Priority workstreams

The Sector Council has identified six priority workstreams, each of which will be led or sponsored by one of the Council members and supported by an 'anchor' organisation.

The Sector Council may on occasion create short-term committees tasked to look at specific areas. These will be time limited at the discretion of the FDSC Co-Chairs.

To support the delivery of the above workstreams, there will be a focus on:

  1. Availability of the industry's and Government's non-competitive research, insight and data
  2. Mapping of Government and industry organisations, initiatives and resources across the agri- food chain
  3. Mapping of Government strategies and policies to which the Sector Council can align and support
  4. Industry-wide communication and engagement programme

Agricultural Productivity

Accelerate the growth of UK agricultural and horticultural productivity to overtake our major competitors by 2030

Workstream Lead
Tom Bradshaw, NFU (Industry Co-Chair)
Tim Mordan, DEFRA (Gov Co-Chair)

Anchor Organisation
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board



Exports

Boosting exports in all food and drink categories, doubling the value of the UK's food and drink exports by 2025.

Workstream Lead
Graham Hutcheon, Edrington

Anchor Organisation
Food and Drink Federation



Innovation

Accelerating innovation opportunities to enhance productivity, transparency and legal compliance in value chains and communications with consumers.

Workstream Lead
Judith Batchelar

Anchor Organisation
Sainsbury's



National Food Strategy

To consider how the sector, in partnership with government and other stakeholders, responds to the challenges and opportunities within the five policy pillars set out by Henry Dimbleby as part of his independent review of the food system.

Workstream Lead
Stefano Agostini, Nestlé (Co-Chair)
Stuart Roberts, NFU (Co-Chair)

Anchor Organisation
Cross-Industry



Nutrition

To inform the National Food Strategy providing a clear view for the sector on nutrition. To identify pre-competitive research priorities to help transform the health of the nation and test the data trusts as a framework to create open access to up-to-date nutrition information.

Workstream Lead
Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury's

Anchor Organisation
Sainsbury's



Workforce and Skills

Securing a world-class workforce capable of enabling the food and drink industry to continue to be world-leading producers.

Workstream Lead
Ian Mace, Associated British Food

Anchor Organisation
Food and Drink Federation



Last reviewed: 05 Mar 2021