Mark Menzies MP supports the Great British Food Campaign

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies has revealed his pride in backing the national Great British Food Campaign.

From Lytham Brewery to Bonds of Elswick Ice Cream, Fylde boasts some of the highest quality food and drink producers in the UK.

And now the five-year Great British Food Campaign, led by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has been set up to further promote British food and drink at home and abroad.

The Great British Food Unit will support the campaign, turbo-charging exports, supporting inward investment and championing the excellence of home-grown products across the world.

Mr Menzies said: “Fylde has some of the very best produce that the UK has to offer and there has never been a more exciting time to be part of the UK’s food and drink industry.

“It is now our largest manufacturing industry, bigger than cars and aerospace combined, and I’m proud to be part of a Government which is championing further growth for it.

“It is vital for our economic future that we support British food and farming to be all it can be – we will do that by backing big business, supporting local start-ups and embracing our rich food heritage.”

The Government has supported thousands of food and drink businesses to export almost £1bn of top-quality British produce to shops and restaurants around the world over the past two years. Total food and drink exports reached £19bn in 2014 and it is estimated those exports supported up to 65,000 jobs in food and drink manufacturing. The Government also supports the Food and Drink Federation’s export target to grow value-added food and drink exports by a third, which would achieve a total value of £6bn by 2020.

Mr Menzies added: “The campaign is obviously already well underway, but 2016 has been designated the Year of Great British Food and I want to build on its success and encourage even more Fylde companies to sell their Great British produce around the world.”

As well as events across the world, such as a gin and English sparkling wine party in Chicago for the Queen’s 90th birthday, the campaign has already seen a food market held at 10 Downing Street and a food trail launched to coincide with the second annual Cycle Tour de Yorkshire.

And to celebrate the rich heritage and iconic tradition of British food and drink, the Environment Secretary would also like to increase the number of Protected Food Names from 64 to 200 as part of the campaign.

To find out more and how to get involved visit the website at www.greatbritishfoodcampaign.com

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP pouring a pint of Lytham Brewery’s St Patrick’s Pale Ale in Parliament’s famous Strangers’ Bar

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