Truss launches buy British food campaign

Organisations from across the farming industry are joining forces to "celebrate everything that's great about British food".

The NFU, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Red Tractor and Love British Food are uniting to coordinate a calendar of events for the autumn of 2016 which has been designated the 'Year of British Food' by the Government.

The campaign starts with a Back British Farming day in September, followed by an autumn of driving consumer awareness of British, assured food.  This activity includes Red Tractor Week, British Food Fortnight, a 12 week Red Tractor on-pack promotion across retailers and foodservice operators, supporting TV and in-store advertising campaigns and British sausage week in November.  The NFU will be helping schools integrate farming education into their harvest festivals with the addition of ‘Why the Harvest Matters’ resources to supplement its existing ‘Why Farming Matters’ education pack.

The plans will be unveiled at a special great British breakfast launch event today (April 27) at Farmers and Fletchers in The City, in the presence of Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said: "I’m pleased to see our farming organisations collaborating and coming together to champion great British food and the thousands of farmers and growers who produce it every day of the year. I hope this plan of action will help showcase British food which, as we know, is the best in the world.

"It is also so important that British farming is recognised for the key role it plays, not only in producing great food but in its contribution to the country’s economy, in creating jobs, as well as the beautiful and diverse rural landscape that attracts millions of tourists every year."

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: "Our food industry has so much to be proud of – whether it is the seafood from our spectacular coastline or the world’s most delicious beef, lamb, milk and cheese our farmers bring us from the hills and pastures around the UK.

"That is why we launched the Year of Great British Food to champion the best of British food at home and abroad.

"I’m delighted to see our world-leading food and farming industry celebrating British food and drink to help grow our food industry further.

"With 3.8 million people employed in the food chain we know it is vital for our economic future we make British food and farming all it can be and I am determined to work closely with the farming industry to harness innovation and technology, develop new skills and promote our rich food heritage."

Christine Watts, chief communications and market development officer, AHDB said: "Consumers are telling us they need new ideas for meals and faster cooking times.  As we look to meet consumers changing quality, price and life-style demands we are proud this autumn to see new products promoted in the mini-roast category as part of this coordinated activity campaign.  We will be linking levy payer funded mini roast promotion to supermarkets and consumers, encouraging shoppers to select a mini roast as a convenient mid-week meal."

Red Tractor Assurance chairman Jim Moseley said:  "This year’s coordinated campaign of consumer activity gives Red Tractor and the farming and food industry a huge opportunity to communicate the values of British, Red Tractor assured food.  We know that over two thirds of shoppers recognise the Red Tractor logo and over half are more likely to purchase foods when they see it on-pack.  Our activity programme will give consumers an even better understanding of the great standards to which assured food is produced and further increase consumer loyalty and purchasing of Red Tractor labelled products."  


Alexia Robinson, Founder, Love British Food, said: "Love British Food is delighted that the whole farming industry is uniting to celebrate British food.  We have been doing this on our own since 2002 when British Food Fortnight was founded in response to the foot and mouth crisis that bought farming to its knees.  It is great that the whole industry is now working together on a coordinated calendar of events to celebrate British food this autumn."


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

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, in contrast to other farming sectors, according to a new report by levy body AHDB with Agra CEAS Consulting.

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.

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

One area affected by the uncertainty around Brexit will be the ongoing development of agricultural technology, seen by many as essential to retain Britain's productivity and competitiveness in fresh produce along with other farming sectors.

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