Core group of organisations being invited

Core group of organisations being invited

Core group of organisations being invited to drive
the promotion

Association of Master Bakers
British Beer & Pub Association
British Hospitality Association
British Tourism Authority
Campaign for Real Food
Churches Together in England
Countryside Agency''s ''Eat the View'' programme
Countryside Alliance
Farm Retail Association
Fishmongers'' Company
Food from Britain
Food Lovers'' Fairs
Guild of Fine Food Retailers
Guild of Q Butchers
Les Routiers
National Association of Farmers Markets
National Federation of Young Farmers'' Clubs
National Trust
Regional Food Groups
Rural Shops Alliance
Society of Independent Brewers
Women''s Institute

Other organisations who share the objectives of promoting Britain''s regional food are also welcome to support and take part

Details of Regional Groups

The Groups will be based on the 8 Government Regions:

North East
Yorkshire and the Humber
North West
East of England
East Midlands
South East
West Midlands
South West

Their role:

1. Encourage schools, sports and social organisations, families and communities in their region to support regional British producers by making a special effort during the fortnight''s celebration to buy British food and if possible to buy it from farmers'' markets, local independent butchers, green-grocers and speciality food retailers.

2. Stimulate local networks into organising events to involve people in their region in the fortnight

3. Mobilise communities to establish their own local food chains and obtain the highest quality fresh, healthy food at affordable prices

4. Help distribute promotional material.

Who will sit on the Groups?

The groups will be made up of representatives from the key organisations involved in food promotion in each region and others that are particularly well placed to generate local activity. The following organizations are being invited to join the Groups:

British Beer & Pub Association
Churches Together in England
Farm Retail Association
Food Links UK
Girl Guides UK
Guild of Fine Food Retailers
National Association of Farmers'' Markets
National Trust
National Federation of Young Farmers'' Clubs
Parent Teachers Association
Regional Food Groups
Regional Tourist Boards
Womens'' Institute

Who is leading the Groups?

The Church''s Regional Diocese Co-ordinators are facilitating the groups - partly because of the connection with harvest festival but also - because of their ability to engage parish and diocese networks to organise activities in communities across the country.

Interesting Figures

8000 - number of general stores that have closed since 1996
1,102 - number of supermarket superstores in 1997; in 1986 there were 457
6000 - number of pubs expected to close by 2006
30,000 - number of local shops and services that closed between 1995 and 2000
1 - percentage of Tesco''s turnover spent on locally sourced products