Facts & Figures
Food & Drink Industry East Sussex
Award-winning produce from our food and drink industry is in demand and enjoyed around the world
Less than an hour from London by train or car, and with its close proximity to European markets, East Sussex offers a strong supply chain and distribution network, meaning it has the potential to support opportunities for new investment.
The last few years have seen an unprecedented interest in our wine industry as well as wine and culinary tourism in East Sussex. With the warmest and driest climate in the UK, varied soils and stunning countryside, East Sussex is not only ideal for growing grapes but also for tasting and enjoying wine. Wine sales, and wine tours, award-winning pubs and restaurants, fantastic farm shops, markets, festivals and craft breweries – are integral components of the county’s tourism industry, which generates over £1.4m to the local economy.
The brewing Industry has also since huge growth i recent years, with many indepedant brewery’s and tap rooms offering a range of craft beers and ales.
The Food & Drink industry in East Sussex really is one to watch!
Photo: Susannah and Craig Hewett, Eggs to Apples by Caitlin Lock
Drinks Industry in East Sussex
Eighty-five percent of adults in East Sussex regularly enjoy an alcoholic drink. The drinks sector contributes significantly to our social and economic landscape. The South East continues to be home to some of the best independent breweries in England. This document explores the successes and opportunities within the Drinks sector in East Sussex.Download the Drinks Sector Report
85% of adults in East Sussex regularly enjoy an alcoholic drink. The drinks sector contributes significantly to our social and economic landscape.
Food manufacturer employs over 100 people with a turnover over £7m. Supplies an extensive range of sauces, dressings, dips and soups to an impressive client list including Nandos.
Winners of Britain’s Best Loaf 2018 at the British Baker Awards for its white seeded sourdough. Launched 2015, produces artisan bread for its six Bake Out cafes in Sussex.
Oastbrook Estate is a winery and entertainment destination founded by America and Nick Brewer. They produce award-winning wine and have a mission to put their adopted East Sussex home and its businesses on the map.
Rathfinny Wine Estate Vineyard
Established in 2010 by owners Sarah & Mark Driver. RIBA nominated, state-of-the-art winery is capable of producing over one million bottles of Sussex Sparkling wine annually.
Producer of artisan tonics, juices and mixers that have unique provenance and authenticity. Folkington’s was founded in 2012 by Paul Bendit.
Mark Tranter’s Burning Sky voted 4th Best New Brewery in the World 2014 by Ratebeer, and ‘Brewer of the Year 2014’ by The Guild of British Beer Writers.
Rowdy & Fancy’s
Made by chocolate lovers for chocolate lovers, Rowdy & Fancy’s was born out of a desire for a high quality, natural product that looks and tastes delicious.
Off The Line
A winery and vineyard producing three variations of still rosé made from grapes grown at the beautiful south-facing site in the Sussex Weald.
Placing English sparkling wines on the global stage, award-winning Ridgeview paved the way for global recognition of our thriving wine industry.
Eggs to Apples
Award-winning farm shop and café, selling the best, affordable local produce in Sussex and Kent. Founded by Susannah and Craig Hewett.
Hastings Ketchup Company
Established in 2013 by Graham Ainsley as a home-based enterprise focused on bringing Hastings Original Lemon Ketchup to homes, restaurants and bars.
Highlighted success story
Locate East Sussex talks with founder Jens Knoop on how he has expanded his artisan drinking chocolate bars from Rye in East Sussex, with support from the community and Locate East Sussex.
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