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Live cooking on the Beanstalk Global webinar on “Why now is the time to support British growers & fresh food”

28th May, 2020

Why now is the tine to support British Growers & Fresh food 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. 

Expert panelists: – Max MacGillivray – Editor in Chief, Beanstalk.Global – Julie Cleijne – CEO & Founder at Sustainable Kitchen & Plant-based chef consultant – Dan Hewitt – Head of Ag for Kettle Foods & Chair of Writtle University College – Chris Bavin – TV Star of the Fresh Food Sectors – Clive Williamson – Maynard House Ltd – Orchard pressed Apple Juice

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