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

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Event venue: 
Central London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Westminster Forum Projects:

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;
  • Minette Batters - President, NFU.

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: the BEIS; Committee on Climate Change; Crown Commercial Services; DAERA Northern Ireland; Defra; DIT; DHSC; Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Scotland; HMRC; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Full details and registration available here