Privacy policy

This is the privacy policy of The Food and Drink Sector Council Limited (Food and Drink Sector Council Limited).

The Food and Drink Sector Council is a formal industry-led partnership with Government to increase the productivity and sustainability of the UK food and drink sector.

It has established Food and Drink Sector Council Limited as a separate legal entity in order to convene a leadership forum for the UK's food chain, in order to improve the productivity and sustainability of the food and drink industry by focussing on priority areas, for example: agricultural productivity, nutrition, exports, workforce and skills, innovation, logistics and packaging; enable engagement with government and other public stakeholders; and champion sector deals, and other collaborative initiatives, between industry and Government, including the Sector Deal for Food and Drink Manufacturing and to effect all steps required to implement those objects.

We provide information about our main website (our “Site”).
The Food and Drink Sector Council is the data controller of any personal information obtained from you when you use our services. We are committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of that information. This notice explains what we may collect, how we use any information we obtain from you and your rights in relation to that information.

What does this policy cover?

We want you to know what information we may obtain about you when you use Our Site or any of our services:

  • when you browse our Site.
  • when you register with us or on our Site and request information from us.

The Food and Drink Sector Council Limited is administered by staff at FDF who manage Our Site for us and have access to all information collected through the site and otherwise provided to The Food and Drink Sector Council Limited for the purposes of administration of the activities of the Company as described below.

What sort of information do we collect?

We want to be able to provide you with a great experience when using our Site and protect your privacy and rights in doing this. We do this by collecting information about how you use our services.

When you browse our Site we want to know more about what you might be interested in and provide you with the best possible service. We do this by collecting details of your visits to our Site. These details may include what browser you are using and any particular web pages you are browsing, any resources that you access, the way in which you use our Site and the time spent on our Site.

  • Information that you provide by emailing us: your name, title, job title, email address, contact number(s), company name, company address, post code
  • Information if you contact us that we may use to deal with your query, we may keep a record of that correspondence and your contact details;
  • Any requests you make to be kept up to date with what we do.

How and why do we use your information?

We use information that we collect for the following legitimate interests as part of running our services, which does not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests:

  • To respond to your enquiries and contact you about changes regarding our Site and any new services that has been developed.
  • To ensure that content from our Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer or device;
  • To better understand your needs and to improve our Site.
  • To provide you with the Site, content, services or general important information via email alerts.

Legal compliance

We will also use your information, and may share it with other third parties, where we are required to do so by law, and for the exercise or defence of legal claims.

How do we protect and store your information?

Once we receive your information, we use strict procedures and security measures to prevent unauthorised access and to keep your information safe.

The information that we collect from you is stored on information technology systems located in the European Economic Area (EEA) which are operated by the

Food and Drink Federation third party service providers under our instruction and control. If our service providers transfer any information, it will be done with relevant protection in place and only with our agreement.

How long do we will keep your information?

We will not retain your personal information for longer than is necessary. We will endeavour to keep your information accurate and up to date.

We may hold information for an additional period if we need to by law or for the exercise or defence of legal claims.

How do we share your information with others?

We engage trusted third parties to perform services for us, including in connection with the Site, that require us to disclose personally identifiable Information to them. We require those parties to keep the information confidential, secure and only use it to perform their services to us.

We may also disclose your personal information to other third parties or key partners:

  • If, in the future, we reorganise or transfer all or part of our business; in which case, we may need to disclose your information to new entities or third parties through which our business will be carried out.
  • If we are under a duty to do so in order to comply with any legal obligation.
  • If it is necessary for the purpose of, or in connection with, the exercise or defence of any legal claims.

Other than this we will not share your information with any other third party or person and we will never sell your information to any third parties.

If we stop using the third-party services, any of your information held by them will be disposed of or anonymised.

Links to Third Party Sites

Our Site contains content, services and other materials that link to website(s) operated by third parties. We have no control over those other websites, and this Privacy notice does not apply to them. We encourage you to refer to the privacy policies of those sites.


If you receive information via the password-protected SharePoint area and/or sent via email alerts from our Site you should treat that as confidential to you.

Unless permission has been given by the Food and Drink Sector Council no information or documents from the password protected area should be passed in any form to individuals or organisations that have not explicitly been granted access to the information.

Your rights

You are entitled to access the information we hold about you. You have the right to contact us to request a copy of the personal information that we hold, to change it, correct it, delete it or object to us processing it. Please do so by contacting us at – to protect the confidentiality of your information you may be asked to provide us with proof of your identity.

Changes to the policy

It is likely that we will need to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. This policy was last updated December 2018. We will publicise any changes on our Site.

Contact the Food and Drink Sector Council Limited

Questions, requests or complaints about our Site or regarding this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be emailed to or mailed to the address below.

Company Registration Information
The Food and Drink Sector Council Limited
6th Floor
10 Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2SL
Registration number: 11677551

Contacting the data protection regulator

If you feel your data has not been handled correctly, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office,

Last reviewed: 27 Aug 2020