Food and the city economy

The food sector is big business in all cities. In Birmingham, as well as retailers selling ~£3bn food to feed us all, there are several major UK food suppliers and distributors here. The city also has a growing reputation as a centre for gourmet food. We have four Michelin starred restaurants plus others offering superb cuisine from all over the world.

Below are our blogposts about food and the city economy. See also useful info on the topic here.

Food & the city economy: Recycling food & drink packaging

Posted on 11th August 2017 by Kate Cooper

I’m looking again at the economic successes — and the costs of the food and drink sector. I realised that the data I had about packaging was a tad out of date.

The rapidly increasing global food trade

Posted on 24th July 2017 by Kate Cooper

If you click on the image below, you’ll get to see a 50-second BBC film giving some fascinating (and more than a tad worrying) stats about the global food trade:

Why & how Birmingham can contribute to global food resilience & sustainability

Posted on 6th April 2017 by Kate Cooper

Yesterday I gave this presentation Global food resilience & sustainability: The role Birmingham can play to the Birmingham Smart Alliance.

VAT: A really useful point of sale metric

Posted on 30th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

Taxation is really interesting. Oh yes it is. In 1940, Britain was at war. The British Isles surrounded by water. Dependant on imports that couldn’t get through. Shortages everywhere.

For every £1 spent on food & drink in Birmingham, it costs the city £0.90

Posted on 30th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

Few realise just how much the dietary effects of the food and drink sector cost us here in Birmingham, as in every city across the UK.

Five levers on our food system

Posted on 6th March 2017 by Kate Cooper

Birmingham spends some £3.4bn every year on food and drink, yet the cost of obesity to the city has been estimated to be £2.6bn, with a further £448M being spent here on dealing with alcohol related harm.

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