Sector Groups

FDF policies are developed through industry-wide consultation channelled through its governing Council, advised by specialist committees/panels and informed by sector networking groups. You can download FDF's Organisational Chart (pdf, 11kb).

Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Group (BCCC)

The Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Sector Group (BCCC) represents the specific interests of UK biscuit, cake, chocolate and confectionery manufacturers.

The Group is the representative and influential voice of the biscuit, cake, chocolate and confectionery sector, promoting the industry and representing its viewpoint to government, to all relevant regulatory, scientific and enforcement authorities and to other public bodies.

In addition, the Group is the UK representative to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO), so plays an active role in influencing EU policy matters which impact on the sector.

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Frozen Food Group

FDF's Frozen Food Group encompasses senior representatives of frozen food and ice cream producers across all sectors and aims to be the authoritative voice of the industry.

It represents the specific interests of the frozen food manufacturing industry and acts as an interface with other organisations in the supply chain and relevant regulatory, scientific and public bodies.

Key issues in which the Group is currently engaged include the positioning of the frozen food industry and the consumer perception of frozen food.

The Group also encompasses an Ice Cream Committee which represents the specific regulatory and technical interests of the ice cream manufacturing industry and is an active member of the European Ice Cream Association, Euroglaces.

The specific interests of manufacturers of frozen green vegetables and vegetable products are also represented under the Frozen Food Group umbrella.

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Sales Directors' Forum

FDF's Sales Directors' Forum comprises senior company representatives, mainly Sales Directors, who review issues and formulate policy to do with manufacturer/retailer relationships and Competition Policy.

The committee invites to its meetings key figures from the retail industry and receives presentations from them to keep abreast of major trade developments.

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Meat Group

FDF's Meat Group represents the specific interests of FDF members manufacturing meat preparations and products on technical, legislative, regulatory and supply issues.

It aims to be a central point of contact for Defra, the FSA and other public bodies on those issues and is an active member of the European Meat Processors Association, CLITRAVI.

Under this area of activity, FDF also represents the broader interests of FDF members in relation to animal health diseases including Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue.

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Organics Group

FDF's Organics Group represents the specific interests of FDF member companies operating in the organic food and drink sector, including towards Defra officials responsible for implementing EU Organic Regulations.

It is a member of the EU Group of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) and acts as an interface with other organisations in the organic sector, including all of the key UK Organic Certification Bodies.

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Out of Home Group

FDF's Out of Home Group is made up of senior company representatives and formulates policy on manufacturer/distributor and end-operator relationships.

The Group invites to its meetings representatives from the various food service sectors to keep abreast of major trade developments. Working groups are set up to deal with specific issues as they arise.

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Seafood Group

The FDF Seafood Group represents the interests of FDF companies on all technical, legislative and regulatory issues impacting the seafood industry. The Seafood Group is an integral part of FDF's structure and provides members with a collective voice when inputting into FDF strategy and activity in specific areas of interest.

The Seafood Group is the authoritative voice for the UK seafood processing industry and represents over £1.9 billion worth of turnover covering whitefish, shellfish, nephrops, salmon, tuna, pelagic and canning, and looks to extend its seafood representation and portfolio wherever possible. The Seafood Group comprises a Shellfish Committee; Tuna Committee; Salmon Committee; and Fish Committee.

The Seafood Group liaises with key stakeholders and officials within the European Commission, DEFRA, FSA, each of the UK Devolved Administrations, NGO's, Fisherman's Organisations and Producer Organisations (PO's).

We also work closely with the European Processors Federation (AIPCE); of which the Seafood Group Chairman is Vice-President. We are also members of all Seafish Industry Authorities (SIA) Advisory Working Groups and sit on both the Executive Committee and General Assembly for both the North Sea and North Western Waters Regional Advisory Councils (RAC's).

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Vegetarian and Meat-Free Food Industry Group

FDF's Vegetarian and Meat-Free Food Industry Group represents the specific interests of FDF member companies operating in the vegetarian and meat-free sector, including towards the Food Standards Agency.

The Group has a website carrying key information on vegetarian and meat-free foods: www.meat-free.org.uk

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Yogurt and Chilled Dessert Group

FDF's Yogurt and Chilled Dessert Group was formed in April 2005 to provide a representative and influential voice for those involved in the manufacture, sale, distribution and marketing of yogurt, yogurt-based drinks and chilled desserts in the UK.

The Group will, through the mechanisms of FDF, pursue the industry's interests in its relationship with Government, all relevant regulatory, scientific and enforcement authorities and other public bodies, and where appropriate with commercial organisations.

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Last reviewed: 20 Aug 2013