The global food system is set to face unprecedented pressures over the coming decades; this will require transformational change in the way we do business. Improving resource efficiency across our supply chains from farm to fork will make an important contribution to this challenge.

One of the key pillars of FDF’s Ambition 2025 is Resource Efficiency. FDF members have demonstrated continued dedication to achieving sustainability goals, innovating within their own businesses to achieve improvements on climate change, food waste, packaging, water and transport.

A current priority area for members is packaging. The FDF has worked with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and other stakeholders to develop the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge. To receive funding, projects will need to meet the targets of the UK Plastic Pact, which aims to create a circular economy for plastic packaging, through innovation.

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FDF Conference 2022: Exciting and inspiring UK Food and Drink consumers

Innovation

We are delighted to announce the expert panel of speakers joining us to discuss the topic of "Exciting and inspiring UK Food and Drink consumers" at our upcoming Food and Drink Federation Conference taking place at The National Gallery on 22 March 2022.

Covid-19 highlighted how plentiful supermarket shelves and eating out with family and friends were hugely valued. Has the pandemic changed what we are now looking for in products, eating experiences and buying environments?  This discussion looks at what the post-covid consumer is looking to excite them and what your NPD and marketing teams can’t afford to ignore.

Key speakers:

  • Nicki Hunt, Director of Membership and Commercial Engagement, FDF (CHAIR)
  • Ben Morrison, Retailer Services Director UK & Ireland, Nielsen
  • Mark Thomson, Co-founder and Director, TRKR
  • Julie Waddell, Founder, Moorish
  • Dom Barraclough, Managing Director, Finch Consulting

Other topics we will cover include:

  • Maximising your export potential
  • UK Food and Drink: The cornerstone of British manufacturing
  • Net Zero versus reality?

 

Find out more and register your place.

FDF Product Innovation Award – Entries are now open!

Does your company carry out exceptional work, creating innovative new products?

Enter the FDF Awards - Innovation category before 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

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