Food and Drink Federation director general Sylvia Jay has been appointed to the Food From Britain Council by DEFRA secretary of state Margaret Beckett.

Director general of the FDF since January 2001, Jay said she was “delighted and honoured” to take up the post.

She added: “We export £8.5bn worth of food and drink a year, so it is vital for our industry that we continue to work hard to promote our products and protect key markets.”