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4 April 2017

Ministers and industry leaders to address challenges facing food and drink

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The Food and Drink Federation's forthcoming Convention will see Business Secretary Greg Clark MP and UK food and drink industry chief executives come together to address the triple challenges of Brexit, obesity and the new industrial strategy.

The annual event, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, takes place on 11 May 2017 at the British Library, London.

A Defra official will present the latest thinking on food and farming policy and Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, will join a panel discussing the future for UK trade. Expert panel debates on access to the right workforce and technology, and energy policy will feature.

Health is a top priority for the food and drink businesses working to help people get fewer calories from sugars by reformulating and innovating. But reformulation is no silver bullet and companies need support to take consumers with them to help transform diets and lifestyles. Nicola Blackwood MP, Minister for Public Health, will set out what the Childhood Obesity Plan means for industry and the support companies can rely on to help deliver for consumers. Experts in Government communications, research and development, and consumer behaviour will help delegates understand how to buy people into healthy innovation.

Additional speakers will be announced later in April. The convention will be followed by a drinks reception which is sponsored by British Gas.

Registration is now open for the event on the FDF website.

Event details:

When: Thursday 11 May, from 09:00
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Price: FDF Member £300.00; Non Member £375.00 (All prices exclude VAT)
Register here.

Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said:
“The results of the next two years' worth of negotiations will have long term, lasting implications for this nation – its people, businesses and economy. Food is at the heart of our national security. FDF, working hand in glove with food chain partners, will help Government to create the best possible industrial strategy to help us navigate through uncertainty.

“The FDF Convention is an important platform for the industry to debate these challenges and share creative methods of addressing them.”

Elena Paitra, Global Head of Food, Beverages and Tobacco at Lloyds Bank, said:
“This event will provide an important forum for companies to come together and discuss how to proactively shape the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union. Ensuring optimal trade conditions and access to finance will be a vital component of the negotiations.

“In recent years, UK consumers have benefitted from a wide range of high quality, affordable products, and they will expect this to continue in post EU Britain. UK food and drink companies will thus need assurances on their interaction with the Single Market to ensure they have the confidence to continue to invest in their businesses and remain a driving force for the UK economy.”

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Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at: skye.oudemans@fdf.org.uk, or 02074207120.

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