More than 330,000 foodservice operators and 73,000 retailers rely on FWD members for the supply of fresh, chilled and frozen food - often delivered daily, and ready to go straight on the menu or the counter.
EU and UK regulations govern the provenance, quality and safety of food along with its packaging and the information which must be provided with it. FWD represents wholesalers in reactive action by government, for example taking the lead in collating members' responses to the horsemeat contamination issues in 2013 and advising Defra on the impact on members of other threats to the food supply chain.
Since December 2014, all UK food providers are obliged to accurately track, record and communicate to the public 14 of the most common foods to cause allergic reactions, including cereals, seafood, fish and nuts. Wholesalers will have an obligation to provide their retail and catering customers with the required information to enable them to pass on it on to their own customers.
We are also actively involved in the formulation of food regulation, working with Defra to produce guidance on the new Food Information to Consumers regulations, and bringing members together to discuss how best to implement the requirements.
FWD represents members' views on economic controls on food supply, such as the proposed Soft Drinks Levy. In cases such as this, we make sure that unintended consequences of intervention are taken into account. Adding a 'sugar tax' to soft drinks sold in the UK creates an opportunity for cheaper 'grey market' imports to undercut British suppliers.