The UK’s leading food and drink supply chain organisations have collectively called on political party leaders to prioritise food security policies in their 2024 General Election campaigns.  

The organisations calling the attention of the UK’s political parties to the issue include the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), UK Hospitality and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 

In a joint letter, the organisations urged the parties to outline their plans to support the domestic food and farming sectors and to ensure resilient supply chains. 

The letter outlines six urgent priorities for the incoming government, including a planning system conducive to investment in modern infrastructure and a tax framework that promotes investment and research and innovation in the UK. 

The organisations also demand an agricultural budget that supports environmental, climate and biodiversity targets. 

Their demands encompass a trade policy focused on reducing non-tariff barriers with key partners and a collaborative effort to address obesity and health inequalities, and a comprehensive plan to meet net zero goals.  

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A statement in the letter read: “These policies are critical to the future health and prosperity of our nation. 

“We should never take our food security for granted, and whoever forms the next government will need to address these issues as a priority.  

“Taken together, these policies can provide the critical ingredient – confidence – that will allow industry to deliver a resilient food system, investing for the future, driving productivity, leading the way in energy efficiency, continuing the journey of protecting and enhancing the environment and most of all, ensuring that British food remains on our shelves and available for all.” 

The General Election will take place on 4 July 2024.