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17 December 2013

Press Release: Working in Partnership is Key to Continuing Environmental Improvement

A new report today published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) demonstrates that food and drink manufacturers continue to deliver real progress in reducing their environmental impacts and are well on track to meet industry targets through FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.  More about Working in Partnership is Key to Continuing Environmental Improvement


13 December 2013

Press Release: UK Fish Processors welcome final agreement on Common Fisheries Policy Reform

The Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) Seafood Group has welcomed the formal adoption of a reformed EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which will start to be implemented from 1 January 2014.  More about UK Fish Processors welcome final agreement on Common Fisheries Policy Reform


12 December 2013

Press Release: FDF response to the Elliott Review interim report

Responding to the Review conducted by Professor Elliott into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks, FDF Director General Melanie Leech said: “It's clear from the interim findings published today that UK consumers have access to perhaps the safest food in the world..."  More about FDF response to the Elliott Review interim report


12 December 2013

Press Release: FDEA and FDF join forces for the food and drink exporting event of the year

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) will join forces to toast the UK's top exporters at FDEA's annual Network Forum. The event, at London's Plaisterers' Hall, will this year feature a keynote speech by the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.  More about FDEA and FDF join forces for the food and drink exporting event of the year


11 December 2013

Press Release: Collaboration, Investment & Skills Essential to Drive Innovation

The Food and Drink Federation, the voice of the UK's largest manufacturing sector, today set out shared priorities for researchers and industry to plug the gap between basic and applied research. This is one of several actions that FDF, working with partners, has identified as necessary for the sector to innovate to grow sustainably by 20% by 2020 highlighted in FDF's new 'Delivering Sustainable Growth Through Innovation' vision.  More about Collaboration, Investment & Skills Essential to Drive Innovation


5 December 2013

Press Release: Investment in exports and skills will stimulate industry growth say food manufacturers

Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement today, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) welcomed the extra £50bn in export finance and the increased budget for the GREAT campaign as well as a further boost to apprenticeships and science and engineering skills.  More about Investment in exports and skills will stimulate industry growth say food manufacturers


4 December 2013

Information: Speakers and programme announced for landmark national 'Fresher for Longer' conference: 5 February 2014

The first ever national 'Fresher for Longer' conference planned for 5 February 2014 looks set to enjoy high profile speakers. More about Speakers and programme announced for landmark national 'Fresher for Longer' conference: 5 February 2014


28 November 2013

Press Release: Industry and academics collaborate to develop food engineering vision

Today, over 100 food and drink manufacturers, academics and engineering professionals converged upon Sheffield's Cutlers' Hall to create an industry-driven vision for the new Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.  More about Industry and academics collaborate to develop food engineering vision


28 November 2013

Press Release: Food and drink manufacturers reduce waste through Courtauld Commitment

FDF welcomes today's news that under the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 agreement, the UK grocery sector reduced food and packaging waste by 1.7 million tonnes, the equivalent of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2.  More about Food and drink manufacturers reduce waste through Courtauld Commitment


20 November 2013

Press Release: Food Manufacturers at Skills London to Offer Real Prospects to the Capital's Budding Engineers!

Food and drink manufacturers will be at London's biggest skills and careers event – Skills London (22-23 November), to promote their industry-backed mechanical engineering degree – the MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University.  More about Food Manufacturers at Skills London to Offer Real Prospects to the Capital's Budding Engineers!