Sustainability in food service supply chains should be just as important as in the retail sector, the NFU said today.
The call came on day one of NFU Conference at The ICC, Birmingham, where one of the main sessions focused on markets and featured speakers from McDonald’s and Bidvest Foodservice UK – both of whom have made efforts to improve their British farming supply chains.
The food service sector saw a growth of around 3% last year to give it a current value of £46.6bn, with all expectations showing continued growth. It buys £10 billion worth of food a year, distributed across a huge range of catering outlets from oil rigs, sporting stadium, to corner cafes and high street restaurants. It is a diverse sector, where innovation is a driver.