Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum: Priorities for the UK food and drink industry - competitiveness, supply chains and trade

Event date: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Event venue: 
Central London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the direction of policy and what it means for the UK’s food, drink and farming sector at a time of significant change and uncertainty.

The event is CPD certified.

The discussion

  • Competitiveness - latest thinking on promoting and protecting UK brands globally - including developing trade with evolving markets such as China;
  • Support - what is needed by the industry, across the UK, to adapt to any regulatory changes following the UK’s exit from the European Union - including for SMEs;  
  • Workforce - ensuring the sector has access to the workforce it needs, with the right skills and that it is seen as an attractive career destination;
  • Research - examining the Sector Deal and other mechanisms to provide support with investment and commercialisation of world-leading UK food research and innovation;
  • Supply chain management - improving transparency, safeguarding standards and contingency planning for cross-channel capacity and Irish border issues;
  • Sustainability - engaging the food industry and the public with land management and stewardship options in the context of developing UK environmental policy and international commitments; and
  • International relationships and trade - the impact of any future tariffs and checks on exporting agri-food businesses, customs requirements on importing businesses following the UK’s exit from the European Union; learning from Australia’s diverse exporting experience and particular emerging issues for the meat and live exports sector.


  • The recently published Fisheries Bill, which includes proposals on access to fish in UK waters, fishing opportunities and quotas and protection of the marine environment;
  • The Agriculture Bill, which includes measures to increase transparency in the supply chain and proposes a move 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; and
  • The independent review on factors that should determine future distribution of agriculture funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.