Food manufacturing shouldn't 'fall down the cracks of government': FDF

By Gary Scattergood

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Democracy, Food and drink federation

Food and drink manufacturers have weathered the recessionary storm and now need to be helped to unleash their full potential.

That’s the call from Terry Jones, communications director at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

In an exclusive podcast for FoodManufcature.co.uk, recorded at a noisy fringe event at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton, Jones outlined why he thought the future was looking brighter for food manufacturers.

Access to finance

He also gave his take on the government’s state-backed business bank, which was announced that day. Ministers hope the scheme will help hard-pressed small and medium-sized businesses get access to finance.

Earlier in the evening, at a Food and Farming fringe event organised with the National Farmers’ Union, Jones had a light-hearted pop at the politicians, saying it often appeared that food and drink manufacturing had fallen down a crack between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Listen to the podcast to find out why he now thought the politicians are giving food and drink manufacturing the attention it deserves.

To read our report from the Food and Farming fringe debate, click here​.

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