from Martin Paterson, deputy DG, Food and Drink Federation

Sir; The Grocer’s focus on the need for the government to work closely with industry comes at an opportune time.
Food and drink suppliers have been at pains to emphasise to the government, and to others, that while we do have a part to play in the debate on food and the nation’s health, it is as one of many.
We do need joined-up government in this area, and calm, informed discussion.
No doubt, The Grocer’s readers will be gratified that you are taking up such an important issue with such vigour.