Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
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Developing a new National Food Strategy for England

Morning, Tuesday, 7th July 2020



***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the priorities for developing a new wide-ranging National Food Strategy for England.

The seminar is timed to follow the publication of the interim report due out soon and to take place ahead of the publication of the final strategy expected in the autumn

Our scope is intentionally broad. We have been asked to set out what needs to be done - across all departments of government and in society more broadly - to build a robust food system that provides good affordable food to everyone; restores the environment; maintains our countryside; brings good jobs to our communities - rural and urban; and stops making us sick.” - Henry Dimbleby, Independent Lead, National Food Strategy, speaking to the Oxford Farming Conference, January 2020

The agenda:

  • Progress on the new National Food Strategy;
  • Stakeholder perspectives on the development of an overarching food strategy:
    • What makes a good food system?
    • Maintaining a competitive and secure food manufacturing industry;
    • Agricultural standards and our food values; and
    • Priorities for the retail sector: ensuring value for suppliers, customers and driving behaviour changes.
  • Providing a sustainable and healthy National Food Strategy:
    • Improving healthy choices within the food industry;
    • A business perspective on the future of the food system and the National Food Strategy;
    • Working with the natural environment to deliver a sustainable strategy; and
    • Consumer priorities for a food strategy.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

It’s certainly the case with this one.  Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament and officials from DefraDHSC; the Food Standards AgencyMHLCG; the National Food Crime Unit; BEIS; the Department for International TradeDFID Crown Commercial Services; and The Scottish Government . 

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks
  • 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
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a permanent record of the proceedings is made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all available slides, and further materials
  • 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

Keynote Speaker

Henry Dimbleby

Independent Lead, National Food Strategy; Co-Founder, Leon Restaurants and Lead Non-Executive Director, Defra

Keynote Speakers

Alison Tedstone

National Director, Diet, Nutrition and Obesity, Public Health England

Professor Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy, City, University of London

Stefano Agostini

Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé UK&I

Minette Batters

President, NFU

Tanya Steele

Chief Executive Officer, WWF

Ian Wright

Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation

Henry Dimbleby

Independent Lead, National Food Strategy; Co-Founder, Leon Restaurants and Lead Non-Executive Director, Defra

Sue Davies

Head, Consumer Protection and Food Policy, Which?


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Member, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee