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|Wednesday, May 18, 2011||15:39|
(Drinks Media Wire). The Food and Drink Federation has called on Government to be more ambitious in its plans for growth and to work with industry to put food and drink at the heart of economic recovery.
Speaking at last night’s (17 May) annual President’s Dinner, at which Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable was guest of honour, FDF President Jim Moseley outlined how food and drink manufacturing has remained resilient throughout the recession, and continued to invest in innovation to meet changing consumer demands at home and abroad.
Mr Moseley says: “Food and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry and a major employer. We are making a significant contribution to rebalancing the UK economy and filling the void left by the financial sector.
“But I think we can do more. Across the globe we know that there will be millions of new consumers for the high value added food and drink products that we produce. To fight off stiff competition from the emerging economies and take advantage of the opportunities of these new markets, the UK has to stay at the forefront of innovation through new technologies, new products and processes. Working in partnership with Government we need to remove barriers that inhibit our progress and distractions that have no value to the consumer.
“As food and drink manufacturers we take pride in what we do. Increasingly, I want others to share in that pride. If industry and government can work together to accelerate our growth then we’ll have an industry we can all be proud of.
Speaking at the dinner Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable said: "Food and drink is a key industry in an economy that has been through an extraordinary experience from which we are recovering. We have got to produce a model of growth that we can sustain, by shifting away from our excessive dependency on banking to manufacturing, from home markets to exports. Your sector is key to this. With its role as an employer and its high levels of innovation it is a very important industry and central to recovery.
"To assist you in that recovery, we are asking for your help through the Red Tape Challenge to reduce the burden that regulation places on your businesses. The hospitality, food and drink theme is open for a few more days so I’d encourage you to have your say on the bureaucracy that affects you at www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk”.
The FDF annual president’s dinner was attended by over 200 parliamentarians, food manufacturing companies, media, education and science organisations.
For further information please contact the FDF press office, Nicki Hunt, Sarah Jenkinson or Rebecca Wilhelm on 020 7420 7132/31/40
Photo: Dr Vince Cable speaking to the audience at the FDF President's Dinner
More photos are available from the FDF press office.
|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|