Reports highlight food’s value

Posted on 11 Oct 2010 by The Manufacturer

John Mann MP launched two FDF-commissioned food sector reports while visiting Cargill’s chocolate facility

Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Food and Drink Manufacturing Group, launched two recent reports commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation from the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.

The reports, entitled ‘The Value of Food and Drink Manufacturing to the UK’ and ‘Future Scenarios for the UK Food and Drink Industry’ highlight the challenges facing the industry as it looks to maintain the nation’s food security against the combined effects of climate change, higher global demand for agricultural products and increasing pressure on finite resources. The reports also identify how industry and Government should work together to ensure the continued growth of the economically-important food and drink manufacturing sector.
Mann said “I’m delighted to be here today. It’s always fascinating to see the site and discuss the changes and transformations that face the UK cocoa industry. Cargill has been an employer in Worksop for many years and plays a valuable role in our community.

“As a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Food and Drink Manufacturing Group, I want to show my support for an industry which offers world class capabilities in production, logistics, sales, marketing and innovation. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, and its’ importance to the overall economy should not be underestimated. By supporting the industry nationally, we can expect to reap the benefits closer to home in Worksop”.

A range of milk and plain chocolate products are produced at the Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate facility. The factory has been operational since 2000 and employs 25 people.