Your challenges.
Our collective thinking.
Shaping the opportunities of tomorrow

Connor McVeigh
Vice President Supply Chain at McDonald's
Content Contributor UK Food Council

What We Do

We bring together food industry veterans, visionaries, policy makers, leaders, academics, investors, research groups, free thinkers and those with hands on experience from each sector of the industry to put solutions to the issues of the day. We develop and share new thinking and interact with members to help shape and develop the UK Food Industry.

Every business solution in
our industry starts with people

So we build our whole way of working around people, our people, our members and our partners. We don't just talk to our members and partners; we listen to them. We work with experts who are outstanding thinkers and communicators - not blunt providers of knowledge.

We match our talent with our teams to create a powerful membership dynamic.

When you put people first, solutions follow.

Alasdair Murdoch
CEO UK Burger King
Content Contributor UK Food Council

Our membership is powered by people

Lyndy Redding
Founder of The Oxford Kitchen and Garden Company and Absolute Taste

Content Contributor UK Food Council

The UK Food Council leads the way across the industry sectors. From agriculture to manufacturing, processing to science and logistics to food service. Our diverse teams are at the forefront of new technologies, government policies, new methods of farming and food sustainability with an abundance of knowledge and know how that help people to work differently and produce more.

People are why and how we do things. They drive the solutions that can accelerate the change and drive growth across the industry, not just in the UK but across the world.

Every member is unique

We have a process, but not a rigid formula. The skill of our people is to get right under the skin of an industry issue or the challenge facing an individual member. Then we create a highly collaborative solution, highly productive result to overcome the challenge.

Drill deeper and you go further.

Paul Dickinson
Fuller’s Director of Food

Content Contributor UK Food Council

Jane Holbrook
Executive Chair Côte

Content Contributor UK Food Council

Turning insight into strategies

Gaining knowledge and sharing ideas is fundamental to our approach. We exchange insight and ideas with member organisations and their teams, top down, bottom up, to explore exciting new industry sector solutions together. And what works for one member can work for many,

This dynamic, collaborative way of working produces results, solutions to industry issues that can have a huge impact on member businesses. Innovation and value-creation, these are the things that benefit members of the UK Food Council.

Dates for Q1 2022 diary

24th

February

GROCERY & FOODSERVICE
TRENDS BRIEFING


'Food & Grocery Trends' forms 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

Dates for Q2 2022 diary

24th

April

UK FARMING IN 2030


Farming in 2030: this event explores a route to 2030 to demonstrate that with the right enabling conditions, an agroecological system could provide enough healthy food for a growing UK population. This initial forum will explore how our thinking about agroecology in this country needs to focus on five critical areas: diet, carbon, livestock, productivity and nature. By focusing on these areas, the debate will engage in a Q&A session to answer some key questions of our time: is it possible to provide enough nutritious food for people through agroecological farming alone? What impact would this have on land use, nature, biodiversity, livestock, farming enterprises, food security? What about health and wellbeing and meeting net zero carbon targets? The group will also explore where further analysis and discussion is needed in order to balance different interests and hear a wider range of voices.


Sectors: Farming, Agriculture, Grocery
Status: Open to Members 

10th

May

HR DIRECTORS ROUND TABLE 2022


HRS22 is an exclusive member event of industry HR decision-makers dedicated to finding the best approach to achieving the HR business goals they have set out for their company. COVID-19 has created a 'new normal' that all businesses - and particularly HR departments - are now working hard to keep up with. Our industry is experiencing some of the biggest repercussions from the pandemic. The industry and its related supply chains are facing a range of unique challenges that will require dedicated, effective solutions if organisations are to stay competitive during this time.

To succeed in achieving this ambition of coming out of the current situation in a better position than before, companies must be ready to negotiate some unprecedented HR challenges. HRS22 is designed to be a time-effective way to convene with like-minded peers and discover a route through the headline challenges facing the entire industry, sector by sector.


Sectors: Food Producers, Retail, Grocery
Status: Open to members

YOU DECIDE

2022/23

BENEFIT FROM HOSTING YOUR INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUP


Our industry sector briefings offer an unrivalled way to get your target audience and your team up to date on the latest service and product offering. From informal Q&A Sessions, Sector Focus Groups to Industry Seminars, Workshops and Round Table Talks. our events team are available to leverage their research, knowledge and industry contacts to support your event hosted by us.


Sectors: All Sectors
Status: Open to Members & Partners

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SECTORS WE SERVE

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.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE WAY WE WORK

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: