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FDF calls for support for 'Great British Success Story'

03 February 2010

Government must put food and drink manufacturing at the heart of its economic thinking as it looks to bring its recently-published Food 2030 vision to life, according to Melanie Leech

The Director General of the Food and Drink Federation delivered a keynote speech at Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum.“ In Food 2030, the Prime Minister commits Government to play its part in ensuring that the UK food chain can continue to thrive as an innovative, competitive and resilient sector.” said Leech. “Government must now turn its vision into a meaningful cross-Whitehall strategy to deliver.”

“We would like to see future strategy underpinned by a political appreciation of the importance of processors to the success of the overall economy and for food manufacturers to be made a genuine priority for Government. In return, Government can be confident that a successful sector will continue to show real leadership in the way it responds to difficult challenges in the areas of health and the environment.”

Leech also reminded delegates that the food and drink sector is the largest manufacturing industry, accounting for 15% of total output, directly employing 440,000 people and generating £72.8bn of annual turnover.  She highlighted the level of investment the industry has made in both product innovation and reformulation, driven by commitment to meeting consumer demand, plus the sector’s commitment to meeting the goals laid down in its Five-Fold Environmental Ambition to help shape the future of sustainable global food production. 


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