Food and Drink Manufacturing as a sector employs over 16,000 people across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2). The employment for this sector is concentrated within the rural areas which have links to the important agricultural needs. With the ever growing and expanding of the ‘agri-food’ idea, employment is concentrated in the Peak District, Newark & Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Amber Valley areas and continues to grow and expand with minimal effect from the recent recession. D2N2 is home to many blue chip food manufacturers as well as to some major food distributors that include chocolatiers Thorntons in Alfreton, Hovis bread makers in Watnall, Nestle water factory in Buxton, convenience food developers Greencore in Barlborough and British Sugar manufacturers in Newark. In addition to a vibrant small, medium enterprise (SME) base across the urban and rural landscape, Food and Drink Manufacturing businesses are producing high quality goods of world renowned provenance.