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Priorities for growth in the UK food and drink industry - skills, exports, innovation and sustainability
Guests of Honour: Tim Render, Deputy Director for Food Policy, Competitiveness and Growth, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Melanie Leech, Director General, Food & Drink Federation
This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss Government's ongoing focus on making the UK food and drink sector more competitive, with particular attention to increasing exports, developing new food technologies, meeting environmental challenges and encouraging more young people to work in the industry. It will bring together key policymakers from Parliament and Whitehall with representatives of the food and drink industry, including manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers, agriculture, regulators, local government, academia, charities and consumer groups.
Delegates will assess the success of The Food and Drink International Action Plan in maximising trade opportunities for the food and drink sector and how it might be developed in the future, and what more Government can help open up markets, remove trade barriers and develop opportunities in emerging economies going forward. With the first food engineering course due to be launched in September 2014, this conference will also provide delegates with an opportunity to discuss how to attract the best young people to work in food and drink and how to raise the sector's profile as a career option. Further sessions will cover the next steps for reducing the environmental impact of food, encouraging the transfer of new technologies in the food and drink industry and challenges for the sector outside of London and the South East.
We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from Tim Render, Deputy Director for Food Policy, Competitiveness and Growth, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Melanie Leech, Director General, Food & Drink Federation, together with a senior speaker confirmed from Coca Cola Enterprises.
Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association; Paul Croucher, Head of Short-Term Products, UK Export Finance; Justine Fosh, Chief Executive, Improve and The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink; Mark Driscoll, Head of Food, Forum for the Future; Dr Martin Howarth, Director, National Centre of Food Engineering, Faculty of Arts Computing Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University; Milan Shah, Board Member, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership have also agreed to speak, together with a senior speaker confirmed from the Scotch Whisky Association.
Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, Member, Food and Drink Manufacturing All-Party Parliamentary Group and John Stevenson MP, Chair, Food and Drink Manufacturing All-Party Parliamentary Group have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.