More than 700 dedicated food and drink suppliers from around the world will attend, and more than 70 exhibitors, highlighting the best of British, will be based in the speciality food pavilion, brought together under the banner of Food from Britain. This event takes place as we digest the report by the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food. It has published its vision for sustainable, diverse, modern and adaptable farming, fully integrated with the rest of the food chain. Its recommendations address many of DEFRA's key themes, including the whole question of how we reconnect farmers with their markets and their consumers and reinforce the relationship between farming, food production, the countryside and the environment. We want food and farming industries whose best performers not only match but set world standards; industries valued for the contribution they make; industries responsive to consumer needs. British food producers set great store not only on quality and tradition but also on being innovative both in terms of product and marketing. The strength and diversity of produce on show here, from well presented value-for-money foods to high quality British regional specialities, is there for all to see. Lord Whitty, food and farming minister, DEFRA {{FOCUS SPECIALS }}