Key takeaways from the Business Leaders’ Forum

By Gwen Ridler

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Energy, sustainability and the environment were the key takeaways from this year’s Business Leaders’ Forum from Food Manufacture, according to associate sponsor EDF.

In this exclusive video interview, EDF head of large business Raghav Singh shared his highlights from the morning’s discussion.

“The first three themes were all around energy, sustainability and the environment, which are obviously close to our hearts,” ​he explained. “It was very encouraging to see the pre-event survey, where 85% of respondents stated that the environment and sustainability were paramount to their business.

“What was also interesting to note was that 52% of the people in the room felt their business was doing everything they could to address the issue, so I think that was food for thought in terms of us providing solutions for some of those issues.”

Manufacturers energy needs

Singh also addressed the role of EDF in the food and drink sector and the work it could do with manufacturers to help manage their energy needs.

“The food and drink sector is extremely important to us – we are an energy partner to some of the biggest food and drink manufacturing brands in the UK,”​ Singh added.

“We are seeking to grow in this sector as well, so hearing first-hand about the issues and challenges this sector faces, I believe energy can play a big part in satisfying some of those goals and demands.”

Meanwhile, calls for clean-label foods are being put on the backburner​ in favour of retailers creating plant-based products that are tastier and have a better mouthfeel, according to ingredients supplier Griffith Foods.

In addition to associate sponsor EDF, Food Manufacture​'s Business Leaders' Forum was also supported by host sponsor Walker Morris.

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