Trefor Griffith, Head of Food and Beverage, Grant Thornton UK LLP:
“We cannot underestimate how vital the food and drink sector is to the UK and no doubt today’s announcements will be welcomed across the sector. The UK food and drink sector is already market leading in a number of areas and we are now seeing more opportunities to increase exports due to the quality of our food, continued innovation in the sector and because British brands and products are seen as aspirational in a number of emerging economies.
“It has been a long-term concern for the industry that smaller sectors such as aviation and aerospace have been given greater support and airtime. The introduction of the new Food and Drink Sector Council goes some way to addressing this imbalance and should be seen a positive step that will hopefully generate more momentum to help the sector continue to grow and develop.”