Priorities for the UK Food and Drink Industry - Competitiveness, Supply Chains and Trade
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Priorities for the UK Food and Drink Industry - Competitiveness, Supply Chains and Trade

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Central London
United Kingdom
Contact: +44 (0)1344 864796

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This conference, hosted by Wesminster Forum Projects, will be a timely opportunity to examine the direction of policy and what it means for the UK’s food, drink and farming sector at a time of significant change and uncertainty.

The conference will be chaired by Lord Dykes, Co-Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Food and Drink Manufacturing, with Acting Director of Agri-Food Chain at Defra Alison Ismail as guest of honour and many others from across the sector speaking.


  • Competitiveness - latest thinking on promoting and protecting UK brands globally - including developing trade with evolving markets such as China;
  • Support - what is needed by the industry, across the UK, to adapt to any regulatory changes following the UK’s exit from the European Union - including for SMEs;  
  • Workforce - ensuring the sector has access to the workforce it needs, with the right skills and that it is seen as an attractive career destination;
  • Research - examining the Sector Deal and other mechanisms to provide support with investment and commercialisation of world-leading UK food research and innovation;
  • Supply chain management - improving transparency, safeguarding standards and contingency planning for cross-channel capacity and Irish border issues;
  • Sustainability - engaging the food industry and the public with land management and stewardship options in the context of developing UK environmental policy and international commitments; and
  • International relationships and trade - the impact of any future tariffs and checks on exporting agri-food businesses, customs requirements on importing businesses following the UK’s exit from the European Union; learning from Australia’s diverse exporting experience and particular emerging issues for the meat and live exports sector.



  • Government no-deal guidance papers in areas including pesticides, GM products, exporting animal products, breeding animals, fishing and food labelling regulations;
  • Findings and recommendations from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on The impact of Brexit on the processed food and drink sector;
  • The development of a Sector Deal by the Food and Drink Sector Council - focusing on exports and innovation;
  • The recently published Fisheries Bill, which includes proposals on access to fish in UK waters, fishing opportunities and quotas and protection of the marine environment;
  • The Agriculture Bill, which includes measures to increase transparency in the supply chain and proposes a move towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ - such as environmental and animal welfare standards - over the agricultural transition period in England between 2021 and 2027; and
  • The independent review on factors that should determine future distribution of agriculture funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


More Information

To book your place and for more information about the event, including the full speaker list and agenda, please click the link to Westminster Forum Projects' website

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