The supply chain co-operation developed as part of IGD's Food Project offers a blueprint for the future success of the industry, claims Hazlewood Foods' chairman Peter Barr. As chairman of the Food Project, Barr will officially bring the initiative to an end at a conference in London on Wednesday (March 29). Barr said more than 200 companies from across the industry had supported the project to improve the competitiveness of the whole food chain adding: "I am delighted with the results over the last three years." Delegates at the conference will hear the first details of the chicken assurance scheme developed to encourage the highest possible production standards. The scheme will be the first to be launched as part of the kitemark initiative being developed by the National Farmers' Union. Results of a study to benchmark the UK's livestock sector against the best in the world will also be unveiled. And there will be an update on the efforts being made by the Bangor Project to boost consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables by kids. The conference takes place on the eve of a farming crisis summit being organised by prime minister Tony Blair. {{NEWS }}