When is British really best?

How can food and farming businesses promote the best of British as part of global food systems?

As we seek to recover from the pandemic, questions increasingly turn to how and where we source our food from in future. This online Business Forum meeting will explore the role for British food and farming going forward, as calls for local food increase, trade talks ramp up and the National Food Strategy in England kicks back into action.

Speakers will be:

  • Edwin Booth CBE DL, Chairman and CEO of Booths Food Stores, the food retail chain based in the north-west of England that has built strong sustainability credentials and a focus on locally sourced food and drink
  • Ananda Guha, Deputy Director, Exports and EU Exit, Agri-Food Chain Directorate, Defra, brings experience of policy delivery and strategic advice to Ministers, having previously worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Albert Tucker, independent consultant, adviser and social entrepreneur. He is a leading figure in the fairtrade movement, community regeneration and sustainable development. He is Chairman of Karma Cola Foundation and has worked at Cafédirect, Divine Chocolate, and Twin Trading. Albert is also a member of the Food Ethics Council

The evening will be chaired by Dan Crossley, Executive Director of the Food Ethics Council. The meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • Discuss how Britain fares on sustainability, and what it can learn from other countries
  • Consider what the best of British looks like – in relation to quality, welfare and sustainability – and how we can shift to ‘only the best’
  • Re-assess the degree of self-sufficiency we should be striving for, in light of recent shocks
  • Explore British food and drink’s place in the global food system and the role of international trade

To register, please book via Eventbrite using the ‘sign up’ button.

Note – this online meeting is for Business Forum members (although we are allowing Business Forum members to invite one person from outside Business Forum membership who they think would find this valuable e.g. supplier or customer)

We recognise this is an all male line-up. We carefully monitor gender diversity of the set of people speaking at our event and do our utmost to ensure that the balance across the year is equal.


8th July 2020
5:00 - 7:00 pm


Food Ethics Council
York Way

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