Covid-19 Recovery Plan

Published July 2020

Rebuilding the food industry, renewing the food system

Panic buying, empty shelves, the fear of food shortages. Within days of the Covid lockdown, the UK food system faced its biggest challenge since 1945 – to keep the nation fed.

The next challenge is for our food systems to recover from this crisis and take forward the lessons learned from the past four months.

The Food and Drink Sector Council has launched its Covid-19 Recovery Plan, outlining six key areas that will be central to restart all sectors of the food industry, protect food industry employees and serve the changing needs of the public.

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Agricultural Productivity Working Group report

Published February 2020

Productivity is the key to unlocking future opportunities in Agriculture.

The industry and government must together size the opportunities presented by new policy frameworks and technology to lead a transformation in our farming industry.

With the UK leaving the EU, imminent changes to agricultural policy and the pressure to achieve net zero emissions, the report, prepared by industry experts for the Food and Drink Sector Council, highlights the steps that together, industry and government can take to overcome the productivity challenge that has long faced the British farming industry.

Preparing for a Changing Workforce: a food and drink supply chain approach to skills

Published October 2019

Access to skills is a growing problem across the sector, and according to the Food and Drink Sector Council's Preparing for a Changing Workforce Report, the majority of companies expect the situation to become more difficult, as we see record lows in unemployment (3.8%), parts of the industry where one third of workers could retire in the next 15-17 years and a forecasted 120,000 fewer migrants overall by 2023.

This report outlines the future workforce and skills needs of the UK food and drink sector, and has brought together the entire supply chain to develop key recommendations for both government and industry that will deliver a real step change.

Last reviewed: 18 Feb 2021