UK food and drink calls on government to back plan for future success

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21/06/2019 - 05:00
A collective of more than 30 organisations from across the UK’s food and drink supply chain have today published, A Recipe for Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability: the UK Food and Drink Industry’s Plan for Success, a call-to-action for governments to support and champion the UK’s largest industry.

The publication sets out a clear vision for how policymakers can support the industry to ensure the UK food chain is the most competitive in the world. The industry contributes £121bn to the economy.

The plan discusses topics including the future regulation and trade policy, tackling obesity, developing skills and talent, investing in exports and environmental sustainability.  

Food and Drink Federation, chief executive Ian Wright CBE, said: “Ahead of the upcoming National Food Strategy, the UK Food and Drink Industry’s Plan for Success demonstrates that our industry is ready and willing to deliver economic growth, healthier consumption, environmental benefits, and higher skilled jobs that will benefit every community. Now we need governments across the UK to work with us in partnership to deliver a thriving UK food and drink industry.

“The calamitous struggle of Brexit must end - whoever the Prime Minister. Then we must look to the future and how to deliver success for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, the four million people who work in food and drink and this Industry which is at the heart of our national life.”

It is hoped that the suggestions will encourage governments to ensure the future success of the food and drink supply chain, safeguarding it against uncertainty in the period following the UK’s exit from the EU.

The UK Food and Drink Industry’s Plan for Success is available here

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