Industry kick-starts work on Great British Food and Farming Plan

Eighty leading representatives from food and farming join Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss today to discuss the future of the industry.

Eighty leading representatives from the UK food and farming industry will help develop a long-term plan for the future of food and farming at a meeting with Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss today.

The industry-led 25-year plan will up the country’s ambitions for food and farming, setting out how we can grow more, buy more and sell more British food. Today’s event kick-starts the plan’s development, discussing ways to promote a British brand, grow exports, improve skills, attract high-flyers and harness data and technology so the industry can innovate, grow and create jobs.

The UK’s food and farming industry contributes more than £100 billion a year to our growing economy and employs one in eight people. Over 16,000 new food and drink products are introduced every year—second in the world only to the United States of America. Food and drink remains the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, bigger than cars and aerospace combined.

If you would like more information on Defra’s food and farming strategy or would like to participate in future industry events, please email foodpolicyunit@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

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