Food and Drink Industries Group - letter from the Chair

Letter from the Chair – June 2019

I am happy to report that the membership of our group continues to increase to 2,379, which is an increase of 27% since my last letter in February. Our group exists to deliver benefits for our members, and I hope you feel we continue to do so. However, if you have any suggestions as to what more we can do please let us know by contacting our Relationship Manager, Julie Littlejohns.


Mike Evans our Communications Coordinator has been busy promoting all our events on social media to keep you updated. We have a great series of events planned in the coming months and I hope you get benefit from those you can attend.

Food and Drink Awards

In March we ran a very successful webinar focussed on the Food and Drink Awards winners and what winning has meant for them. It was a great opportunity to both share the successes of others but also to promote the benefits if entering the awards scheme. The Awards are now open to enter and with a closing date 5 July 2019. They are a great opportunity to showcase your idea and the business and health and safety benefits realised.


Looking forward we have collaborated with the East Anglia Branch along with the Financial Services Group to put on a Fire event on June 26th in Ipswich, which promises to provide delegates with valuable information on all current issues relating to fire safety, emergency responses and recovery.

Our next Safety Culture Workshop is planned for 27th June and will be held at Jordans Ryvita, in Bardney Lincolnshire. We have places still available, at this free event. Members of management, operating and health and safety teams will share their experience of health and safety culture change. A site tour will be included in the agenda and you will be able to take away ideas and potential solutions to use in your business.  

On 9th July we are running an interactive workshop on workplace stress called Beat it, is being held in Leicester. Mental health is very topical at the moment with the annual stress week recently and the focus on mental health first aiders. This interactive workshop will explore the practical steps you can take to improve how work-related stress is managed in your workplace. Using a real-life scenario, delegates will have the opportunity to carry out a stress risk assessment and reflect on the HSE Management Standards.

Our annual conference is booked for Oct 2nd and 3rd in Scunthorpe and we have now finalised the agenda with and excellent speakers and topics over the two days. As usual it will include presentations from our annual award winners and well as other presentations on practical solutions to key risk issues.

We have also started work on a musculoskeletal event for March 2020 in partnership with the Chilled Foods Association, and we will be looking for some good case studies in successful ways in which MSD risks have been reduced practically, which will be published on our group web site.

Industry sector wise the HSE sent out their questionnaire under the HGBWW program aimed at evaluating the success of various Food and Drink Manufacturing Forum and HSE initiatives to improve workplace health and to find out what control measures are associated with the best health outcomes for your employees.   

Our web site provides details of our activities and events and we continue using Twitter and LinkedIn to keep your updated.

Have a great summer.

Andy Melachrino



Updated: 4th June 2019