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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is working with members and key stakeholders to inform the upcoming National Food Strategy (NFS) for England. This includes engagement on the independent review led by Henry Dimbleby (due summer 2021) and the Government white paper (due early 2022).  

The purpose of the NFS is to set out a vision on how to build a future food system that addresses environmental and health challenges, ensures the security of our food supply, and maximises the benefits of technology, with a plan for how to achieve that vision. 

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The FDF welcomed the publication of Henry Dimbleby’s interim report, with Part Two due to be published in mid-2021. It is expected that the second part of the report will have a core focus on environmental sustainability, diet and health, and governance.

Subsequently the government will develop an NFS white paper informed by this independent review, the wider stakeholder community and other evidence, due six months after the publication of the review.

The Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC) – a formal industry partnership with government – will publish its own vision for the future of the supply chain later this summer. This will focus upon key areas where the food chain can make a difference. The FDF sits on the FDSC Food Strategy working group co-chaired by Stefano Agostini (CEO, Nestle UK&I) and Stuart Roberts (Deputy President, NFU).

The upcoming NFS will present many opportunities and challenges for food and drink manufacturers.

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