- Food and Drink Federation
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is an organisation that represents and advises UK food and drink manufacturers. Its members are companies of all sizes as well as
trade associationsand groups dealing with specific sectors of the industry. The Federation is responsible for communicating to and from a range of audiences including the UK government (particularly the Department of Health; the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), regulators, consumers and the media.
The food and drink manufacturing industry employs around 500,000 people and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture buying two-thirds of what farmers produce.
The Federation tackles a range of issues on behalf of its members under the three core areas of health and wellbeing; food safety and science; and sustainability and competitiveness; it also aims to highlight the work industry conducts under these areas. For example it’s [http://www.fdf.org.uk/environment_makingadifference.aspx Five-fold Environmental Ambition] sets out where manufacturers are looking to make a difference to the environment through reducing CO2 emissions; sending zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015; reducing the level of packaging reaching households; improving water efficiency to reduce water use; and embedding environmental standards in their transport practices to achieve fewer and friendlier food miles.
Product reformulation has also been another major focus for the Federation, highlighting the industry’s ongoing work to reduce
salt, trans fats, fatand sugarin food products. The industry’s efforts have been supported by the UK's Food Standards Agency, the UK Government and others.
Commercial members of the FDF include:
Associated British Foods
Tate & Lyle
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
* [http://www.fdf.org.uk/ Food and Drink Federation (FDF)]
Industry trade group
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