Campaigning

Making a difference means taking a stand. We use the power of a united voice; 8,600 businesses – of every size, across every sector of the industry. 

Campaigns & Initiavives

With so much diversity in the UK food industry, we have created several initiaitves to bring various sectors of the industry together, to exchange ideas and form partnerships to drive innovation. Here are a few of them.

FOOD 2030 was initiated against a backdrop of the UK 2030 Agenda to End Food Poverty ('Tell Everyone Campaign') and the report from the Fabian Society (2015) 'A Recipe for Inequality'. Food 2030 is the collective exchange of views, opinions and actions required to achieve food security, improve nutrition in school children and low income adults and to end food poverty in the UK by 2030.

The Cloche Training Initiative. In association with a renowned academic partner the UK Food Council will soon be launching the Cloche Training Initiative. Cloche is an apprenticeship scheme providing modern day training and work opportunities for people of all ages. It is aimed at those who are either entering or who are in the early days in the food service industry, on a part or full times basis.

Combating Obesity Group (COG) Combating the obesity trend will require society to think differently. For government and business, it means creating an environment that encourages healthier eating and physical activity. For individuals and families, it could mean eating less and moving more. It will require a major shift in thinking, not just by government, but by individuals, families, business and society as a whole. So a big ask ! COG is an enabler, an authoritative voice, a mover and shaker and an idea generator with a singular focus on combating obesity in the UK.

We fast-track funding for promising ideas. We work with our partners and incubate innovation through the R&D accelerator platform. This brings together a group of scientists, students and startups to advance science and technology with the objective of accelerating the development of trend-based products and systems.

Food Education is a new initiative from the UK Food Council. Its purpose is to educate and encourage people of all ages to be more aware of the rich variety of food that is available at a point of sale either at a supermarket, high street shop, farmers market or online. But most importantly Food Ed is about how to prepare and cook fresh food, have fun with it and experiment with it.

Farming can be a good way of life, but it is a demanding and stressful occupation. So it’s not surprising that many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope as well as usual. The Council is in the process of developing a community network to provide help and support for people in the farming sector to help them to overcome and manage their way through their illness.

NEWNext

The New Next is our association with a renowned academic business partner, a leader in their field. It is a member facility for dynamic and ambitious business leaders to join this small forum. In the new normal New Next will take a look at the pressing issues of the ‘business day’ and what the options and solutions are. As leaders are taking the dynamics of a changing workforce and a changing business climate and asking themselves pointed questions, New Next will help to address these issues and offer a fresh perspective on them.

I Am In
Pro-Bono Support

Every year, we campaign for the better and shed light on a specific topic we stand for and care about. This year we are seeking to raise awareness for pro-bono engagements. 

For us, pro bono engagements are an excellent opportunity to share our skills to benefit people, the planet and society. Via unique stories that we will launch in 2022, consultants and nonprofit partners will share insights and experiences from past pro-bono work. We invite everybody to learn more about the topics, forms of collaboration and the impact of donating time and skills to benefit actual helpers: nonprofits, social start-ups, food-banks and charities.

Finally, we will celebrate the grand finale of this campaign with 'I Am In', which is a great learning opportunity for nonprofit staff and volunteers. In a series of webinars, hosted by our consultants and partners, we will share insights into various topics across a range of topics. Nonprofit staff and volunteers are invited to join any of the free-of-charge sessions and talk with us.

Now, let’s go! Be sure to follow the story updates.

Dates for Q1 2022 diary

24th

February

GROCERY & FOODSERVICE
TRENDS BRIEFING


'Food & Grocery Trends' form the core of this Directions & Trends Briefing (the first in a series of three). It is a senior executive event where the most progressive and influential individuals across the food and grocery industries will be on the platform and in the audience. It is the ideal forum for industry leaders who want to stay on trend, share insights and develop the future direction
of their business.


Sectors: Grocery & Food Service
Status: Open to Members

10th

March

FOOD PACKAGING
PARTNER FOCUS GROUP


How is packaging design shaping the food, drink, functional health and wellbeing offering? How can creativity in packaging design drive re-purchase? How are millennials and generation Z influencing brand packaging? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this focus group will address.


Sectors: Grocery & Fast Food
Status: Private Partner Event by Invitation Only

29th

March

THE FUTURE OF FOOD 2030



This briefing will look 10 years beyond Brexit to how Britain will evolve socially, technologically and environmentally. It will discuss how changing trends will impact food production, delving into what we’ll be eating, how we’ll be buying it, and how food will be produced. It poses the question, what impact will this have on the UK food industry and what’s needed to ensure the UK can take full advantage?


Sectors: All Sectors
Status: Open to Members

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INDUSTRY SECTORS

AGRICULTURE 

See the latest news, issues, topics and research across the UK agriculture, farming and fishing sectors. Participate in the debate. Connect with sector members. 

MANUFACTURING

To discover what's current and what's coming down the line in the UK manufacturing, production and processing sectors log in here. Join in the conversation on today's issues. 

FOOD SERVICE

Connect with your peers and business leaders in the food service and hospitality sectors. Understand the trends and consumer demands affecting FoH and BoH operations.

GROCERY

Get a top down view on where change is taking place in this sector. Engage with industry leaders. Gain a better understanding on how this and other industry sectors are developing.

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OPERATIONAL AREAS

MEMBERSHIP

Membership stretches across the UK food industry, sector by sector and  includes the biggest names, leading brands, start-ups, entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders.

TRAINING

We apply our insight, knowledge, and expertise in a “just for you” approach to unlock exclusive training and skills development opportunities for people in our member organisations.


EVENTS

Our industry-driven agenda, research and thought leadership sets the stage for the events programme which offers objective insight that gets to grips with the issues that impact on  the sectors across the industry. 

INITIATIVES

Our community initiatives bring people and business together to educate policy and decision makers whose active participation provides the foundation for these programmes to prosper.

TRADING FORUMS


As it says on the tin - Connections - connects pre-qualified UK food producers with a host of trusted buyers across relevant sectors of the industry - who are hungry to buy great produce or services.

QUEST

All under one title: Quest provides food industry opinion pieces, editorial contributions, industry leader interviews, op-eds, social media chatter, food and restaurant reviews.

PARTNERS

Collectively with our partners we keep our members on trend and better informed about industry issues, and business opportunities enabling them to make better informed decisions.

INSIGHT

Our Insight sector commentary provides food industry decision makers with independent, well informed insight and opinion based on the analysis contained within the Insight reports.

Initiative
A UK Food Council initiative to eliminate food poverty in the UK, supported by: