UK food industry plan announced
A long-term economic plan for UK food and farming has been announced to ensure the continued growth and creation of jobs in the industry.
Environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss, identified four key areas to help the food and farming industry grow. The priorities are:
- Enabling a productive and resilient industry in the face of volatile global markets
- Opening up new markets at home and abroad
- Simplifying EU regulations to free up food producers to innovate and grow their businesses
- Protecting the country from plant and animal disease.
Truss says, “Britain’s food and farming industry is a powerhouse of our economy – contributing £100 billion each year and employing one in eight people – and has huge potential to deliver further jobs and growth.
“Our long-term economic plan for food and farming will unlock the potential of this vital industry – by encouraging more talented entrepreneurs to pursue a career in food, removing unnecessary bureaucracy, protecting the industry from plant and animal diseases, and opening new markets for top quality British food both at home and overseas.”