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|Friday, October 01, 2010||14:36|
(Drinks Media Wire). Representing the interests of UK food and drink manufacturers, the Food and Drink Federation1 has organised a series of fringe events at the 2010 Conservative Party Conference (Birmingham – Sunday 03 October to Wednesday 06 October) to highlight some of the core issues that are critical to the ongoing success of Britain’s food and drink industry.
The UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector directly employs 440,000 people, generates £73bn of turnover and value added of £21.6bn and accounts for 15% of manufacturing output, making it a sector crucial to Britain’s economic recovery. A number of high profile parliamentarians, stakeholders and industry representatives will debate a range of subjects at the fringe meetings including the Government’s role in working collaboratively with industry. Speakers including James Paice MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food and John Stevenson MP, Chair of the All-Party Group for Food and Drink Manufacturing, will take part in a debate entitled ‘Healthy and Sustainable Food: Can the right balance be struck?’
Julian Hunt, FDF’s Director of Communications, said: “Through these events we hope to deliver our key messages about the importance of the food and drink industry and the need for it to be positioned at the heart of the new Government’s economic thinking.”
Events will include:
A manufacturing led economic recovery: what is the government’s role?
Monday 04 October 0800-0930, Marquee 3, Birmingham ICC
Jonathan Walker, Political Editor, Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail (Chair)
John Hayes MP, Minister for Further Education, Adult Skills and Lifelong Learning
Andreas Goss, Siemens
Melanie Leech, Director General, FDF
Andrew McCall, Jaguar Land Rover
Bill Parfitt, GMUK/ Vauxhall Motors
The role of UK manufacturing: is there still time to rebalance the economy?
Monday 04 October 1745-1900, Fortissimo Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Peter Davies, Deputy Chairman, The Enterprise Forum (Chair)
The Rt Hon John Redwood MP
Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF (The Manufacturer’s Organisation)
Jonathan Horrell, Corporate Affairs Director, Kraft Foods
Ross Warburton, President of FDF
Healthy and Sustainable Food: Can the right balance be struck?
Tuesday 05 October 0800-0930, Hall 6, Birmingham ICC
John Stevenson MP (Chair), Chair of Food & Drink Manufacturing APPG
James Paice MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food
Andrew Jarvis, Principal, GHK Consulting
Andrew Opie, Director of Food Policy, BRC
Ross Warburton, President of FDF
Whose food is it anyway?
Tuesday 05 October 1300-1400, Media Suite A, Birmingham ICC
Andy Crane, BBC Manchester (Chair)
Jake Berry MP
Prof. Liz Dowler, University of Warwick
Julian Hunt, Director of Communications, FDF
For more information, please contact Sarah Jenkinson or Rebecca Wilhelm on 020 7420 7131/40.
Note to Editors
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|