Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions this conference 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 conference will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of the conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
This conference is bringing together stakeholders from across the food sector with policymakers to examine the future of the UK food supply chain.
Areas for discussion include:
- Fairness and the future of regulation in the grocery supply chain;
- Supply chain practices and supporting small stakeholders;
- Progress towards net-zero emissions, and the impact on the sector; and
- Trading relationships and the evolving role of UK regulators.
The seminar takes place with:
We are pleased to include keynote contributions from:
- Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator;
- Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency; and
- Anthea McIntyre, Former MEP; Shadow Rapporteur, Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain and Member, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Further speakers include: Professor David Barling, University of Hertfordshire; Jessica Burt, Mills & Reeve; Sue Davies, Which?; James Elliott, Green Alliance; Dr Liz Goodwin, World Resources Institute and London Waste; Dr Anna Macready, University of Reading; Duncan Swift, Moore UK; and Katrina Walsh, The International Meat Trade Association
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Member, House of Lords European Union Select Committee and Jessica Burt, Associate, Food Law, Mills & Reeve have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from: Defra; BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Department for International Trade; DFID; DHSC; the Food Standards Agency; the Crown Commercial Services; HM Revenue & Customs; Food Standards Scotland; DAERA Northern Ireland; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.
- Progress on ensuring fairness in the grocery supply chain;
- Key stakeholder issues for supply chain regulation - regulation, climate change, and fair trading:
- Prioritising consumer protection, meeting consumer demand, and the future regulation of the grocery retail sector;
- Incentivising UK agriculture, supporting the path to net-zero emissions, and creating a consistent regulatory framework;
- The future food regulatory framework and supply chain consistency as the UK moves away from regulatory alignment; and
- Identifying supply chain risks, enabling flexible supply chain systems, and opportunities for innovation.
- Opportunities and challenges for the supply chain from future trading relationships;
- Priorities for meeting 2050 net-zero emissions targets, ensuring a just transition, and reducing waste across the supply chain;
- The European regulatory context - fair trading practice in the EU and globally; and
- The evolving role of UK regulators,
The policy context