Kendall calls for retailers to work with growers on security

NFU president Peter Kendall has used two major conferences to call on retailers to team up with the growing sector on food security.

British retailers had a reputation for being world leaders and needed to burnish those leadership skills to help secure the long-term future for food production, he said.

Speaking at the IGD annual convention in London, Kendall said retailers should partner producers to tackle the challenges of climate change and population booms.

"We are part of a British food industry that delivers £80bn of gross added value, represents 3.6 million jobs, and is the biggest industry in our manufacturing sector. But the global challenges we face - climate change, water depletion and population growth - are enormous. Security of supply is going to be a critical factor.

"British retailers are seen as world leaders and I want you to show leadership now by develop-ing a sustainable supply chain, delivering stable and secure food supplies."

Earlier last week, Kendall told a House of Commons conference on science that the retail community needed to ensure it had a sustainable supply of food and then help invest in research programmes to formulate a long-term plan.

"The developed world has been overtaken by the developing world in total R&D spending. We used to export solutions and still have world-beating scientists," he said.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Is a post-Brexit seasonal worker scheme now impossible?

Is a post-Brexit seasonal worker scheme now impossible?

The UK fresh-produce sector has reacted with dismay at the latest developments in the ongoing debate, largely conducted out of public view, on whether UK horticulture will still have access to seasonal migrant workers when the UK leaves the EU in 18 months' time.

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

UK production horticulture can become more profitable under one possible Brexit scenario, while other more drastic scenarios will lead to only minor losses in profitability, a new report argues.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon