Food service sector needs more government help

London, UK: The foodservice and hospitality sector needs more government support says Ian Stone, newly elected president of the British Frozen Food Federation.

Stone, managing director, Wiltshire Farm Foods, said that many members may go out of business before recovery from the pandemic starts next year.

In a speech by video link to the federation’s annual general meeting this morning Stone said: “I am particularly aware how challenging it must be for our members with exposure to the out-of-home market as they continue to bear the brunt of restrictions imposed by the government.
 
“Unfortunately, the latest tier changes announced this week will not bring the hope that the out of home market has been looking for. The market is opening in name only and there is now a real danger that restrictions will result in swathes of pubs, restaurants and clubs – supplied by wholesalers and food manufacturers – going out of business before the eagerly anticipated vaccines arrive.”
 
“We saw a positive impact from the Eat Out to Help Out campaign in August, only for the position to go into sharp reverse in only a few weeks. Many of our members have had minimal support from the Government and the Federation will continue to highlight these issues to all appropriate stakeholder contacts. We simply must see further support for the out of home sector.”

Ian Stone, managing director, Wiltshire Farm Foods and newly elected president of the British Frozen Food Federation

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