A fine taste for business

Peck, Frank (2017) A fine taste for business. In Cumbria Magazine, 2017 (Sept). p. 17.

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Abstract

Professor Frank Peck of the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development writes for in-Cumbria on the big issues of the day and the economic data behind them. This month, he focuses on the food and drink sector. Over the past decade, food and drink has invariably been identified as a particular strength of the economic structure of Cumbria. The Strategic Plan of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership gives particular prominence to advanced manufacturing, the nuclear industry and the visitor economy. However, the LEP Strategy also draws attention to “employment strengths” in food and drink manufacture and “product strengths” in the agri-food sector linked to food and drink provenance. On this basis, it is suggested that there are opportunities for further development of niche and artisan food and drink products associated with a strong Cumbrian identity and other local brands. The strategy also notes the strong connections between the distinctiveness and high quality of local rural foods and the uniqueness of Cumbria’s tourism sector. So, what evidence is there to indicate the importance of food and drink to the Cumbrian economy and how has the sector performed in recent years? The data available from official government sources indicates that employment associated with food and drink continues to be highly significant for the county.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: In Cumbria Magazine
Publisher: CN Group
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 10:56
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2018 21:04
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3683

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