Moves to set up a separate branch within DEFRA dedicated to food retail and catering have been welcomed across the industry. The food industry branch at Defra will be split into three divisions, one geared towards manufacturers, the other retail and catering, and a third alcoholic drinks. A spokesman said the move was motivated by "burgeoning growth in catering" and recognition the food sector was too complex to go under a single umbrella. Federation of Wholesale Distributors director general Alan Toft said: "The federation has been calling for more focus on retailing, especially the independent retailer, for years." {{NEWS }}