Food and Drink Federation
|Legal status||Non-profit organisation|
|Purpose||Umbrella group, with subgroups, representing the UK and drink manufacturing industry|
|Membership||UK food and drink manufacturers|
|Director General||Melanie Leech|
|Main organ||FDF Council|
|Website||Food and Drink Federation|
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is a membership organisation that represents and advises UK food and drink manufacturers.
Its members are companies of all sizes as well as trade associations and groups dealing with specific sectors of the industry.
The food and drink manufacturing industry employs around 400,000 people and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture buying two-thirds of what farmers produce.
The Federation is responsible for communicating to and from a range of audiences including the UK government (particularly the Department of Health; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), regulators, consumers and the media.
The Federation tackles a range of issues on behalf of its members under the three core areas of health and wellbeing; food safety and science; and sustainability and competitiveness; it also aims to highlight the work industry conducts under these areas. For example its Five-fold Environmental Ambition sets out where manufacturers are looking to make a difference to the environment through reducing CO2 emissions; sending zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015; reducing the level of packaging reaching households; improving water efficiency to reduce water use; and embedding environmental standards in their transport practices to achieve fewer and friendlier food miles.
Product reformulation has also been another major focus for the Federation, highlighting the industry’s ongoing work to reduce salt, trans fats, fat and sugar in food products. The industry’s efforts have been supported by the UK's Food Standards Agency, the UK Government and others.
Extract of members of the FDF - full members list:
- Associated British Foods
- General Mills
- McCain Foods
- Premier Foods
- Tate & Lyle
- United Biscuits
- Weetabix Limited
- Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Food sector groups
- Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Group - is a member of the CAOBISCO European association
- Frozen Food Group - has an Ice Cream committee and is a member of the Euroglaces ice cream association.
- Grocery Trade Liaison Committee
- Meat Group - is a member of the European CLITRAVI processors' association
- Organics Group - is a member of the European group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
- Out of Home Group
- Seafood Group - split into groups for Shellfish, Tuna, Salmon and Fish, and a member of the Sea Fish Industry Authority Advisory Working Group, and the executive committees of the NWRAC and NSRAC
- Vegetarian and Meat-Free Food Industry Group
- Yogurt and Chilled Dessert Group
Scottish Food and Drink Federation
The organisation has a Scottish division (SFDF) that runs autonomously and is based in Edinburgh. It deals directly with the Scottish Executive and is wholly responsible for the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry, having its own Executive Committee. The drinks industry in Scotland is an important part of its economy, and its exports.
- Brewing, Food and Beverage Industry Suppliers' Association
- British Soft Drinks Association
- Chilled Food Association
- European Food Safety Authority
- Food Standards Agency
- The Food Commission
- Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
- All you need to know about guideline daily amounts and GDA labels
- Scottish Food and Drink Federation
- List of food sectors and the relevant interest group
- Daily sweets 'linked to violence' in September 2009
- Salt: friend or foe? 2009
- Bisphenol A in September 2008
- Junk food advertising in April 2008
- Artificial food colourings in April 2008
- Packed lunches for schoolkids in September 2007
- Hidden fats removed from food in October 2006
- Packaging waste in July 2006
- British bad food hygiene in the kitchen in June 2006
- Food labelling in February 2006
- Processed meat in April 2005
- Trans fats in October 2004
- Less salt in sliced bread in July 2004
- Breakfast cereals in March 2004
- Terror and food manufacture in October 2003
- Food labelling system in January 1998