Agrifood

With a mixture of agriculture, food production and distribution, Greater Lincolnshire is one of the UK’s major food providers, turning out more crops than any other county.

We have an international reputation for food, fish and farming, having one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, research, storage and distribution in Europe.

Farming, manufacturing and food processing are worth an estimated £1.5 billion to economy, and much of the food processed within the area is found in kitchen cupboards across the UK.

The sector employs over 73,000 workers in agriculture, food production, farm equipment manufacturing, freezing, distribution, packaging and food importation.  The fertile nature of Lincolnshire’s arable land means it is a prime location for business investment from food manufacturers, offering opportunities to grow existing businesses by developing export links both with the UK borders and overseas.

Ongoing training in the agri-food industry is also available at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus through the prestigious National Centre for Food Manufacturing.

Greater Lincolnshire is responsible for growing one eighth of the nation’s food and processing 70% of its fish, and as a result is a strategically important component of national food security.  Growth in this sector is important not only for Greater Lincolnshire but for the country as a whole and remains a key priority for the LEP.