The Government Food Strategy for England was published on 13 June 2022 which sets out three key objectives to deliver:

  • a prosperous agri-food and seafood sector that ensures a secure food supply in an unpredictable world and contributes to the levelling up agenda through good quality jobs around the country
  • a sustainable, nature positive, affordable food system that provides choice and access to high quality products that support healthier and home-grown diets for all
  • trade that provides export opportunities and consumer choice through imports, without compromising our regulatory standards for food, whether produced domestically or imported

The FDF welcome the new Food Strategy, which is an endorsement of the success and centrality of the UK’s food industry, from farming to manufacturing, retail and hospitality. Read our full reaction here.

The Strategy makes several proposals including plans to launch a Food Data Transparency Partnership, including mandatory reporting against health metrics and exploration of a similar approach to sustainability and animal welfare, subject to consultation. The FDF will be discussing the Strategy in more detail with Government and our members to see how we can work together to take the proposals forward.

Feeding the Future: Working together to build the National Food Strategy

The FDSC, an industry-led board which represents the formal partnership between UK Government and the food and drink industry, published a report in October 2021 ‘Feeding the Future: Working together to build the National Food Strategy’.

The collaborative report sets out the food and drink industry’s contribution to the Government Food Strategy as well as the Council’s clear vision, ambition and solutions to accelerate the transition to a food system of the future.

This report addresses the key challenges of increasing productivity, raising skills, investing in innovation and technology, improving sustainability, and enabling healthier diets.  To deliver the industry’s vision for 2030, the report calls for a strong partnership between industry and the governments in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, building on existing collaboration, to effectively deliver a coherent food policy across Whitehall departments and Devolved Administrations.

Our views on Henry Dimbleby’s Independent Review

The FDF welcomed the publication of Henry Dimbleby’s interim report in 2020. Subsequently Henry Dimbleby published his Independent Review, which we recognised as an important contribution to inform the wider conversation around the future of the UK’s food and drink industry. We welcomed the intent to bring forward measures which will help to increase access and affordability of food and drink for children and families on lower income. However, we firmly opposed the proposals for a sugar and salt tax, which will not help to reduce obesity, and will only increase the cost of food for families – particularly those on lower incomes.

Our response to the National Food Strategy Part II report was covered in all trade and a majority of the national papers including BBC News, Financial Times, The Times, Daily Mail, The Mirror, Metro and Express. Our Letter to the Editor was also published in the Times and re-emphasised our arguments against the so called 'snack tax'.

Our media statement: National Food Strategy Part II Report - Update

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FDF Event: National Food Strategy – Discussing the Future of Food and Drink

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The FDF hosted its first National Food Strategy event online with over 200 attendees from the industry. We heard from FDSC Food Strategy Co-Chair and Nestlé UK and Ireland CEO Stefano Agostini, FDF CEO and FDSC Co-Chair Ian Wright, DEFRA’s Head of Food Strategy Laura Chapman, and UK Politics and Policy Lead Alex Dawson from Global Counsel – who were commissioned by the FDSC to deliver its report.

We had a lively debate about how the National Food Strategy must address short term challenges in the food industry and help the sector transition to focus on longer term goals. We also had a panel discussion specifically looking at how the National Food Strategy could support higher productivity in the food sector and contribute towards the Government’s Levelling Up agenda – with ABF’s Head of Government Affairs & Policy Ian Mace and FDF Professional Affiliate members RSM and European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food.

If you missed the event, you can catch up here or download via FDF’s podcast.

Report: Celebrating Food and Nutrition

07 April 2022

The Food and Drink Federation has published its 'Celebrating Food and Nutrition' report, showcasing the work of UK food and drink manufacturers to support the nation's health by improving the nutritional status of their products and offering consumers a wide variety of options to support sustainable, balanced diets.

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Report: Feeding the Future: Working together to build the National Food Strategy

08 October 2021

The Food and Drink Sector Council offers food chain solutions as part of the industry’s contribution to the UK Government’s forthcoming National Food Strategy.

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