Key Sector

Agri-Food and Bio Renewables

Key Sector - Agri foods and Bio Renewables

Agricultural production; fishing, food and drink manufacturing and food processing are important sectors of the East Riding economy, in terms of both business and employment numbers compared to the national average.

The East Riding is home to over 2,000 agriculture and food manufacturing businesses employing over 8,000 people and also contributes a quarter of the Yorkshire and Humber region’s agricultural GVA.

The bioeconomy is a catch-all term for industries that use renewable biological resources from land and sea, converting these resources into new products such as food, animal feed, materials, chemicals and energy.

The cluster of innovation and research facilities predominantly in and around the City of York (BioVale; Biorenewables Development Centre; the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus; FERA Science; and Stockbridge Technology Centre), presents the East Riding, and particularly the most rural communities, with a significant growth opportunity in this sector.

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The fishing sector in the East Riding is predominantly involved with the catching of the product, principally inshore and with a major emphasis on shellfish. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) commonly records over 3,000 tonnes of shellfish landed at the ports of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea per annum, which is a significant contribution to the overall UK catch.

Over 90% of this was landed in Bridlington, which makes it the largest shellfish port in the UK by tonnage and feeds into a multi-million-pound export market.

Over 2,700 tonnes of shellfish was landed in Bridlington, which makes it the largest shellfish port in the UK by tonnage and feeds into a multi-million-pound export market.