Implementing the 25-year food and farming plan - priorities for the UK food, drink and farming industry


Central London

Start Date:

Tuesday 22nd March


This conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to assess the priorities for the sustainable growth of UK’s food and drink industry.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss Defra’s new industry-led 25-year plan to boost the growth of the UK’s food and farming, being released early this year, focusing on growing exports and trade, increasing competitiveness, technology innovation, investment and developing skills and employment within the industry.


The agenda will also include discussion on the Cutting Red Tape programme which allows business to inform Government on ways to cut red tape and reduce unnecessary regulation on growth and productivity in sectors such as agriculture. Delegates will also look at innovative approaches in developing a more sustainable business practice to improve food security, including the EU Circular Economy Package on food and farming businesses, aimed at creating a more competitive resource-efficient economy.


Further planned sessions will also include discussions on the wider challenges faced by the food and drink industry in contributing to the development of the public health landscape, promoting balanced diets and healthy lifestyles.


We are delighted that Sarah Church, Director, Food and Farming, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Catherine Brown, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency; Jayne Brookman, Head of Food, Knowledge Transfer Network; Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London; Ian Meikle, Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK and Jon Woods, General Manager, Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland and Chair, Competitiveness Steering Group, Food and Drink Federation have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar. At this early stage senior speakers from the Food and Drink Federation and the National Farmers Union have also agreed to speak.


Angela Smith MP, Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and John Stevenson MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Food and Drink Manufacturing have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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