Food and Drink Federation: Projects
The Food and Drink Federation has its own well-kept website with reports, news, documents and information concerning the food and drink industry at . It also runs tangential websites aimed at getting 'science-based information' over to the public: Foodfuture  looks at biotechnology and food; Foodfitness  encourages healthy eating combined with exercise; Foodlink  promotes good hygiene practices.
The FDF's more important job is to act as the 'voice of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry', in which role it aims to 'improve the environment in which the UK food and drink manufacturing industry must operate: be it legislative, economic, social or political. It aims to safeguard the commercial interests of the industry and maximise its international competitiveness'.
To this end, it is an active lobbying group; the website boasts that in 2001 it had 'over 1,000 contacts with Ministers [and] Members of Parliaments at UK and EU level' and had 'hundreds of consultations with EU, Government and others'. Lady Jay, Director General of the FDF, explains that 'FDF co-ordinated and represented industry in more than one hundred formal and informal consultation exercises' .
Lady Jay also explains that the FDF has helped create 'an important forum which brings together the Presidents and Directors General of the four key groupings along the food chain - FDF, the NFU National Farmer's Union, the British Retail Consortium and the Institute of Grocery Distribution.' She believes that this ' "joined-up" approach, this Whole Food Chain approach, is and will continue to be, a major element of our lobbying strategy.'
This is largely due to the fact that all four stakeholders hold a similar future vision for agriculture in the UK, one that revolves around global competitiveness, greater intensification of agriculture, and the widespread growth and use of GMOs. This lobbying forum also excludes some of the other interests in the food chain - namely small and family farmers, small organic producers, people working on local food economies, farm-workers and to a large extent consumers.