England's eight regional food bodies are lobbying ministers for more cash because they face losing annual funding from Food from Britain as of April 2008.

The money involved is believed to total £400,000. It is understood FFB has decided to withdraw the cash ­because of cutbacks in its own funding from Defra.

The groups have formed the Alliance of Regional Food Groups. Sustainable food and farming minister Lord Rooker has agreed to meet them shortly.

Gill Ainge, commercial development manager for Taste of the West, said she hoped regional food groups would eventually become self-supporting, but funding was needed to help them through their early years.

Defra said: "The comprehensive spending review hasn't taken place yet. No decision has been taken for the financial year in question."