The row over Guideline Daily Amounts versus multiple traffic-light labelling looks set to remain an explosive issue as the industry breaks further away from the government with its own ad campaign and infighting causes tensions.
Gavin Neath, Unilever UK chairman, said at his FDF president's dinner that lack of progress with a joint initiative was forcing the industry to develop its own campaign for GDA labelling. It was intended to address "some FSA concerns".
Meanwhile, BRC director general Kevin Hawkins said he was confident that a meeting with Sainsbury next week would resolve a row over labelling, which led to it temporarily suspending its membership. In a TV interview, Hawkins referred to positive evidence about Tesco and M&S's labelling, which is GDA-based. He did not refer to Sainsbury's labelling, which uses multiple traffic lights.
A Sainsbury spokeswoman said: "The suspension follows concern about how the BRC is able to represent members effectively on issues where they hold significantly differing views."