Walker Morris Food & Drink Team sponsor FDF Dinner

Food and Drink Federation Dinner May 2016 Print news article


Food & Drink Leaders look to the industry’s future at FDF Dinner

The Walker Morris Food and Drink Team were joint sponsors at the Food and Drink Federation annual dinner last night which called on businesses in the industry to unite in the face of shared challenges and trumpet successes.

At the FDF Food and Drink Industry Dinner at the Hilton Park Lane, London, over 500 guests from industry, government and the media heard rallying speeches from FDF President Dame Fiona Kendrick CBE and FDF Director General Ian Wright CBE. Environment Secretary Liz Truss welcomed guests to the event and columnist and Associate Editor of The Times, Daniel Finkelstein gave the keynote address.

Event sponsors included Walker Morris, Nestlé, NFU Mutual and Food Matters Live.

Richard Naish, Head of the Food & Drink Team at Walker Morris commented:

 “The Food and Drink Federation dinner provides an unrivalled opportunity for senior figures to share their thoughts and hear from industry leaders on the most pertinent issues and developments in the sector.  From increasing regulation, technological innovation and consumer preferences, the food and drink sector is subject to constant change.

“Our dedicated Food and Drink Team at Walker Morris supports its clients to manage these legal changes across a whole range of business areas.  We believe this can only be achieved with a thorough understanding of the sector and the key issues it faces. That’s why we are delighted to support the FDF as a joint sponsor of the dinner and professional affiliate and play an active role within the sector.”

Addressing attendees of the evening as the event’s host, Dame Fiona Kendrick, CEO of Nestlé UK & Ireland and FDF President, said:

“With productivity rightly at the heart of the economic agenda, it’s vital that food and drink manufacturers position themselves as leaders in turning the nation’s productivity around. This is a long game, and there is much to do, but our vibrant sector has great stories to tell on investment, apprenticeships, technology, innovation and more. Long term successes, such as that of our strong sustainability performance, are what make our industry the national asset that it is. And it is of course our skilled and committed people who are at the heart of our sector’s achievements.”

Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“It has so far been a challenging year for the industry. The Chancellor’s announcement of a sugar levy was immensely disappointing and will have little impact on the serious problem of childhood obesity. The delay in the Childhood Obesity Strategy is puzzling from a Government which often says action is urgently required. Meanwhile, food and drink manufacturers are continuing with wide ranging voluntary action to improve the nation’s health.”

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