The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is partnering the GMB trade union to co-host a fringe event at this year’s Labour Party conference aimed at raising awareness of the food manufacturing industry’s contribution to the UK economy.
Sponsored by Food Manufacture, the event is titled Food manufacturing - feeding the nation and its economy. The keynote speaker is Stephen Timms, minister of state for economic competitiveness in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the revamped Department of Trade and Industry.
Timms’ comments will be followed by perspectives from the FDF, the GMB and professor Bruce Traill of the University of Reading, who has recently completed a study of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.
“It’s important that we keep reminding politicians, particularly those in the government that the food and drink sector is one of the UK’s rare manufacturing success stories,” said FDF communications director Julian Hunt. “And this event is one of the ways in which we hope to do that.”
The FDF/GMB fringe session takes place at 5.30pm on Tuesday September 25 in the Trouville Hotel, less than one minute’s walk from the Bournemouth International Conference Centre. It is free to attend, but places are limited, so the FDF is urging people to get there early.