Why now is the time to support British growers & Fresh food sector

Are UK growers & fresh food businesses getting the support they need to feed the population? We look at the top issues and ways that the trade and the consumer can support our vital growers and food business ongoing. Farmers, growers and food businesses have had to deal with the sudden and very major disruption in the past weeks including; loss of their usual markets and income as pubs, caterers and major restaurant chains close; lack of workers from having to self-isolate; and losing European and other workers to pick and pack crops. They are also facing cashflow disruption; transport challenges; and regulatory issues arising from new supply chain expectations. Many are also helping the most vulnerable in their communities to access food – which is especially challenging in rural areas.

Supporting them all in this difficult period will be vital. The UK Government has published guidance for businesses, employers and employees and a package of crisis support measures. But the more support that the public gives the fresh food sectors the better and ideally people will keep that support going after the crisis has passed.

Watch and listen, and be inspired.

Host: Max MacGillivray – Editor in Chief, Beanstalk Global

Recorded Apr 2020

Our expert panel

Chris Bavin

TV Presenter, Fresh food sector

Dan Hewitt

Head of Agriculture, Kettle Foods & Chair of Writtle University College

Julie Cleijne

Julie Cleijne

CEO & Founder, Sustainable Kitchen Consultants

Clive Williamson

Maynard House Ltd, Orchard pressed Apple juice

Max MacGillivray

Editor in Chief, Beanstalk Global

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