Andrew was Director of Sustainability at FDF for 5 years from 2009 to 2014, leading on resource efficiency, food security and climate change in food manufacturing. Prior to that he was a career civil servant dealing with a range of food, agricultural, trade and environmental issues in the UK and at EU and international levels. Andrew continues to advise FDF in a consultancy capacity and others on issues related to the challenges of sustainable food production and consumption. Andrew was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to Defra.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. It helps its members operate in an appropriately regulated marketplace to maximise competitiveness. It communicates the industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. FDF also works in partnership with key players in the food chain to ensure food is safe and that consumers can have trust in it.
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Talk: What keeps the food and drink manufacturers awake at night?
The food industry faces an almost unprecedented combination of short term competitive and commercial pressures, alongside some major longer term challenges in relation to how we will feed an expanding, and increasingly urban, global population against a background of less available land, water and energy and the likely impacts of climate change. There are also important questions about diet and health, which have significant implications for what will be produced and consumed in future. These questions affect the whole of society and the wider economy, not just food and farming themselves. Science and technology have the potential to provide innovative solutions which will help us to produce more, from less and with less impact, in order to continue to provide consumers with the safe, secure, nutritious and affordable food they need. Balancing these different issues while continuing to operate profitable businesses able to invest in their own futures is enough to keep anyone awake at night. But it is also an invigorating challenge, which the best companies and leaders will want to embrace.