The Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC) is a joint government and industry body formed in 2018 to address UK food chain issues. Current priorities of the FDSC are the National Food Strategy, Agricultural Productivity, Exports, Innovation & Nutrition, Packaging and Workforce & Skills.

The FDF is the anchor organisation for the Exports and Workforce & Skills working groups. Continuing member engagement in these areas is vital as we work to build a stronger voice for the concerns of the industry.

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Background

The Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC) is a joint government and industry body formed in 2018 to create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector..

The FDSC is sponsored in government and formally chaired by the Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (currently Rt Hon George Eustice MP) and for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (currently Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP). There are also two industry co-chairs, currently Ian Wright CBE, CEO of the Food and Drink Federation, and Terry Jones, Director General of the National Farmers' Union.

The members of the Food and Drink Sector Council are senior industry individuals with wide experience from across the sector. The Council will be a mechanism for the industry to engage with government in order to increase the sector’s productivity. The membership includes representatives from across the entire food chain, covering farming, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and logistics.

Current priorities of the FDSC are the National Food Strategy, Agricultural Productivity, Exports, Innovation & Nutrition, Packaging and Workforce & Skills.

The Sector Council commissions and oversees policy work in areas of interest to the whole food supply chain. These are led by working groups that report back to the full Council.

The FDF is the anchor organisation for the Exports, and for the Workforce & Skills working group. Continuing member engagement in these areas is vital as we work to build a stronger voice for the concerns of the industry.

The FDF supports the Sector Council financially, and in kind by providing staff time to support the Sector Council secretariat.