FDF Scotland’s activities on behalf of its members and the industry change over time to reflect industry needs. Nevertheless, food safety and science, environmental sustainability and the challenges around diet and health remain key issues.
In recent years, the UK's exit from the EU means that we have focused on issues around food and drink trade and access to labour as well as the regulatory future for Scottish food and drink.
As we look to the future, the role of innovation in increasing productivity is also becoming more and more important.
Our top priorities are:
- Ensuring our members views and concerns are heard by key stakeholders including Scottish and UK Governments, and the media
- Improving the health of the Scottish people
- Attracting new talent into food and drink
- Contributing to a more sustainable Scotland
- Growing the food and drink industry
FDF Scotland is proud to be part of the Scotland Food & Drink partnership – we have an ambition of sustainably growing Scottish food and drink turnover to £30 billion by 2030.
What we do
FDF members are committed to ensuring people have access to a wide range of food and drinks that can support a balanced lifestyle. FDF Scotland is proud to deliver Reformulation for Health which is supporting smaller businesses to make their products healthier.
The FDF is committed to creating a thriving and sustainable UK food and drink industry that acts responsibly for the benefit of society and the environment.
Developing workforce skills, fair employment regulations, and ensuring access to labour is key for the Food and Drink Industry. Our skills initiative, A Future in Food, is promoting the career opportunities available in the Scottish food and drink industry.
To inform and protect consumers' interests in food, regulatory systems are in place to ensure that food law is applied across the food chain.
Ensuring food is safe is our number 1 priority. The provision of safe, authentic and traceable food is of the highest importance to our sector.
The FDF is proactively engaged with members and regulators on incident prevention and horizon scanning for emerging issues, to inform industry’s own activity to maintain the assurance and integrity of its products and supply chains.
Innovation is key to developing the food and drink of tomorrow, and underpinning many of our ambitions be they around sustainability, healthy diets or safety.
The FDF works with the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to promote business awareness of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).
We organise seminars, briefings and workshops throughout the year. These are a great way to network with peers across the industry and share ideas and best practices.
We also facilitate events that allow our members to have a close dialogue with senior retailers and other important stakeholders.