How we support UK food supply chains

As the UK agricultural supply industry's leading trade association, the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) represents businesses in key sectors within the supply chains that feed the nation.

These businesses supply UK farmers and growers with the animal feed, fertiliser, seed, crop protection products, trusted advice and quality services that are essential to producing food, as well as trading crops and commodities across the globe.

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AIC is a UK-wide voice for the businesses providing the products, services and trade assurance schemes that are vital for the secure supply of - and cast-iron confidence in – our country’s food, drink, and animal feed. We are also active members of four European trade associations, and closely follow European and international policy issues.

We are a recognised, knowledgeable and respected and respected partner for government, Ministers, MPs and Peers across all parties. We work with stakeholders and help shape policy to create a productive, sustainable and competitive future for our nation's food supply.

Watch the video below to find out more about AIC's role.

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AIC’s Election 2024 priorities: What we need from the next UK Government

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A comprehensive, cohesive UK Government approach to our food security and land use

What we do with our land resource, and the food we produce with it matters for our economy, our productivity, our environment, and our people. Unlike other countries, the UK lacks a joined-up, cross-Government strategy on land use or food security.

To make long term, strategic planning decisions, businesses need to be clear on the next Government’s vision for our land and the role of food producers within it.

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Improve trade with the EU, and within the UK nations

AIC needs the next Government to address the barriers that have arisen because of the UK-EU trade agreement have made goods harder to import and export.

UK regulatory bodies are struggling with the implementation of this, and burdens are leading to costly delays and extra paperwork to trade in goods. This is also impacting the UK internal market, opening up inconsistencies in legislation across the four nations.

  • Actively track and monitor divergences in policies and standards between the UK and EU, and within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Currently there is no formal policy or mechanism established by the UK Government to monitor or track the growing policy divergences between the UK and EU, with trade bodies and businesses left to undertake this crucial work themselves.
  • Negotiate a functioning veterinary or “Sanitary/Phytosanitary (SPS)” agreement with the EU. This would allow goods to be traded more easily with the EU and with Northern Ireland, while respecting the UK’s independence in trade and legislation.
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A consistent approach to sustainability in the food supply chain

Sustainability credentials are being requested at product and business level from consumers and supply chains. Access to consistent and accurate information is vital to build credibility and confidence in claims made alongside fairness in the food system.

  • AIC is asking the next Government to help facilitate this work and ensure UK agriculture is not disadvantaged.
  • To deliver a net zero transition in our food supply chain, the next Government must commit to a blended public and private finance landscape including tax credits and green transition support. Other countries have made this investment already, and the UK risks being left behind.

Speak with our experts

We welcome discussions with prospective parliamentary candidates about what UK food supply chain businesses need from the next UK Government and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Please click below to contact our policy experts or submit an enquiry using the contact form.

Ed Barker

Ed Barker

Head of Policy & External Affairs, AIC

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
01733 385271

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Ian Muirhead

Ian Muirhead

AIC Scotland Policy Manager, AIC

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
01733 385230

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Michael Muncey

Michael Muncey

AIC Cymru Policy Manager, AIC

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[email protected]
Phone:
01733 385230

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