FDBusiness.com

British Food and Drink Federation Members Overwhelmingly Endorse UK Remaining in EU

 Breaking News
  • Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority) has launched ‘Ireland’s Ancient East – A Guide for Food and Drink Visitor Experiences’ for food businesses who wish to diversify into tourism in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The guide will provide businesses with the tools to help give visitors an unforgettable experience by sharing the great stories of our [...]...
  • 10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments By Mobile Phone Cargill has made its first ever sustainable premium payment by electronic transfer to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Just over 10,000 farmers are benefiting from the 2 million GHS mobile payments made by Cargill in partnership with its customers through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, Cargill’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities that will secure a [...]...
  • Bridge2Food Announces Finalists in Protein Awards 2017 The finalists have been announced for the Bridge2Food Protein Awards 2017 which celebrate those creating new plant-based and high protein foods and ingredients, driving growth and innovation in the Protein industry. The finalists for each category are as follows: Best Plant-based Food: awarded to a company or individual that has created a new plant-based food. Beyond Meat [...]...
  • Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business Müller will invest £100 million over the next three years to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded and private label yogurt and desserts products, made from milk produced by British farmers. Already the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand picked from supermarket shelves 208 million times each year*, Müller aims to strengthen [...]...
  • Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry “250,000 jobs are linked to agrifood, which is the most exposed sector with deep linkages to the wider economy,” pointed out Paul Kelly, Director of Food & Drink Industry Ireland- IBEC, when assessing the Brexit challenge facing the Irish food and drink sector at the recent 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition [...]...

British Food and Drink Federation Members Overwhelmingly Endorse UK Remaining in EU

British Food and Drink Federation Members Overwhelmingly Endorse UK Remaining in EU
March 23
14:37 2016

Britain’s leading food and drink manufacturers have given an overwhelming endorsement to the campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union. A comprehensive poll of members carried out by the Food and Drink Federation saw more than two thirds (71%) of those responding support the ‘remain’ option. A further 17% responded ‘my company chooses not to express a preference’ while 12% expressed support for the ‘leave’ option. The response rate was 50%.

Ian Wright CBE, director general of FDF, comments: “71% of FDF members who voted believe the interests of their business will be best served by the UK voting to remain in the European Union. Members identified the single market, access to raw materials and the free movement of labour among key considerations in coming to their view.

“FDF members also helped to identify priorities for ongoing EU reform that would boost our sector’s long term competitiveness. These included increasing access to non-EU markets to boost exports of finished goods and ensure imports of required ingredients, safeguarding free movement of labour within the EU and tackling unnecessary red tape, in particular to ensure consistent interpretation and implementation of EU employment regulation.

Ian Wright CBE, director general of FDF.

Ian Wright CBE, director general of FDF.

“Of course, FDF is a representative of all of its members; so we completely respect those (17% of those voting) whose business chose not express a preference and those (12% of those voting) who supported the ‘leave’ option. We speak on behalf of our membership as a whole, not on behalf of any single member company.

“I am delighted that our Executive Committee felt strongly that we should have a clear point of view on the most important issues facing our industry. Few are more important than the EU referendum and our point of view is clear – the UK should remain a member!”

FDF membership is made up of a wide range of companies and trade associations, from large international food and drink manufacturers with long-established brands to small companies manufacturing organic products.

The majority of companies included in the survey were small and medium sized businesses. FDF is not planning to register as a registered campaigner with the Electoral Commission. FDF will remain compliant with Electoral Commission rules while continuing to represent the views of its members in the referendum debate

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 19, 2017PROCESS EXPO 2017
  • September 22, 2017Global Summit on Food & Beverages
  • September 26, 2017FHM2017
  • September 26, 2017POWTECH
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements