has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other regional city. There are many stylish eateries, world cuisine, street dining, farmers' markets, and locally sourced produce available to try and with the ethnic diversity of the region, it also means that there are always new food cuisines available to explore.

And, there are plenty of other dining options to tempt you with. With over 300 restaurants, cafés and bars serving mouth-watering cuisine from 27 different countries in Birmingham city centre alone. Not to mention a whole quarter of the city devoted to creating our very own Asian speciality, the Balti at the world famous Balti Triangle.

Key Companies

Below is a list of the Top 10 strategic companies in and around Birmingham, representing the biggest and best of the region's Food and Drink thriving local industry:

Compass Group
Molson Coors
Minor Weir and Willis
Anglo Beef Processors
2 Sisters Food Group

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Membership Organisations

Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP)
The Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP) is a major scheme to ensure the agri-food industry has the key skills needed to meet the challenges posed by national and global food security. The University of Birmingham’s Food team in the School of Chemical Engineering is developing the Food ATP programmes in conjunction with the University of Reading, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to develop skilled food industry leaders of tomorrow.

Centre for Formulation Engineering
The design of food processes and microstructures is a major research activity at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Formulation Engineering. The themed areas focus on food, health and nutrition, product structure and function and food safety and hygiene. Research provided underpins support to the food industry and puts forward the new areas that are demanded by consumers and policy makers.


Skills & Talent
The region's universities produce multi-specialist graduates and world-renowned food technology and manufacturing expertise is also developed via existing research and development activity.The University College Birmingham (UCB) is a recognised centre for food education excellence and currently holds a Food Innovation Facility which is available for product and recipe development.

The University of Birmingham is laying the foundations for brand new food programmes as part of the Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP) whilst the University of Birmingham's Centre for Formulation Engineering is also involved in the research in the design of food processes and microstructures.

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