Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Priorities for the UK food and drink industry - competitiveness, supply chains and engaging with policy change

Morning, Thursday, 13th December 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring out latest thinking on priorities for the UK food and drink industry at a time of substantial change and uncertainty.

It takes place following the introduction of the Agriculture Bill in Parliament, which moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ - such as environmental and animal welfare standards - over the agricultural transition period in England between 2021 and 2027. The Bill also includes measures to increase transparency in the supply chain with the use of data to support food producers in strengthening their negotiating position at the farm gate in order to seek what they would see as a fairer return.

The seminar also comes as policymakers consider responses to the major consultations on the future of agricultural policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.   

Delegates will assess the impact of the developing policy landscape on competitiveness, supply chain management, workforce, sustainability, and trade. 

We also expect discussion on specific issues raised within the stakeholder proposals on the Health and harmony consultation in England; including productivity, economic resilience, stewardship, and the need for UK frameworks.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Competitiveness - meeting the challenges of evolving markets and adapting to any future regulatory changes;
  • Workforce - ensuring the UK has a workforce with the skills that the industry, its partners and wider society need;
  • Research - knowledge transfer, building partnerships and supporting translation of the UK’s world-leading food research into practice;
  • Supply chain management - engaging with and securing the supply chain, safeguarding standards and supporting UK agriculture;
  • Sustainability - engaging the food industry and the public with land management and stewardship options; and
  • International relationships and trade - the impact of different trading scenarios, key issues for the meat and live exports sectors, and promoting produce abroad.

Guest of Honour

Alison Ismail

Interim Director, Agri-Food Chain, Defra

Guest of Honour

Alison Ismail

Interim Director, Agri-Food Chain, Defra


Lord Dykes

Co-Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Food and Drink Manufacturing


Nick Allen

Chief Executive Officer, British Meat Processors Association

Angela Coleshill

Competitiveness Director, Food and Drink Federation

Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Justine Fosh

Chief Executive, The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink

Antoaneta Becker

Regional Director, UK Sector Lead, Food & Drink, China-Britain Business Council

Jayne Brookman

Head of AgriFood, Knowledge Transfer Network

John Davies

President, NFU Cymru

Tom Hind

Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB

Josh Anderson

International Business Manager, Europe & Russia, Meat and Livestock Australia