||<p>Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector employing 400,000 people.
The success of the industry is crucial to driving growth across the country. <br></p><p>Through
our International Action Plan, Defra and DIT are helping the sector to export more.
This is through opening new markets, supporting new exporters and targeted export
campaigns in priority markets such as China, USA and India. We are opening up public
procurement to more SMEs and local producers and funding the Food Innovation Network
to help the spread of innovation.</p><p>There is extensive interest in the Industrial
Strategy across the sector as evidenced by their response to the Industrial Strategy
green paper. The sector is also keen on a sector deal and we look forward to seeing