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13 March 2018

Food and Drink Federation response to the environmental initiatives in the Spring Statement

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Please find below FDF's response to the environmental initiatives in the Spring Statement.

Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation, said:

“FDF fully recognises that more needs to be done to reduce litter and drive up recycling across all materials, including plastics, and this needs to encompass increasing the capture of used packaging both on-the-go and in the home.

We therefore welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Government's public consultation process and welcome the launch of the innovation fund to develop the technologies and appropriate approaches to reduce plastic waste.

It is important that any financial investments be made where they can be most effective in driving change, such as reform of the current UK producer responsibility system for packaging. Additionally, it is vital that these innovations and other actions take full account of the important role of plastics in protecting and preserving food products throughout the food and drink supply chain. Plastics have become an integral part of ensuring food safety and help to prevent and minimise food waste, and those roles must be filled to ensure a safe, affordable, and sustainable food and drink value chain.

More information

Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or 02074207120.

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