Food industry executives and government officials have been holding detailed, private talks about contingency plans should the fuel tax blockades return after the protestors' 60 day deadline ends on November 13. Amid strong rumours that food distribution depots would be targeted by pickets as well as refineries, industry representatives met MAFF officials in Whitehall on Wednesday. Meanwhile the NFU has formed an alliance with transport industry leaders to call for sweeping changes to the fuel taxation system which they claim is "blighting Britain's ability to compete on the world market". In a submission to Chancellor Gordon Brown, they are calling for an immediate minimum 15ppl cut in fuel duty, a reduction in road tax for light goods vehicles and cars based on environmental criteria, and a system that would see foreign HGVs also having to contribute to the upkeep of Britain's roads. NFU deputy president Tim Bennett said: "Brown must answer the growing calls for a sophisticated and targeted taxation system that can truly deliver for the economy and the environment." Meanwhile, petrol and diesel prices went up by 2p a litre on Wednesday in a move which it was feared could reignite anger about fuel. BP, Tesco, Sainsbury and Safeway all raised their rates. {{NEWS }}