FDF's strategic steering groups have been created to direct FDF's work around
the three key priority areas. For a full overview of how FDF is structured,
download FDF's Organisational Chart.
Food Safety and Scientific Steering Group
The safety of our products remains paramount for industry and continues to be
the top priority for FDF. Manufacturers are continually vigilant to ensure
safety – whether from the threat of chemical or microbiological contamination.
FDF ensures that members stay abreast of the advances in science that change our
understanding of food safety issues and we promote the need for appropriate
assessment and risk reduction strategies by regulators. We help our members by
trying to ensure that food safety incidents are handled in a proportionate way,
at national and EU level, and we co-ordinate an effective industry response.
Science also brings opportunities for product and process innovation and FDF
plays a key role in explaining to policy makers, regulators and opinion formers
these developments can provide real benefits for consumers.
As the body of legislation bearing down on industry continues to grow, we work
closely with our European counterpart, FoodDrinkEurope, to ensure that the
is heard in the right places and at the right time within the EU.
Our Food Safety and Scientific Steering Group represents, promotes and
safeguards the interests of the UK food industry in relation to scientific
There are six issue-led Committees, one Steering Group, one Working Group and
several electronic working groups to facilitate more detailed discussion of
- Food Contact Materials
- Food Hygiene
- Food Ingredients
- Food Law and Labelling
- Residues and Contaminants
- Allergens Steering Group
- Emerging Issues & Incident Management Working Group
- Specific Electronic Working Groups: Analysis and Measurement, Pesticides,
Process Contaminants, Technical Standards
The Nutrition Committee now reports to the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group
but will maintain close links with the Food Safety and Scientific Steering
and FS3G members will be consulted in the event that issues of a technical or
scientific nature require additional advice.
Health and Wellbeing Steering Group
Industry continues to respond to society's concerns about the health of the
nation, particularly in relation to rising obesity levels, and we are
committed to playing a positive role in this debate.
The aim of our Health and Wellbeing Steering Group is to work constructively
with Government, regulators and others to help find solutions to the complex
at the heart of the diet and health challenge here in the UK. Much progress has
been made in delivering on these commitments, particularly in areas such as
front-of-pack nutrition labelling and product reformulation, where the UK is
acknowledged to be leading the world. Our members have also been implementing
workplace wellbeing schemes that go way beyond the traditional health and
agenda to focus on the health of their employees.
Key priorities for the Steering Group include:
- To engage positively with Government and stakeholders in the ongoing development
of the Public Health Responsibility Deal and in the Scottish Government's
Supporting Healthy Choices Framework.
- To help consumers construct a healthy balanced diet. This involves reformulation
policies, but also considers wider aspects of diet and how we communicate about
- To develop responsible advertising and marketing to children policies.
- To ensure ongoing promotion of innovative workplace wellbeing approaches and
healthy community based approaches.
FDF's Nutrition Committee reports to the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group.
Sustainability Steering Group
A widely accepted definition of sustainability is 'achieving a better quality of
life for everyone, now and for future generations to come'. This entails making
economic, environmental and social progress all at the same time.
FDF has long
been a champion of sustainability. Indeed, we developed a sustainability
for the food and drink manufacturing sector in 2002 – which Defra subsequently
built on and extended to all sectors beyond the farmgate.
The Sustainability Steering Group oversees FDF's
sustainability policy. The
Group's sustainability work includes oversight of FDF progress towards
implementing its Five-Fold Environmental Ambitions:
Competitiveness Steering Group
The main role of the Competitiveness Steering Group is to oversee the policy
areas and actions directly linked to FDF's shared vision for 20% sustainable
by 2020 with Government departments for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
and Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Priorities for work on these issues are set in accordance with the FDF
Business Plan and involve collaboration with other Steering Groups on
areas of policy.
In 2015 the group is focusing on implementing a policy plan of actions focused
on four areas:
This work stream looks at how we can work with government to ensure our sector
is able to attract and develop talent; continue to promote the sector as a
of first choice; and up skilling of existing workforce.
Key areas of work include:
- Apprenticeships – support for the Government's Trailblazer project and FDF's
pledge to increase the number of Level 3 and above apprenticeships 20% by 2017.
- Graduate Excellence – creating the UK's first dedicated food and drink
engineering degree course at Master's level, designed to meet industry's need
trained, skilled engineers with a food and drink specialism.
- FDF's Women into STEM pledge.
This work focusses on supporting growth food and drink exports, increasing the
number of companies exporting and driving awareness of the exporting
More information about our exports work.
R&D and Innovation
This includes improving delivery mechanisms to ensure UK is an attractive place
for food and drink R&D investment and that public R&D funding reflects the
of food & drink manufacturing. Work to support the HEFCE National Centre of
Excellence in Food Engineering, currently being developed at Sheffield Hallam
University is also led at FDF by the CSG.
This includes working to ensure that UK food and drink manufacturers have access
to: raw materials at competitive prices; a fair and balanced food supply chain
particularly for SMEs who have less bargaining power and; a flexible and safe
workforce. FDF will also be working to promote and raise awareness among
the Groceries Code Adjudicator's (GCA) role and activities through specific
The Group is chaired by Jon Woods of Coca Cola Great Britain and is made up of
senior executives from across the industry. The Group manages and co-ordinates
the work of specialist working groups such as the Employee and Skills
the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, the Trade Committee, the Graduate
Excellence Project and working groups and other ad-hoc groups as required.
Last reviewed: 03 Nov 2015