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9 May 2017

FDF announces guest speaker for food and drink industry dinner

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced political columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards as the guest speaker for its Food and Drink Industry Dinner on Monday 12 June 2017.

Taking place at the London Hilton Park Lane, the dinner is the annual networking event of year for the food and drink sector, and attracts more than 500 attendees from across the industry.

Steve will share insights from his many years as a political journalist, having previously been Political Editor for the New Statesmen, and regular host of BBC Radio 4's Week in Westminster.

The Food and Drink Industry Dinner will be hosted by FDF President Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods and includes a drinks reception and three-course dinner.

The Dinner is sponsored by Walker Morris and the drinks reception is sponsored by Kerry, with additional sponsors Bird's Eye and Food Matters Live.

To register for the event please visit the FDF website.

Event details:

When: Monday 12 June, from 18:00
Where: London Hilton Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE
Price: FDF Member £275, table of ten £2,500. Non Member £325, table of ten £2,950. (All prices exclude VAT).

Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said:
“The Food and Drink Industry Dinner is a key event in the social calendar of the industry, bringing together around 500 attendees from across the sector for the opportunity to make connections, strengthen relationships, and celebrate a strategically important sector for the nation and its economy.”

Richard Naish, Head of the Food & Drink Team at Walker Morris, said:
"We are delighted to be sponsoring the Food & Drink Federation Annual Dinner once again, which brings together some of the industry's most well-known global brands and leading individuals. It is a pivotal time for the food and drink industry, indeed for the UK as a whole, as we face an imminent General Election and crucial Brexit negotiations. So perhaps there is no better time to for the industry to meet and share ideas.

“As a law firm with a dedicated Food & Drink Team we support our clients to manage these changes across a whole range of business areas. We believe this can only be achieved with a thorough understanding of the sector and the key issues it faces. The FDF dinner is an excellent opportunity to enhance that understanding.”

Mark Faherty, Strategic Marketing Director, Kerry, said:
“The FDF dinner provides an ideal opportunity for industry participants to come together, make new connections and renew old ones, across a dynamic and evolving sector. An event not to be missed.”

More information

For more information, please contact Skye Oudemans, Media and Campaigns Officer, on 020 7420 7120, Skye.Oudemans@fdf.org.uk

Notes for editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. Walker Morris LLP is a distinctive law firm valued by its clients for consistently delivering excellent results. The firm is a full service commercial law firm which is focussed on providing partner-led, high-quality advice for a wide range of private and public sector clients nationally and internationally. Walker Morris is ranked by independent assessors among the top UK law firms for the number of recognised legal specialists in its teams.
  3. Kerry began as a dairy cooperative, committed to producing authentic and wholesome ingredients. As the company has grown, Kerry has continued to provide solutions that satisfy a fundamental need: to eat, to eat well, and to be healthy. Kerry's focus on Taste & Nutrition combines their multi-sensory aroma and texture experience with in-depth knowledge of people, life stage and daily nutritional needs. By partnering with Kerry, customers are taken on a journey to make food, beverage and pharma products that people enjoy and feel better about; which is called Leading to Better.

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