Covent Garden Market Authority creates advisory board to aid development

The Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) has announced the formation of a 10-strong advisory panel to keep the market up to date with developments within the food industry.

The new Food Advisory Board (FAB) will hold regular meetings to discuss issues facing the market and to advise on the redevelopment of the market from a food perspective. The authority has drawn on the independent, public and private sectors to form the new board.

Board members are David Higgins, Prue Leith OBE, Sir Don Curry, Lord Haskins, Yael Mejia, Eric Samuel and Will Sibley, who will join CGMA representatives Jan Lloyd and Lady Jane Garrett. Current CGMA chairman Brenda Dean will also act as chairman of the FAB.

Some 40 per cent of all fruit and vegetables going into London's food service sector comes through New Covent Garden Market. The authority therefore sees it as crucial that the market is placed in the best position to facilitate all those involved in the food chain to ensure a smoother and more sustainable food supply into London.

CGMA chief executive Jan Lloyd said: "Our plans for the redevelopment of the market are not just about the buildings. It is also about the way in which the whole food chain connects, from producer to end user.

"We have a unique place in that chain and by establishing the FAB we can draw on its members' experience and expertise to ensure we are in an even better and stronger position."

CGMA has established the FAB as the market enters a key phase in its history. In September 2006, the authority announced the start of a two-year programme to agree how to replace its 30-year-old infrastructure with fresh, modern facilities.

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