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APPG visit to Warbutons Factory in North London

MPs and Peers are invited to join us on a visit to the Warburtons Factory in North London. Here visitors will have a chance to see food manufacturing first-hand, hear about the research and innovation used in reformulating products, the challenges and opportunities the business is experiencing, and how sustainability is integral to their supply chains and everything they do.

Contact parliament@fdf.org.uk for more information or to register your interest. This visit is open only to Parliamentarians. This event is in partnership with the APPGs for Family Business and Packaging Manufacturing.

APPG AGM results

The APPG's Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 10th July in Parliament. Here the officers John Stevenson MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Will Quince MP, Nigel Mills MP and Lord Dykes were re-elected. We were also delighted to welcome the election of two new officers, crossbench peer Lord Palmer and SNP MP for Dunfermline and West Fife Douglas Chapman.

APPG holds Exports and Trade Breakfast

26 April 2017

The Group held what many believed was the last event in Parliament before MPs returned to their constituencies and prepared for the election. The APPG's exports and trade breakfast saw parliamentarians from the Commons and Lords, and across parties meet FDF members and stakeholders to launch the latest version of the Exports Guide, produced by FDF in partnership with FDEA.

Attendees discussed the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring for exports and trade, with representatives from manufacturers highlighting the new focus they now have on exports, the potential for issues with non-tariff barriers, and the tough decisions that may need to be made on future investment decisions.

Brexit Roundtable Event

12 October 2016

The Group hosted a roundtable discussion on Britain's exit from the European Union and the resulting priorities for the UK food and drink manufacturing. The audience of Parliamentarians from both Houses and representatives from the food and drink sector heard from Robin Walker MP, Minister in the Department for Exiting the EU, on the government's approach for Brexit for the industry, with those from food and drink businesses also feeding in directly to the Minister on the impact Brexit has had their organisations, and the challenges and opportunities they see ahead.

Policy leads from the Food and Drink Federation then facilitated open discussions with Parliamentarians and industry representatives on three key challenges for the sector – the labour market, trade and exports, and the future regulatory framework. This meeting is the first of a series from the APPG on the impact of Brexit on the industry.

APPG Evidence Session on Soft Drinks Levy

12 September 2016

The APPG held an investigation to explore the impact of the Government's proposed soft drink levy on industry and the wider supply chain. The British Soft Drinks Association, the Food and Drink Federation, and others appeared in front of a cross-party group of MPs to provide evidence. This was as part of the Group's discussion on the issue which will form a memo from the APPG to Ministers as part of the consultation process.

Visit to the Mars Chocolate Factory

19 July 2016

John Stevenson MP led a group of parliamentarians from the APPGs for Food and Drink Manufacturing, and for Family Business, to the Mars Chocolate Factory site in Slough, Berkshire. There the group heard from the President of Mars Chocolate UK Blas Marquivar on the values the company holds and instils in its workforce.

Blas also gave the parliamentarians an overview of Mars' commitment to providing healthy choices. The group were then given a tour of the factory and saw first-hand the investment, workforce and engineering skills that go into the manufacturing process for Mars Chocolate.

Parliamentarians were then given a tour of Mars' state-of-the-art research and development facility and spoke to Mars' Chief Chocolatier Mike Zietek and Global Head of Health and Wellbeing in R&D Linda Lopez. They showed the group around the facility and discussed the significant investments that Mars makes into developing new products and reformulating their existing portfolio. The visitors then had a chance to see for themselves the challenges of reformulation.

The group finished their tour meeting apprentices over lunch and speaking to them about how they discovered the scheme, their experience of apprenticeships and what more they felt could be done to encourage and enhance apprenticeships for engineering and science.

APPG Breakfast Roundtable with Food and Farming Minister George Eustice MP

8 March 2016

The APPG held a well-attended roundtable breakfast with the Food and Farming Minister George Eustice MP. The event's focus was to discuss productivity in the sector, which stands at 11 per cent over the last five years, compared to 0.5 per cent for the UK as a whole. The successful event saw representatives from the some of the UK's leading food and drinks manufacturers hearing from the Minister on the work the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is undertaking to promote productivity. Parliamentarians and the Minister were also able to discuss with companies the challenges they face in improving productivity and how the Government and MPs can best help them support the Government's goals.

Joint APPG Event on School Food

19 January 2016

The event held jointly between the APPG for Food and Drink Manufacturing and the APPG for School Food looked at the current standards in this area, and what steps could be taken by stakeholders to improve it. The event included presentations from Kellogg's on their work on breakfast clubs, from school food nutritionists that explained their research in the area, and from the Food and Drink Federation who outlined the industry's commitment to improving school food, nutrition education and tackling obesity.


Last reviewed: 20 Sep 2017