Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

The future of the UK food supply chain - regulation, fairness and towards net zero emissions

Morning, Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Central London


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the future of the UK food supply chain.

Sessions focus on:

  • The future regulatory landscape - including the UK’s positioning post-Brexit;
  • What the supply chain needs to do to meet net-zero emissions by 2050; and
  • Options for further action ensuring fairness across the supply chain.

The seminar takes place with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs highlighting the pursuit of fairness in the supply chain as a key part of the Agriculture Bill that will be re-introduced to Parliament this month,  in one of her first public statements following the general election.


We are pleased to include keynote addresses from:

  • Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator;
  • Paolo De Castro MEP, Rapporteur, Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain and Member, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development;
  • Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency; and
  • Minette Batters, President, NFU.

Further speakers include: Professor David Barling, University of Hertfordshire; Jessica Burt, Mills & Reeve; Sue Davies, Which?; Dr Liz Goodwin, World Resources Institute and London Waste and Recycling Board; Nicholas Saphir, Omsco; Duncan Swift, Moore UK and Katrina Walsh, The International Meat Trade Association.

The chair for part of this conference is Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Member, House of Lords European Union Select Committee.

The policy context

The agenda

  • Progress on ensuring fairness in the grocery supply chain;
  • Key stakeholder issues for supply chain regulation:
    • Consumer protection and the future regulation of the grocery retail sector;
    • Incentivising UK agriculture and creating a consistent regulatory framework;
    • Fair trading practices - pricing, wastage and market dynamics;
    • The overall regulatory framework post-Brexit; and
    • Identifying supply chain risks and opportunities for innovation
  • Opportunities and challenges for post-Brexit trading relationships and maintaining consumer confidence;
  • The European regulatory context - fair trading practice in the EU and globally;
  • Priorities for meeting 2050 net zero emissions targets, ensuring a just transition, and reducing waste across the supply chain; and
  • The role of UK regulators post-Brexit.

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from BEIS, Committee on Climate Change; Crown Commercial Services; DAERA Northern Ireland; Defra; DIT; DFID; DHSC; Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Scotland; HMRC and The Scottish Government and Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Christine Tacon

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Sudworth

Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency

Paolo De Castro MEP

Rapporteur, Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain and Member, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Christine Tacon

Groceries Code Adjudicator


Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Member, House of Lords European Union Select Committee and Member, House of Lords European Union Financial Affairs Sub-Committee


Jessica Burt

Associate, Food Law, Mills & Reeve

Katrina Walsh

Policy Manager, The International Meat Trade Association

Minette Batters

President, NFU

Sue Davies

Strategic Policy Advisor, Which?

Dr Liz Goodwin

Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute and Chair, London Waste and Recycling Board

Professor David Barling

Professor, Food Policy and Security and Director, Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management, University of Hertfordshire

Duncan Swift

Partner and Head, Food Advisory Group, Moore UK

Nicholas Saphir

Executive Chairman, Omsco