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Business Leaders’ Forum

Food manufacturing bosses praise ‘government understanding’

By Michael Stones , 17-Jan-2013
Last updated on 29-Jan-2013 at 09:46 GMT2013-01-29T09:46:28Z

Paul Wilkinson, chairman of The Business Leaders' Forum

Paul Wilkinson, chairman of The Business Leaders' Forum

Government’s improved understanding of the food and drink manufacturing sector was one of three key themes of Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum, which took place on Tuesday, January 15, according to the event chairman Paul Wilkinson.

In this exclusive video, speaking after the event, hosted and sponsored by law firm Stephenson Harwood at its London offices, Wilkinson said: “The delegates felt that the government had switched onto to issues surrounding the industry including genetic modifcation, food security and the way the markets work.”

Wilkinson – who will take over as the chairman of Thorntons’ board of directors on February 1 – also picked out a drive to improve consumer labelling and the growing trend towards foreign ownership of UK food and drink manufacturing businesses as the other two key themes.

Organic market

Meanwhile, forum delegates discussed the view that the UK organic market was suffering from “weak marketing” and the harsh economic climate.

The event was also sponsored by business improvement specialist Applied Acumen and recruitment expert Goldteam.

Watch out for more news  – in text articles and videos – from the Business Leaders’ Forum next week. 

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