24 May 2022
by John Kelley

Evaluation of Gatekeeper protocol into the UK


Over the last year AIC was requested to carry out an evaluation of the implementation of the Gatekeeper protocol, which is currently used for imported crops, as a method of UK crop assurance. AIC worked with a range of AIC committees and the Crop Stakeholder Group, chaired by the NFU and includes, feed industry, millers and maltster representatives as well as Red Tractor Assurance and others.

It has been concluded that there is no market demand for this approach at the moment and the current farm assurance schemes meets the needs of the UK market in the most cost and resource efficient way. AIC will continue to evaluate other methods of assurance as proposals come forward. 

A full set of support documents including our press release and position statement can be found here.


John Kelley

John Kelley

Chief Operating Officer, AIC / Managing Director, AIC Services, AIC / AIC Services

John Kelley is Chief Operating Officer, which includes the management of AIC Services, and is based at the AIC Head Office, Peterborough. 

He was part of the original team that brought the associations together to form AIC in 2003.

Previous to this he has worked for major blue chip retailers, a produce supplier group and a consultancy. He also obtained an MBA through the Open Business School and an BSc (Hons) from Nottingham University.

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