Brexit and obesity on agenda at industry convention

By Rick Pendrous

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Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary for international trade, will be part of a top line-up at the 2017 FDF Convention
Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary for international trade, will be part of a top line-up at the 2017 FDF Convention

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Shadow secretary for international trade Barry Gardiner will lead a top line-up of speakers at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) 2017 Convention, which takes place at the British Museum in London on July 11.

The Convention​, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, will address three critical policy challenges facing the food and drink sector, namely: Brexit, the government’s new industrial strategy, and tackling obesity.

The morning session will begin with a ‘state of the nation’ overview from FDF president and premier foods ceo Gavin Darby.

Farm to fork panel on Brexit

In a ‘farm to fork’ panel on Brexit, a senior official from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will share the latest information on the future food and farming policy. Terry Jones, director general of The National Farmers Union, and Heather Hancock, chairman of the Food Standards Agency, will also join the panel to discuss how the UK food chain will be impacted by Brexit.

The morning will also include the results of a ‘deep dive’ into the current state of the food and drink manufacturing sector from Trefor Griffiths, partner and head of food and beverage at Grant Thornton and panel debates on Brexit and another on the industrial strategy.

The panel session on ‘Securing the best possible outcomes from Brexit for UK food and drink manufacturers, will be chaired by Food Manufacture group editor Mike Stones.

Tackling obesity

The afternoon will feature a panel on ‘creative solutions to tackle obesity’ featuring Richard Dobbs, senior partner of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) (and co-author of MGI’s global report on obesity), and Jane Lawrie, group communications director at Tesco.

A second panel led by Glenn Caton, northern Europe president at Mondelēz, will debate how brands can take consumers with them as they reformulate products to make them healthier.

For more details about the event, visit the FDF website​.

Food & Drink Export Excellence 2017

William Reed Business Media titles Food Manufacture​, British Baker​ and Meat Trades Journal​ are running a one-day conference for exporters, titled: ‘Food & Drink Export Excellence 2017 – Launch and grow trade in global markets’, which takes place on Thursday October 5 2017 at the Ardencote Hotel, Warwick, West Midlands. For more details, visit:

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