Introduction to Food and Drink
The UK food and drink industries contain many world leaders, but the need to secure competitive improvement has never been more important. Defra continues to work closely with individual sectors and key businesses to foster and promote greater competitiveness and to remove obstacles to growth. Defra also works with the sector to help achieve sustainable development, through the widespread adoption of best practice, and to help work towards better regulation of the industry.
Personal food imports campaign, August 2008
Public information film: Don't bring me back: Personal food imports campaign.
A new film is launched to highlight the risks travellers face if they bring illegal food products into the UK. A campaign site is also launched on Directgov website.
- 6 January 2009 - News release: Hilary Benn calls for clearer food labelling
- 18 December 2008 - Defra publishes Family Food 2007 - a report on the Expenditure and Food Survey
- 10 December 2008 - Bread and Roses: the Politics of Food - A Fabian Society Lecture by Hilary Benn
- 10 December 2008 –Secretary of State's Written Ministerial Statement in Parliament on food security and sustainable food. Members of Council of Food Policy Advisors confirmed. A news release has also been published.
Our food and drink information:
- Food policy - availability, access and affordability of our food; Council of Food Policy Advisors
- Beef labelling - guidance and information for the compulsory EU beef labelling system.
- Competition - in the grocery retailing sector.
- Eggs and poultry - including regulatory and market information, and links to other poultry-related organisations.
- Food sponsorship - information for the food and drink industry.
- Help with exporting/importing - exports and trade in various products and services, including services to exporters and other export promotion work. Also Illegal imports and Don't bring me back: Personal food imports campaign.
- Help with marketing - incentives the Regional Development Agencies offer to improve marketing at home and abroad.
- Milk and milk products - milk production and marketing policy
- Organic food production - the organic sector, including certification and imports
- Regional and local foods - provides information on the regional and local food and drink sector as well as guidance on European Union regulations for the protection of food names on a geographical or traditional basis
- Wine - the English and Welsh wine industry, EU legislation, reform of the EU wine regime, wine management committee, notice to growers, frequently asked questions and contacts
- Innovation, technology transfer and research grants - information on Defra programmes
- Public information film: Don't bring me back: Personal food imports campaign. A new film launched to highlight the risks travellers face if they bring illegal food products into the UK. A campaign site is also launched on Directgov website.
- Food safety and standards issues are the responsibility of the Food Standards Agency. Food information previously held on this site can now be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
- Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI)
The PSFPI supports the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy for England with its aim of delivering a world-class sustainable farming and food sector that contributes to better environment and healthier and prosperous communities.
- Food Industry Sustainability
The Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (FISS), drawn up with the aid of a Stakeholder Group, sets out how all those involved in the food and drink industry beyond the farm gate in England can help achieve sustainable development. The FISS was launched by the Secretary of State on 26 April 2006.
- Review of food chain initiatives (PDF 600 KB) March 2007
- Food chain productivity incorporating external impacts - a report by SAC Commercial Ltd commissioned by Defra - published 24 May 2006
- As part of the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy, Defra commissioned research from AEA Technology to review the validity of 'Food Miles' as an indicator for sustainability. This research,The Validity of Food Miles as an Indicator of Sustainable Development - published 15 July 2005.
Page last modified: 6 January 2009