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Food and Drink: Sales and Exports

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the strategies of the Food and Drink Federation to promote the growth of domestic sales and exports by its member companies.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Food and Drink Federation represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. The sector employs some 400,000 people with a turnover of over £76 billion. The Food and Drink Federation's 20/20 vision for this sector sets out a shared commitment to deliver sustainable growth in this sector. Defra and other parts of the Government including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment and the Food Standards Agency have been working closely with the Food and Drink Federation, their members and other parts of the food and farming industry to help achieve our shared goals.

This includes developing a joint government and industry action plan for driving exports growth in the farming, food and drink sector, now being implemented; strengthening relationships with major food and drink exporters and investors to identify and unlock barriers to growth and investment; and supporting growth by promoting innovation through industry-led collaborative R&D to develop innovative products, processes and approaches to improve access to markets.

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