New Food and Drink Sector Council meets for first time

Big players in the food and drink industry formed a new partnership with the Government to make the industry ‘more resilient, sustainable and competitive.’

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The council met for the first time on Monday 29 January and agreed that their priorities for the next 12 months will include: boosting skills, agricultural productivity and improving the nation’s nutrition.

Iain Ferguson, Joint Chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council, commented that “it is exciting to see everyone in the same room working together to address the opportunities and challenges we face as an industry.”

List of Food and Drink Sector Council members:

  • Iain Ferguson - Chairman, Stobart Group Ltd
  • Judith Batchelar - Director, Sainsbury’s
  • Gavin Darby - CEO, Premier Foods
  • Leendert den Hollander - President, The Institute of Grocery Distribution and Vice President & GM Great Britain, Coca-Cola
  • Sir Peter Kendall - Chairman, AHDB
  • Dame Fiona Kendrick - Chairman, Nestle UK & Ireland
  • Nick Varney - CEO, Merlin Entertainments
  • Jo Whitfield - CEO, Co-op Food
  • Ian Wright - Director-General, Food and Drink Federation
  • Graham Hutcheon - Managing Director Edrington; Chairman, CBI Scotland
  • Lord Deben - Chairman, Sancroft
  • Ursula Lidbetter - Chair, Greater Lincolnshire LEP
  • George Weston - CEO ABF
  • Andy Richardson - Head of Corporate Affairs, Volac
  • Cassandra Stavrou - Founder, Propercorn
  • Nick Whelan - Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm

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