Food and Drink Sector Council

The Food and Drink Sector Council is a formal industry partnership with Government to create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector.

The Food and Drink Sector Council is a formal industry partnership with Government to create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector.

Role of the group

The Food and Drink Sector Council is an industry-led board composed of businesses from every part of the food chain. Among the Council’s priorities are agricultural productivity, nutrition, exports, workforce and skills, innovation, logistics and packaging.

Membership

The members of the Food and Drink Sector Council are senior industry individuals with wide experience from across the sector. The Council will be a mechanism for the industry to engage with Government in order to increase the sector’s productivity. The membership includes representatives from across the entire food chain, covering farming, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and logistics.

The Council members are:

  • Judith Batchelar, Director, Sainsbury’s
  • Gavin Darby, CEO, Premier Foods
  • Iain Ferguson, Chairman, Stobart Group Ltd.
  • Leendert den Hollander, Vice President and GM Great Britain, Coca-Cola
  • Sir Peter Kendall, Chairman, AHDB
  • Dame Fiona Kendrick, Chairman, Nestle UK & I
  • Nick Varney, CEO, Merlin Entertainments
  • Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food
  • Ian Wright, Director-General, Food and Drink Federation
  • Graham Hutcheon, Managing Director Edrington; Chairman, CBI Scotland
  • Lord Deben, Chairman, Sancroft
  • Ursula Lidbetter, Chair, Greater Lincolnshire LEP
  • George Weston, CEO ABF
  • Andy Richardson, Head of Corporate Affairs, Volac; Chair of the Welsh Food and Drink Board
  • Cassandra Stavrou, Founder, Propercorn
  • Nick Whelan, Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm
  • Minette Batters, President, NFU

Terms of Reference

Food and Drink Sector Council terms of reference (PDF, 141KB, 5 pages)

Summaries of meetings

We aim to publish a summary as soon as possible after each meeting:

Summary of 4th meeting, 17 October 2018 (PDF, 111KB, 4 pages)

Summary of 3rd meeting, 2 July 2018 (PDF, 118KB, 4 pages)

Contact details

fdsc@defra.gsi.gov.uk