Morning, Wednesday, 15th September 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine priorities and next steps for the food strategy and government policy - and legislation that is expected to follow - as well as wider key issues for the food and drink sector.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the development of a government white paper, which is intended to create a transformative improvement in the food system to make it fit for the future, with a particular focus on health and sustainability. It is expected to be published in six months’ time, following the recent publication of Part Two of the National Food Strategy, which has been developed under the leadership of Henry Dimbleby.
Speaking on the importance of the strategy, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon George Eustice MP, said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us all of the vital role our food system plays in our daily lives.
With the growing pressures of climate change, biodiversity loss and the need for healthy affordable food, this key review will tackle issues of the utmost importance to us all.
The National Food Strategy is an opportunity for us to shape what food means to us as a society, and I look forward to working closely with Henry Dimbleby as we strive to build a robust food system fit for the future.”
The conference also takes place in the context of other relevant policy developments impacting the UK food and drink sector and landscape, including the Government’s obesity strategy, the Environment Bill, and the Agriculture Act - as well as the impact of COVID-19 and the UK’s exit from the EU, with knock-on effects for future trade agreements.
The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- taking forward the National Food Strategy, implications for policy, and assessing the recommendations set out in Part Two
- key stakeholder perspectives across the supply chain
- tackling challenges for the food and drink sector
- priorities for regulation in supporting the food system and its future needs
- the impact on future trade agreements
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Cabinet Office; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for Communities, NI; the Department for International Trade; the DHSC; the Food Standards Agency; the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office; the National Audit Office; the Planning Inspectorate; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Ashburry Labelling; Bangor University; Berry Gardens; Brighton and Hove City Council; Cardiff Law School; Clarke Willmott; Dawn Meats Group and Dunbia; GM Freeze; International Meat Trade Association; King's College London; Klinge Chemicals; Lancashire County Council; Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Neath Port Talbot Council; Plunkett Foundation; REfUSE; Rothschild Foundation; Safefood; Savills; Slow Food Birmingham; Southampton City Council; University of Exeter; and University of Surrey.
A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Transform Magazine.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from Defra, DHSC and other relevant Departments, representatives from agriculture, representatives of the food, drink and hospitality industry, including manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, and suppliers, local government officials, public health professionals, academics, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference