National Statistics

Food chain productivity

Annual information on the productivity of the UK food chain.



The total factor productivity of the United Kingdom food chain is examined within the four main food industry sectors and compared to the wider economy. Total factor productivity relates the volume of output to the volume of labour, capital and purchases, and so can provide a measure of efficiency. Total factor productivity provides a comprehensive picture of growth. Presented as an index, it relates major inputs of labour, intermediate purchases and capital consumption to outputs (turnover). There is a practical upper limit on the quantity of food that people in the UK want to consume but increases in outputs can be achieved by increases in the quality of foods (value added) and by increases in exports. Increases in total factor productivity can be achieved through increases in outputs and/or by reductions in inputs.

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Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 27 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Amended chart 4 Retail.
  2. Updated to 2016 final release, with updated methodology paper.
  3. Updated with 2016 provisional release.
  4. Updated with final estimates for 2015.
  5. Updated with 2015 provisional estimates.
  6. Updated with 2014 final estimates.
  7. Latest version for 2014 added.
  8. Minor correction to Food Chain Productivity data tables.
  9. Updated 2013 final edition.
  10. Latest version for 2013 added.
  11. Updated 2012 final edition.
  12. Updated to include 2012 figures.
  13. Updated user and users guide
  14. scheduled update - revised figures
  15. Added information on users and uses of the food chain productivity statistics.
  16. First published.