The entire food chain has come together for the first time ever to urge the government to take a practical approach towards health and nutrition.

This week the Food and Drink Federation, British Retail Consortium, National Farmers’ Union and British Hospitality Association delivered a joint response to a draft paper entitled Food and Health Problem Analysis from the government’s Nutrition Forum.

The paper, which has been out for consultation since June, is the first step towards developing a national Food and Health Action Plan.

The organisations represent all sectors of food production, manufacturing and retail. Total consumer expenditure on products in these sectors amounts to £140bn, and together the industries employ almost three million people.

See this week’s issue of The Grocer for more details.