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|Tuesday, September 29, 2009||12:55|
(Drinks Media Wire). The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will this afternoon join forces with the National Farmers’ Union and the British Retail Consortium to host a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
The event, entitled ‘Food for Thought: Can the UK Continue to Feed Itself?’ will focus on the viability of the British food chain, both in the current climate and in relation to future challenges. It will be chaired by Paddy Tipping MP with speeches from: Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Food and Farming Minister; Julian Hunt, FDF Director of Communications; Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers’ Union; and Andrew Opie, Food Policy Director at the British Retail Consortium.
Using the recently-launched consultation on the Defra Food Vision as a basis for discussion, the event will look at the extent to which the Government has recognised the needs of the food chain. The speakers will also outline industry’s view on what more needs to be done to ensure that the food produced and sold in the UK continues to be widely available, safe, affordable and of the highest quality.
Topics to be discussed include food prices, food security versus self sufficiency, supplier relationships, health and nutrition, environment and waste, GM and other new technologies, country of origin labeling, welfare standards, nutrition and recipe changes.
For further information, or if you would like to attend the event, please contact Keren McCarron or Rebecca Wilhelm in the FDF Press Office on 020 7420 7132/40.
Note to Editors
The event will take place at the Promenade Restaurant, Thistle Hotel, Brighton, BN1 2GS from 12:30 to 2pm.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk.
|Name: Nicki Hunt|
|Company: Food and Drink Federation (FDF)|
|Address: 6 Catherine Street - WC2B 5JJ London|
|Country: UNITED KINGDOM|
|Phone: +44 (0)20 7420 7132|
|Fax: +44 (0)20 7836 0580|